Whenever a person sits in the driver seat they squint in an attempt to see past the annoying streaks on the windshield. Amazement fills the driver’s eyes when the washer fluid cuts away the streaks to reveal a mostly clear world. If only the wiper fluid also cleaned the streaks from the inside of the windshield.
This frustration increases when the driver decides to hit the local car wash with the hope of gaining a more precisely cleaned windshield. But, the upgrade sale that allows for an extra coat of wax hits the glass and leaves a light residue that will once again cloud the windshield later that night.
“The windshield is the number one safety system in a car,” says John Hickey, owner of Hi-Tech Addison Auto Repair. “If you can’t see out your window, you might end up in a wreck.”
To make sure the windshield is properly cleaned and providing full visibility, John provided the follow tips:
1. Wash Car Windows Last—When cleaning a car the last thing to be washed are the windows. This eliminates soap residue and wax build up. Many car detailers will clean the windows with a power washer (set to the right strength to avoid cracking the glass) to remove any wax or dried soap.
2. Wash Windows in the Shade—The shade drops the temperature enough to slow the evaporation process and avoid the sun drying up the window cleaner too quickly. Using a microfiber towel will also help get the windows clean without depositing lint on the glass. The towels are available for under $10 each and can quickly remove streaks. Do not make the common mistake of reusing the towels on glass after using it on other parts of the car. Window towels are for windows only.
3. Use Little Solution—Based on the below secret to clean windows, its important not to use too much solution. Any over abundance of solution is more likely to leave dry marks or streaks behind. Using a misting bottle will help control the amount of solution used.
The cleaning solution also plays a role in the transparency of the windows. There are numerous window cleaner formulas in the marketplace to achieve varying results based on the types of dirt and residue that it’s required to remove.
“Some detailers mix their own cleaner,” said Hickey. “One guy mixes a homemade concoction of 50% rubbing alcohol, 50% distilled water, and then drops in a capful of vinegar into his spray bottle.”
A couple of local mechanics use a solution of 70% water, 15% window cleaner and 15% rubbing alcohol. They admit that there is no one foolproof system and recalled the use of newspapers for wiping the windshield prior to micro-fiber towels.
Warning labels should be placed on some homemade formulas, as many pros warn against people using ammonia-based solutions that can damage the vinyl and leather when cleaning the inside of the windows. Ammonia-based solutions can also damage or scratch tinted windows. The chemical reaction causes the vinyl properties to breakdown and crack. Consideration can also be given to eco-friendly solutions with natural ingredients like water and vinegar.
The Secret to clean windows is to make sure they are fully dry after cleaning to avoid the appearance of streaks. Drying the outside of the window with a horizontal motion and the inside with a vertical movement stops any left behind residue from creating a combination streak. It also helps the driver to know immediately, when a streak is present, whether it is on the inside part of the glass or the outside.
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For years guys have been springing a few bucks to treat their ladies out on the town for Valentine’s Day weekend and some have done it in style. The top flashy cars rented over Valentine’s Day are below:
Ford Mustang Coupe—Avis
The Ford Mustang Coupe is an American classic that impresses without trying too hard, bringing a fun energy to the Valentine Weekend.
You can never go wrong with a good ol’ American Cadillac, as its still a classy vehicle to complement your beautiful lady.
For those who have to keep the kids in tow during the weekend, this fun four-door ride is great for the entire family.
Infiniti G37—National Car Rental
The G37 is for those men who found a sitter for their kids and wants a sports car with a sensual body and decent power to get his lady to the restaurant.
This car can accommodate the family, but has enough power to turn your ride into a thrill.
Tesla Roadster EV—Hertz
The Roadster is a wasted drive if Valentine’s Day is too chilly, but bring it on for tons of fun with an Indian summer.
This treat of four wheels is ideal if you want your lady to feel like royalty, while having too much fun.
The 3-Series is unique in that it gives you a little more youth, while making you feel like a boss.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG—Hertz
Caution must be taken when renting the AMG C-Class, as you might find yourself falling in love with the ride and forgetting about the one sitting in the passenger seat.
If you’re looking to impress your lady with the imagery that your like Ryan Reynolds driving a dream car in Just Friends, the Porsche 911 is that cool.
Jim Anderson is the Senior Technician at Hi-Tech Addison Auto Repair. He’s in his 9th year at the shop and for those who are curious about his height, he stands at 6’ 4” tall.
CJ: Jim, what got you interested in being a mechanic?
