Is Your Car Making You Sneeze?

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  • 16 May, 2017

  Spring is here, and with spring comes pollen. Pollen is that powdery plant substance that blankets our sidewalks and cars with neon yellow. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by contact with these pollens.

          There are lots of way to lessen our exposure to pollen. Some examples include taking off our shoes when coming into the house, or changing our pillowcases every night. Additionally, did you know you there are ways we can combat the exposure to pollen by having our cars cleaned?

          You can bring your car to a reputable car wash and ask them to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your car.

Your floor mats need to be vacuumed thoroughly as our shoes carry pollen picked up from the street. Consider replacing your carpet car mats with plastic ones as they are easier to rinse clean.

          Your dashboard, interior door panels, door jambs, steering wheel, and any other non-fabric items need to be wiped down with a clean wet cloth. All other areas should be vacuumed. If you are considering the purchase of a new car, consider getting leather seats as they are easier to keep pollen free.

          You will tempted to open the windows of your car, don’t! Use the air conditioner, as opening your window will bring in pollen. Further, use the re-circulating setting, so you are not bringing in the outside pollen filled air. Regularly change your air filter. Check your owner’s manual but as a general rule, the Car Care Council recommends replacing your air filter every 12-15,000 miles.

          Lastly, have you car professionally washed often. The pollen that covers the outside of your vehicle can be easily transferred when you enter and exit. In addition, these microscopic pollens can actually damage the finish of your vehicle.

          If you follow these simple suggestions, you can lessen the amount of allergens in the interior of your vehicle, and add to the comfort of your ride.

 

About Fred’s Car Wash

Fred’s Car Wash is locally owned and family operated with locations serving Norwalk, Fairfield, Westport, Southport & Watertown, Connecticut. Fred’s, which has been in business for over 36 years, offers exterior washes, interior cleaning and expert detailing. Above all, Fred’s is known for its superior customer service and excellent results. www.fredscarwash.com

By proadAccountId-382208 25 Sep, 2017

Fred’s Car Wash loves car trips during the fall when the leaves are changing. Here is a list of the best Corn Mazes in the New England from our friends at Yankee Magazine.

 

If you look forward to visiting a corn maze each fall, from Maine to Rhode Island, here's a list of the best corn mazes in New England.


Yankee Magazine • September 12, 2017

It’s that time of year again! If you look forward to making your way through a corn maze each fall, here’s a list of the best corn mazes to tackle. It’s a big list, but we think so much hard work goes into making the mazes each year it’s fair to say they all deserve to be called “the best.” Many of the farms and orchards featured here also offer additional family activities like pumpkin and apple picking, cider donuts, farm animals, corn cannons, “night mazes,” and more. Visit the individual maze websites or call ahead to check about additional offerings, hours of operation, and rates.

If we missed your favorite maze tell us in the comment section below!

BEST CORN MAZES IN NEW ENGLAND


By proadAccountId-382208 25 Sep, 2017

Fred’s Car Wash loves this article that Professional Car Wash and Detailing posted last year fall.

The autumn season is approaching, and for most of the country, this means a kaleidoscope of changing tree colors and weather patterns; for everyone, it means some necessary fall car care.

  •     Clear off any debris. Fall can be tough driving weather. It gets cold and dark early, and storms roll through often. Your customers need perfect visibility for these conditions, so advise them to brush off any leaves, mud, dirt, etc., when present.

  •     Check the wipers . Make sure they can wipe water and grime away quickly and efficiently.

  •     Have some cloths and anti-freeze solution nearby . The harsh weather of early winter can take a toll on customers’ cars faster than you can say “Jack Frost.” Customers should purchase — maybe from your carwash’s multi-profit centers — these materials in their cars to combat the weather.

  •     Vacuum interior areas. The cold seasons can wreak havoc on car interior areas. Leaves and mud can litter your customers’ floor mats, and fingerprints can pile up on the dash. Customers should do themselves a favor and vacuum and wipe down the interior whenever possible.

  •     Keep tabs on the important stuff . Brake pads, tires, the engine and other vital components of the car should be maintained regularly to keep the vehicle operating at optimal performance levels. Customers will need good brakes for slippery fall and winter roads and good tires to grip the road.

