What car seat should my Child be in?

I don’t know about you, but how do you know when is the right time to change your child’s car seat? As a mom of two girls, who of whom is 5 almost 6 and so ready to be out of her “baby seat,” when is the right time to change to a booster, and how long do they have to be in car seats?

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There’s a lot more rules and regulations when it comes to Children’s car seats now a days. Infant car seats are supposed to rear facing, and you are supposed to keep them rear facing for 2 years. You aren’t supposed to buckle them in with their winter coats. Then they are supposed to be in a booster seat till a certain age, height or weight. That’s a lot to know right? Well I stumbled upon this website (link below) that answers all those questions, plus there is a calculator in there that will help to give you a better idea of which kind of seat your child so be in! Hope this was helpful! I found it helpful for my own kids!

https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#find-compare-seats

 

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What’s the difference between a 4 wheel alignment and a rotate & balance of vehicle tires?

All the time we hear, “My car shakes, I think I need my tires aligned.” Or, “My car keeps pulling to the left, I need my tires Balanced!” It’s very easy to not know the difference between these two different services.

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We are going to make it easy for you in this post! Below, find how balancing and alignments are different, what they involve and how to tell if your car needs one.

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• Weights are applied to planes on the tire rim, inside and out. • Adjusting angle of wheels, including caster (angle between upper and lower ball joints) and camber (the angle between the tire and the axle).
• Sign it’s time for one: Shaking or vibrating at 60 – 70 mph. • Sign it’s time for one: Severe wear on outside or inside edge of tire.

What a Tire Balance entails: Balancing a tire involves the application of zinc, lead, or non-lead/composite weights to each plane of the rim—the inside and the outside. However, since there are many different styles of rims, there are several different weight applications used to balance.

What a 4 Wheel alignment entails: Obtaining a wheel alignment for your vehicle could be necessary for many reasons. In fact, several maintenance and repair jobs require wheel alignments when completed due to the obstruction of the caster and the camber.

  • The casteris the angle between the pivot line (an imaginary line that runs vertically through the center of the upper ball joint to the center of the lower ball joint) from the front to back of the vehicle.
  • Camberis the angle from the top/bottom of the tire to the axle. If the top of the tire sticks out farther than the bottom (farther away from the axle), it is a positive camber. If the bottom of the tire sticks out more than the top, it is a negative camber.

 

What’s in your Emergency Car Kit?

We all know the importance of having an Emergency Car Kit, but what exactly should we put in our Emergency Car Kits? Below you will find a list straight from the DMV of what you should have on hand in your vehicle.

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Essentials for Emergency Kits:

(This list comes right from the DMV.org)

  • Roadside flares
  • A first-aid kit
  • Work gloves or latex gloves
  • Two quarts of oil
  • Jumper cables
  • One gallon of antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Extra fuses
  • A blanket
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries
  • A Phillips head screwdriver
  • A flat head screwdriver
  • Vise grips
  • An adjustable wrench
  • A pair of pliers
  • A tire inflator
  • A tire pressure gauge
  • Some rags and a funnel
  • A roll of duct tape
  • A roll of paper towels
  • A spray bottle with washer fluid
  • An ice scraper
  • An AAA or roadside emergency card
  • Triangle reflectors and flares.
  • A pocketknife
  • Bottled water
  • Granola or energy bars

 

Now is a good time to stock up and make sure you are prepared for the coming winter. You can buy already made emergency kits, or you can make your own. Don’t forget to get your car winter ready as well! We have some great promotions to take advantage of! Give us a call 978.688.4332

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6 Facts about snow tires you should be aware of!

The season is coming fellow New Englanders.  Before we know it it’ll be snowing! Be prepared and start thinking of ways to get ready before we get a huge snow storm! Here are some great reasons to think about getting snow tires for this upcoming winter!

