Tips on How To Wax Your Car

How to Wax Your Car

Make your car look as good as new with these tips on how to wax your car!

You’ve washed your car and got the bugs off, but now you need to keep it clean. Waxing your car is the perfect way to preserve your car’s paint and keep it looking good over its lifespan. If you aren’t interested in keeping your car and want to sell it down the road, waxing will increase its resale value as well. No matter the reason, we here at Dick Dyer Toyota can help you with our expert tips on how to wax your car.

The first thing you’ll need to acquire, to properly wax your car, is an electric orbital buffer. You can wax your car by hand but that isn’t nearly as efficient. Owning a buffer will also give you the chance to get rid of any light scratches before you apply the wax.

Once you’re done buffing, apply some car wax to a clean pad. Pulse the trigger to apply the wax evenly across the surface of the car. Holding the trigger continuously could cause the wax to cake and that doesn’t look good.

Once you’ve applied the wax, check the bottle to determine how long it needs to sit before removal. When it’s ready, take a microfiber cloth and wipe in circular motions for that high gloss shine.

The Beginner’s Guide to Improved Gas Mileage

Improved Gas Mileage

No matter what you drive, whether it’s a compact, a hybrid, a truck, or an SUV, you are probably concerned about gas mileage for one reason or another. Those who feel strongly about the issue are probably concerned with the environment and conserving our natural resources. Others might have qualms about air quality. And at a very basic level, we all want to save money at the pump, right?

We can all agree fuel economy is an issue on most drivers’ minds. Unfortunately, a majority of people don’t do anything to improve their gas mileage because they have the false idea that the only solution is to buy a hybrid or electric car. Sure, you can vastly improve your MPGs this way, but there are tons of other simple steps you can take to improve your gas mileage.

Check Tire Pressure

Next time you go to the gas station, stop and check your tire pressure. Compare it with your owner’s manual and replenish with air if need be. It’s that simple!

Having your tire pressure at the recommended level is proven to increase your gas mileage. Plus, it will help your tires last longer and improve handling.

Reduce Weight

You know that box of old dishes you have in your trunk or that baseball bat and glove in the back seat? It may not seem like much, but every extra pound your car has will contribute to low gas mileage.

Simply cleaning out your car and only keeping the necessities will bump up your car’s efficiency. Say bye-bye to that old coffee maker already!

Drive Slower

This tip might not be a popular one but it can’t be ignored that driving at slower speeds, accelerating slowly, and braking gently all help with efficiency. If slamming on the breaks and cruising from zero to sixty are a part of your daily driving finesse, consider changing the way you drive.

Get Gas in the Morning

Here’s a tip that won’t require you to clean your car or change your driving style. Since gas is denser at lower temperatures, you are likely to get more gas for the same amount of money if you pump when it’s cooler. So stop getting gas on your way home from work –save it for Saturday morning!

Use Cruise Control

Think cruise control is only for long road trips? Think again. Cruise control is a great way to maintain fuel efficiency because it works to regulate your speed. Constantly speeding up and slowing down decreases gas mileage; cruise control prevents this by keeping the car at the same speed. Of course, cruise control is only practical on the highway but try to use it whenever possible.

Summer Tire Care

Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means: road trips! It’s the time of year for packing up the car and heading to your favorite vacation destination. Although summer vacations mean several care-free days for you and your family, it could mean the opposite for your car.

Between the hot weather, long drives, heavy loads, and high speeds, road trips could mean disaster for your tires. What would be worse on your summer vacation than getting a flat tire on a busy and unknown highway?

Make sure that you are prepared before you hit the road. Follow these easy tips to ensure the health of your tires before, during, and after your summer vacation:

  • Visibly check the tires: make sure there are no signs of damage
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated: check the owner’s manual for recommended inflation pressure
  • Check that the car is not overloaded
  • Check the tire tread: low tread or bald tires should be replaced
  • Follow the speed limit: driving too fast in hot weather could be dangerous for your tires

Take a quick 15 minutes to complete these steps. Then all that’s left to do is pack the luggage, strap in the kids, and hit the road!

Maintenance Tips: Changing Your Car’s Air & Fuel Filter

You might not know that changing your car’s air filter and fuel filter is almost as important as changing the oil. Your last oil change might have included a fuel filter change but if it didn’t, your fuel filter could be nearly useless because of the repeated buildup of dust and debris.

As for the air filter, you probably wouldn’t even be able to guess the last time it was replaced.

So are these services really necessary? How important is it to replace these filters? Well, here are the basics of car filters:

Fuel Filter:

The fuel filter works to trap debris in gasoline, ranging from dirt particles to rust. When the filter becomes old and clogged, the debris is no longer filtered out, causing rapid wear of the fuel injection system and fuel pump. In addition, the fuel efficiency of the car will decrease.

Again if the fuel filter is not replaced at regular intervals, it will begin to rust and adhere to the fuel line, making it extremely difficult to remove it and install a new one.  Having it replaced at the appropriate times will prevent these hassles.

Air Filter:

This filter is meant to cleanse the air that is traveling through the engine area. If said air contains dust, debris, gravel, or sand, the air filter will trap these particles and prevent them from entering the engine. In addition, the air filter cleanses the air that enters the vehicle cabin. So it not only creates clean air for the engine, but it also creates clean air for the passengers.

Over time the air filter becomes clogged and less effective. To compensate, the engine will use more fuel to try to extract the air, wasting gas. The performance of your engine and your car’s fuel efficiency will be greatly aided by a new air filter, a simple auto service that does not cost that much.

For more information on when to replace these filters, check your owner’s manual. Been awhile since you’ve replaced these? Come on down to the Dick Dyer Toyota Service Department and we will take care of all of your maintenance needs today!