Monthly Archives: March 2018

When "Shady" is a good thing

Just like your skin can burn from too much sun, so can the paint on your vehicle.  It can turn dull, oxidize and fade the more ultraviolet rays beat down on it. One solution is to park in a shady spot, or you can buy a cover for your vehicle and put it on when you know it's going to be sitting in the sun for awhile. Yes, it takes a couple of minutes to put on, but in the end, keeping the gloss on your paint will help it retain its beauty… and its value. And it's not just the sun that can damage your vehicle's paint.  Grit, bird droppings, sap, dust and dead bugs can all ruin the paint.  So, keep your vehicle clean.  Wash it with a soap made especially for vehicles. Household cleaners can and will strip the protective wax off of your vehicle finish. So use automotive car wash soap. Rinse completely, then dry it with soft terry towels or chamois, that won't scratch your paint.  Remember:  DON'T WASH YOUR VEHICLE IN THE S ... read more

We know you are ready to get out of town, IS your Car Road Trip Ready ?

At Chumbley's Autocare we get a lot of Indianola drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. We feel this is a great investment to help insure you have a trouble free trip. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around the USA, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded. Smart  Warren County Iowa drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Check the spare tire too. What are the age of the tires? Tires older than 7 years have a higher risk of blowout failure due to the release of bonding agents they use to make the tire. During a test drive around Indianola to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok?&nb ... read more

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