Is your Vehicle ready for the Cold Winter Weather?

•November 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2nd-to-None-Service knows that the approaching cold winter weather is hard on you vehicle.  We want to remind you to winterize your car or truck.  What needs to be done to winterize your vehicle?  Well, call us to schedule an appointment and let us take care of it for you.

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About winterization of your vehicle!

  1. The Fuel System:
    1. Make sure you are using the right level of octane. The higher the octane the easier your vehicle will start in the cold weather.
    2. Be sure to keep anti-gel additives for your diesel vehicle.  Diesel will freeze up if the temperature drops to low.
    3. You don’t want your fuel and fuel filters to freeze.  Make sure you drain any water from your fuel system and maintain good fuel filters on your vehicle.
  2. The cooling System:
    1. A regular preventive maintenance program will uncover problems within the cooling system and cab heater, as well as radiator leaks, plugged hoses and cracked belts.  If left unchecked, these issues may worsen in the cold winter temperatures we face here in New Mexico and eventually lead to the failure of the cooling system components and engine damage will occur.
    2. You also need to make sure your coolant is at the proper freeze point for our area.warning triangle with winter car breakdown in background
  3. The Air System:
    1. On diesel trucks the air dryer is designed to collect and remover air system contaminants before they enter the brake system and cause the brakes to freeze up.  In colder climates like ours water can freeze in the valve and cause serious problems with the operation of your air-brake system.  To ensure proper brake function and keep your vehicle running smoothly in the freezing conditions, air dryer maintenance is imperative.
    2. It is also important to drain the water out of your air tanks!  over time in the heat and cold the air will build up condensation an this will collect in the air tanks.  Always have on hand air system additives to keep your air lines and valves from freezing!
  4. The Engine:
    1. Diesel engines are much harder to start in the cold weather because they require higher cylinder temperatures.  Do you have a block heater installed on your truck?  Are your glow plugs (if equipped) functioning properly?
  5. The Batteries
    1. In winter, heavy-duty diesels require strong batteries that hold a good charge with enough cranking amps to start the engine.  Freezing conditions drain a battery fast.  Have your batteries checked to make sure they are good and all connections are tight and clean.
  6. The windshield Wiper Blades:
    1. The hard New Mexico climate is hard on wiper blades with the heat and cold.  Make sure your wiper blades are good.
    2. Make sure your wiper fluid tank is full and carry an extra supply of fluid in your vehicle.

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Bring your vehicle in to 2nd-to-None-Service.  Let our team of professionals go through your truck and make sure you are ready for the cold winter driving conditions.  Call us at Albuquerque NM  505-888-8818    or    Moriarty NM  505-832-9090

Check out our websites at 2nd-to-None-Service   or 2nd-to-None-Fleet service

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4th Annual “Free Ride” Car Giveaway Winner!

•September 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

FREE RIDE WINNER MONICA MARTINEZ   Monica Martinez is this years recipient of the 4th Annual “Free Ride” Car Giveaway.

2nd-to-None-Service gives away a vehicle to a very deserving person in the community, who helps others and has come upon hard times and could use a helping hand but would never ask for one.  This year’s winner is as amazing woman.  Each morning she wakes with a positive outlook, applies her lipstick, and goes to work.  She works for Edgewood Middle School running the kitchen feeding all the students. She always encourages the students to become the best and would do anything to help them because she knows they are our future.  She states that “Doing for others” makes her feel whole.  She always sees the good in everyone, especially in the children of our community. After work she heads to Mountain View Elementary where she helps with the after school programs.   When done there she doesn’t go home and put her feet up she heads off to run errands and care for her aging mother. After that is all done then she heads home to take care of her daughter.  On her spare time she finds ways to help others in the community. In the past few years she has come upon hard time due to some unfortunate circumstances.   Monica Martinez or Ms. Monica as the kids call her, we are proud to award you with this 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan.  Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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Have you had your DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) serviced yet?

•September 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A DPF service? What is that? Did you how that your DPF System has to be maintained and serviced every 6 – 12 months depending upon the conditions of driving and the maintenance conditions of your truck? Many people mistakenly believe that “regeneration” and “cleaning” are identical. They are not!