 Fred’s also recommends checking your headlights. If they are cloudy you should definitely get them fixed. Fred's has the perfect solution: our

 Headlight Restoration Service. For only $59.99, it includes an interior and exterior cleaning restores your headlights and it is guaranteed for a year.

By proadAccountId-382208 25 Sep, 2017

Fred’s Car Wash thinks nothing is prettier than the Connecticut Coastline during the summer. Our friends at the Connecticut Office of Tourism have put this list of their favorite drive along CT Coastline:

 

Great Drives Along the Connecticut Coast

Everyone knows that busy I-95 and U.S. Route 1 follow the Connecticut shoreline from Greenwich east out to Stonington, but there are a lot of lesser known routes that’ll give you the flavor of the coast and sometimes take you right down to the water. Here are several recommendations to get you started.

Route 136 – Darien to Westport

Also known as Tokeneke Road, Route 136 heads south from Exit 12 off I-95, eventually getting to the coastal section of Norwalk that’s known as Rowayton.

  •   Rowayton: Here you can get an excellent meal at The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood and wander side streets down to the Sound.

  •   South Norwalk : From Rowayton, continue on 136 into historic South Norwalk, where shops, restaurants and the Maritime Aquarium await.

  •   Westport: Stay on 136 through East Norwalk and into Westport, where Tarry Lodge is a good place for a meal.

  •   Overnight: The trip ends on Post Road East (U.S. Route 1) where you can spend the night at The Westport Inn .

Routes 337, 142 and 146 – New Haven to Guilford

At Exit 51 off I-95, take Route 337 south; you’ll pass New Haven’s East Shore Park and Fort Hale Park as you begin this tour.

  •   Lighthouse Point:  Here you’ll see not only a fine old lighthouse but also a carousel that’s open for rides in summer.

  •   Indian Point: Follow   Route 337 to 142 in Branford to 1N to 146 to Indian Point, where you can order a shore dinner at Lenny’s Indian Head Inn .

  •   Stony Creek: After 146, keep an eye out for Thimble Islands Road, which goes to charming Stony Creek and a tour of the Thimble Islands .

  •   Guilford Green: Now it’s on to Guilford and the famous Guilford Green (shopping, history) then up onto Rte. 1 where a bed awaits .

Route 154 – Old Saybrook to Haddam

This trip follows both the Connecticut coast and the Connecticut River. Begin by taking Exit 66 off I-95, then Route 1 north a short way before finding 154.

  •   Fenwick: Head south on 154 past Harvey’s Beach to the historic retreat of Fenwick (where Katharine Hepburn came for the salty breezes).

  •   Saybrook Point: Next it’s up to Saybrook Point, where you can see Fort Saybrook Monument Park and stop for a meal at Saybrook Point Inn .

  •   Old Saybrook: Now it’s north into central Old Saybrook for shopping, strolling and many good places for something to eat.

  •   River Valley: Finally it’s up through the beautiful Lower Connecticut River Valley , lined with charming towns and many attractions.

  

Route 156 – Old Lyme to Niantic

This side trip heads south toward the water on Rte. 156 from Exit 70 off I-95.

  •   Picnic Spot: As you head south, take a right onto Ferry Road, at the end of which is a little-known picnic area on the Connecticut River.

  •   Rocky Neck: Next on 156 you can visit the funky shoreline community of Sound View Beach and then swim or hike at Rocky Neck State Park .

  •   Niantic: It’s on to Niantic, where there’s a remarkable used book store called the Book Barn and a long boardwalk along the water.

  •   Dinner and Room: Try The Black Sheep, Skippers Seafood or Sunset Ribs. The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina is a good place to stay.

Route 213 – Waterford to New London

Here’s a short, simple loop off of U.S. Route 1 that brings some true waterfront pleasures.

  •   Harkness Memorial: Take 213 south from Route 1 to Harkness Memorial State Park , formerly a magnificent 230-acre summer estate.  

  •   O’Neill Theatre: Practically next door is the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre Center . If you’re a fan of theatre, check out the offerings.

