One thing we see here at your Cincinnati car dealers, The Superior Automotive Group is excessive carbon build up in some of the cars we service. This carbon build up over time and can cause your vehicle to burn more fuel, feel sluggish and even cause a deterioration in overall engine performance. It take a little while, about 100,000 mile before carbon build up may become an issue. However there is a “do it yourself” way of cleaning and clearing this excess of carbon in your engine. It’s a product called Seafoam and it is designed to be administered directly to the engine. check out the video clip below. While the smoke may seem a little unnerving this actually is all of the carbon being burned off.
If you want to use Seafoam to clean your engine, do it in a place that is well ventilated and preferably not in a residential area. Go out to a large, unoccupied parking lot, as the amount of smoke discharge can vary from mild to intense and will last roughly 10 minutes. The last thing you want is to alarm your neighbors.
If you’ve already used the Seafoam product, tell us how it affected to performance of your Cincinnati car. In some cases the improvement were staggeringly dramatic and in others it may be mild. It all really depends on the age and mileage you’ve put on your vehicle. If you are looking for maintenance of this type, but don’t want to do it yourself, any Superior Automotive location can help.
That’s right. If you have heavily oxidized headlight lenses, a tube of toothpaste, a rag, some water and a little elbow grease is all you need to remove the oxidization. Now being in the Cincinnati car business, Superior knows that there are all types of good cleaners on the market.
What kind kind of toothpaste should you use? Well, any kind will work really. From what we understand and would recommend, use regular white toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes or those with mint have extra compounds that could actually damage your headlights.
All you do is apply the toothpaste in a circular pattern with a cloth, rinse with water and dry with another cloth. It’s that easy. If you want an even smoother look, use a little car polish to even out the streaks.
If your headlights look foggy now, and those once crystal clear headlights now look like waxed paper is covering them, try this simple home remedy, before spending any money on a brand name cleaner. Although the brand names work, you could save yourself a wad of cash by simply using toothpaste.
Have any more home remedies for your Cincinnati Car? Leave a comment below and let Superior know about it.
It’s OK to admit that you aren’t the most courteous driver in the world. I mean, you may think you are, but how many times have you cut someone off, didn’t let someone in your lane or simply didn’t use your blinker to let the person behind you know that you intended to change lanes. Your Cincinnati car dealer, The Superior Automotive Group wants you to know: “It’s OK. You’re not alone”. The fact of the matter is, that at one point, or another, we have all been guilty of being a bad driver.
Hogging the Left Lane – The left lane is for passing, not hogging. If you are cruising in the left lane and the traffic is stacking up behind you, move to another lane. The left lane is designed and reserved for faster-moving traffic. Occupying the left lane at the speed of traffic can potentially clog it up and only lead to frustrated drivers behind you. If people are trying to pass using the left lane or have to move over to the right to get around you, you should move to a different lane.
Bright Lights – Your “brights” come in handy on a dark road, but are really annoying and painful when used on a well traveled road. You all know it, staring into an on coming set of bright lights can seriously hinder a driver that is traveling the other direction. Be kind and turn off your brights until no one is around again.
King of the Road Syndrome – No you didn’t build the road, so no, you don’t own it. Don’t be that guy who doesn’t let other traffic merge. The same goes for people who don’t use their turn signals. You aren’t the only car on the road, so don’t drive like you are!
Doing Other Things Behind the Wheels Besides Driving – I almost nearly got into an accident when I saw a person who was driving and reading the newspaper. No joke. Multi-tasking is a great skill, but don’t do it when you are driving. Ladies, this includes putting on makeup. Driving is dangerous enough as it is, so all of your attention is needed when doing so.
Tailgating – Tailgating should be reserved for the ballgame, not the highway. The bottom line is that tailgating it simply dangerous. The rule of thumb is that one and a half car lengths should be between you and the car in front of you. If someone is tailgating you, try to get in another lane if possible and get out of their way.
Cruise Control Passing – Have you even gotten stuck behind someone who is trying to pass but never quite makes it in front of the other car because they don’t speed up enough? That is because they won’t take off cruise control! If you are going to pass, turn on your signal and speed up enough to pass them and give plenty of room behind you after you merge.
We hope that the tips above help you out so that you can be an even better driver. If you have any tips you would like to share just comment below or stop by any of your Cincinnati car dealer locations.
There is no getting around it. If you drive you have to carry at minimum, limited liability insurance on your vehicle. Of course if you are like us at your Cincinnati car dealers, the Superior Auto Group, you are going to want to spend as little money as possible. After all, we all hope you never even have to use your insurance, but it is still mandatory. So how do you shop for the best prices on insurance? Do you scour the Internet like you would the weekly newspaper for the best deals on groceries, or clothing? If so, you should put forth the same effort when searching for car insurance. Keep your well-deserved money and read on for some tips from Wallet Pop for saving money on car insurance:
Determine the limits you want on your policy, and then get multiple quotes. To ensure you’re comparing apples to apples, ask the agents to give you quotes based on the same or similar deductibles, coverages, etc.
