Spring Cleaning for Your Car

  • By lemaster
  • 20 Aug, 2016
Spring Cleaning for your Car

Spring is finally here and it is a busy time at Fred’s Car Wash. It’s important to take care of your car. We would like to share this article from the Car Care Council providing some Spring Cleaning recommendations:

WAYNE, N.J. — April is National Car Care Month, and Hankook Tire asked U.S. drivers about how they plan to spruce up their vehicles now that the winter season is over, according to a press release.
Two-thirds (67 percent) of American drivers said cleaning the interior and exterior of their vehicles was on top of their spring cleaning list, stated the release, ahead of cleaning homes (59 percent) and closets (59 percent).
The Car Care Council reports that washing your vehicle helps to protect your investment and prevents chemicals and dirt buildup, which can harm a car’s finish, continued the article.
Hankook notes it is important for drivers to make sure to close their windows when going through the carwash, reported the release, adding that one in 10 U.S. drivers admitted to leaving their windows open during a carwash.
Hankook Tire’s Quarterly Gauge Index found 66 percent of American drivers encounter potholes on their daily commute, informed the release, which can cause significant damage to tires, steering systems, suspension and engines.
Moreover, added the release, 46 percent of drivers estimate that they will hit at least 11 potholes this season.
As car care business owners and operators, make sure your customers understand the importance of car care — especially during National Car Care Month.
In the release, Hankook Tire shares an informative car care checklist for drivers, which includes the following:
• Check tires. If properly maintained, tires can help safeguard a car from damage caused by potholes. According to Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index, 51 percent of U.S. drivers do not regularly check their tire pressure, and 33 percent do not know how.
• Change tires. The release stated that 40 percent of all drivers do not know how to change a flat tire. Ensure your customers are safe on the road by providing car care tips, such as changing a flat tire, around your business.
• Choosing the right tires. Your customers should consider switching to season-specific tires to help protect their vehicles.
“Our quarterly Hankook Gauge Index helps us understand what is top of mind for American drivers around the country,” said Henry Kopacz, public relations and social media manager for Hankook Tire America Corp, in the release. “As we head into National Car Care Month, our latest survey highlights the importance of vehicle care and tire maintenance to ensure safe driving. There are simple actions that drivers can take to improve the safety of their vehicle, and we want to make sure drivers are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge to do so.”
The spring installment of the company’s quarterly survey, which was conducted March 21-22, polled 1,020 randomly selected U.S. drivers, noted the release.
Headquartered in Wayne, informed the release, Hankook Tire America Corp. “markets and distributes a complete line of high-performance and ultra-high-performance passenger tires, light truck, SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires in the U.S.”

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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