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How To Change A Car Tire in 13 Simple Steps

HOW TO CHANGE A CAR TIRE IN 13 SIMPLE STEPS



7/6/2022 - 9:00 AM

Sooner or later it's bound to happen to everyone. You're driving along on your way to work or on your way to your kid's soccer game, and all of a sudden your car pulls to one side and you hear the dreaded sound of a flat tire.

Nowadays, many people have roadside assistance services. However, if not, you could be faced with the inconvenience and the extra charges from calling a tow-truck and having your vehicle towed to a local service center (one like our Monicatti Auto Service Center!) On the other hand, you could save yourself the time, the inconvenience and all kinds of money by doing it yourself! And believe it or not, changing a car tire is actually pretty easy.

Here are 13 simple steps for changing a car tire.

STEP 1 - FIND A SAFE PLACE TO CHANGE YOUR TIRE



You should have a solid, level surface that will keep your vehicle from rolling away. Avoid soft ground and hills if you can. If you are near a road, park as far away from traffic as possible and turn on your hazard lights.

STEP 2 - PUT THE VEHICLE INTO "PARK" AND APPLY THE PARKING BRAKE




Make sure your vehicle is in "park" and apply the parking brake to ensure your vehicle stays put.

STEP 3 - PLACE BLOCKS IN FRONT OF THE OTHER TIRES



If possible, depending on where you pulled the vehicle over, look for some sort of large, heavy objects (rocks, large tree branches, etc.) to place in front of and behind one or two of the other, non-flat wheels. This is another security measure to ensure the vehicle doesn't roll on you.

STEP 4 - TAKE OUT THE SPARE TIRE, THE CAR JACK & THE LUG WRENCH



In most vehicles, the spare tire, the car jack, the lug wrench and any other tools needed for changing your tire are located in the trunk. Typically, you will need to pull up the "floor" or bottom panel in the trunk to reveal where these are located.

STEP 5 - FIND THE NOTCH ON YOUR VEHICLE'S FRAME AND RAISE THE CAR JACK HERE



Place the car jack under the frame of your vehicle on the side near the flat tire that you are going to change. For most modern uni-body vehicles, there is a small notch just behind the front wheels or in front of the rear wheels where the car jack is meant to be placed. Many vehicles have molded plastic along the bottom. And if you don't place the car jack in the correct place, it can crack this plastic when you start lifting the vehicle. If you're unsure of the exact position to place the car jack, you can always check your vehicle's owner's manual.

Once you have found the proper placement for the car jack, raise it until it is firm and supporting, but not lifting, your vehicle.

STEP 6 - LOOSEN THE LUG NUTS



Using the lug wrench that came with your vehicle (and that was likely in your trunk with the spare tire and the car jack), turn the lug nuts COUNTER clockwise. Do not take them all the way off, just loosen them enough to break the resistance. By doing this with your wheel on the ground still, it ensures that you are turning the lug nuts and not the wheel itself.

  • If your vehicle has hubcaps over the wheels, you must remove the hubcap to gain access to the lug nuts.

  • It can often take a lot of effort or force to get your lug nuts loose. If you are unable to do it with your arms, you can also use your body weight to stomp on the lug wrench. However, be sure that you are turning it the correct way before attempting this!


STEP 7 - USE THE CAR JACK TO LIFT THE VEHICLE OFF THE GROUND



Turn/Crank/Pump the car jack in order to lift your vehicle off of the ground. You will need to lift the vehicle high enough to allow you to remove the flat tire and replace it with your spare.

  • As you lift the vehicle, make sure it is stable. If you notice any instability, immediately lower the car jack and correct the issue before attempting to lift it back up.

  • If you notice the car jack lifting at an angle or beginning to lean, immediately lower the car jack and correct the issue before attempting to lift it back up.

NOTE: It is always a good idea to keep an additional small car jack in the vehicle for added safety and security. In case the main car jack gives out while you are changing the tire, having the smaller jack in place will keep you safe.

STEP 8 - COMPLETELY REMOVE THE LUG NUTS



Using your lug wrench and turning it COUNTER clockwise, completely loosen and remove all of the lug nuts from the flat wheel.

STEP 9 - REMOVE THE FLAT TIRE



Once all of the lug nuts have been loosened and completely removed, pull the flat tire off of the vehicle.

  • Sometimes the wheel can stick due to rust. If this occurs, try hitting the inside of the wheel with the lug wrench or a rubber mallet to knock it loose.


STEP 10 - PLACE THE SPARE TIRE ON THE VEHICLE



Align the rim of the spare tire with the wheel bolts and then slide the spare tire onto the vehicle. Be sure to install the spare tire the correct way and not backwards. The valve stem of a tire should face outwards, away from the vehicle.

STEP 11 - TIGHTEN THE LUG NUTS UNTIL THEY ARE SNUG



Using the lug wrench, tighten all of the lug nuts until they are snug, but not overly tightened. To ensure the tire is balanced, tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern and tighten them equally. Going in a star pattern (see example below), give each lug nut a full turn before moving on to the next one, keeping them all equally tight.

  • Avoid tightening the lug nuts so much that you risk upsetting the car jack. You will tighten the lug nuts fully once the vehicle is on the ground and there is no risk of it falling.


STEP 12 - LOWER THE CAR TO THE GROUND, FINISH TIGHTENING THE LUG NUTS & REMOVE THE CAR JACK



Turn/Crank/Pump the car jack in the opposite direction in order to lower your vehicle back down onto the ground. Once the car jack is completely down, remove it from under the vehicle. Then, using the lug wrench again, completely tighten the lug nuts as much as you can.