  •   Ocean Beach Park: Take 213 to Ocean Avenue in New London, then go south to Ocean Beach Park for a sandy beach, rides and a boardwalk.

By proadAccountId-382208 16 May, 2017

  Spring is here, and with spring comes pollen. Pollen is that powdery plant substance that blankets our sidewalks and cars with neon yellow. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by contact with these pollens.

          There are lots of way to lessen our exposure to pollen. Some examples include taking off our shoes when coming into the house, or changing our pillowcases every night. Additionally, did you know you there are ways we can combat the exposure to pollen by having our cars cleaned?

          You can bring your car to a reputable car wash and ask them to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your car.

Your floor mats need to be vacuumed thoroughly as our shoes carry pollen picked up from the street. Consider replacing your carpet car mats with plastic ones as they are easier to rinse clean.

          Your dashboard, interior door panels, door jambs, steering wheel, and any other non-fabric items need to be wiped down with a clean wet cloth. All other areas should be vacuumed. If you are considering the purchase of a new car, consider getting leather seats as they are easier to keep pollen free.

          You will tempted to open the windows of your car, don’t! Use the air conditioner, as opening your window will bring in pollen. Further, use the re-circulating setting, so you are not bringing in the outside pollen filled air. Regularly change your air filter. Check your owner’s manual but as a general rule, the Car Care Council recommends replacing your air filter every 12-15,000 miles.

          Lastly, have you car professionally washed often. The pollen that covers the outside of your vehicle can be easily transferred when you enter and exit. In addition, these microscopic pollens can actually damage the finish of your vehicle.

          If you follow these simple suggestions, you can lessen the amount of allergens in the interior of your vehicle, and add to the comfort of your ride.

 

About Fred’s Car Wash

Fred’s Car Wash is locally owned and family operated with locations serving Norwalk, Fairfield, Westport, Southport & Watertown, Connecticut. Fred’s, which has been in business for over 36 years, offers exterior washes, interior cleaning and expert detailing. Above all, Fred’s is known for its superior customer service and excellent results. www.fredscarwash.com

By lemaster 20 Aug, 2016
Read this article from the Car Care Council to find out how you can help!
Five Steps Towards Better Battery Behavior
Here’s hot news about your car battery that may seem surprising: It’s not so much the cold that gets it down as it is high heat. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your battery as the seasons change from hotter to cooler or if you’ve been driving in a hot part of the country.
Battery Batterers
Another reason for shortened battery life is overcharging. That is, a malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, can allow too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery, explained Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
In addition, colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over, causing the battery to have to work more. These factors lead to harder starting.
What You Can Do
To get the most life out of a battery, the Car Care Council suggests the following simple steps:
• Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
• If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly. Add distilled water when necessary.
• Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
• Have the battery checked if you notice headlights and interior lights dim, accessories that fail to operate, or the “check engine” or battery light illuminated.
• Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular “Car Care Guide” or for more information, visit www.carcare.org .
By lemaster 20 Aug, 2016
Spring Cleaning for your Car
By lemaster 20 Aug, 2016

What is a doorjamb?

The doorjamb is the part of the car where the door attaches to the frame of the vehicle. It acts as a seal between the interior and exterior of the car, protecting it from dirt and dust. Car companies use a layer of grease to help the mechanism work efficiently and quietly. This layer of grease can also attract dirt.

Why should I have the doorjamb cleaned?

Most car owners do not think much about their doorjambs, much less about having them cleaned. It is important to keep your doorjambs clean for three reasons:

  1. It is a key part of the operation of your car door; keeping it clean will help to have it function properly. Also, if left dirty for a long time it can be susceptible to rust.
  2. Esthetically, it is important. You may have your car vacuumed but unless you clean your doorjamb, your car is not truly cleaned. An untidy doorjamb takes away from your car’s appearance.
  3. If you doorjamb is dirty, you could also transfer that dirt to yourself, clothing or belongings.

  How do I clean my car’s doorjambs?

