Is your pickup ready for hot weather? Here in Fort Stockton, temperatures can get quite extreme, so use these tips to protect your truck from summer’s worst heat.
Under the Hood
Your cooling system is paramount to keeping your engine
running smoothly in the Texas heat. Have the coolant drained and redone, as
well as other engine fluids topped off. Running the air conditioning in summer
gives your battery a workout, so make sure it’s operating at its full potential.
Consider replacing the battery if it’s an older one.
UV rays heat up your truck’s interior, causing the
upholstery to fade and even cracking your leather seating. Whenever you can,
park in the shade to prevent unnecessary damage. If you can’t do that, get a
sunshade to keep UV rays off the dash and front seats, and install seat covers to
Heat can cause the pressure in your truck’s tires to go
down. Check your tire pressure often to avoid underinflation, which can lead to
blowouts. Meanwhile, the sun’s rays can damage the outside of your truck, too. Consider
a bed liner to protect the bed, and apply a coat of wax to act like sunscreen,
putting a layer between the sun and the paint job.
If you need any help summer-proofing your pickup, be sure to get in touch with our service experts here at Amistad Motors.
It’s always a good idea to keep your car clean, but now more than ever, it’s vital that we do everything we can do to reduce the spread of viruses and germs. Follow these tips for sanitizing your car to stay safe and healthy and reduce your risk of infecting others.
Soap and Water
You can use both hand soap and dish soap to clean the inside
of your car and it will kill any possible germs. Make sure you scrub the cabin
thoroughly and get into crevices where germs may be hiding. Before cleaning,
though, confirm that the product you’re using won’t harm any of your vehicle’s
Rubbing Alcohol and
One of the most effective household items you can use to
kill germs is rubbing alcohol, as long as the solution is at least 70 percent
alcohol. You can use rubbing alcohol with a cloth to clean just about any surface
inside your car. You can also use disinfectant wipes if you’re able to obtain
Pay special attention to areas like the steering wheel,
engine start button, touch screen, and any other areas you find yourself
touching frequently. It’s a good idea to clean these spots regularly with one
of the above cleaning agents — just make sure they won’t be harmful to any
Clean Outside, Too
Don’t skip the exterior! You touch the outside of your car
too, especially the door handles, so give them a thorough cleaning. And always
use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
If you have questions about the best ways to sanitize your vehicle, contact us here at Amistad Motors and we’ll be happy to help.
Nothing feels quite the same as the added sense of power and visibility you get while driving a truck that’s been lifted. Is a truck lift kit right for your vehicle? Here at Amistad Motors, we’ve rounded up some of the pros and cons of adjusting your pickup’s height.
Body lift kits
If you’re just looking for an extra couple inches of ride
height, a body lift kit might be your solution. These kits accomplish the lift
with a spacer that goes between the truck’s body and frame. You’ll get 2 or 3
inches of extra clearance so you can stand out and go off road — but you won’t
have to worry about your ride quality getting rougher. Body lift kits leave
your vehicle’s factory suspension alone and don’t require new shocks. One thing
to be aware of is that a body lift can change the looks of your truck, making
the frame visible through the wheel wells.
Suspension lift kits
Suspension lift kits are quite a bit more involved than body
lift kits. With these kits, you can raise your truck much higher and
accommodate bigger tires if desired. It’s also a way to get more suspension
articulation. However, suspension lift kits require more maintenance, can
reduce your vehicle’s ride quality, and may even void the warranty.
Still have questions? Talk to our friendly service staff here at Amistad Motors to learn more about whether a lift kit will work for you.
Recently named the 2020 North American Car of the Year, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the first mid-engine version of this classic American sports car. The award — one of the most prestigious in the industry — is chosen by a special jury of auto journalists and experts. In particular, its new design and exceptional performance helped the Stingray to leave the competition in its tracks.
The North American Car of the Year award specifically
recognizes vehicles that excel in innovation, design, safety, performance,
technology, value, and driver satisfaction. The next-generation Corvette has a
revolutionary mid-engine design, which you can see through the rear window. The
LT2 V8 engine was completely reengineered for 2020, and you can also opt for a
special carbon-fiber package.
“The 2020 Corvette represents a new era for the iconic
brand,” said Lauren Fix, North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year
president. “The excitement from consumers has been overwhelming. From a
journalist’s perspective, this is one of the best-built GM products that
exemplifies what it means to be the North American Car of the Year.”
What else is new on the 2020 Stingray? One of the other most
notable features is the first-even production retractable hardtop option. The
hardtop can retract at speeds up to 30 mph, and it has six electric motors to
ensure reliability and speed.
The gift-giving season is upon us — and here at Amistad Motors, we’d like to make your shopping a little simpler. Here are a few of our favorite car enthusiast gift ideas for that hard-to-please person on your list.