STEP 13 - PLACE THE FLAT TIRE, THE CAR JACK AND THE OTHER TOOLS BACK INTO THE TRUNK



Once the spare tire is firmly on your vehicle and the vehicle is back down on the ground, it's time to clean up! Place the flat tire into the trunk, where the spare tire was, along with the car jack, the lug wrench and any other tools you took out. And TA DA! YOU just changed your tire! CONGRATULATIONS!

Once you have finished changing your tire, contact an automotive service center, like our Monicatti Auto Service Center, and take the flat tire to them. Most small punctures can be repaired rather inexpensively. However, if the tire is no good, they can dispose of it for you and sell you a replacement.

If changing your own tire still feels a bit too difficult, have no fear, we can assist you at MONICATTI AUTO SERVICE CENTER! Give us a call at 1-844-463-6722 or fill out our ONLINE CONTACT FORM to schedule an appointment TODAY!

(NOTE: Information loosely taken from an article on wikihow.com)

Monicatti Auto Service Center Grand Opening Event

MONICATTI AUTO SERVICE CENTER GRAND OPENING EVENT



On Friday, June 17th, 2022 we celebrated the GRAND OPENING of our BRAND NEW, state-of-the-art, 10,000 sq ft Automotive Service Center! And to help mark the occasion and make it official, the Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce came out and performed a ribbon cutting ceremony!

THANK YOU to all of our dedicated employees, customers, vendors, friends and family for supporting us and helping to make this event such a huge success!

Check out our YOUTUBE video of the event HERE
(or click the image below - and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel too!)



Below are images from the event! Please feel free to scroll through and enjoy!

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Why You Need To Rotate Your Tires

WHY YOU NEED TO ROTATE YOUR TIRES



6/3/2022 - 9:00 AM

Virtually every vehicle manufacturer, tire manufacturer and tire dealer recommends that you rotate your vehicle's tires periodically so that they will wear evenly and last longer. But is tire rotation really necessary?

Apparently there are many motorists out there who don't think so, as tire rotation is one of the more neglected routine maintenance items. You can often even spot vehicles that are in need of tire rotation while out on the road. They are the vehicles whose front wheels are nearly pitch black from brake dust. The reason for this is that the front brakes are larger than the rear brakes on most vehicles (front-wheel drive vehicles) and they do 75 percent or more of the braking. Thus, they generate more brake pad dust, which in turn gets all over the wheels.

Whether your vehicle has front-wheel, rear-wheel, four-wheel or all-wheel drive, your tires will benefit from a change of scenery from time to time. The weight and workload the tires carry is unevenly distributed which makes them wear unevenly.

A majority of vehicles on the road are front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive which operate in front-wheel drive most of the time. On these types of vehicles, the front tires carry an extraordinary load.

First of all, the front tires carry far more weight than the rear tires because the engine and transmission are typically mounted over the front axle. When you apply the brakes, more weight shifts forward which adds to the load. The front tires also endure uneven wear and tear from powering and steering the vehicle. They also bear the brunt of cornering forces when weight shifts to the outside of a turn. By contrast, the rear tires on a front-wheel drive vehicle are mostly just along for the ride!

Rear-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles spread more of the load to the rear tires because they drive the vehicle. However, the front tires still carry a significant burden from steering and from the weight of the engine and transmission.

Tire wear and tear can also indicate other problems or issues with your vehicle. For example, if the shoulders are worn more on your tires, it could be an indication of a misalignment or worn suspension parts. If the outer edges of your tires are worn more, it could indicate your tires are underinflated. Conversely, if the inner part of your tires are worn more, it could indicate your tires are overinflated.



How frequently tires should be rotated depends on the vehicle and the manufacturer's recommendations, which can typically be found inside the vehicle's owner's manual. A good rule of thumb is to rotate them at least as often as you change the oil. So if most mechanics tell you to change your vehicle's oil every 6,000 miles and you typically drive around 12,000 miles per year, you should rotate your tires twice a year.

The tire rotation pattern also depends on the vehicle. For most front-wheel drive vehicles, a typical pattern is to move the front tires to the rear on the same side and crisscross the rear tires to the front. The pattern might be different for rear-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles and will also be different on vehicles that have directional tires or different size tires in the front and rear.



With directional tires, for example, the tires have to stay on the same side and only move between the front and back. If the front and rear tires are of different sizes, they are rotated to the other side of the same axle.

If your tires are in need of rotating or if you're unsure about rotating your tires, our MONICATTI AUTO SERVICE CENTER can assist you. Give us a call at 1-844-463-6722 or fill out our ONLINE CONTACT FORM to schedule an appointment TODAY!

(NOTE: Information loosely taken from a similar article on Cars.com)

Service Center Grand Opening-Ribbon Cutting Event


MONICATTI AUTO SALES & SERVICE GRAND OPENING/RIBBON CUTTING EVENT!


A TRUSTED HOUSEHOLD NAME FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS!

We are extremely proud to announce the GRAND OPENING of our BRAND NEW, 10,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art Service Center!

From oil changes, brake repairs and tire rotations to alignments, suspension work and engine repairs, we can do it ALL!



Come ONE come ALL to our RIBBON CUTTING / OPEN HOUSE Event on Friday, June 17th, 2022 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

The Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce will be joining us at 11:00 AM for an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Afterwards, we will have FREE food and drinks, FREE Monicatti swag, live music, giveaways and MORE!