  1. The best way to have your doorjamb cleaned is by the professional technicians at Fred’s Car Wash. Fred’s wipes and cleans your car’s doorjambs with all our full service washes at our 64 Connecticut Ave location in Norwalk and with our interior vacuum services at our other locations: 3400 Post Rd. in Southport, 498 Westport Ave. in Norwalk, and 1008 Main Street in Watertown. Fred’s also cleans doorjambs on our all of interior detail services.
By lemaster 20 Aug, 2016

In honor of National Dog Day, Fred’s Car Wash would like to share this article from the ASPCA. Please read and share with your friends.

Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke and suffocation when left in parked cars. It happens most often when people make quick stops—the dry cleaners, the bank or the local deli. Folks, we need to be clear on this: It takes only minutes for your pet to face death—and it doesn’t have to be that hot out. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees. Even with the windows cracked.

You can help save pets from dying in hot cars. Simply take the following actions:

Educate people. Hang this printable flyer pets-in-hot-cars   up in your local grocery store, veterinary hospital, animal shelter and other local businesses.

If you see something, say something. If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call animal control or 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicle and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.

Try to find the car’s owner. If you are out and you see a dog locked in a car, tell the nearby store manager immediately. Don’t be shy.

And please, no matter how much your dog loves to go along when you run errands, don’t take a chance. Leave her home where she is safe.

By lemaster 20 Aug, 2016

At Fred’s Car Wash, we love cars! That’s why we have been washing and detailing vehicles for over 35 years. We thought you would enjoy this article from mentalfloss.com on how car companies got their names.

Most of us probably don’t put too much thought into our cars’ names. Sure, we’ll take the wheel of a Toyota or a Chevrolet, but how did those cars pick up their monikers? Let’s take a look at a few that aren’t quite as obvious as the Ford name.

1. NISSAN

The company we now know as Nissan got its start in 1914 as DAT Motorcar. The “DAT” name came from the first initial of the three founders’ family names. In 1931, DAT introduced a new small car they called the Datson, which later morphed into “Datsun.”

Meanwhile, businessman Yoshisuke Aikawa founded an industrial holding company in 1928 and named his new venture Nippon Sangyo. (The name loosely translates into “Japan Industries.”) Aikawa’s company bought out DAT in 1931, and eventually the Nippon Sangyo name became abbreviated as Nissan.

Some drivers may remember cruising around in Datsuns before they ever got behind the wheel of a Nissan. What prompted the name change? Until the early 1980s, the Datsun badge appeared on the cars Nissan exported out of Japan. In 1981, though, Nissan execs announced that they were changing this practice in order to strengthen global awareness of the Nissan brand. Thus, you can’t buy a Datsun Z anymore, but you can get the keys to a Nissan one.

2. TOYOTA

Toyota didn’t start out as a car company. It wasn’t called Toyota, either. In 1926, Sakichi Toyoda founded the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, a company that made looms, not cars. In 1933, Toyoda’s son Kiichiro started a separate motors division, and the company’s cars quickly took off.

How did the name get from “Toyoda” to “Toyota,” though? In 1936, the company held a competition to design a new logo, and the winner consisted of the three Japanese characters that made up the Toyoda name. However, after giving it some thought, the Toyoda family decided that the slightly tweaked “Toyota” was stronger. Writing out “Toyoda” required nine brush strokes, whereas “Toyota” only required eight, a lucky number in Japan. Plus, the name just sounded better, so Toyoda became Toyota.

3. CHRYSLER

Walter Chrysler probably wasn’t on anyone’s short list of potential moguls when he was a young man. He spent much of his youth kicking around Texas as a railroad mechanic, and although the work wasn’t glamorous, he developed quite a skill set as a machinist. In 1911, the gifted 36-year-old machinist became production chief for Buick, and by 1919 he was making millions of dollars a year as head of the company.

Chrysler eventually left Buick, and after a failed attempt to take over the Willys-Overland Motor Company, he uses some of his accumulated wealth to buy a controlling interest in the floundering Maxwell Motor Company. Chrysler’s new company introduced a popular car called the Chrysler in 1924, and by the next year the Maxwell name had disappeared in favor of Chrysler.

