MONTHLY ARCHIVES: AUGUST 2014

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Warning and Engine Lights

The lights that you see up there on your dashboard are meant to divert your attention to the more pressing problems that your car may be having. Busy schedules may make visiting a mechanic challenging, but it pays to be a little bit more informed about what is happening under the hood of your beautiful car.

Diagnostic Stage

If you feel that there is something wrong with your vehicle and are having second thoughts about driving it, then don't! You may be on to something.

Ask yourself whether your car is stalling too much, is it using more fuel than before, and is it getting more difficult to start the car? Your car can alert you in many ways. Besides the warning symbols, there will be engine misfires, excessive exhaust fumes and sluggish drives down the road.

Listen to your Car!

Ideally, the warning light would come on and stop as soon as possible (i.e. when the engine starts). But if that is not just the case or it turns on while you are driving, switch off the engine and check what went wrong.

With newer models being introduced in the market, cars are becoming more complex than most people can handle. While a majority of warning lights are included especially for a specific car make or model, there are some common ones too.

The oil pressure bulb refers to the engine oil level. Check that and if you think the level is correct, it's better to ask for assistance. Treat the brake system lights similarly. They might be indicating a low level of brake fluid once you have released the handbrake. But, if it's not a sensor fault, it can be the result of a circuit failure.

Make sure your battery is charges without damaging the engine. Keeping an eye out for the engine light will ensure there is no malfunction in the system so that there is no need to avoid heavy acceleration or restarting the system to reset it. The ABS light will let you know if the system is operational.

You have to begin paying attention to your car if you don't already. Without proper maintenance, you risk losing, especially if it's a used car. Then again, you can always get yourself a better deal for the latter from quality dealerships like Kelly Risk Free.

For awesome automotive service top in to any of our locations: Kelly Nissan of Route 33, Kelly Buick GMC, Kelly Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM or Kelly MItsubishi. Our service teams will take care of any tire or steering problems.

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


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The Right Mechanic

Everyone needs a loyal functioning vehicle next to them. Think about it we need a car to get to work, get the groceries, pick and drop kids to school and then to soccer practice. In theory you cannot let your car break down, therefore it is important that you are able to tell a good mechanic from a bad one.

Visit During A Slow Day

Going around garages and thinking that they will drop everything to show you around is dreaming a bit too much. A garage that is proud of how they work will put forward the idea of making an appointment with you on the spot.

Pay Attention

During this time when you are given a quick look you can always start by asking questions about whatever you see. Moreover like in most things in life you need to go with your instincts. If the garage looks more like a junk yard from the inside and looks like it has never undergone maintenance that's a direct cue that this won't work out for you. Also do not just pay attention to the equipment, notice the people too. Are they attentive and competent?

Ask About Experience

Nothing beats an experienced mechanic in the automotive world. Especially if you want to buy a car that is relatively old and used. The combination of the necessary qualifications and experience repairing almost every car that was ever made makes the mechanic a perfect choice.

Ask them whether their garage only works for a special kind of car. Many mechanics though don't put a board outside the garage about this but many garages do specialize in a special make or a special car job. This way you will know what the garage's strengths are and at the same time what repair job they might not be able to ace in.

Ask What They Would Do

A final question that you should add to your list is what would the mechanic do if the car you have belonged to him or her. No mechanic will answer you with "nothing"; in any case they will tell you about a bunch of repairs. If the mechanic over exaggerates the amount of work that your car needs and the cost list goes on steer clear of them.

For awesome automotive service top in to any of our locations: Kelly Nissan of Route 33, Kelly Buick GMC, Kelly Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM or Kelly MItsubishi. Our service teams will take care of any tire or steering problems.

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


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Tire Change

DIY or Let Us Change or Rotate Your Tires for You!

Even though it is the most basic technique that a car owner must learn, many people still do not know how to change a car tire or whether they are doing it the right way.