Consider purchasing your homeowner, auto and umbrella insurance with the same company, so a multi-coverage discount will apply.
Tell your agent about anti-theft alarms, anti-lock brakes and other safety features of your car or SUV. These could translate into bigger discounts.
Ask for a quote that would pay to replace your vehicle, rather than pay you based on its depreciated value.
Ask your agent what documentation you need to substantiate a claim, in case of damage, or theft.
Pay your entire premium up front, since many carriers offer discounts for doing so.
Read all the details in the policy so you know exactly what is covered.
Insurance, you can’t drive without it, and nor would you want to. The tips above are great money-saving tips, now you just have to do something with them. Do you have any others to share with your fellow Cincinnati Honda, Acura, Hyundai and Kia drivers? Do you feel that Ohio insurance is higher than in other states?
The warmer weather starting to make an appearance and it’s also the time to get your vehicle into tip-top, summer shape.
Below are six basic tips that will get you’re vehicle summer ready, thanks to National Motorist Association. Below you will find the easy, and mostly cosmetic tasks to perform before the summer heat hits, however, we also suggest that you bring your vehicle into your Cincinnati new car dealer, the Superior Automotive Group for a thorough tune-up.
1) Clean the crevices.
Door sills/jambs, trunk undersides; the inner fenders and undercarriage are places where winter gunk tends to accumulate. It’s not just unsightly, either. The gunk can prevent proper drainage/drying-out, which will accelerate body rot. Caustic compounds such as road salt are also hard on rubber seals/weatherstripping. It’s a good idea to wipe down the inner door jambs/trunk underside and run the car through the undercarriage wash at your local automatic car wash (or you can do it yourself with a garden hose).
2) Check the tires.
People know about keeping track of tread depth but sometimes forget to physically examine their vehicle’s tires for signs of physical damage — such as bulges on the sidewall or rips/tears — things that can be caused by hitting a bad pothole or bumping up against a curb. Such damage often happens during the winter months — but isn’t noticed because it’s just too cold outside to get on your hands and knees and take a close look at each tire. But now that it’s getting warm out, it’s a good idea to do a walk around. Any tire that has a bulge on its sidewall or any evidence of physical damage should be replaced as soon as possible.
3) Replace your wiper blades.
New wiper blades are cheap and easy to install — one of the few such things you can say about car maintenance these days. If you live in a four seasons climate, wiper blades should be replaced at least twice a year — once in fall and then again, in spring. Or even sooner, if you notice they’re doing more streaking than cleaning. This is a (usually) no-tools-required/DIY job that almost anyone can handle. And if you don’t want to handle it, many of the auto parts stores that sell blades will install them for you, free. Just ask.
4) Try your air conditioner.
Do it now — before it gets hot. And before every repair shop in town has a backlog of two weeks because of the vast legions of people who dropped off their cars for AC work. AC systems — especially on cars more than four or five years old — sometimes have very minor leaks that, over time, result in loss of cooling power. Also, long periods of disuse such as over the winter season can lead to other problems such as a sticky compressor clutch (this is why it’s smart to run your AC a couple of times a month for 5-10 minutes at a time during the winter months) that won’t become obvious until that first really hot day when you turn on the AC — and all you get is warm air. So, make sure your car’s AC is blowing cold now, before you really need it — and get it fixed if not, before everyone else realizes they need to get theirs fixed, too.
5) Polish your headlights.
Most late model cars have clear-plastic headlight assemblies instead of the sealed beam glass headlights cars used to come with. The upside is these plastic headlight assemblies look better and (when new) usually give you better night-time illumination. The downside is the plastic tends to yellow or become cloudy as the car ages, and this looks bad and also reduces the effectiveness of the lights, too. But the fix is fairly easy. Get some polish wax and a soft rag. Use the polish wax to buff out the plastic. It will safely remove the outer yellowed/opaque layers and restore your headlights to as-new look and function. Specialty kits are also available to do this job that include UV sealers to help keep the headlights looking great (and lighting right) longer
6) Hose off your radiator.
Your car’s radiator is really a heat exchanger. Engine heat is transferred to liquid coolant, which circulates through the radiator, where heat is taken away by the flow of air over thin cooling fins. But if dirt — and dead bugs and leaves/debris — cake onto the radiator’s surface, it becomes less capable of shedding heat. It’s harder for the fan to draw air through the radiator, which reduces it efficiency. The fix is easy — and free. Just get out your garden hose, pop the hood and — with the engine cold — thoroughly hose down the radiator, paying particular attention to the front (facing away from the engine) because that’s the section that acts as a bug-catcher and grime collector, too.
And if you’re not into doing the work yourself or find that you need expert help, then stop by and chat with the friendly and knowledgeable folks at any of your Cincinnati car dealers, the Superior Automotive Locations!