WHO?: Monicatti Auto Sales & Service

WHAT?: Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting/Open House Event

WHERE?: 55800 New Haven Road, Chesterfield, MI 48051

WHEN?: Friday, June 17th, 2022 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM



So come check us out, enjoy the freebies, tour our AMAZING new facility and meet our friendly, experienced technicians!

We hope to see you there!

Why You Should Never Ignore Your Warning Lights

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE YOUR CAR'S WARNING LIGHTS


5/4/2022 - 9:00 AM

Over the years, cars and trucks have come equipped with a variety of safety technologies to enhance driving safety. These safety technologies typically also come with warning lights that will flash on your dashboard to let you know if and when something is wrong.

DO I REALLY NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNING LIGHTS?



YES! As a car or truck owner, it is your responsibility to take these warnings seriously. Not only do these warnings serve as a way of alerting you of potential issues with particular vehicle components, but they can also save you from ending up broken down on the side of the road and also save you the trouble of dealing with much more serious and costly repairs down the road.

IGNORING THE WARNINGS COULD LEAD TO REDUCED PERFORMANCE



As humans, an injury can hamper the performance of completing mundane, day-to-day activities and your vehicle is no different! If you ignore your warning lights and certain components begin to malfunction, it can lead to reduced performance for your vehicle. A broken sensor could send the wrong signals to your vehicle's ECU (Engine Control Unit) which might throw off the performance and maybe even force it into limp mode where the engine protects itself from large loads and stresses.

To better help you stay on top of your vehicle's performance, here are the main vehicle warning lights to look out for:

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT



This is probably the MOST IMPORTANT light of them all! The check engine light can be anything from a loose gas cap to something much more serious. If this light is ignored, it could lead to a much more costly repair or even irreparable damage. This could mean there are engine problems, emissions issues or even a faulty oxygen sensor. If the check engine light comes on, you want to have it checked out right away!

OIL PRESSURE LIGHT



The oil pressure light can come on when there is an engine problem, a sensor problem or simply just a low oil level. If you ever see this light come on, you need to have it checked out right away. Just like the check engine light, ignoring this warning can lead to serious damage and more costly repairs.

ENGINE TEMPERATURE LIGHT



Any time you see this warning, you should pull over immediately and turn off your engine. This warning light is a serious sign of engine overheating and keeping the engine running could lead to irreparable damage.

TIRE PRESSURE LIGHT



If the tire pressure light comes on, it means there is an imbalance in tire pressure. One or more tires might have too much or too little air pressure in them and it may not be adequate according to what the vehicle's manufacturer suggests. This is typically a very easy fix as you can add or remove air pressure using an air pump or by visiting your local gas or service station. However, in some cases it could mean the tire pressure sensor has gone bad and needs to be fixed.

BRAKE LIGHTS



Your brakes should always be in perfect working condition as they can save your life. If the brake light or the Anti-Braking System light comes on, there is likely an issue with your brakes. If your brakes are not working properly, your vehicle could skid or even not stop at all. When this warning light comes on, it is best to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible.

AIRBAG LIGHT



While your brakes can save your life by helping you to avoid an accident, your airbags can save your life when an accident does occur. If you see the airbag light come on, it means there is a problem with one or more of the airbags in the system. So if you are in a collision, one of the airbags may not deploy. Needless to say, it is of the utmost importance to get this warning light checked out right away!

In addition to the warning lights mentioned above, there are many other lights that can come up on your vehicle's dashboard. Below is a fairly comprehensive listing of many of the others.



All of these vehicle warning lights can be checked out and serviced for you here at our MONICATTI AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER! Give us a call at 1-844-463-6722 or fill out our ONLINE CONTACT FORM to schedule an appointment TODAY!

Monicatti Auto Named '22 CarGurus Top-Rated Dealer

MONICATTI AUTO SALES & SERVICE receives CarGurus® 2022 Top-Rated Dealer Award for Excellence in Customer Experience

Wednesday, April 13th, 4:00 PM

Chesterfield, MI - Here at Monicatti Auto Sales & Service,
we are extremely proud to announce that we have received
the honor of being named a CarGurus® Top-Rated Dealer
for the third year in a row. This prestigious annual award
celebrates car dealerships, like
ourselves, that consistently
deliver exceptional customer service to car shoppers. In
earning the 2022 Top-Rated Dealer Award, we have
maintained a 4.5-star average rating or higher and collected
at least five verified customer reviews through the CarGurus®
platform in 2021. CarGurus® uses verified dealership ratings,
along with other factors like pricing analytics to help shoppers
search for a deal on a vehicle.


"CarGurus knows that trust and transparency are central to car
buying, and we are proud to recognize the dealerships that reflect
these values with our eighth annual Top-Rated Dealer awards."
said Spencer Scott, Executive Vice President at CarGurus®. "The
winners are among the best of the best, and the Top-Rated Dealer
program gives dealerships like Monicatti Auto Sales and Service
the opportunity to showcase their outstanding customer service.
We applaud them for maintaining their high standards, especially
while navigating the ups and downs of inventory levels last year."
"At Monicatti Auto Sales and Service, we are built on three core
principles: HONESTY, INTEGRITY and LOYALTY, and so
providing excellent customer service is central to our business.
We are thrilled to be recognized as a CarGurus Top-Rated Dealer
in 2022." said Michael Monicatti, Owner of Monicatti Auto Sales
& Service. "This award acknowledges our entire staff for meeting
and exceeding our customers' expectations day after day. We're
committed to maintaining and developing trusted relationships,
and we will strive to provide this same level of excellence in the
years to come."

