Monthly Archives: January 2014

Which oil is best for my car?

Have you ever wondered which oil is best for you vehicle? Below is a great guide to know the differences between conventional oil, synthetic oil, and synthetic oil blend. If you still have any questions please check out koons.com and call your local dealer.

The Ins and Outs of Engine Oil Types

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Caution: Potholes Ahead!

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Every year over 3 million potholes nationwide will appear and be reported. They will cause millions of dollars in damage to your car and cost millions of dollars for DOT teams to fix.  I don’t know about you, but it feels like every year my car hits every single one of those 3 million potholes. Each impact is a teeth-jarring wallop to my tires, rims, balance, alignment, and shocks that will leave my car a rattling hulk of what it once was!

For those of you that don’t know how a pothole is formed, here is a description:

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Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has entered under the pavement. When the water freezes, it expands. The frozen water will take up more space under the pavement, and the pavement will heave, expand, bend, and weaken. When the ice melts, the pavement contracts and leaves gaps in the surface. Water gets into these voids and when water freezes and thaws again, the pavement will weaken further and crack.

As the weight of cars and trucks pass over this weak spot, pieces of the roadway material weaken more, which will cause the road material and substrate to be displaced or broken down further thus creating the pothole.

When salt is brought into the picture the pothole effect will get worse. Water will freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. But when salt is used, it lowers the temperature that water will freeze at. This creates an artificial freeze-thaw cycle that permits more occurrences of the damaging cycle outlined above to occur.  

Potholes can happen on any road surface but tend to happen more along the edges and shoulders of roadways than in the center of them, they also tend to occur more in asphalt than concrete surfaces since they tend to be more porous.

Ok science class is over; economics class is now in session.  Koons is very aware of the fact that your car will inevitably come in contact with these pesky “craters” this winter.

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We know your car is your baby and you can’t stand the idea of it being hurt, so Koons Service is here to help.  If you’ve recently had a run in with one of these bone rattlers, make an appointment with us, show the technician this coupon, and let them to do the rest. Afterwards you will drive away knowing that your car is in better shape than when you dropped it off and it is definitely capable of handling whatever the road may throw at it.

When is it time for new windshield wipers?

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The other day I had my car serviced here at Koons and during my complimentary 27 point inspection my Service Advisor pointed out my wiper blades needed replacing, so I took his advice and had them replaced.  As I was driving home that day it began to rain and I couldn’t believe how much better I could see with my new windshield wipers.  It made me think, how often should someone get their windshield wipers replaced?

After a quick Google search I found a lot of different pieces of wiper advice.  Most experts recommend having your windshield wiper blades replaced every 6 to 12 months.  Depending on where you live you may even need to replace them even sooner.  The winter months put your windshield wipers through a lot between the cold weather and the wear and tear of wiping snow, sleet and mud off your windshield.  The scorching heat of the summer months can put extra wear on the rubber part of the wiper blades.

Although most experts recommend getting your wiper blades replaced every 6 to 12 months your best bet might be letting your eyes and ears be the judge of when they need to be replaced.  If your windshield wiper blades begin to leave streaks and are having trouble clearing water, snow and slush it might be time for a replacement.  Also, if you begin to hear them scrapping and chattering on the window it may be time as well.

One more bit of advice, before you go and spend the money on new wiper blades try wiping the rubber part of the blades with a clean wet rag and readjusting the wiper arm on the glass so it is fitting properly on the glass.  If that doesn’t help then it is time to check out Koons service and find the dealership closest to you to buy new wiper blades.

With a new set of wiper blades you will be ready to face whatever conditions the weather brings your way.  Safe Driving!     

 

 

What is the #1 reason to buy a new car?

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My old car had over 90,000 miles on it, I was getting tired of it, and it was coming up on being over 8 years old.  These three facts put me squarely in the sights of the auto buying demographic. I didn’t know it yet, but I was going to buy a new car.

I knew this was going to be a leap off a cliff but it was going to be a leap that was fun, is there such a thing?  Either way, I love the entire experience of buying a car: the research, the discussions with friends about their buying experiences, looking at car websites, the test-drives, the cost comparisons, and finally the drive off the lot in the new vehicle!  Triumphant and resplendent in my new wheels, I drive down my street and introduce my new car to my neighbors and family!  It is fun figuring out all the new gizmos, and just like everyone else, I LOVE that new car smell!

