Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - February 2016


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Depending on whether you like winter or not will determine how you feel about this winter.  Even though I love to snowmobile, I am quite happy with the weather we’ve have so far this winter.  Are you like my boyfriend and like to get into a nice toasty car on your way to work?  Or, do you start it up, clear it off and then drive easily down the road?  To warm up your car or not has been a debate that seems to have gone on forever depending on who you speak to.  I thought I would write about it in this month’s newsletter and clear up the debate.  BTW- Happy St.Patrick’s day which is Active Green and Ross green and Happy Easter :)





Every fourth year is a leap year.  This is because it actually takes the earth 365 ¼ days to rotate around the sun.

This month's topic: To warm up your car or not?

Unless your vehicle has a carburetor there is no need to warm up your vehicle in your driveway before you leave.  Guess what…99.9% of us drive a vehicle that doesn’t have a carburetor; most of us have fuel injection.  In the old days when vehicles had carburetors if a person started their car in the dead of winter and tried to drive away the engine would often stall out and also the engine oils weren’t as good as they are today.  So the lubrication was compromised and thus warming up your engine was promoted and required.  Now all you really need to do is start your vehicle and let it idle for about 30 seconds or as long as it takes to clear your vehicle of snow.  When you start driving, don’t “jack rabbit” down the road, drive slowly and everything will actually warm up quicker.  When you let your vehicle warm up in your driveway for an extended amount of time the fuel injection system makes the fuel mixer rich in the engine, which creates more pollutants and can ultimately clog up your catalytic converter.  This is because the catalytic converter needs high temps to burn off the excess gas that is entering it.  If you are really worried about just driving your car after starting it up you could invest in a block heater that could be put on a timer to come on for two hours before you need it.  So now you know, running your vehicle in your driveway in the morning before you go to work is absolutely not necessary.  It’s hard on your vehicle’s life, the environment and ultimately your pocket book.

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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross -January 2016


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Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a safe New Years Eve and that you are all optimistic about the year to come. 2015 was a great year for me and I’m looking forward to having an even better 2016. I can feel it in my bones. I didn’t make any New Years resolutions so I didn’t have to worry about breaking them, but I have been diligently going to the gym. What a difference it makes in how I feel. I can be grumpy when I go in and happy when I leave. Those endorphins really work!

I haven’t started booking my spring car care clinics, but will be starting to in the next month or so. If there is an Active Green and Ross store near where you live and you or someone you know would like to attend a clinic please shoot me an email so I can contact the location and tell them there is interest. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Keep reading to find out about emergency preparedness.





The first day of spring is March 19th.  The countdown has begun :)

This month's topic: Emergency Preparedness

 If you broke down on the side of the road, would you be prepared? How about it you went out to your car one morning and it wouldn’t start? Are you prepared? After doing many many car care clinics I’ve come to see that many people are not prepared if something were to happen. Too many people rely solely on their cell phone. That might work if you are in the city but what happens if you decided to go on a weekend getaway and are up north where cell phone coverage can be spotty and it’s not a popular road. What do you do then? Send smoke signals I always say, your vehicle will never put up its’ hand and say “I think I am going to break down today.” It just happens and we need to be prepared. Granted vehicles are much more reliable then they used to be but they are still machines and if they aren’t being properly maintained your chances of a breakdown increase significantly. So what are some things we should have in our vehicle to be prepared? You may have some of the items I mention but perhaps you may want to add to what you have. Also keep in mind being emergency prepared may slightly differ from summer to winter.

  • Emergency Roadside Kit: As many of you know I created my own which I also sell, but you can make your own as well. Items you should have:
    • Booster cables with instructions on how to use them
    • Flashlight w/ batteries
    • Thermal blanket
    • Gloves
    • Screwdriver
    • First aid kit
    • HELP sign
    • Tire pressure gauge
    • Candle
    • Matches
    • Cell phone charger
  • In addition to those items you may want to consider adding the following if it is winter time.
    • Portable shovel
    • Extra blanket
    • Boots if you tend to wear shoes mostly
    • Extra windshield washer fluid (I watched a guy at the beer store, use snow to clean his windshield the other day)

In the summer time I usually have spare bottles of water in my vehicle along with sunscreen.

  • A tip I often share during my clinics is what to do if you find yourself broken down on the side of the road. If you find yourself in this situation and you’re on the side of a busy highway DO NOT get out of your vehicle. Too many people suffer from object fixation while they are driving and this is how people get killed. If you get out of your vehicle you become the object that drivers are looking at. I always suggest you sit in the passenger seat of your vehicle. I recommend this for two reasons. One is for safety and the second reason is it looks like you have someone with you and they’ve gone for help. This will keep the crazy people away from you.
  • If you find yourself stuck in a snow bank and don’t have a portable shovel you could always use your floor mats to help you get out. Turn them over and put them in front of your wheels this will help your tires get some traction.
  • If you find yourself stuck in the snow bank and can’t get yourself out and are waiting for help, be sure to check to see if your exhaust pipe is visible. Meaning not stuck in the snow bank. If it is in the snow bank then don’t run your vehicle to keep warm as you could get carbon monoxide poisoning.

As I mentioned earlier, if you are maintaining your vehicle your chances of needing the above items significantly declines but it’s always better to be safe then sorry.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!


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