How To Make A Winter Emergency Kit

Happy New Year from Mr. Muffler! A winter emergency kit can really prepare you for the coming year.  We have many things planned for 2021 and we are honored to be able to share another year with you. As the year begins, we would like to remind you to be safe on the road. With temperatures in the Detroit area dropping below zero, you should have a plan in place for an emergency on the road.

Build your own Mr. Muffler winter emergency kit at home by acquiring these items:

  • Gloves, socks, hats, sleeping bags, and blankets
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Flares and reflectors for emergencies
  • Extra cell phone battery or charger adapter
  • Snack food that doesn’t expire (candy or energy bars)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries, lighter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Booster Cables
  • salt, sand, or cat litter

Daily Winter Car Emergency Tips

How To Make A Winter Emergency KitStay in your vehicle! If you are in an unfamiliar area, you may become lost or put yourself in danger by wandering off.

Tell A Buddy! Always let someone know where you are going and how you will get there. Make sure your cell phone has plenty of charge or keep a charger in your vehicle at all times.

Keep Gas In Your Car!

Keeping at least half a tank of gas will keep it from freezing up. Of course, keeping it closer to full is more ideal.

It is advised that you keep over a half tank of gas in your car. The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to get your car service. Schedule your first start now!

Don’t forget our January specials! Visit Mr. Muffler today for great deals on winterizing your car and even new sets of tires to help with slippery roads! Finally, call us at 734.721.2800 to drop by the corner of Cherry Hill and Wayne Road in Westland anytime!

 

 

 

Never Do This In The Winter

With freezing temperatures in Metro Detroit, we understand how annoying it can be to remove ice from your car’s Protect Your Windshield From Thermal Shockwindshield. As tempting as it may be removing it using hot water is the worst thing that you could possibly do! Pouring hot water over your windshield can cause your windshield to crack because of thermal shock from temperature change. Also, replacing a cracked windshield can be costly.

Protect Your Windshield From Thermal Shock

Take your time and slowly heat up your car using the defrost setting. In addition, most cars these days have remote starts to make it easier for you.  If the temperature is very low, only turn the temperature knob halfway to avoid cracking. Another option of course is to go out and scrape your windows. Make sure to invest in a nice scraper that reaches those hard to reach areas.

Also, there is another option for those frozen windows, Prestone Windshield De-Icer. Averaging around $7.00 a can, the de-icer works just as described. Simply spray it on and wait a few seconds for the ice to melt just that easy. Now there are other things you should consider this winter. How are your tires?  Bald and improperly inflated tires can lead to slipping and sliding all over the road.  At Mr. Muffler we carry most major brands of tires, click here to order yours today.

When it comes to winter, make sure your vehicle is running smoothly and ready for the cold. Also, check fluids and filters to make sure everything is good. Have a happy winter and take care of your car in winter. Finally, make sure to visit Mr. Muffler this winter to prepare your vehicle for the cold weather.  Give us a call today at 734-721-2800 or visit us at 125 S. Wayne Rd.

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Car Overheating in Winter

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The worst time for a car to become overheated is in the winter cold in Michigan. In addition, even in the dead of winter, your car can possibly overheat.  Here is a list of four things that you need to when your car overheats in Wayne, Garden City, or Livonia. 

Car Overheating – 4 things to do in the Winter

1) Stop the car

Once you notice that your temperature gauge is abnormally high, then you should pull over when it is safe to do so.  Next, you should turn the car off to give the engine time to cool down.

2) Release the heat 

Carefully open your hood so that the heat can be released. If steam is coming from the radiator cap, be extra careful because it could burn you. Allow your car to cool.

* Do not open the radiator pressure cap if your engine is still hot. *

3) Check your coolant reservoir

If your car is low on coolant, then add coolant to your reservoir until it is to the full line.

4) Call for help.

It is better to be safe than sorry. Driving while your car is still overheated can cause more damage.

Car overheating can be an annoying issue even during the winter months. By following the four steps we laid out here it can help deal with this issue. Of course, Mr. Muffler of Westland can provide you with services to help maintain your vehicle all winter long.

If your car is just low on coolant, then it may safe to drive. To be on the safe side, take your car to Mr. Muffler to get your cooling system pressure-tested or for other full service auto repair services. Pressure-testing your cooling system can help diagnose possible leaks or other problems with your cooling system. Contact Mr. Muffler today to get your overheated vehicle in Wayne County serviced.

 

Best Place To Get Your Muffler Replaced!

The season is changing and it sounds like you need some muffler work done. Our name says it all and we are known all around the Westland area for affordable muffler repairs. We are Westland’s most reputable auto repair shops. It’s not easy for service shops to get excellent reviews but we do. Why? Because we really care about our community. Come visit us to get your vehicle diagnosed and we’ll give you an honest estimate and fix your vehicle quickly.

Muffler Repair or Replacement in Westland

It is very important to get your muffler inspected and repaired if necessary.  Not getting your muffler repaired immediately, can lead to more problems and more money out of your pocket. The loud noises could violate noise ordinanceswestland muffler repair in different neighborhoods which may lead to you getting a ticket or getting fined by a neighborhood association.  In addition, if your muffler has a hole in it, it can push carbon monoxide into your vehicle which can cause you to become nauseous, dizzy, and develop headaches. Signs that would indicate a defective muffler is the loud noise of course. However, you might hear a thumping or clunking noises that could indicate a clamp has come loose. Rusts and/or holes in your muffler would also indicate damage.

So, do you think that you need muffler repair or replacement in Westland? Mr. Muffler is here to help. It might be a situation where you see rust but it’s not that bad, or maybe it’s just a loose clap. Quite often we’ve made these determinations and saved our customers money. We understand that you’re not just our customer “today.” You can call ahead for an appointment or just come in. We are located on Wayne Road in Westland just south of Cherry Hill Road. Mr. Muffler is open from Monday through Friday from 8 am -6 pm and Saturdays from 8 am – 4 pm for all of your full service auto repairs.

Ten Minute Oil Change

10 minute oil change at Mr. MufflerAnd we’re not kidding. We have you in and out fast! More importantly, our professionals have it down so that we get the job done right. Checking the fluids, tire pressure and putting the correct amount and right type of oil is on our checklist. Oil is arguably the most important component in a vehicle. Having an oil change for your car or truck by Mr. Muffler on a regular basis will ensure a long life as well as save you time and money.

Spring In With A New Oil Change

Spring time is coming! Make sure that you incorporate getting your oil changed into your spring cleaning routine. Oil is the blood of your car. It is important to keep clean oil in your car. Recently, we had a child come in with their parent to get an oil change. During the short wait, the child asked one of our staff members what would happen if you never changed the oil in your car. Many people know that you have to get regular oil changes to keep your car healthy, but few know why or what oil changes do.

Here is why you need regular oil changes

Oil is necessary to lubricant your engine. Without clean oil, it will stop lubricating your engine and it will eventually fail. If the oil isn’t changed, the additives like detergent and rust fighters will wear out and the engine will stop being lubricated. Dirt will also begin to accumulate in the oil making it thick which would cause more wear and tear on the engine.

Spring Oil Change

Mr. Muffler in Westland, a full service auto repair shop, is here to service all of your needs. Contact us now.