10 Tips For Cleaning Your Car

10 TIPS FOR CLEANING YOUR CAR



Friday, April 1st, 2022 - 9:00 AM

Unless you're a car fanatic like we are here at Monicatti Auto Sales
& Service, washing your car can be a bit of a hassle, especially if
your car doesn't end up looking much better than when you started.
With the right tools and the right methods, you can get your car
looking like a brand-new showroom piece!

However, before you just throw some soap and water at your ride,
read on for our top 10 tips for cleaning your car the RIGHT way!

#1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME TO WASH



While this might sound a bit arbitrary, picking the right day and
even TIME of day to wash your car can make a difference. Don't
try to wash your car in extreme cold or heat. If it's too cold, obviously
the water will freeze and make things extremely difficult for you. If
it's too hot, the water will evaporate quickly and form grimy residues
before you have a chance to wipe them off.

Dark colored cars can absorb so much heat that they become hot to
the touch. This not only burns your hands and fingers, but it can also
affect some of the chemicals used for washing and detailing your car.

#2. REMOVE THE TRASH

Before you clean the outside, start with the interior. Remove any obvious
trash from the ash trays, doors, seat pockets, glovebox and other interior
storage spaces. Don't forget to check under the seats for food wrappers,
missing sunglasses or even misplaced money (HEY, you never know!).

If you use seat mats, take them out and clean them separately. If they're
rubber, wash them with warm soapy water.

#3. VACUUM THE SEATS & CARPETS



Once all of the trash has been removed, it's time to get out the vacuum!
Oftentimes, dirt gets into tough to reach places. So you may need to
loosen it up or get it out into an open area where the vacuum nozzle
can reach it. You can use a stiff brush (like an old toothbrush) to
accomplish this.

If you have a pet that frequently rides in your car, chances are you
have pet hair on your seats or in the carpet. Try using a moistened
rubber glove or wrap sticky tape around your hand with the sticky
side facing outwards to clean it up.

Finally - and this is a pretty cool trick - use a compressed air canister
to blow dust and dirt out of the little nooks and crannies that you
can't reach with the brush or the vacuum nozzle.

#4. CLEAN THE DASH AND INSTRUMENT PANEL



We're not quite done with the interior yet! The dash and instrument
panel can collect a lot of dust. However, these areas are more delicate,
so use a damp cloth on the dash and controls. There are also dash
and upholstery cleaning products for these areas, which can help.
Try using a soft paintbrush to get dust out from the rims of the
instrument dials if needed.

*NOTE* Don't be tempted to use any silicone sprays that add shine
to your interior. A shiny dash can create horrible glare and make it
difficult to see when driving. Also, if any overspray gets onto the
pedals it can make them slippery, which can also be dangerous.

#5. CLEAN THE DOOR SILLS & DOOR OPENINGS

Finally, while you have all of the doors open, grab a bucket of clean,
soapy water and clean the door sills and door openings. These are
easily overlooked during a regular car wash, but will stick out like a
sore thumb when you open the doors later.

#6. THE SCIENCE OF WASHING



If you look around or ask around enough, you will get all kinds of
advice for the best way to wash your car. We suggest you start by
rinsing the car off with a steady stream of water to get all of the
loose dirt off. This will help reduce the risk of rubbing dirt into the
paint later on.

Once the entire car has been rinsed off and most of the loose dirt has
been cleared, it's time to wash the car. Grab a clean bucket and fill it
with a mixture of warm water and car washing solution. Do NOT
use household detergents as this can strip away any protective wax
layers from the paint.

Next, grab a car washing glove or a large sponge and start from the
roof and work your way down the sides, front and rear of the car. This
gives the car wash solution a little more time to soak into the grimiest
areas near the bottom and means the water in your bucket stays cleaner
for longer. If the water in your bucket becomes too dirty, it is a good
idea to empty and re-fill it to keep from washing your car with dirty
water or even scratching the paint with small bits of dirt.

If you find any stubborn spots, don't keep rubbing away at them because
this could damage the paint. Instead, try using a tar and bug remover
spray. And if you have any dirt that appears to be bonded into the
paint, you can use a clay bar to remove it. However, be sure to read
the instructions carefully to prevent from doing any damage.

#7. WAXING



It is not necessary to wax your car every time you wash it. Most
detailing experts suggest that you wax your car 2-4 times per year.
There are even car wash solutions that contain wax in them and help
to preserve your wax layers in between waxes.

First you need to rinse off the car and allow it to fully dry. However,
do not allow the water to puddle and dry naturally because this will
often leave some residue, even if it looks clean. Instead, use a leather
or silicone squeegee or a chamois. These are not designed to dry the
surface on contact, but rather spreads the water out into a thin layer
that evaporates more quickly and cleanly.

Next it is time to apply the wax. Follow the instructions carefully
from the manufacturer's bottle that you are using. It may seem
counter-intuitive, but in the case of waxing your car, less is more.
A good application of wax is not very visible. The smallest and most
thin layer is the best and most effective way to apply. For applying
the wax, follow these steps:

  1. Apply some wax to an applicator. This can be a small foam
    or microfiber pad or a special finishing pad on a waxing/
    polishing wheel.

