How Can I Be Sure My Car, or My Child’s Car is Ready For the School Year?
School season is back! Its time to start thinking about if your car, or your child’s car, is ready for the school year before they go! But how do you know if your car is ready? Easy, bring it to us at Lou’s for a free inspection and readiness check!
What is involved?
With every vehicle there are numerous things to keep in mind when inspecting, such as your exhaust, brakes, battery, tires, cooling system, and oil. With that in mind, here’s some advice on what to think about when you’re getting your car ready for another season of cold.
A VERY important item for any season and any car. If your brakes are wearing out parts of your ABS (anti-lock braking) system may not be working properly. This can cause dangerous conditions in the snow. We do free brake estimates at Lou’s so we are the best place to come to find out if you need work or not. Our repair prices are highly competetive on braking systems
I know some of you are reading this and saying “What does my exhaust have to do with being safe going back to school?” Normally the exhaust isn’t an issue. However, if for some reason you get stranded out in the cold and the snow with only your car to keep you warm an exhaust leak will all of a sudden become very noticeable. You don’t want to be in a bad situation and not be able to run your car for heat due to an exhaust leak so come on in to any Lou’s location for a free exhaust inspection.
As the only part of your car that actually touches the road, making sure that your tires are good is probably the first and most important thing to take into account when inspecting your vehicle. While making sure that your tires are rotated and aligned is important, checking the tread on your tires is probably the first thing that should be checked on your new and used cars.
If getting your car to your local Lou’s isn’t a viable option, then an easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take a penny and insert it into the most worn section of your tired tread. If you are able to see Mr. Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to get your tires replaced, preferably before there’s snow on the ground. Depending on the region you live in, then checking the tread on your tires might not be enough, and you may need snow tires to make it through the winter. Figure out which option will best suit your needs and make sure that you have everything taken care of before the first flakes of snow fall.
At Lou’s we can check your tread, check your tire pressures, rotate your tires, and check your braking system too. We have local shops whom install tires if we find you should do so!
We know that with winter on its way it seems counter-productive to be thinking of your cooling system, but your cooling system is also what houses your anti-freeze, which is very important to making it through this winter. While you should change out the anti-freeze in your car every two years, it’s always a good idea to have it checked before the start of every winter. Swinging by any Lou’s Custom Exhaust location is a quick way to have your anti-freeze levels checked and make sure that you won’t have to worry about your car freezing up.
Things to check are fluid level, condition, and mixutre of water/coolant. Too much water in the water/coolant ratio could cause freezing and internal engine damage!
With having your anti-freeze checked, it’s not a bad idea to pour one of many anti-freezing chemicals that are designed for your fuel lines. This can help to prevent any moisture that’s in your fuel line from freezing up and preventing your car from starting or damaging the fuel lines which can add up to costly repairs.
Make sure that your battery’s terminals are clean and tight, ensuring a good connection for your electrical systems. Getting the charge checked on your battery before going off to school is a good way to make sure that you won’t have to have your care jumped at the worst time.
We can clean your terminals at Lou’s and get replacement batteries for you if your battery has been getting weak.
Heater and Defroster
Make sure that your heater and defroster work before heading off to school for the winters. Not only is this important for your own comfort inside of the car, but it’s important for ensuring that you’ll have good visibility through your windows.
If you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, now is a good time to make one or buy one. A warm blanket, jumper cables, an ice scraper, de-icer, rock salt or sand, a tire inflator, a flashlight, and a few snacks are essential parts to any snow emergency kit. If you already have one, check to make sure that everything in there is still in good shape and easily accessible. If for some reason you do have car troubles and are stranded you’ll want these things to help make it until help arrives.
Getting your car ready for the school season doesn’t have to take long, but not getting it done can cost you a lot of money and stress when you have to get these things repaired in the middle of the winter season. Save yourself some time, money, and protect your safety by coming to one of our locations to get your car checked out and ready for the winter season as soon as possible!
Repair chains and auto dealerships buy all their exhaust parts from other companies that make the parts for them. At Lou’s Muffler and Brake, a division of Lou’s Custom Exhaust, we get all our piping in unbent, 10 foot, sticks of 14 gauge pipe (Most aftermarket companies use much thinner 18 or 16 gauge pipe). Our bending machine uses a smooth die bending shoe instead of a “crimp” style one which helps keep the exhaust flowing smoothly. We then use our bending machine to custom fabricate the system that will fit onto your vehicle. By doing so we greatly reduce the cost of the parts and as a result the cost for the repair.
Our hydraulic pipe benders use an electic motor that is controlled by a double acting lever allowing us to extend and retract a hydraulic cylinder that moves one of the 3 bending shoes. We have a variety of pipe bending shoes ranging from 1.5” pipe all the way up to 3” pipe. We have a matching shoe for each size diameter of pipe in between those sizes as well.
Generally the pipe fits inside the curved crescent shape of the bending shoe. This ensures that when the pipe is being bent it will not slip from the metal shoe. Various pegs are arranged in such a way that as the cylinder extends the pipe shoe, the pipe is forced against the metal pegs as a hold stop on either side of the bending center of the pipe. In other words, as the hydraulic bending cylinder pushes the pipe that is supported by the shoe, the hold pegs stop the pipe from moving so the pipe can be bent in the center of the cured shoe form. Our pipe benders use a dial that we can set to determine the angle of the bend.
So if you’re looking for a high quality, inexpensive, smooth flowing custom or replacement system remember Lou’s of Hyannis, Plymouth, Quincy and Westport are the place to go.