We all know nothing lasts forever. Wear and tear go hand in hand as your vehicle ages, but an aging vehicle doesn’t mean a dying vehicle. With a proper maintenance schedule you can get the most out of your Cincinnati used car. It’s really is all about maintenance. Take a look at this Howcast video which explains what you need to do to extend the life of your Cincinnati car, truck or SUV:
So do you follow the maintenance recommendations that your vehicle’s manufacturer suggests? Why or why not? And where do you usually have it serviced? At your neighborhood mechanic, or at your Cincinnati used car dealer?
Now, even though I work for Mike Albert Direct, I’m willing to admit, sometimes I can be a hypochondriac when it comes to the health of my Cincinnati car. There have been times where I’ve seen a puddle under my engine and thought, “Did that come from my car? Do I have an oil leak?” I’ve even gone as far as to get on my hands and knees and touch any liquids under my car, just to make sure. It’s always just runoff from my AC, which is a huge relief, but what if it’s wasn’t? What if it’s a greenish puddle under your car? I could have a cracked radiator.
So, what can you do if you suspect that you have a leaky radiator? Watch the video below:
A leaky radiator isn’t something you should take lightly. A small crack can rupture very, very fast as pressure from the heat of your anti-freeze builds up. (That’s why you have to let your engine cool before you pop the radiator cap) If you think you have a leaky radiator, get it to Mike Albert Direct soon. If you have a catastrophic radiator failure it could cost you more in repairs, especially if you run your vehicle too long in an overheated condition.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here!
With the weekend here, there is little doubt that you will be wrangling the family and hitting the road for some much deserved vacation time. There is also little doubt that the high gas prices will be on your mind, especially when you gas up before you head out to your weekend destination. The Superior Automotive Group can’t control the gas prices in Cincinnati, but you can control how much gas you use when you are driving. I know this may seem redundant, but you’re driving habits affect how much gas you use. For example, jack rabbit starts and exceeding the speed limit are great gas wasters.
I know you’ve heard it all before, but it is really easy to slip back into our old driving habits when we forget how much fuel is costing the average American driver. If you you need a refresher course and more tips for saving gas money, keep reading.
This first tip might seem obvious, but whenever possible, combine your errands and trips. Try to make one trip to run errands, rather than several shorter tips. Less miles traveled means less gas used. It’s a simple equation that will always come out in your favor.
Next, be conservative with your air conditioning setting. Your A/C’s gas sucking ability may have been exaggerated, but there are still studies out there that claim that using your A/C at its highest can reduce your fuel efficiency when compared to if you didn’t use it. Opening a window, or two while on the highway can actually make your gas mileage worse than using your A/C, so you may as well use it.
Third, use your cruise control whenever possible. Maintaining a consistent speed when driving on the highway, will help you cut fuel costs. Also, make sure not to start and stop suddenly.
Fourth, avoid carrying extra weight in your trunk or on your vehicle’s roof. You might forget that you put all the kids’ sports equipment in the trunk and drive around with it for months, but if you remove an extra 100 pounds from your trunk, you can save up to 12 gallons of gas each year. These days, every dollar counts!
This last one is easy. Simply select the right vehicle from your Cincinnati Car Dealer. When you’re in the market for a new car or SUV, you can look at fueleconomy.gov to learn that vehicle’s average gas mileage. Determine how miles you drive each month and calculate how much gas you’ll be spending. The best part is that The Superior Automotive Group has multiple manufacturers for you to compare and choose from. Cincinnati Hyundais, Acuras, Kias and Hondas are all designed to be more fuel efficient and gentler on the wallet.
Between the constant construction and endless traffic in Cincinnati, there are many angry drivers out there, all of us at the Superior Auto Group have seen them. Maybe you have too. Maybe you are one of them! Do you get overly angered when someone cuts you off or takes “your” parking spot? Maybe you’re late for school or work, pass in and out of traffic without signaling, or use your horn to make a car or SUV in front of you drive more quickly. If you do any of these things, you might be an aggressive driver.
According to AAA, angry or aggressive drivers are in a high percentage of traffic accidents, often leading to death or serious injury. Take a look at this angry driver who was pulled over for speeding.
I’ve seen many aggressive drivers, but I can’t believe that driver was so angry towards that police officer. If you are ever confronted by an aggressive driver, here are some tips:
1) Don’t make eye contact with aggressive drivers.
2) Get out of the way of an aggressive driver. That might mean letting them pass.
3) Don’t confront or challenge them.
4) Avoid tailgating.
5) Use the horn for safety only, not to express your annoyance with the aggressive driver.
6) Obey the speed limit
These simple tips will help you avoid confrontation with aggressive drivers, and help make our Cincinnati roads safer. If you’re on Route 66 in Neptune, and want to share some additional tips for avoiding aggressive drivers, just stop by any Cincinnati car dealership, The Superior Auto Group, of course, and say hello.