In a recent study published this past November, the top 14 reasons for buying a car were explored.  The top 3 reasons were why I bought my new car, and truth be told, most of the others also described me. I’ll be honest, I just wanted any reason to buy and I could have very easily used about 10 of these to help me over the edge in that effort.

Reason      What motivated you to consider buying a new car?             %
#14              Lease on old car is up                                                                     4.8%
#13              Wanted a vehicle with new “techy toys” (Nav, DVD, etc.)   6.2%
#12              Needed a vehicle with more room                                             9.0%
#11              My significant other wanted a new car                                     11.9%
#10              Needed another car for my family                                            14.0%
#9                Financing deals/incentives too good to pass up                    14.3%
#8                Wanted a vehicle with better safety features                         14.6%
#7                Like the styling of the new models                                           15.0%
#6                Not really sure, other                                                                    17.0%
#5                Old car just died                                                                            17.6%
#4                Wanted a car with better gas mileage                                      19.2%
#3                Old car was always in for repairs                                               20.4%
#2                Tired of the old car, I wanted something new                     22.0%
#1                Old car had high mileage                                                            35.2%

The top 5 body styles by preference are:
1. Car: 57.9% 2. SUV: 26.4% 3. Truck: 17.8% 4. Minivan: 11.8% 5. Crossover: 9.3%

Caveat: The sum of % totals of both reasons and styles may be greater than 100% because respondents could select more than one answer.

I ended up with a new SUV from Koons.  The top reasons for my choice: better gas mileage, better safety equipment, tons of new tech, and I got great financing!  All in all, it was a terrific experience and the Sales People at Koons were helpful, knowledgeable, and had the most positive attitude.  Next time, I won’t wait as long to buy a new car!

 

 

Cold Weather and Tire Pressure, or, Why Does That GOSH DARN Sensor Keep Going Off?!

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Do you remember how back in the early ‘80s when VCRs were all the rage?  Everyone had one and we all had the same issue, “How do you set the clock so it stops blinking at you?”  A comedian solved the issue, in his monologue he asked that question and then produced a piece of black electrical tape, which he placed over the blinking LEDs, and, viola, problem solved.  Well we’re not advocating that you should do that with the pressure sensor, but boy it sure would feel good to just make it go away…right?

When I bought my new car here at Koons the salesman asked me if I wanted to have my tires filled with nitrogen.  I thought, “Nitrogen, as in the gas?”  Being mindful of weird upsells I skeptically asked, “Why would I do that?”  The salesman’s response was both helpful and portentous; “Because your car has a tire pressure warning system and when you fill the tires with nitrogen you won’t have it going off all the time, as long as you keep nitrogen in them.”

In addition to safe driving, tire pressuer plays a large role in wear, under inflated tires wear on the edges and overinflated wear on the center, correclty inflated tires coupled with rotating them will increase the longevity of the tire.

In addition to safe driving, tire pressuer plays a large role in wear, under inflated tires wear on the edges and overinflated wear on the center, correclty inflated tires coupled with rotating them will increase the longevity of the tire.

Most of the major car manufacturers offer tire pressure warning systems on new cars and you can even expect to find them on some older models back about 2 years now.  It is a wireless system that sits inside the tire and senses when the pressure has dropped +/- 3 to 5 lbs. per tire to alert you.  It’s pretty simple stuff and it’s also pretty bullet proof, except for one thing, the gas you use to fill up your tires with.

Most people use air form a household or gas station pump to fill their tires, the problem with the air from those pumps is that it is subject to pressure fluctuations.  So when the weather gets cold or hot the pressure inside the tires can swing 2-8 lbs. This affects the sensors and the alert is set off.  Using nitrogen as the gas of choice in your tires can solve this. Thank you Indy Car racers for teaching us about this little trick!  Basic high school science teaches that nitrogen (N) molecules are bigger than oxygen (O) molecules so they can’t leak out as easily and therefor tires filled with this gas don’t fluctuate.

As a rule, whenever you bring your car in for service at any Koons Automotive center we check and fill all of the tires for free.  If you have a pressure sensing system in your tires we check and fill them with nitrogen, also for free.  That way if you have a sensing system you can drive safe in the knowledge that your tires are working at their optimum.  If you don’t you still need to check them and top them off as needed.  So put the tape away and the next time you’re in for service ask for more info on switching over to nitrogen, there is an initial set-up fee after which the fill-ups are free!