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Seasonal Car Maintenance Schedule to Prevent Spring & Summer Breakdowns

At Active Green + Ross, your regular scheduled maintenance should include will include complete multipoint inspection along with an oil, filter, and fluid ,brake inspection, tire rotation or balance, alignment check and battery & brake inspection and other filter and fluid replacements.

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Mounting & Balancing

At Active Green + Ross, we always ensure your vehicle is in top-notch condition, especially with your vehicles WHEELS and TIRES!

 For the proper mounting of tires and wheels, be sure to observe some basic precautions:

  • Mounting and balancing should be done by a professional at Active Green + Ross, using equipment designed for the job!
  • Both tire beads are securely mounted
  • The wheel is not bent or damaged
  • There is no buildup of dirt between the hub and the wheel
  • All of the lugs have been properly torqued
  • The wheel is securely seated on the hub

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Shocks and Struts help keep your vehicle’s tires in contact with the road

Are you possibly driving on worn shocks and struts?

Like most safety-critical chassis components, shocks and struts do wear out over the course of normal operation.

Both shock absorbers and struts keep your vehicle from bouncing around. Though the two terms are often used interchangeably — and they basically do the same thing — shocks and struts are different parts. A vehicle either has a shock or strut at each wheel — not both — and a shock cannot replace a strut, nor a strut replace a shock. Some vehicles have struts on the front axle and shocks in the back.

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Wheel Alignment – A Small Price for a Long Term Investment!

Although there are many other factors that can cause tire wear, such as climate, road surface quality, and your driving style, improper tire alignment is the main cause to irregular treadwear and can cause your tires to wear unevenly and prematurely and can even cause driver assist systems to malfunction. Common irregular tire tread wear conditions from improper alignment include the following: Heel/Toe wear, Feathering, and Camber wear.

If you are experiencing irregular tire wear, handling issues, or an off centered steering wheel, an alignment inspection or correction should be performed. Even without experiencing any indicators of an Alignment related issue, most vehicle manufacturers recommend checking your alignment at least annually or at every seasonal tire changeover and corrected with the purchase of new tires.

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Four Safety Tips for Seasonal Transitions

Take a deep breath. Can you smell it? Spring is almost here! You may remember that season: Plants are blooming, grass is growing, winter coats are being put away and the most important part; windows are down while we’re driving. I can almost feel it now! Making the transition from winter driving to spring driving can be tricky if you live in a colder winter climate. Let’s take a look at a few things to make this seasonal transition easier. Continue reading Four Safety Tips for Seasonal Transitions

How to Avoid a Dead Car Battery This Winter

Cold winter weather can drain a car’s battery quickly, increasing the danger for a breakdown on a chilly day. However, some simple preventative steps can help preserve a vehicle’s battery from auto repair.

Assess the Battery’s Condition

While batteries can last up to ten years, older ones may be ripe for replacement before winter rolls around if they are between three and five years old. Even if a battery is newer, it should be regularly inspected for signs of corrosion, such as acidic residue around the terminals.

Know the Signs of a Weak Battery

Drivers who notice a clicking noise, headlights that dim when slowing down, and cranking during start-up should replace their battery.

Take Preventive Maintenance Steps

These preparations can help prevent a dead battery during the coldest conditions.

Active Green + Ross Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 8) Go Ice skating

AskPatty_Guide_To_Great_Winter_Family_Escapes-Jan2016-08-ice_skatingYou can go winter ice skating outdoors, even if it’s 90 degrees outside!

Outdoor ice skating rinks are the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, enjoy a first date, or sign up for skate lessons. Many even have private cabanas where you can hold a special event. Maybe you’re lucky enough to live near a frozen lake for ice skating, but if you don’t, just do a google search for outdoor ice skating rinks to find one near you.

How do outdoor ice skating rinks stay frozen in the warm weather?

It has to do with a substance called propylene glycol, says Willy Bietak, president of Bietak Productions. His company has installed outdoor rinks at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California, and by the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

According to an interview at SCPR.org, the propylene glycol is chilled to anywhere from 5 to 15 degrees below freezing using a large refrigeration system. Then, Bietak says, it’s run through pipes housed in aluminum panels that sit directly under the ice itself. The glycol cools these panels to very cold temperatures and the panels in turn cool the ice above them. Bietak says these warmer daytime temperatures create a “soft, smooth, soapy surface where you have a good edge.”

 

Active Green + Ross Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 7) Build a Snowman 

AskPatty_Guide_To_Great_Winter_Family_Escapes-Jan2016-07-build_a_snowmanWinter means snow, and snow means snowmen (and snow women too).

If you live where it snows, don’t let winter pass you by without building a fun snowman (or woman) in your yard! If you’re heading outside for winter’s play, brush up on your snowman building skills here at Momtastic.com to ensure that this will be a fun family activity for all of you.

Guess what? You don’t need snow to build a snowman, you can also do it with sand! Building a snowman out of sand is both easier and harder than you might think; learn how by following these easy steps at SandCastleCentral.com.

 

Active Green + Ross Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 6) Have a Family Night

AskPatty_Guide_To_Great_Winter_Family_Escapes-Jan2016-06-family_game_nightInvite some neighbors over to join in the fun!

Do you ever find yourself running out of ideas for fun family activities? Whether you want to spend the evening playing games, vegging out with Netflix and a warm drink, go out to a local destination like a museum or zoo, or even spend a day volunteering, here is a list of 20 ideas for a fun family night, courtesy of iMom.com.