Archive for December, 2011
We would like to pause and say thank you to all of our newest customers here at Gresham Toyota! We appreciate your business and hope you have a wonderful new year!
Winter driving requires special attention to your vehicle. Rain, snow, and cold weather can place any vehicle – or any driver – in an unsafe condition. Here are a few tips to see you safely through the winter driving season:
Always keep plenty of gas in the tank. You never know when you will be stuck somewhere in traffic, or stuck on the mountain in the snow. Your gas mileage may drop during winter, because there is more stop-and-go driving, because the roads are slicker, and because your vehicle may operate at a lower temperature. Unless your engine is running rough or the check engine light is on, a small decline in miles per gallon is normal. To keep your miles per gallon at their best, and to drive safely, watch your tire pressure. Most manufacturers do not recommend that you change the inflation during the winter. When in doubt, consult your owners’ manual.
Have your windshield washer fluid freeze protection checked regularly. Keep your reservoir full and be sure that your supply includes a chemical to prevent freezing. Driving in intermittent rain and snow can empty your sprayer tank quickly.
Use the “fresh air” mode on your heater control when defogging the window. This draws in outside air and will still be warm with your heater on, but does a better job defogging your windows. Later models automatically do this when in “defrost” mode. If your window is slow to de-fog, keep the heat on, but hit the air conditioning button for a minute or two. It won’t make your car cold – but it will help to more quickly reduce the humidity, and de-fog your window.
Make sure you turn your wipers off before you shut the car off for the night. This will return them to their horizontal position. If you don’t the next morning they may delay your departure, or may require that you drive away with them stuck in a vertical position, obstructing your vision. Never try to force a frozen windshield wiper to move. It may cause damage to the blades, to the linkage or to the wiper motor.
Don’t pour hot water on a frozen car. It can cause your windshield to crack. Plan a few extra minutes to allow the interior of your car to warm up and defrost the windshield – or place an old rubber mat over your windshield before you go to bed at night.
Get your snow tires on your vehicle as soon as permissible. In Oregon, that’s usually around November 1st. Don’t wait for the crunch of a sudden snowstorm that they didn’t predict on the news.
Learn how to use your 4-wheel drive or anti-lock brakes ahead of time. Consider practicing in an empty parking lot. This is particularly important when you buy an unfamiliar vehicle. Anti-lock brakes cause a unique shudder and noise from the brake pedal. This is normal. They usually don’t even activate unless you stomp down on the brake pedal hard and fast. Try it. That way it won’t be so scary when you experience this in a panic situation. 4-wheel drive now has several configurations depending on the make and model of the vehicle. If yours is one that you have to activate, learn how yours works before you need it. For most vehicles, it should not be used on dry pavement, which can bind up the drive train.
Have a multi-point inspection done on your vehicle every fall. Check tires, engine coolant for freeze protection, belts, hoses, fluids, filters and especially check your battery. The colder it is the less cranking amps it has and the more your engine needs.
Christmas sure has been commercialized. It’s been wrapped, packaged and marketed…as slick as American know-how can make it. We all chafe at it a little bit at this time of year; it’s supposed to be the happiest season, but it can be pretty stressful.
It’s easy to get caught up in all that, whether you’re trying to run a household or to run a business, even a car dealership. And these past few years have been particularly difficult for all of us. But down deep, underneath all the abuse we have piled on Christmas, most of us have to admit there is something pretty special about this time of year. And many of us would go a step further and confess that the something special is CHRIST. After all Christmas is Christ’s.
May you have the finest Christmas of your life – by seeking Christ in it. Get to know Him better. You’ll like what you learn.
From our entire staff here at Gresham Toyota, we want to send a big thank you out to all of our newest customers! We hope you love your new vehicles and look forward to hearing about how you’re loving them!
Good news, sports car fans: Subaru and Toyota have teamed up to bring an affordable, six-speed, rear-wheel drive coupe to life. The 2013 Scion FR-S boasts 200 horsepower, better fuel economy than its competition, and Recaro-style seats. Early reports unanimously indicate the FR-S handles like a dream and is likely to be a booming success once it hits the American market in spring 2012.
Unlike many of its counterparts, the FR-S will be light (under 3,000 pounds), with 17-inch tires and an amazingly low center of gravity (lower than the Porsche Cayman!).
With a trunk large enough to fit two golf bags (with the rear seats folded down), a Pioneer sound system, Torsen-Limited slip differential, and a price tag under $26,000 the FR-S is a sports car for the budget-minded enthusiast.
sources: automobilemag.com, insideline.com, motortrend.com