A Brief History of the Tire

July 28th, 2016
The tire is such a commonplace item -- it's on every car, every truck, every bicycle, every aircraft. It's easy to not give the tire a second thought, but like every other technology, the tire has an interesting history of advances and failures. 
 
In the 19th century, carriages and wagons used steel strips for "tires" on their wheels, with the punishing sort of ride that you'd expect. In later years, they were shod with strips of natural rubber, which was an improvement but was still problematic. Solid rubber still rode pretty rough, and the natural, uncured rubber would get gummy in hot weather and shrink and harden in cold temperatures. Charles Goodyear was able to help with the invention of vul ...[more]
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Keeping Your Car A Little Cleaner This Summer

July 26th, 2016

It's summer, and that means lots of taking the kids back and forth to soccer, the store, the park, the pool, summer vacations, etc...and with ice cream, sodas and Interior Detailing in Abbottstown PAother stuff, you can easily end up with a sticky, mess interior. We rounded up some great tips to keep that back seat and interior a little less messy:

 

-- Get a toothbrush. It's really useful for getting ground-in grime out of crevices or textured surfaces like door panels and armrests. 

-- If you've got fuzz and dust lodged in the vents of your car's A/C system, use a small paintbrush to get inbetween the slots in the vents (foam or bristle either one can work), and use a shop-vac's suction to suck up the fuzz before it can get around to other parts of the car. 

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What's Leaking From My Car?

July 14th, 2016
You go out to your car, start it up, pull out of your parking space and see a puddle of...something...where you were parked a moment ago. This is never a good feeling. What could it be? 
 
Fortunately, some automotive fluids are dyed different colors to make this a little easier to narrow down. 
 
Does it appear to be water? Were you recently running your A/C? Chances are that's just condensation from the A/C system, which drips out through a rubber tube and is perfectly normal. No worries there. 
 
For years, antifreeze was dyed a bright green to make it easy to identify. Today, other antifreeze formulations can be colored pink or orange, but it's still not hard to figure out -- antifreeze has a swe ...[more]
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