  2. Rub the wax all over all of the body panels on the car. This
    can be done using small circles or straight lines. A thin layer
    is better and should be so thin that you have to look at the
    surface in the light to see what you have already done.

  3. After the entire car has been coated in wax, allow it to dry
    and haze. The time needed for this depends on the product
    itself as well as the humidity and temperature. Lower
    temperatures slow down the hazing while higher temperatures
    speed up the hazing. If you want to test and see if the wax is
    finished hazing, perform the "swipe test".

    • Wrap a piece of a microfiber towel over the end of
      your finger

    • Swipe the waxed area with the towel-covered finger
      in much the same way that you would swipe a
      touchscreen

    • If the wax is done hazing and ready to be buffed off,
      you will see a smear-free clear swipe area left behind

    • If the wax is NOT ready to be buffed, you will see an
      oily smear left behind over the waxed surface

    • If the wax is NOT ready yet, wait a little longer and
      repeat the "swipe test"

  4. When the wax is ready to be buffed, take a clean/un-used
    microfiber towel and wipe off the entire car. If you applied
    the wax in a very thin layer, this should be very quick and
    easy.

  5. While buffing the wax off, you should start to see the shine
    appear. After you are done with an area, turn your microfiber
    towel over and use the clean side to wipe it again to prevent
    any smears. You could also possibly use two separate towels
    for this.

  6. Once you are done buffing the entire car, step back and enjoy
    your hard work!

Some detailing experts will wax and buff the car twice for extra
protection and extra shine. However, there is a clever test you can
perform to check the depth of your shine. Place a ruler perpendicular
to the surface and see how many numbers you can read in the
reflection. The more you can see, the better the shine.

#8. WHEELS AND TIRES



We may be done with the car, but let's not forget about the wheels
and tires! If washing the wheels with your sponge or washing
glove doesn't get them fully clean, try using a stiff brush to remove
any brake dust or road grime. And here's a handy tip: when you think
you're done, move the car forward about half a rotation of the tires
and clean again to get the areas you may have missed the first time
around.

There are special wheel degreasers and cleaners which will remove
the dirt and brake dust without damaging paintwork or the finish on
the wheels like a regular detergent will. Some even contain sealants
to help protect against dirt and pitting in the future.

Lastly, you can get tire cleaners and sprays that will give your tires a
shiny, new car look. This shine typically fades away, but it looks great
while it lasts and can be a handy tip if you're trying to sell your car.

#9. TIME TO CLEAN THE GLASS



Once everything else is done, it's time to clean the glass. It's a good
idea to leave this until the end because the windows tend to pick up
dirt and grime from all of the other steps.

Some people use straight up glass cleaner for the glass on their car.
However, this can sometimes leave lots of streaks. Other people
wash their car's glass with soap and water. A good combination of
water and glass cleaner can work great as well.

Whatever you decide to use, make sure to roll down the windows
a bit to clean the top edges as well. Otherwise, these will stay dirty
even though the rest of the windows are nice and clean.

#10. COSMETIC REPAIRS

While cleaning your car, you probably noticed a few cosmetic
flaws here and there. Dings and scratches are typically best left
to the experts at the body shop. However, some things, like faded
paintwork or plastic trim, can be fixed fairly easily.

For faded paintwork, you will need a polishing solution and a little
bit of skill. And remember, polish is NOT wax! Polish is abrasive
and designed to remove the top layer of paint that's faded to reveal
the true color underneath. But when in doubt, leave it to the
professionals.

On the other hand, bumper polish is very easy. Many cars have black
plastic bumpers and trim that fade over time. Bumper polish can be
messy to apply, but is also quite easy and can help to restore that
showroom gleam to faded plastics.

So even if your car is 10 years old or older, it doesn't have to look
like it. A good cleaning will leave it looking YEARS younger and
will make you feel much better about your ride!

If any or all of this sounds like too much work, at MONICATTI
AUTO SALES & SERVICE
we offer Auto Detailing Services.
So feel free to give us a call at 844-463-6722 or fill out
our ONLINE CONTACT FORM to schedule an appointment
TODAY!

(Note: Information loosely taken from haynes.com)

How To Jump Start a Car Battery

HOW TO JUMP START A CAR BATTERY

3/4/2022 - 9:00 AM

Knowing how to jump start a car battery is an extremely valuable skill for
anyone to have. Whether you're an experienced driver or a brand-new
driver, chances are you will encounter a dead battery in your vehicle at
some point in time. So hopefully the following article will help to teach
you what to do if you're ever in that situation.

STEP 1 - CHECK THE BATTERY


First and foremost, you need to determine if the battery is actually dead.

  • Check the headlights. Are they dim or bright? (Note that in some
    cars you will need to turn the ignition on to test the headlights). If
    they are dim, it's likely your battery is dead. If your headlights are
    bright, you do NOT have a dead battery and a jump start will not help.

  • Ensure that the doors will unlock when you push the button on your
    key (keyless entry) or try to open the door from the outside.

  • Check to see if the interior lights work or if the clock or GPS
    (if equipped) move or power on.

  • Put the key into the ignition and see if the dashboard lights up as
    usual and also test the stereo. In most cases, even with a low battery
    you should see some dashboard lights and get some sound out of the
    stereo. If you do not get a flicker from your dashboard, you might have
    a problem with the ignition switch.

  • Try to start the car. If it cranks quickly, you do NOT have a dead battery
    and a jump start will not help. However, if it cranks slowly or not at all,
    you probably have a dead battery.


