Allergy Prevention Tips

Allergy Prevention Tips

Hey everyone,

The first day of spring starts tomorrow! If you haven’t noticed the pollen by now, trust me you will in the next couple of weeks! Due to the longer season of spring-like weather this year, we are likely to have a higher pollen index: which entails the total estimated pollen count for the year. With research from pollen.com, we have prepared the easiest allergy prevention tips that you can use today!

  • When the pollen count is especially high, make sure to keep your windows closed in your home and car to avoid letting in pollen. There is already going to be a good amount of pollen on the outside of your vehicle, having it accumulate on the inside can easily provoke sneezing attacks.
  • It is important that you wash your face and hands after you’ve been outside to remove pollen left on your hands from car doors and doorknob handles.
  • On mornings that are especially warm and dry; it is imperative to limit your outdoor exposure. These days will usually have a high pollen count. Dry and windy days also have high pollen counts; the suggested time for outdoor activities is soon following a heavy rainfall.
  • Before going to bed, bathe and shampoo to remove pollen from skin and hair in order to prevent it on your bedding. We also recommend washing your bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
  • Minimize contact with pets and people that have spent a large amount of time outdoors around pollen.

These are the easiest tips we found that you can get started on right away! If you suffer from chronic allergies and want the full list of prevention tips, you can access it here: https://www.pollen.com/allergy/allergy-prevention

Another great tip you can do is to call us for an exterior cleaning! 25% OFF of our Exterior Basic Service for the upcoming pollen season, which leaves your car shining and also prevents the rebuild of pollen again. Book online at www.sudswaterless.com or call our office at 336-355-2128. We look forward to seeing you!

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SUDS How To: Use Jumper Cables

SUDS How To: Use Jumper Cables

Every driver on the road should have an emergency vehicle toolkit- an essential part to this toolkit is owning a working set of jumper cables. Improper use of jumper cables can be dangerous and potentially life threatening. Most jumper cables have an instruction card or label, follow directions precisely to make sure you’re connecting them the correctly.

First Step: Get the vehicles close, but not touching

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Get the vehicle as close as possible so that your cords can reach both batteries without excessive stretching, but make sure that the cars aren’t touching.

Second Step: Open the hood to both cars, and locate the batteries

 

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You should refer to the owner’s manual for battery location. Usually, the two terminals on each battery will be covered in red or black, with a + or – sign on top. Inspect the batteries to make sure you can tell which is positive and negative. This distinction is crucial to the success of your jump. If your battery terminals are dirty, wipe them off with a cloth before connecting.

Third Step: Attach the jumper cables

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This comes in a three-step process:

1. Attach the red, positive cable clamp to the positive (+) battery terminal of the dead battery. This may require some initial adjustment of the clamp onto the terminal: you want a solid connection to the battery terminal

2. Attach the other red, positive cable clamp onto the functioning vehicle’s positive (+) battery terminal.

3. Connect the black, negative cable clamp to the working battery’s negative (-) battery terminal. Walk over to the car with the dead battery. To ensure a safe jump, attach that clamp to an unpainted metal part of the car such as a clean nut on the engine block. It is not advised to connect the black, negative cable clamp to the dead battery.

Fourth Step: Start and Jump the vehicle

You will begin this step by starting the working vehicle. Wait a minute or so, depending on how long since it died you may need to let your car run for a bit. After some time, try starting the dead vehicle. Slightly revving the engine of the working car while charging the dead battery usually helps.

Final Steps: Removing jumper cables/Test Drive

Once your dead vehicle is running, you want disconnect the jumper cables. Start with the black negative cable clamps: do not let any of your clamps touch each other while still attached to a car. Now, take a brief cruise around the block. The drive allows the vehicle’s alternator to charge the battery and ensures that your vehicle does not die again once you shut it off.

We hope you have found this article useful for your vehicle care needs. If you are wondering what other items you need to have in your vehicle emergency tool kit, stay tuned for future blog posts. Next week we will be covering Allergy Prevention Tips for the upcoming pollen season!

SUDS How-To: Checking Drive Belts

SUDS How-To: Checking Drive Belts

Hey guys, we’re back with our second How-To Guide: this time on how to check your vehicle’s drive belts. There are several parts in your engine driven by the drive belts. They are the:

-Alternator
-Water Pump
-Power Steering
-Air Conditioning

Sometimes these items are driven by a single belt, or they all may be driven by one belt. If any of these belts happen to fail, it could possibly destroy the motor on your vehicle.

Methods to check belts:

1. Listen for squealing noises: this generally means that there is a loose or worn belt
2. Checking the play (or flexibility) on the belt: you want to reach inside your engine and push down on the center section of the belt. Depending on your vehicle belt tolerance there should be a slight give when you apply some pressure. Once again this should only be slight but the belt should still snap back into place. If your belt feels loose, then it is likely time for a replacement.
3. Checking for cracks: this method will require you to checking underneath the smooth side of the belt. A faulty belt will have cracking towards the outer ends of the ridges.

Replacing or adjusting belts can be difficult because they require a specific threading through the motor. If you inspect your vehicle and see that your belts need either an adjustment or replacement, we highly recommend that you take it to a mechanic you trust.

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