4. HONDA

Honda bears the name of its founder, Soichiro Honda. Honda was a precocious mechanic who started the Honda Motor Co. Ltd. in 1946 to build small motorcycles. Although the motorcycle business got off to a slow start, by the 1960s the business had become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of bikes. In 1963, Honda introduced its first production automobile, the Honda T360 pickup truck.

5. BUICK

Scottish immigrant David Dunbar Buick was an inventive fellow; before he ever got into the motors game, he created a more efficient way of manufacturing enameled cast-iron bathtubs. Buick began toying with engines during the 1890s, and after starting one failed engine company, he tried again with the Buick Manufacturing Company in 1902. Buick’s cars were terrific — his pioneering use of overhead valve technology made them tough to beat — but he had trouble actually producing and delivering them on time. As a result he always needed to find new investors to advance him cash, and eventually his company was sold out from under him to General Motors founder William C. Durant.

In 1908, Durant gave Buick the heave-ho and a $100,000 severance check. Buick tried to parlay this money into a great fortune by investing in oil fields, but he didn’t have any luck. When his attempts to get back into the car business in the 1920s floundered, he ended up working as an instructor at the Detroit School of Trades. That venture didn’t go so well, either; the school demoted him to receptionist. When Buick died in 1929, he was flat broke.

6. CHEVROLET

Remember how William Durant forced David Buick out of Buick’s own company? Karma can be rough. In 1910, Durant’s own creditors forced him out of his management role at the company he started, General Motors. Durant didn’t stay down for long, though. He teamed with Swiss race car driver and mechanic Louis Chevrolet to start a new motor company in 1911. The pair named the company after Chevrolet, and legend has it that they developed a logo that resembled the Swiss cross of Chevrolet’s homeland. (Other stories indicate that Durant copied the bowtie logo from a French hotel’s wallpaper.)

The company quickly earned the pair quite a bit of loot. Durant suddenly had enough cash to regain control of General Motors, and in 1917 GM acquired Chevrolet. Louis Chevrolet didn’t do quite as well, though. He sold his share of the company to Durant in 1914, and although his career had other highlights, including a 7th-place finish at the 1919 Indianapolis 500, he never enjoyed much financial success and eventually had to return to Chevy as a consultant.

7. DODGE

Brothers John and Horace Dodge were gifted machinists who began a Michigan bicycle company in the 1890s. Eventually they sold this business and began creating transmissions for Olds in 1902 and then Ford in 1903. However, they longed to create cars of their own, so in 1913 they left their lucrative supplier positions at Ford and started working on their own car designs. The brothers’ cars were soon the second-hottest sellers in the country, and they were fabulously wealthy.

8. MERCEDES

In 1897, Austrian entrepreneur Emil Jellinek began ordering Daimler cars that he could drive in some of Europe’s quickly growing auto races. It took a few years, but by the dawn of the 20th century, Jellinek had a number of Daimlers that he adored driving. He often raced under an assumed name when driving these cars; he took on the name of his 12-year-old daughter Mercedes. In 1900, Jellinek worked out a deal with Daimler to order 36 new cars on the condition that the cars be called Mercedes. Daimler agreed, and the famed luxury brand name was born.

9. VOLVO

The Swedish automaker’s name is Latin for “I roll,” a conjugation of the word volvere. The company got its start as part of the Swedish ball bearing company SKF, and after SKF trademarked the Volvo name in 1915, the company planned to put the “Volvo” name on most anything that rolled, from bears to bicycles to automobiles. The plan wasn’t quick to get off the ground, though; thanks to World War I, Volvo didn’t actually start its car business until 1926.

AND A FEW QUICK ONES:

10. Cadillac: Named for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the French explorer who founded Detroit in the early 18th century.

11. Saab: Abbreviation of “Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolag,” which is Swedish for “Swedish Airplane, Limited.”

12. Volkswagen: German for “people’s car.”

13. Lexus: Toyota went to its ad agency and an image-consulting firm when it needed a name for its luxury division. At first, they decided on “Alexis,” but it gradually evolved into Lexus.

14. Mazda: According to Mazda’s website, the brand’s name is borrowed from the Zoroastrian religion. Ahura Mazda is the Zoroastrian “God of reason who granted wisdom and united man, nature and the other gods.”

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