8 Steps to Prepare Your Car for Fall/Winter

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Signs of school starting are in the air, which means its time to make sure your car is ready for the changing fall weather and pending winter months ahead. There are 8 simple steps to prepare your car.

1. Check Belts

The warm daytime weather in the fall gives way to cooler nights, which puts strain on your belts. Checking the condition of the belts is critical to protecting your car’s performance in the winter months just around the corner. If your belts have two cracks within a two-inch area, 80% of the belt’s life has been expended. That means the surface wear is significant enough to cause slippage, which will negatively impact your car’s reliability.

2. Check Hoses

No one wants to experience a roadside breakdown during the rainy fall or snowy winter, yet according to AAA, unchecked hoses are one of the leading causes of roadside breakdowns. The number one cause of hose failure is internal corrosion by way of electrochemical degradation (known as ECD). This natural wear and tear can lead to a single leak that eventually leads to engine failure. Having a professional check all your hoses will help keep your car on the road.

3. Check Fluids

Dirty or low fluids can also place your car at risk. Regular maintenance will assure that your car can face the changing conditions apparent in fall and winter, and extend the life of your car. Having all fluid levels checked in early fall prepares your car for adverse conditions.

4. Check Tire Pressure

The rise and fall of temperatures can affect your vehicle. Tire pressure needs attention in fluctuating weather. The changing temperatures can condense or expand air in the tires with cooler nights leaving your tires low. Checking your tire pressure after significant drops in temperature will help keep your vehicle safe.

5. Check Fuel Lines

The rise and fall of temperatures might also affect fuel lines that can accumulate moisture. We recommend BP or Shell gas, both having supplements that keep the moisture out of your tank, so your car is less likely to experience moisture based engine problems. The proper gas will also help protect your fuel lines from icing during the winter.

6. Check Fuel Levels

The fuel levels are also important to manage, as temperature drops condense gasoline and causes cars to burn fuel quicker during the winter. Making sure that your tank is always above the ¼ full mark in the winter not only fights against moisture build up, but it will also protect your fuel pump.

7. Check Antifreeze

The sporadic temperature changes put extra demands on the car, making it important to keep tabs on the antifreeze so it can handle the varying temperature conditions. Checking to make sure the fluids haven’t gotten diluted during the summer is essential because the antifreeze is vital to the car’s operation because it keeps corrosion from forming.

8. Pack Winter Safety Kit

When least expected, a car can breakdown in an area that restricts how soon you’re able to get back on the road. For added protection during the winter months, place a kit inside the car that includes gloves, an ice scraper, a blanket, candles, first aid materials, flares and jumper cables.

© 2017 Hi-Tech Automotive Specialists, Inc.
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Join Us for the Temptations Review

We’ll have a fun prize for those stopping by our booth, so bring a friend and introduce them to Hi-Tech.

LATIN INFUSION on August 17th.

ADDRESS

1 FRIENDSHIP PLAZA
ADDISON ILLINOIS, 60101

6 – 10 p.m., Village Green

6:30 p.m.: Tina Turner Experience
6:45 p.m.: Four Tops Revue, featuring The Moods
7:30 p.m: Temptations Revue, featuring Nate Evans

Historical Museum Open House and Craft Fair, 6 – 8 p.m.

Food vendors for the evening:

  • Cilantro: Tacos and Churros
  • Chapalita’s: Pastor and Chorizo Tacos, and Horchata
  • 601 Bar & Grill: Tamales and Mexican Street Corn
  • Nardi’s: Taco Pizza and Pizza
  • Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream
  • Millie’s Pancake Shoppe
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Join Us for Barbecue Night in the Park

BARBECUE NIGHT

08/10/17 – 6:00 PM

ADDRESS

1 FRIENDSHIP PLAZA
ADDISON ILLINOIS, 60101

GET DIRECTIONS

6 – 10 p.m., Village Green

6:30 p.m.: ‘Fraid Knott – 7:30 p.m: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac tribute)

Visit our booth and enjoy two great bands. And, don’t forget to bite into that great barbecue offered by several food vendors.

