Automobiles are constant sources of scientific and engineering marvel and innovation. Airbags were a creative answer to the question: “How do we make this safe?” All-wheel drive endeavored to solve rugged conditions. The list goes on and on. Here’s one that most of us take for granted: why don’t our rubber tires melt in high-temperature conditions?
Again, the answer is creative engineering. All tires on the market go through a chemical process called “vulcanization” that combines the rubber in the tires to a number of other ingredients to ensure they’re heat-resistant, fireproof, and virtually un-melting.
It’s a lot like baking a cake. When the eggs, flour, sugar, and everything else are baked, they create cake—a new substance with entirely different traits than its ingredients. When the tires are “baked,” the meltable rubber becomes something else that’s new and impervious to heat.
How, then, do you melt rubber tires?
Companies who recycle rubber have figured this out. It’s done by a process called “pyrolisis,” where the tires are heated in an oxygen-less furnace—meaning without flames—and at over 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit the gases in the furnace cause tires to melt down into its original, independent components, yielding a rubber that is very near its original consistency and can be used again.
Haddad Nissan definitely does not recommend trying this process on your own. If, for whatever reason, you need to get your tires melted, consult a professional.
We at Haddad Nissan know how important it is to service your vehicle seasonally. Winter is coming to an end, so we’ve put together this spring car care checklist to get your vehicle in tip-top shape for the new season.
Catch up with routine vehicle service
If you have not been doing this already, all drivers should be keeping up with the routine service schedule as outlined in their owner’s manual. This can range from replacing burnt out bulbs to streaky windshield wipers to checking the tread on your tires.
Correct any seemingly minor mechanical issues
Sometimes, drivers will dismiss minor issues such as stalling, rough idling, or hard starts as something that can be ignored. Instead, make sure to have these problems checked before they turn into potentially major repair items.
Change oil and coolant fluids
Both oil and coolant fluid help your engine function more efficiently and safely.
Inspect belts and hoses
The engine contains networks of belts, hoses, clamps, and other moving parts that can become worn out or damaged. Make sure to replace these when needed.
Have your air conditioner checked
Air conditioning may not feel like a “necessary” part of spring car care, but keeping yourself cool in the warmer months is a must.
Call us at Haddad Nissan to schedule your springtime maintenance appointment, or to find answers to your vehicle upkeep questions.
When brake pads start to wear down, it usually means your braking power is significantly reduced, so it’s important to get them replaced. Brake pads usually have an indicator that makes them squeal when the brakes are applied, but there are other ways to tell if you need new brake pads.
How fast brake pads wear down depends on how you drive, so there’s no clear interval for when you should inspect them. If you brake hard and often, or you spend a lot of time in heavy city traffic, you should check them more often than if you mostly drive on freeways or open roads without stoplights.
There are a few ways to check brake pads for wear besides listening for a noise. Pay attention to the dust on the wheels, which usually comes from normal wear from your brake pads. If the wheels are suddenly less dusty than usual, this could be a sign that your brakes are going bad.
If you can see the brake pad through the wheel, take a look at it and try to measure its width. Brake pads that are less than a quarter inch wide need to be replaced. You can also tell if your brake pads are thin if you feel a vibration in the pedal when you brake.
If you need your car’s brake pads replaced, give us a call at Haddad Nissan!
Fixing a dent in your car doesn’t have to be expensive. Odds are you can do it yourself without leaving the garage, provided you have the right tools. By using common household items, you can likely avoid the repair shop and save a good amount of money. Here are a few ways to fix a car dent from us here at Haddad Nissan.
- Boiling Water – If you got a dent in your rear bumper, you already know the plastic isn’t very flexible. To help fix it, remove the bumper and apply hot or boiling water to the dent. The heat should make the plastic more malleable, allowing you to push the dent out.
- Plunger – If you have a sink plunger, called a cup plunger in stores, lying around, you already have everything to remove small and medium-sized dents. Apply water to both the plunger and the dent. Push and pull like you would on a clog. The suction should pop the dent out.
- Hot and Cold Air – By using a hair dryer to heat the metal then using an upside down can of compressed air to cool it, you can remove a dent without even touching it. The heat causes the metal to expand while the cold air makes it contract, effectively removing the dent.
The cold weather is getting closer and closer, so it’s time to start winterizing your car. This is an important part of staying safe while driving, so if you’re not sure how to do it, here are some tips to get your car ready for winter.
Your car has to work a little harder in the winter, so before the cold hits, get a tune up and make sure things are in working order. Check your battery, your antifreeze levels, your brakes, and your tire tread and air pressure. Pay special attention to your tires. If the tread getting low, pre-winter is definitely the time to have those replaced. And cold air can make your tire pressure low, so you should check it regularly and refill them when necessary.
It’s also a good time to make sure your heater is still working right, so you don’t go to turn on your defrost when the first frost hits and then realize your windows aren’t defrosting.
Follow oil change and routine maintenance rules closely. You want your vehicle to be as healthy as possible in winter!
There’s a new dealership in town, and luckily it’s a name you already trust – Haddad!
Haddad Nissan officially opened on March 2, 2015. We are at the site of the Haddad Preowned store on West Housatonic St. in Pittsfield. And we’re so excited to be serving the Berkshires!
“The Haddad Auto Group is so incredibly happy to have the Nissan franchise,” said General Manager Mike Coggin. “There seems to be a huge market for Nissans in Berkshire County- everyone I’ve talked to has owned a Nissan at some point in their life. Nissan’s the fastest growing franchise and it’s an unbelievable opportunity to have one of the top 4 brands in the world!”
The Haddad Nissan store will retain the entire inventory that the Haddad Preowned store held, plus a full lineup of Nissan vehicles. We offer guaranteed credit approval and Nissan Service and Parts as well.
“Everyone’s been thrilled with the huge selection of new Nissans we have on our lot,” said Sales Manager Jarrod Blache. “We have over 170 new Nissans in our inventory – Sedans, SUVs, Trucks, Utility Vans – Nissan offers them all! Not only do we have the very popular Altima, we also have a great selection of the new and totally redesigned Nissan Rogue. With the 2016 redesign of the Maxima and Titan coming out later this year, it’s a great time to be a Nissan Dealership!”
We have 6 salespeople including Jeff ‘Snowy’ Snow and Derek Thibodeau, who joined us from Johnson Nissan. Scott O’Connell heads up our Commercial & Fleet Sales.
Stop by and say hello today, and be sure to check out all of our new Nissan vehicles!
The Haddad Nissan Sales Team