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  1. Compromise-free: These tires are designed specifically for the winter. They have both a flexible rubber compound and unique tread design to with stand snow, slush, ice and extreme cold temperatures.
  2. Maximized AWD performance: All wheel drive systems react in milliseconds with precision to low traction situations, keeping you and your family safe. Having winter tires would only increase this traction between the vehicle and the roads surface!
  3. Not just for snow and ice: All season or summer performance tires get really hard when it’s cold, since effective traction relies on tires being softer and more malleable against the roads surface so harder tires could create problems. Even in the winter dry roads softer, more flexible rubber provides the give and take that an all season tire wouldn’t be able to.
  4. Longer tire life: Switching to winter tires, extends the life of your all season tires. Since up front it might seem like a lot, you’ll be able to save your all season tires for when the weather gets warmer again.
  5. Enhances safety system function: automobiles now a days work so hard to keep your family safe. Even with all the safety features they don’t make traction. These features just simply help to maximize the use of traction. Providing these features with physical grip like winter tires will help them work even more at keeping you and your family safe.
  6. Thirty feet: Thirty feet isn’t a huge distance, and when you have to stop at a busy intersection covered in snow or ice that 30 feet seems even less. Thankfully with winter tires it can help you stop on the snow and prevent an accident!

 

We hope these 6 facts were helpful for you. If you consider doing winter tire for you vehicle, give us a call we’d be happy to help! 978.688.4332

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Driving Laws of Massachusetts

Do you have little ones? Ever wonder how long they will be in those car seats? Or what are the driving rules in Mass. It’s always important to refresh on what the rules are so you can stay up to date!

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Safety Laws in Massachusetts

Seat Belts-

All drivers and passengers who are 13 years old and older must wear seat belts. There are some exceptions to this, if you have a disability or medical condition that would make wearing a seat belt dangerous or impossible.  Any taxi, livery, tractor, bus or truck drivers (where the vehicle 18,000 lbs.) Any emergency vehicle passengers; police officers or fire vehicle drivers. As well as postal workers on duty.

Child Car Seat Laws-

Children must ride in federally approved child safety seats until they are at least 8 years old or over 57 in tall! And children older than 8 year old, or taller than 57 in tall must wear safety belts.

Cell Phones & Texting-

Drivers under 18 years old are banned from using any mobile device for any reason while driving.  All drivers regardless of age or license status are banned from texting while behind the wheel.

This was taking straight from the DMV website. http://www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts/safety-laws.php

For more information please check out the website!

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The Importance of oil & oil changes!

In regards to vehicle maintenance, oil changes are one of the more inexpensive services and one of the most important. If you keep up with oil changes it can help prevent you from having to spend hundreds of dollars if you were to neglect them.

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Oil’s role in your Vehicle: The engine oil provides three key roles in your engine.

  1. It keeps the engine and all of the components working together.
  2. The oil helps to draw out heat from the combustion chamber.
  3. It helps to prevent carbon and varnishes from accumulating in the engine.

When to change your oil: Oil changes are usually recommended when you hit a certain mileage or when a certain time limit is reached. Typically it’s every 3,000 miles or 3 months.

It’s usually better to go by the odometer, because driving the vehicle has a far bigger impact on your engine and the oil.

Fun fact: About 50 years ago, you would have to change your oil every 500 miles!

If you don’t change your oil: There will be a buildup in the cooler parts of the engine, this can lead to carbon deposits or sludge coming out of the old oil. This could require you to do an expensive engine cleaning or force you to replace worn out piston rings.

To go one step further, the pistons could eventually stop, or the camshaft could be damaged, and getting a bill for either of these makes an oil change look like nothing.

Things we do differently here at Sutton Street Service: When we perform an oil change we do a full vehicle inspection. In this inspection we like to check the vehicle for any other potential problems that we can spot and let our customers know about. We also change the oil filters, replace the windshield washer fluid, and check the tire pressure. We like to give our clients a 100 % oil change!

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Oh No! My A/C isn’t working!

It’s one of the hottest days of the Summer, you’re stuck in traffic with all the people heading to the beach! Sweat is dripping from your neck all down your back and your shirt becomes soaked! Your legs are either stuck to the vinyl upholstery or prickled by its cheap velvet. Your hands are sweating as you try to hang on to the steering wheel. You’re thankful that your eyebrows are there to help keep the sweat from pouring all over your face! Well, almost!

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It’s important that at the beginning of the warmer months, to test your A/C yourself and see if it might be time to have it inspected my your Automotive Technician! If you answer No to any of the following questions it might be time to bring it in for an A/C performance check!

-How’s the air feeling in your ride?

-Are you Refreshed and cooled with full air flow when your A/C is pumping?

If you answered yes to these two questions then continue on your merry way and Enjoy your cool ride on those Hot summer days! If you Answered No, no sweat! All you need is an A/C Performance check to see if there is any problem or if you need a recharge! Then you’ll be able to chill out in the traffic on your way to the beach!

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National Car Care Month!