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) “regeneration” burns off the majority of contaminants, but still leaves ash and unburnt residue inside the DPF. Over time this ash builds up in the DPF and only a thorough cleaning can remove this build up.

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To “clean” the DPF system the DPF filter has to be removed from the truck and put into a special high temperature oven to bake. Then the residual ash is then blown out of the filter. This clean is required every 6 – 12 months.

Here at 2nd-to-None-Service we understand the importance of proper DPF (Diesel particulate filter) maintenance. Having a strong understanding of DFP cleaning practices and developing an effective and proven preventive maintenance strategy and schedule will allow fleets to not only avoid unplanned and costly breakdowns, but achieve better fuel economy and extend the overall life of their vehicles. 2nd-to-None-Service is dedicated to helping our fleets and over the road customers better maintain their DPF system.

Call today to schedule your DPF cleaning and start a maintenance schedule on your truck.

2nd-to-None-Service   Moriarty, NM   505-832-9090

2nd-to-None-Service  Edgewood, NM  505-888-8818

 

Spring Cleaning Your Car

•April 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

When you think of spring cleaning, you probably think of your home, but what about your car? Winter is the harshest time of year for cars, and your vehicle likely deserves a thorough cleaning. Here’s what you should do.

Steps for Washing Your Car Thoroughly & Efficiently

People__Washing carClean the inside of your car first and follow with the outside. Remove all trash, including what has accumulated in the trunk, vacuum the inside, and clean the windows.

For the outside, include the tires and wheels and the underside and fenders to eliminate any road salt or grime. Wheels and tires should be cleaned with a mitt other than the one used to wash the body. This step will avoid contaminating the vehicle’s paint with debris from the wheels.

Wash the car in the shade and use a product sold specifically for cars. Soap up one section at a time, thoroughly rinsing away the suds as you go. Clean the fenders and bumpers last since they will have the most dirt and grime that can contaminate the wash mitt.

Give your car a final rinse by letting water cascade down the surfaces of the vehicle. To avoid water spots, use a chamois or other product made for drying to dry the car. If you have time, you may also want to wax your car according to the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Waxing should always be done out of direct sunlight and every six months.

Once you’re done, a new air fresher and trash container are the perfect finishing touches!

10 Tips to Get the Best Possible Oil Change

•March 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Like any auto repair and service shop, we do a lot of oil changes. We also see the effects of neglect and shoddiness when it comes to oil changes. If you decide to do your own oil change, or you find yourself at a quick lube station, make sure the job is done right. Here are some tips, and keep in mind, following a routine maintenance schedule for oil changes is probably the single best thing you can do for your vehicle.

  1. Allow your vehicle’s engine to warm up fully before you change the oil or get your oil changed.
    Once an engine is warmed up completely, all the dirt particles and contaminants that settled at the bottom of the oil pan when the engine was off get churned up and suspended in the oil. This will ensure that most of the contaminants get removed when the oil is drained.
  1. Make sure your vehicle is level when the oil is being drained. This enables the old, dirty oil to drain out as completely as possible.
  1. Examine the waste oil as it is draining into the pan. Look for signs of contamination, such as water, because with every drain, water will settle at the bottom of the pan. Also, feel for bits of metal which could suggest internal engine problems. A thorough mechanic will often run his fingers through the oil while it is draining to feel for grit, metal, and other contaminants that signal possible engine problems.
  1. Remove and inspect the old filter carefully. Most modern cars use a spin-on oil filter. When removing the filter, make sure that the gasket sealing ring comes off with the filter. If it does not, use your fingernail to pry it loose and remove it.
  1. Choose your new filter carefully. Select one that has been manufactured by a company widely known for the quality and efficiency of its filtration products.
  1. Install the filter properly. Make sure to coat the sealing ring with fresh motor oil and hand-tighten only.
  1. Oil Change

    Make sure you use the correct oil for your car.

    Choose the correct grade of new oil. Oil is the lifeblood of the engine and choosing the appropriate grade will ensure proper performance. Refer to your owner’s manual for the correct service designation. It will be specified as an API (American Petroleum Institute) rating.