  • The first thing that needs to be done is that you find a firm and stable surface to change your car tire. Remember it is a good idea that you do not park your car on dirt or plain grass. This is because when you will place your jack, it might sink into the ground and become unstable.
  • Now before you start changing the flat tire, first turn off the engine and place a heavy rock behind the wheels in the opposite side from where the car is being raised.
  • Grab your spare tire, tools and jack and consult with your owner's manual to see where they are. However it is a good idea that you familiarize yourself with your car tools and practice a bit with these; this eliminates the risk of working with alien tools in the dark, a flat tire can come up anytime.
  • Remove the hubcap first with a screwdriver then proceed to unscrew the lugs nuts with a wrench, you have to move it counter clockwise. In case you find that they are way too tight then loosen with penetrating oil and pull down on the lug wrench with your foot. Remember you only need to loosen the lug nuts by a single turn, do not entirely remove them.
  • Push up the jack under your car by at least 6 inches. Next remove the lug nuts entirely and place them inside the car so that you do not lose them. Pull off the wheel and place it on the ground. Now remove the flat tire with both of your hands and put your spare tire in front of the wheel well and place it in line with the wheel bolts and then add the wheel bolts and lug nuts and turn the lug nuts clockwise with your hand as tightly as you can.
  • Finally lower the jack and with it the vehicle and then fasten the nuts one last time as much as you can. One thing that you need to remember is that if you are getting smaller sizes of spare tire then make sure that you do not drive these spares at normal speed but at short distances.

If you’re unable to DIY, stop in to any of our locations: Kelly Nissan of Route 33, Kelly Buick GMC, Kelly Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM or Kelly MItsubishi. Our service teams will take care of any tire or steering problems.

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


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The Right Car Dealer Will Find You

The first thing that you need to do is start your research from home. You can go through all the dealer reviews that keep on updating on reputable sites online. Most websites let their reviewers simply rate the dealership they have had experience with as compared to other car dealerships they have had to deal with. This makes your work easier.

See If the Dealership Has Seen Its Fair Share of Time

In the history of car dealerships, these firms come and go within the span of a year. If you are sincere about finding a good dealership from where you can buy a pre owned Mazda it is imperative that you check whether the dealership has been around for more than just a year or less. This does not mean that a dealership is no good but it most definitely eliminates the risk of having to deal with a less competent used car dealership.

Notice the Premises

When narrowing down you final choices check how the staff of the dealership takes care of the facility. That can tell you a lot about the place and the quality of cars they deal in. Check how the cars are maintained in the lot.

Give Customer Service Priority

Customer service is very important; car buying is a long and sometimes complicated process after all. A grumpy salesperson won't make it easier. If you feel uncomfortable with the salesperson at a dealership or you feel that you are not being treated with respect then it is time that you cut off their name from your shortlist. They may be reputable, but they are just not the dealership for you.

Now when you finally have your choices narrowed down it is best that you move on to do your homework on the car you have your sights set on. We are talking spare parts, maintenance routines and what does this car type have that others do not or what does this car not have that modern versions do (this will help you deal with repairs when the time comes.)

If you happen to be looking out for used cars to purchase then check out Kelly Risk Free for the best quality in a used car dealership.

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


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Buying a Used 4WD? Make Sure You Understand What You Need!

You start saving for your first car ever after getting your first job and at the time of purchase you wish to receive the most value for your hard earned cash. This is the point where it gets tricky, especially if you are out to purchase a used 4WD, as you must know exactly what to look for in a 4WD. The following are 4 tips which you must bear in mind if you want to make the right choice.

Know what you want

You must first decide, how would you use your 4WD and what do you need from it. Before starting the search you must think along the following lines:

  • Whether you require a Petrol or a Diesel engine.
  • Do you want coil springs or leaf packs?
    • Coil springs are recommended for a comfortable ride.
    • You will require leaf packs if you carry heavy loads.
  • Would you prefer automatic transmission or manual?
  • Do you intend to use the vehicle for off-road purpose or for both city and off-road?

Thinking along these dimensions will help you narrow down your options to just a few.

Do your Research

Once you have narrowed down your options, do thorough research of the models on your preference list over the internet. You will find a lot of material online offering side by side comparisons of the models you have short listed along with other relevant details.

Look at mechanical stability rather than modifications

You must understand that a 4WD with modifications means that it has taken a lot more beating than a standard 4×4 considering that modifications are added for off-road workout. It is, therefore, advisable for you to start off with a standard and then build up the modifications as per your liking. Also, ask for any relevant warranties for any modifications present.

Check under the bonnet

You should consider the significant checks mentioned as follows:

  • You should check for any possible leakages from engine components, transmissions, or brakes.
  • You should check the oil and look for any possible signs of a leaking head gasket ( any sign of foamy residue after removal of oil filter cap)
  • Check the appearance of the coolant for any possible signs of head gasket leak or lack of servicing.

After these considerations the only thing left for you to do is search for the right dealer like, Kelly Risk Free, which offers you the best deals in all types of used cars.

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


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