STEP 2 - OPEN THE VEHICLE'S HOOD AND LOCATE THE BATTERY



After determining that the battery is in fact dead, open the vehicle's hood.
In most cases, you will need to pull the hood release latch inside the
vehicle (most commonly found under the dash or on the floor on the
driver's side). Then, you will need to locate the battery. On most vehicles,
it will be near the front of the vehicle on the right or left side. However,
on some vehicles the battery may be located near the firewall between the
engine and the passenger compartment. In some cases, the battery may
even be located inside the trunk. It can also be possible for the battery to
be buried underneath other components/electronics. If you're not sure,
check your vehicle's manual.

Once the battery is located, identify the positive and negative terminals.

  • The positive terminal will be marked with a plus (+) sign and will
    usually have a red cable attached to it.

  • The negative terminal will be marked with a minus (-) sign and will
    usually have a black cable attached to it.

STEP 3 - PARK THE WORKING/RUNNING VEHICLE NEAR,
BUT NOT TOUCHING, THE DISABLED VEHICLE


Park the working/running vehicle facing the disabled vehicle and get
it as close as possible without touching and allowing room to walk or
move in between. Turn off the engine of the working/running vehicle
and make sure to turn off the radio, lights, heat or A/C and any other
electrical components on BOTH vehicles.

*NOTE* It is VERY IMPORTANT that the vehicles are NOT TOUCHING
as jumping the battery could cause an extremely dangerous electrical arc
between the vehicles.

STEP 4 - WEAR SAFETY GEAR (GOGGLES & GLOVES) IF YOU HAVE IT.

Inspect batteries for cracks, leaks and other damage. If you find any of
these things, do not jump start the vehicle. Call a tow truck instead -
and have it towed to MONICATTI AUTOMOTIVE SALES & SERVICE! ;)
- or replace the battery.

  • Check that the battery cables are firmly connected to the battery posts.
    Loose cables can prevent a vehicle from starting, even if the radio
    and lights seem to be operating. If loose, you can use a properly-sized
    wrench to tighten the cable terminal to the battery post. *NOTE:*
    Avoid touching any other part of the vehicle with the wrench when it is
    on the terminal as a large spark and explosion can occur.

  • If you notice a significant amount of corrosion on the disabled vehicle's
    battery terminals, it might be necessary to remove the battery cables from
    the terminals in order to clean both. Corrosion between the battery and
    cable terminals can prevent a vehicle from starting. It is best to use a stiff
    wire brush to remove all of the corrosion. Reconnect the cables to the battery
    terminals once everything is clean and tighten them down as described above.

  • You might also need to remove the red positive (+) post/terminal protective
    cover if your battery has one.


STEP 5 - UNTANGLE AND UNWIND YOUR JUMPER CABLES


Similar to your vehicle's battery, your jumper cables will likely have
both red and black cables and will also have heavy-duty clamps for
connecting to your vehicle's battery terminals.
*VERY IMPORTANT* Make sure to NEVER let the red and black
jumper cable ends touch once they have been connected to the batteries.
Allowing them to touch can result in serious arcing and/or damage to
one or both vehicles.

STEP 6 - CONNECT THE JUMPER CABLES IN THE ORDER BELOW:

  1. Connect one RED clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the
    DEAD battery.

  2. Connect the other RED clamp to the positive (+) terminal of
    the GOOD battery.

  3. Connect one BLACK clamp to the negative (-) terminal of the
    GOOD battery.

  4. Connect the other BLACK clamp to a piece of grounded metal
    on the disabled vehicle, preferably the bolt where the thick negative
    cable from the battery connects to the chassis. If this is not practical,
    look for shiny metal (not painted or oily) that is attached to the engine.
    Typically a nut, bolt or other protruding shiny metal will work. (You
    might notice a small spark when you connect to a good ground) As a
    last resort, you can connect to the negative (-) terminal of the BAD
    battery. However, this can risk igniting any hydrogen gas coming off
    of the battery.

*NOTE* As mentioned above, some vehicles have the battery buried under
other components/electronics. If this is the case, most vehicles will have the
terminals exposed for jump starting purposes. So you will need to look for the
positive (+) and negative (-) terminals. ALSO, make sure that none of the cables
are hanging down into the engine compartment where they could potentially be
exposed to moving parts once the vehicle is started.

STEP 7 - START THE WORKING/RUNNING VEHICLE


Start the working/running vehicle and let it run or idle for a few minutes.
Then rev the engine a little bit above idle for 30 to 60 seconds. This is
done to charge the dead battery as the starter in the disabled vehicle will
draw most of the required current from the good battery, NOT through the
cables. Charging the dead battery is a MUST! If 30 seconds doesn't do the
trick, try charging for the full 60 seconds by keeping the working/running
engine at a high idle. A good, clean connection between the battery cables
and the battery terminals is essential.

STEP 8 - ATTEMPT TO START THE DISABLED VEHICLE


Attempt to start the disabled vehicle. If it does NOT start, shut both
engines off and disconnect the last connection. Then twist or wiggle
each of the four jumper cable clamps to make sure you have a good
electrical connection. Restart the working/running vehicle again and
allow approximately 5 minutes for charging before attempting to start
the disabled vehicle again. If this still doesn't work after a few attempts,
call a tow truck instead - and have it towed to MONICATTI AUTOMOTIVE
SALES & SERVICE
! ;) - or replace the battery.

If the disabled vehicle DOES start, proceed to the next step.