  1. Choose the correct viscosity or thickness of oil. It will vary by make and model of car and the climate in which the vehicle is operating. The viscosity of the oil will be specified in your owner’s manual as an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) number. For example, a typical multi-grade oil is 5W30.
  1. Use exactly the right amount of oil. Too much or too little can endanger the life of your vehicle’s engine parts. Over-filling can cause oil leaks and can damage engine seals and gaskets. Having too little oil can cause friction and shorten engine life.
  1. If you plan to regularly do your own oil changes, invest a few dollars in a magnetic oil pan drain plug. It will capture most of the potentially damaging metal particles that may collect in the oil pan.

Windshield Wiper Wisdom

•January 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

You all know to prepare your vehicles for winter driving. But while you’ve likely heard plenty about checking your battery, flushing your fluids, and changing the oil, there is another component of your vehicle that often goes overlooked despite being a key safety feature during inclement weather—the windshield wipers.

A wiper tune-up can have an enormous impact at any time of the year, but it’s especially effective and important when visibility is at a premium during the winter months. Maintaining proper windshield wiper health gives you a much better chance of getting through the season without any accidents.

How the Windshield Wiper System Works

Your vehicles wiper system is comprised of five parts:

  1. wiper motor
  2. wiper arms
  3. wiper blades
  4. wiper inserts
  5. washer fluid

The arm connects to the base of your vehicle and holds the blade. The wiper insert (the rubber squeegee that’s actually in contact with your windshield) is held by the blade. The motor powers everything. And washer fluid is, of course, the liquid that shoots onto your windshield to clean it.

Checking Your Wiper System

In order to maintain optimum condition, your wiper system needs routine maintenance and replacements. The wiper insert should be replaced at least twice a year, ideally before and after the winter months. To check to see if your wiper inserts need to be replaced at any time, just spray washer fluid and switch on your wipers. If you hear a screeching sound or see streaks on your windshield, your wiper inserts are worn and need to be replaced.

Your wiper blades also need regular attention. Cleaning them twice a month will help you stay on top of any cracks or other damage that could lead to problems in severe weather. Wipe down your wiper inserts with a clean rag and some washer fluid at the same time you clean the blades.

Five Minutes Makes a Difference

A few minutes of effort is well worth the safety and advantage of having clean, healthy wipers. Winter driving is just too dangerous without perfect and reliable visibility.

It all starts with the battery (for your car anyway!)

•December 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

When you start your car this winter, the last thing you want to hear is a “chug, chug, chuuug” from your engine when it’s trying (in vain) to turn over. If this happens, it’s quite possibly your battery, especially if you haven’t tested or replaced it in some time. But starting your car is just one important function the battery serves. This blog is all about batteries.

Car batteries usually last four to six years, but it’s good to have your battery tested after three to four years because there are few warning signs of a dying battery. However, if you have to jump start your car for any reason or if you notice your car sounds different when you start it, then it’s time to have your battery tested.

Your battery is in great demand.

If you drive a newer vehicle, the demands placed upon your battery are significant. This is because new cars have so many more electrical systems than older vehicles. Here are a few of the features that may be using power from your battery in addition to the starting system:

  • Wipers and defoggers
  • Lights
  • Fan
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Power seats
  • Heated seats
  • Stereo and auxiliary power ports
  • ECU (electronic control unit)

In addition to the numerous functions it performs, weather can take a toll on your battery. Both temperature extremes—hot and cold—are battery killers. Battery capacity falls by about 1% per degree below 68 degrees, while high temperatures accelerate aging, self-discharge, and electrolyte usage. Fully discharged batteries (“dead” batteries) lose about 80% of their life expectancy when compared to a battery that never went “dead.”

Get your battery tested!

Be proactive when it comes to your battery. If it’s between three and five years old (or older), or if you are noticing a pattern of slow engine cranking, stop by 2nd-to-None Service and have your battery tested. It’s one quick pass or fail test that just may keep you off the side of the road this winter!

 
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