JIM: I was building cubicles at Target’s corporate office. I enjoyed the mechanics of it, but didn’t like looking out over the sea of cubicles when someone called out a name. There would be all these heads popping up and looking around to see who was talking. It was like watching a bunch of gophers popping out of their holes. I just didn’t want to be a part of that environment.
I talked with a mentor about my abilities and aptitude to help determine if I should go into electronics or a specialized mechanical field. He told me that most specialty jobs required minimal troubleshooting and that every project only had a half dozen problems to solve. The job would become nothing more than a straight labor job that took little to no thought. That’s when I decided to be a mechanic with multiple focuses, facing unique situations every day.
CJ: How did you get your start?
JIM: I was taking classes at Universal Technical Institute when I was approached about an opening for a Nissan Dealer Technician. I had the certifications and they liked my skills, so I joined the team. They allowed me to continue taking classes and finish my certifications.
CJ: How did you connect with Hi-Tech?
JIM: When the recession hit, people held off repairing their cars for as long as possible. Nissan let eight techs go and since I was one of the newest to join, I was tapped. Thankfully John happen to chat with UTI that same day and I started at Hi-Tech the next morning.
CJ: How did you get so good at fixing things?
JIM: When I was growing up my dad fixed everything. I guess I wanted to be like him. I’ve played with mechanical things my whole life. Even my hobby was working on cars until I became a mechanic. Maybe that’s why I like installing engines and doing transmission work. The big projects keep me busy so I’m never bored.
CJ: What do you do in your spare time?
JIM: I love snowboarding in the winter, although I gave up learning new tricks after I found out that falling today hurts a whole lot more than when I was 16. During the summer I like to golf. My brother was the one who got me interested in the game. I had noticed that as I got older the competitive landscape of baseball and other sports had changed, so switching to a life long game like golf made sense. When I’m not playing sports, I like to read fantasies and biographies, and watch documentaries on television. The American Hero Channel is my favorite channel because it always covers an angle on history that I never got to explore in school. Right now I’m learning some pretty amazing stuff about World War II.
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Today’s cars are equipped with numerous parts designed specifically to promote safe driving and are required by law. Unfortunately few people ever look into what parts of their car must stay functional to avoid getting a ticket. This list will give insight into some of the most common elements that have laws supporting its existence for the sake of safety.
HEADLIGHTS—Cars are required to have two working lights for use from sunset to sunrise. The lights are also required during fog, rain, snow, and during other conditions when windshield wipers are used. The lights must be on when objects 1,000 feet away can’t be seen. If bright lights are in use, they must be dimmed within 500 feet of oncoming cars or within 300 feet of passing a car.
TAILIGHTS—Cars must have two red lights visible at 500 feet from behind the vehicle.
STOP LIGHTS—Cars must have a minimum of one red stop light visible behind the vehicle in normal daylight.
LICENSE PLATE LIGHT—Cars must have a white light illuminating the license plate for readership at 50 feet and it must turn on with the headlights.
TURN SIGNAL LIGHTS—Cars must have right and left turn lights on both the front and rear of the vehicle that can be seen from 300 feet.
PARKING LIGHTS—Front and rear parking lights are a must when parking on the highway at night. Local ordinances may or may not require lights for street parking.
SAFETY BELTS—Cars must have two working safety belts in the front seat.
MIRRORS—Cars are required to have one rearview mirror to see 200 feet behind the vehicle.
WINDSHIELD—Cars are required to have approved safety glass. The windshield must be kept clear of moisture, snow, ice and other things that might distort the driver’s view. The windshield cannot be tinted with the exception of the top 6 inches stretching the length of the glass.
WINDOWS—All glass must be approved safety glass.
BRAKES—Cars must have brakes on all wheels that are strong enough to stop a car at 20 mph in 30 feet.
PARKING BRAKE—Cars must have a parking brake that can stop a car at 20 mph in 55 feet. The brake must also hold a car still on a grade or hill.
WIPER BLADES—The blades must be able to clear moisture, ice and snow.
HORN—Car horns must be heard from 200 feet away.
MUFFLER—The exhaust system must have a muffler to prevent excessive noise and smoke. Any attempt to bypass the muffler is illegal.
BUMPERS—All vehicles that weigh less than 9,000 pounds must have a front and rear bumper. The horizontal line between bumper heights must not exceed a difference of 3 inches.
Hi-Tech Addison Auto Repair checks all safety equipment during each customer visit. With the exception of brakes, most of the equipment can be changed out within an hour should you need a quick fix.