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Preparing your vehicle for sub-zero temps
It is always advised to stay indoors and off the roads with these dangerously low temperatures so make sure to drive only if it is absolutely necessary. Cars need special care and attention throughout the winter and we are here to provide you with a few tips to ensure safety and comfort when driving in these conditions.
- Wear as many layers of clothing as possible and pack an extra pair of warm clothes whenever leaving the house
- Check vehicles heating and defrost system
- Keep your gas tank at least half full so that the gas line doesn’t freeze
- Fill tires with air. For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, tires can lose 1 lb. of pressure per square inch
- Make sure you have plenty of fluids including windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze and oil
- Replace wiper blades if they are cracked, worn or misshaped
- Check that your battery isn’t older than it’s recommended life span
It is always important to keep items in your car that will be useful in case of emergency. Check out our list below
Emergency Car Kit
- Ice scraper
- Extra clothes
- Extra windshield wiper fluid
- First aid kit
- Hand warmers
- Hat and gloves
- Booster cables
- bag of salt, sand, or kitty litter
We want to remind everyone to stay safe and warm. If the cold weather has taken a toll on your vehicle you can call us at (952) 544-0096 or visit us online to learn more about our cold weather prep package!
The All New 2014 Cadillac CTS has just landed at Morrie’s Cadillac! Be the first to come test drive the completely redesigned CTS! In this video, Morrie’s Cadillac General Manager, Pat Kyes, gives you a brief look at this hot new sedan. Don’t wait, call us at 763-449-4000 or stop by to check out the hottest new model in the Cadillac lineup!
Spring is a time for wonderful fresh smells, budding trees, flowers blooming, snow melting and deep cleaning. There is nothing better than being able to crack open the windows to let the cool spring smells replenish the stale winter air. Many people are inspired to do their spring cleaning with this season change, however we often neglect our vehicle as part of the spring cleaning process. The winter season can wreak havoc on our vehicles with all the snow, sand, salt and mud that gets tracked in and out.
General consensus shows that most people do not want to stand outside in the freezing winter months to vacuum out their vehicle. Car washes are always busiest on that first warm day of the season. You wait though, because there is nothing better than seeing your car free of the wintery mix of sand, salt and snow. Not everyone has access to commercial grade cleaning tools like we do here at Morrie’s, so we asked around for some tips and tricks people have learned over time on how to make cleaning your vehicle easy and convenient using everyday household items. Remember cleaning your vehicle may seem like a never ending chore, but it will help to protect the finish, prevent rust, and add to the resale value. A clean car is a happy car.
1. Using a toothpick and or cotton swab can help to remove dirt and grime from cup holders and around counsel shifters.
2. A cotton swab also works well to clean out heat vents.
3. Some people have air compressors at home. These can come in handy when cleaning your vehicle. You can use it to loosen up sand embedded deep down in the carpet for easy vacuuming. If you don’t have one, just use your hand in a flat motion to tap the carpet. You will see the sand popping up. Sprinkle some baby power on the carpet before vacuuming for a fresh smell.
4. Vinegar can be used to clean windows and chrome. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in to a spray bottle. Don’t forget the old trick using newspapers to wipe windows for that streak free shine. Vinegar can also be used for cleaning dashboards and steering columns.
5. Baking Soda can be used for cleaning tires. Add water to the baking soda to form a paste. Wet the tire and use a hard bristle brush to clean the tire with the baking soda. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse clean.
6. Use a brown paper bag or plastic sack from the grocery store to put excess garbage in. You can also use a few extra to put loose clothing in and one for things you need to take back in the house like, extra pens, travel mugs, change, ice scrapers, mail, sunglasses, etc.
7. To clean interior upholstery, pour a cup of baking soda into a bowl, and stir in white vinegar until a smooth paste is formed. Apply to the upholstery or carpet stain, and scrub in with a soft bristled brush. Let the paste dry, then vacuum to collect any baking soda residue. For tough and built-in stains, repeat this process as necessary.
8. For the exterior of your vehicle, add 10 drops of dishwashing liquid into a bucket, and then add warm water to form suds. The dishwashing liquid serves as a de-greasing agent to break up dirt and debris without leaving a greasy film behind.
We hope these tips come in handy when you decide to deep clean your vehicle this spring. And remember, you can also stop by any Morrie’s location for a car wash!