STEP 9 - REMOVE THE JUMPER CABLES


Once the disabled vehicle has been started, remove the jumper cables
in the REVERSE order from which they were attached.
*NOTE* As mentioned previously, do NOT allow the clamps to touch
each other and make sure the cables do NOT hang down into the engine
compartment.

  1. Disconnect the BLACK clamp from the grounded metal on the
    previously disabled vehicle (or from the negative (-) terminal of
    the previously DEAD battery if you ended up attaching it to that).

  2. Disconnect the BLACK clamp from the negative (-) terminal of
    the GOOD battery.

  3. Disconnect the RED clamp from the positive (+) terminal of the
    GOOD battery.

  4. Disconnect the RED clamp from the positive (+) terminal of the
    previously DEAD battery.

*NOTE* Replace the red positive (+) post/terminal protective cover if
your battery has one. This cover can help prevent accidentally short
circuiting the battery.

STEP 10 - ALLOW THE PREVIOUSLY DISABLED/NOW RUNNING
VEHICLE TO RUN FOR A WHILE.


Once everything has been disconnected and the jumper cables have been
put away, close the hood of both vehicles. The originally working/running
vehicle can be moved and turned off. HOWEVER, allow the engine of the
previously disabled vehicle to continue running for 5-10 minutes before
shutting it off. This should give the battery enough of a charge to start again.

At this point, shut off the vehicle and then attempt to restart it. If the vehicle starts,
you are good to go. If it does NOT start, you may have a dead battery or even
a bad or dying alternator. In which case, you need to contact MONICATTI
AUTOMOTIVE SALES & SERVICE
! ;)

*IF ALL ELSE FAILS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT OUR MONICATTI AUTOMOTIVE
SERVICE CENTER AT 1-844-463-6722 OR FILL OUT OUR ONLINE CONTACT FORM
TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AND WE WILL GET YOU BACK UP AND RUNNING!*

(Note: Information taken from an article posted on the WikiHow website.)

Simple Winter Car Care Tips

MONICATTI WINTER CAR MAINTENANCE TIPS

2/18/2022 - 5:00 PM

Sometimes it seems as though winter will never end! We get a few
nice, warm days and then BAM, Mother Nature dumps some more
snow on us!
For many drivers, facing the challenges of salted streets,
icy roads, freezing temperatures, and heavy snow can be quite
daunting. So how do you keep your vehicle in top condition during
the winter months? Plan ahead and use our car care tips to make
sure your vehicle stays in great shape all winter long.


Tip # 1: CHECK YOUR LIGHTS



One major hazard with winter driving is that the sun sets earlier in
the day, which means there’s less daylight, especially on your
commute home. As a result, you’ll want to make sure your
 vehicle’s
lights
 are in excellent shape, providing the brightest possible
illumination they can. If a bulb is out, fix it before winter starts, and
if there’s snow covering any exterior light, make sure you remove it
before setting off to drive anywhere. If your headlights are foggy or
yellow, consider replacing them or look into an easy restoration kit.


Tip # 2: MAINTAIN YOUR BATTERY



It’s often more difficult for a car battery to operate in cold weather
than it is for it to operate in warm weather. As a result, a battery
that’s merely weak during the summer could turn into a dead battery
during the winter. Our advice is to have a volt test performed on
your battery before winter starts to make sure it’s still in good
working order. If it isn’t, buy a new battery as soon as possible so
you’ll never have to worry about being stranded or left in a cold
parking lot with a car that won’t start.


Tip # 3: FLUSH & FILL THE COOLANT



Coolant, also known as antifreeze, is tremendously important to
your car, as it keeps the engine from freezing in cold temperatures.
Before you head into winter, make sure your car isn’t low on
 coolant.
Also, check to see that there aren’t any leaks in your vehicle’s
engine components that could cause coolant to drain out. Many
mechanics recommend drivers use a 50/50-mix of coolant and water
in their radiator. This blend usually results in a lower engine freezing
point than just coolant.


Tip # 4: TOP OF GAS & WASHER FLUID



You might be wondering what gasoline and washer fluid could
possibly have in common. The answer is that they’re two liquids
you should try to keep full during the winter. You should keep your
gas tank full for several reasons. First, a full tank may prevent
accumulated water from freezing inside your fuel pump. Second,
it will allow you to run your engine longer and keep you warm if
you get stuck. Meanwhile, a full windshield-washer reservoir is
tremendously important, as messy road debris from a snowstorm
can sometimes necessitate constant window washing to see where
you’re going.


Tip # 5: INVEST IN WINTER TIRES



All-wheel drive can be confidence-inspiring when you’re
accelerating, but it doesn’t help you when you’re braking and turning,
experts say. For drivers who live in areas where the temperature
regularly drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, 
winter tires are a must.
Winter tires are more capable of staying flexible at low temperatures.
This means that they can provide improved traction when you’re
trying to stop and turn on cold pavement, even if there’s no snow on
the ground.


Tip # 6: STAY ON TOP OF TIRE PRESSURE



It’s incredibly important to keep track of your tire pressure as
temperatures get colder. This is because tire pressure can drop along
with the air temperature, losing up to one pound per square inch
with every 10-degree drop in air temperature. Driving around with
low tire pressure could mean premature tire wear or potential tread
separation, which could lead to a major accident. Also, your car
handles less predictably with underinflated tires. If you check your
tire pressure and find that one or more of your tires are low on air, fill
them at a gas station air pump. Don’t forget to let out a little air as
temperatures start to climb again in the spring.