Historical Museum Open House and Craft Fair, 6 – 8 p.m.

Food vendors for the evening:

  • Famous Dave’s: Southside Rib Tips and Hot Link Sausage
  • Barb’s Polish Deli: BBQ Ribs, Pierogi and Potato Pancakes
  • 601 Bar & Grill: Pulled Pork and Ribs
  • Muggs ‘n Manor: BBQ Ribs, broasted chicken and hot dogs
  • Pyramid Club: BBQ Beef and Italian Sausage
  • Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream
  • Millie’s Pancake Shoppe
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Computerized A/C System Guarantees Charge Accuracy

34788_3512Were you aware that car A/C systems are touchy?

That’s right—A/C systems will not cool properly if over or under filled. To keep the right balance, Hi-Tech Addison Auto Repair uses the Cool-Tech 34788 to guarantee your car’s A/C system functions within a +-1/8 ounce of accuracy.

But how does the system work?

Simply put, the system moves hot air out of the car and pushes cool air into the car. To do so, the system uses refrigerant in both a gas and liquid state under both low and high pressure. To avoid getting too technical it helps to understand the four components of the system:

  • Compressor – Turns high-pressure gas into high-pressure gas.
  • Condenser – Turns high-pressure gas into low-pressure liquid (A fan blows across the condenser to push the heat out of the car).
  • Expansion Valve or Orifice Tube – Turns low-pressure liquid into low-pressure gas.
  • Evaporator – Turns low-pressure liquid into low-pressure gas (A fan blows across the evaporator to push the cold air into the car).

The car also uses special oil within the same lines as the refrigerant to keep all its parts working well.

The Cool-Tech 34788 allows us to recover 20% more refrigerant than a manual process, empowering us to keep our eco system safe. And with each step of the process computerized, Hi-Tech is able to quickly and accurately perform refrigerant recycling.

The technology also allows us to precisely check for leaks down to less than an ounce per year of loss. This means your car is safe from destroying the ozone, while maintaining the exact balance of refrigerant to keep your car perfectly cooled during the summer.

The equipment provides us with additional features:

  • Eliminates damaging air from the lines.
  • Informs operator of possible leaks.
  • Monitors levels for perfect balance.
  • Maintains current database of car specs.
  • Reduces labor with automatic functions.

The specialized computer is ideal for rebalancing the system after any given part is replaced, as it even rebuilds the needed vacuum within the closed A/C system. However, when the system is intact and extra refrigerant is needed, the mechanics can make the addition using simple pressure gauges based on vehicle specifications to get the customer quickly on his or her way.

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2 Bands, Food and Us @Friendship Plaza

WILDCARD NIGHT

Join us Thursday night August 3, 2017 at 6:00pm in the plaza for two great bands, lots of food and a special offer from us—visit our booth for the offer.

ADDRESS

1 FRIENDSHIP PLAZA
ADDISON ILLINOIS, 60101

6 – 10 p.m., Village Green

6:30 p.m.: Southern Jack – 7:30 p.m: Dixie Crush (Country)

Features food, music and Bike & Car Cruise Night (Vehicles for Cruise Night need to arrive by 7:30 p.m. After that time, no cars or bikes will be allowed in, even if spots open up.)

Historical Museum Open House and Craft Fair, 6 – 8 p.m.

Food vendors for the evening:

  • Famous Dave’s: Pork Sliders and bread pudding
  • Barb’s Polish Deli: Polish Sausage, Pierogi and Potato Pancakes
  • 601 Bar & Grill: Brisket and roasted corn
  • Muggs ‘n Manor: Mini Gyros, broasted chicken and hot dogs
  • La Hacienda: Steak, Pastor and Chicken Tacos and Burritos
  • Firehouse Subs: Sub sandwiches
  • Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream
  • Millie’s Pancake Shoppe
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