Category Archives: Winter

Defrost Can Cost.

Did you know? When defrost mode is selected, your air conditioning compressor is actively operating.

On cold mornings it is essential to operate your vehicle´s heater system in the defrost mode to clear the windows inside and out. In defrost mode the heating system should rapidly clear your windows for safe driving. If your vehicle has air conditioning it is important to know that when the defrost mode is selected the air conditioning compressor is engaged.

There are two reasons for running the air conditioning compressor in defrost mode. The primary reason for running incoming defroster air through the air conditioning system is the fact that it dries the moisture from the air and allows the windows to be cleared in a fraction of the time it takes a non air conditioned vehicle which must wait for the engine to warm first. The second reason is that running the air conditioning system allows the compressor and A/C components to lubricate throughout the year. This way the A/C system is ready in hot or cold weather with a minimum of corrosion-related breakdowns.

The main point of this article is to make you aware that if you have a vehicle with air conditioning you should only run it in the defrost mode when it is needed. If you are able to run your heating controls in the economy or normal heating mode and keep the windows clear, do so. This will save wear and tear on your vehicle´s A/C system and could potentially save you a lot of money in fuel cost by not running the horsepower-robbing A/C compressor.

Frosty the Windshield

Have you seen my ice scraper? This phrase is rapidly spreading through local homes as hundreds of Oregonians awake to the realization that a credit card and hair comb are not the most efficient tools for cleaning a frosted windshield. Winter has arrived! Those ice scrapers may never surface, but you can be prepared for the next wave of frosty winter weather.

A Street Automotive and Collision can’t help you find your ice scrapers, but we can offer you a Pre-Winter Service Package to increase your vehicle’s cold weather dependability.

The A Street Automotive Pre-Winter Package offers the following services for light vehicles:

  • Coolant Condition & Freezing Level Test
  • Starter Amperage Draw Test
  • Alternator Output Test
  • Battery Load Test
  • Chassis Lube
  • Oil & Filter Change
  • Check & Fill All Levels
  • Non-Freezing Windshield Water Fluid Added
  • Clean & Protect Battery Terminals
  • 27-point Vehicle Inspection
  • Coolant System Pressure Test
  • Inflate Tires To Proper Pressure
  • Heater Output Test
  • Wiper Blade Replacement

Winter Wise Driving.

Getting ready for bad conditions.

Winter driving can be a very stressful and dangerous task. Perhaps the best scenario is don’t drive at all if you don’t have to. Unfortunately, many of us have no choice. For those inevitable times when you must drive in cold, slick, winter conditions, here are some basic tips and facts that may give you the edge.

  • Don’t let your vehicle warm up for more than five minutes. Any more time will waste a great deal of fuel.
  • Always keep the tire manufacturer’s specified amount of air pressure in your tires and make sure that your tires are appropriate for you driving habits and conditions.
  • A cellular phone can be the best safety insurance policy while in your automobile. You may be surprised at how affordable basic cellular service is.
  • Items to keep in the car are: warm gloves, ice scraper, lots of extra blankets, tire chains, flashlight, and cellular phone if you have one.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been inspected for cold weather driving.
  • Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. Condensation will be at a minimum and the added weight will help maximize traction and handling on slick roads.
  • Don’t use your windshield wipers until your windshield has been scraped or defrosted. This will greatly increase the life of your wiper blades.
  • Keep at least 3 times normal driving distance from other cars on slick roads.
  • When braking on slick roads always pump your brakes lightly. This will stop your vehicle faster than steady pedal pressure.
  • If you have never installed tire chains don’t wait until you need them to find out how. Do a trial chain-up with someone who knows how or call us and we will demonstrate the proper procedure.
  • If you have a four wheel drive don’t wait until you need it to try it out.
  • Always keep the tire manufacturer’s specified amount of air pressure in your tires and make sure that your tires are appropriate for you driving habits and conditions.
  • A cellular phone can be the best safety insurance policy while in your automobile. You may be surprised at how affordable basic cellular service is.
  • Items to keep in the car are: warm gloves, ice scraper, lots of extra blankets, tire chains, flashlight, and cellular phone if you have one.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been inspected for cold weather driving.
  • Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. Condensation will be at a minimum and the added weight will help maximize traction and handling on slick roads.
  • Don’t use your windshield wipers until your windshield has been scraped or defrosted. This will greatly increase the life of your wiper blades.
  • Keep at least 3 times normal driving distance from other cars on slick roads.
  • When braking on slick roads always pump your brakes lightly. This will stop your vehicle faster than steady pedal pressure.
  • If you have never installed tire chains don’t wait until you need them to find out how. Do a trial chain-up with someone who knows how or call us and we will demonstrate the proper procedure.
  • If you have a four wheel drive don’t wait until you need it to try it out.

ABS Braking

Anti-lock Brakes do not require pumping to bring you to a safe stop.

Fall and winter weather bring a natural feeling of caution for most motorists. Slick roads and poor visibility are a given. In the past it has always been a safe procedure to pump the brakes lightly on slick road surfaces.

Any vehicle that is equipped with anti lock brakes will not require pumping for a safe stop. This is because the brake system pulses several times per second all by itself. Simply applying the brake pressure that is required for a safe distance will provide a much safer braking than any manual braking system could.

Fall and winter weather bring a natural feeling of caution for most motorists. Slick roads and poor visibility are a given. In the past it has always been a safe procedure to pump the brakes lightly on slick road surfaces.
Any vehicle that is equipped with anti lock brakes will not require pumping for a safe stop. This is because the brake system pulses several times per second all by itself. Simply applying the brake pressure that is required for a safe distance will provide a much safer braking than any manual braking system could.

Winter Safety Checklist

Prepare your vehicle for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.
The following is a list of items that we recommend that vehicle owners should do:
Maintain coolant freezing level.
Inspect wiper blades.
Check battery cold cranking amps.
Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
Test starter amperage draw.
Measure tire condition and pressure.
Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
Check your 4×4 before you need it.
Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery

Test heater and defroster Output

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it is wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability. The following is our cold-weather safety checklist:

  • Maintain coolant freezing level.
  • Inspect wiper blades.
  • Check battery cold cranking amps.
  • Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
  • Test starter amperage draw.
  • Measure tire condition and pressure.
  • Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
  • Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
  • Check your 4×4 before you need it.
  • Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
  • Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
  • Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
  • A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
  • Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery
  • Test heater and defroster output