Tip # 7: TEST YOUR HEATER & DEFROSTER



Before winter gets into full swing, be sure to check your car’s
window defroster and climate control system to make sure both
work properly. Their purpose is obvious: The climate control
system will help keep you warm in the winter (and can help keep
your windows from fogging up), while the defroster will keep your
windows from icing up. Both items are crucial to maintaining
comfort and safety throughout the winter. Then again, you could be
lucky enough to own a car with a
 heated windshield!

Tip # 8: PACK A SURVIVAL KIT



Although this isn’t a car care tip as much as a winter preparedness tip,
we suggest considering a survival kit for your vehicle if you want to
really be ready for winter. While it might sound ridiculous for some urban
drivers, motorists in rural areas might find themselves stuck on a deserted
road with heavy snow falling and few vehicles around for miles. In any event,
a survival kit is a good idea. Select one that’s stocked with the following:

  • Thermal blanket

  • First-aid kit

  • Multi-tool that includes a knife

  • Flashlight and charger or batteries

  • Jumper cables

  • Cellphone charger and extra battery

  • Shovel

  • Sand or cat litter

  • Ice scraper

  • De-icer

  • Flares

Because snow and ice cause hazardous driving conditions and it can make
it difficult for other vehicles to see you or your car, be cautious and remain
vigilant if you must pull off to the side of a road or interstate.

(NOTE: Information taken from an article posted on the AutoTrader website. 
Monicatti Auto Sales & Service is a proud sponsor of AutoTrader and lists 
all of our vehicles on their website.)

Monicatti Auto Sales - Best Midsize Sedans

Please Read Monicatti Auto Sales - Best Midsize Sedans

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MotorTrend tests more than 200 vehicles at the track every year. We rate cars using the same factors you do, including how they drive, interior space, efficiency, tech, value, and safety. Ratings are only applicable within each respective segment.

  1. 2022 Honda Accord - 9.1/10 - After a midcycle refresh for 2021, we're not expecting any major changes to the Accord for 2022. Barring any significant revisions, it will carry forward with two gas engines and a hybrid option. The Accord competes with other affordable four-doors including the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Kia K5, and Subaru Legacy.

  2. 2022 Subaru Legacy - 8.6/10 - Subaru knows its buyers and delivers on their priorities with the Legacy. The midsize sedan offers a compelling blend of technology, safety, and performance in a roomy and comfortable vessel. Middling style and a vexing CVT are the Legacy's greatest Achilles heels.

  3. 2022 Hyundai Sonata - 8.5/10 - Hyundai has been selling the Sonata here in the U.S. for more than 30 years, and the current eighth generation is the best version yet. Redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Hyundai Sonata is among the better midsize sedans on the market. It's mechanically related to the Kia K5.

  4. 2022 Kia K5 - 8.3/10 - The midsize sedan once known as the Kia Optima has transformed into the K5. Introduced for 2021, the K5 stands out in the segment with evocative exterior styling. Yet despite those looks it remains a relatively normal car in terms of features and capabilities. The K5 is offered with a choice of turbocharged engines and available AWD. Like the Optima before it, the K5 targets sedan stalwarts like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and mechanically related Hyundai Sonata. The K5 is built in West Point, Georgia, alongside the Kia Telluride.

  5. 2022 Toyota Camry - 8/10 - Although it's no longer Toyota's best-selling model (that title now goes to the RAV4), the venerable Camry remains a go-to choice for those seeking a dependable midsize sedan. The current-gen Camry was introduced for the 2018 model year and sees a mild face-lift for 2021. The Camry sits squarely in the center of Toyota's lineup of sedans between the compact Corolla and full-size Avalon. Besides its longtime rival, the Honda Accord, the Camry also competes with midsize four-doors including the Subaru Legacy, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata.

  6. 2021 Nissan Altima - 7.7/10 - Positioned above the compact Sentra and below the full-size Maxima, the Altima is the middle child of Nissan's sedan lineup. Nissan issued a full redesign of the Altima for the 2019 model year, and the family sedan has been relatively unchanged since. The Altima competes in the midsize sedan segment alongside cars such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Legacy.

  7. 2022 Volkswagen Passat - 7.1/10 - Once one of Volkswagen's most successful cars in the United States, the Passat enters its final year of production with a Limited Edition trim. It rides on the platform that's been on sale in the United States since 2012, the same year it won our MotorTrend Car of the Year award. The Passat last received a major refresh in 2020. Although this midsize sedan no longer feels like a fresh offering, it comes with the traditional advantages of its segment, namely a comfortable ride, a large trunk, and spacious interior.

  8. 2021 Chevrolet Malibu - One of the longest-running nameplates in the Chevrolet lineup, the Malibu has been a mainstay in the midsize sedan segment for decades. Since its inception, the Malibu has evolved from a rear-drive car that's available in multiple flavors to a front-drive model offered only one body style. Chevrolet even offered a hybrid Malibu for a short time to lure eco-minded consumers to the brand. With only a short time left before it's discontinued, the Malibu lineup has been streamlined. A number of cosmetic packages are also offered.

  9. 2021 Mazda Mazda6 - As we wait for the rumored RWD, inline-six-powered, next-gen 6, Mazda adds some polish to its midsize sedan for 2021. The current-generation model debuted for the 2014 model year and saw a mid-cycle facelift for 2018, adding a turbocharged engine option. The 2021 Mazda 6 competes with other affordable midsize sedans including the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.

Original Source: https://www.motortrend.com/style/sedan/

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