April is National Car Care month! What that means is as winter comes to a close and we embark on Spring/Summer Road conditions it’s a great time for most automotive businesses to offer promotions/deals to get your vehicle inspected and ready for the change of season.

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The Car Care Council has two months a year where they bring attention to the importance of Car Care and preventative maintenance. The National Car Care month is April and then the fall Car Care month is October. Spring Driving brings with it its own hazards such as slick, wet roads. It’s very important to make sure your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are ready for the rain!  In October it’s a good time to get your vehicle winter ready! Depending on where you are, if you’re in an area where you get snow you’ll want to think about snow tires. This is great because it brings awareness to people whom may not have known about these things.

Give us a call to schedule your spring checklist and have your vehicle checked over!

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Spring clean your Vehicle!

It’s that time of year, where the snow is done falling, and all the salt on the road is washing away! It’s time to start thinking about what to do with your Vehicle to prepare it for the warmer months! We have compiled a list of important things to have checked for your “Spring Checklist!”

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Spring checklist for your Vehicle:

  • Have the battery checked– winter can be difficult on your starter and alternator, forcing the battery to work harder and can get drained more easily. Signs your battery is weak: Dimming headlights or interior lights, power windows that take longer than usual to go up or down.
  • Have the brakes inspected– winter conditions and salty roads can cause corrosion to the brakes. Your brakes are extremely important to your safety, make sure to have them inspected. Signs your brakes are having trouble: pulling to one side when you hit your brakes, squeaking or grinding noises, thumping in the pedal and or a brake pedal that feels too soft.
  • Have tires checked– worn down tires make it harder to stop, even if your brake system is good. A good way to check your tires is to do the coin test. Insert a quarter into the groove of your tire; if part of Washington’s head is always covered you are fine, if you have less tread it’s time to think about replacing them.
  • Have you’re A/C tested-it’s hard to want to test you’re A/C while the weather still isn’t hot, but it’s better to have it tested and fixed if necessary before you’re stuck in traffic on the hottest day of summer! Signs you’re A/C needs fixing: Turn it on full blast and see if it reaches its chill max, if it doesn’t, it’s a good time to call the mechanic
  • Check your oxygen sensor-you might not think of this one, but it helps with gas mileage! A faulty sensor can cause too much gas to be used, cutting your mileage up to 40%! You need to replace this sensor typically every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. This is also the problem that most often causes your check engine light to come on.
  • Have your wiper blades inspected or replaced– this is important to have good working wiper blades and components. The chilly weather can cause the rubber blades to lose their effectiveness. You don’t want to get stuck in those rain storms with bad blades!

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The Importance of having an Emergency Kit!

Why is it so important to have an emergency kit in our vehicles? Imagine you are driving in blizzard like conditions, can’t see in front of you and your car breaks down? What are you going to do! Well good thing you packed an emergency kit just for this kind of Situation!

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Here in New England, Especially during the winter months its extremely important to have an emergency kit in your vehicle for your own safety, or even to help a fellow human. Having an emergency kit could save your life or someone else’s! It’s possible that your car can break down just about anywhere at any time. Making sure you have a kit that can provide some snacks and other essentials that could tie you over for a couple hours to maybe even a day is the smart way to go. We’ve all see cases where blizzards make it impossible for you to drive being prepared is the way to go. It’s also important to keep your emergency kit up to date, make sure once a season you go through get rid of things you may not need anymore and replace with up to date, or weather permitted items.  Below you will find some essentials for an emergency kit throughout the year.

Essentials for Emergency Kits:

(This list comes right from the DMV.org)

  • Roadside flares
  • A first-aid kit
  • Work gloves or latex gloves
  • Two quarts of oil
  • Jumper cables
  • One gallon of antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Extra fuses
  • A blanket
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries
  • A Phillips head screwdriver
  • A flat head screwdriver
  • Vise grips
  • An adjustable wrench
  • A pair of pliers
  • A tire inflator
  • A tire pressure gauge
  • Some rags and a funnel
  • A roll of duct tape
  • A roll of paper towels
  • A spray bottle with washer fluid
  • An ice scraper
  • An AAA or roadside emergency card
  • Triangle reflectors and flares.
  • A pocketknife
  • Bottled water
  • Granola or energy bars

It’s also good to have a great and reliable repair shop that you can get into contact with if something does happen to your vehicle! That’s why we are here to always help! 978.688.4332

http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/emergency-kit.php

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