Windshield and Windshield Wiper Maintenance

Having an unobstructed, clear view out your windshield is always critically important, and never more so than during the winter months. Just a few minutes of basic maintenance before the poor weather starts can help insure the best possible visibility during the shorter days and longer nights of winter.
Your windshield should always be kept clean, but especially so in the winter. Dead bugs, sap from parking under trees and even bird droppings all make it hard to see out, and can be hard to remove completely. A clean rag and some vinegar can usually loosen up any residue that has been left on the glass.  If you live where it’s cold in the winter, frost, snow and ice left on the windshield while you drive can make navigation downright dangerous. Always completely scrape and clear snow and ice, from all your vehicle’s glass, before getting underway. Don’t forget to clean the inside surface of your windshield completely and regularly. Film from smoke and other substances builds up inside over time and can significantly reduce visibility. Glass cleaners containing vinegar make the task quick and easy.
If there is residue on your windshield that just doesn’t come off, stop by the dealership to see what options we can provide for you.
With the glass clean inside and out, don’t forget to remove any leaves or twigs that may be left in the inlets at the base of the windshield. These will restrict airflow into the cabin that is needed for heating and defrosting the inside of the windows. Some older vehicles also have windshield washer jets mounted below the trailing edge of the hood which can be blocked by leaves.
If the clean glass has any cracks or divots, these should also be taken care of by a professional auto glass repair facility. Small cracks and divots can now usually be repaired, without replacing the entire windshield, by injecting a polymer into the crack and then polishing the surface after it cures. Many dealerships now offer this service to their customers.
Many auto insurance companies will even pay for these small repairs without charging any deductible because it can reduce the risk of future accidents. Check with your insurer to find out about their policies and take advantage of a free repair if it’s available.
Over time, exposure to road sand and other debris can cause thousands of tiny pits and scratches in windshield glass. During the winter months, when the sun is lower in the sky, or at night, these pits can cause reflections that dramatically reduce visibility, even if the glass is clean. If your windshield has deteriorated like this, it may be time to replace it entirely. Of course, windshields with large cracks or star fractures should also be replaced immediately.
With the glass in good clean condition, it’s important to keep it that way. Windshield wipers are made of rubber and, just like tires, they need to be replaced periodically – usually at least once a year. To keep the windshield clear and streak-free, the rubber blades need to be free of cracks and cuts, and the rubber needs to flex to follow the curved contour of the glass.
Oxidation and long-term exposure to the sun will cause wiper blade rubber to harden and crack. Just as with tires, winter temperatures also cause rubber to stiffen. Like winter tires, winter wiper blades are made from different rubber formulations that stay pliable in sub-freezing temperatures, and they often have covers or shrouds over the wiper frames to prevent ice build-up. When you buy wiper blades, make sure you get the right size for your vehicle. If you have a hatchback, station wagon, van or SUV with a rear wiper, don’t forget to replace that blade as well, so you can see out the back.
Remember to keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir full throughout the year. It’s especially important to use a de-icing washer fluid during the winter months to prevent the fluid from freezing. These fluids typically contain some ethanol or ethylene glycol to lower the freezing point. Washer fluid is inexpensive, and it’s a good idea to keep a couple of extra gallons on hand so you can top off your washer fluid tank in between visits to your dealer’s service department.
It doesn’t take much effort to maximize your visibility, so spend a few minutes to care for your windshield and wipers. If you live in the snowy North, don’t forget to put an ice-scraper in the car. If you stop by today, we’ll help you keep your car ready for anything.

Winter Christmas Movies on Television

Movies that celebrate the most wonderful time of the year

Get some hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, settle back in your favorite couch or chair and enjoy a holiday movie on television. This year’s lineup of holiday movies is a good one that will make you laugh, cry and reminisce. Here are five guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.
Home Alone 5
It’s just not the holiday season without a Home Alone movie, right? The fun and hijinks start when eight-year-old Finn finds out his family is moving from California to Maine to live in a spooky looking house. Finn believes the house is haunted and goes about catching a ghost. While his parents are stranded across town, Finn takes on a group of burglars who’ve picked his house to fleece. (ABC Family)

The Christmas Heart
This poignant film evokes the true meaning of the holiday season. For 40 years, the residents on Arthur Avenue have been decorating their homes with brightly colored lights in a neighborhood tradition. Tragedy strikes when a boy in the neighborhood is hospitalized and his parents are informed he needs a heart transplant. Everyone in the neighborhood pulls together to support the boy and his family, and the exhibition of lights amazingly helps in the miracle that save’s Matt’s life. (Hallmark Channel)
Matchmaker Santa
A bakery owner (played by Lacey Chabert) sets her sights on a holiday engagement with her workaholic boyfriend. Her plan takes an unusual turn when she meets a mysterious Salvation Army Santa, who serves as an amateur matchmaker. The baker suddenly finds herself spending more time with her busy boyfriend’s best friend and the result is a wonderful holiday love story where Santa plays a big part. The film stars Chabert (Mean Girls and Party of Five) and veteran actors Florence Henderson and John Ratzenberger. (Hallmark Channel)
A Fairly Odd Christmas
Nobody wants to be on Santa’s naughty list. This film follows the deeds and misdeeds of Timmy Turner and his fairy godfamily as he tries to save Christmas. First things first, though, Timmy needs of get off the naughty list. The movie is a sequel to A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up Timmy Turner. Drake Bell stars as Timmy. (Nickelodeon)
The Mistle-Tones
A young singer with a phenomenal voice is set to audition for spot in a celebrated local Christmas group, which was started by her late mother many years ago. She’s shocked and distraught when someone else, who is less talented but is a best friend of the group’s leader, gets chosen. The overlooked singer starts her own musical group and discovers the true meaning of Christmas with some new friends. (ABC Family)

What are we up to now?

We love to reach out to the community but, how do the employees of Jack Maxton help with the process?

Pete Marlin, BDC Manager, helped with starting a charity called the Warrior’s Breakfast.
Once a Marine has completed the 13 weeks of intense physical and mental training, he or she is rewarded with a warrior’s breakfast. This is a time when new Marines are sent to the chow hall and can indulge on all the foods that were denied him or her for the time they have been training. This is a big deal because for 13 weeks recruits dream of the different foods they miss and in some cases even make lists of what they are going to eat when they get out.
Pete and his friend Anderson Friedline started a Warrior’s Breakfast 2 years ago held at Quaker Steak and Lube at Polaris. Donations were excepted to raise money for a great charity called 4Paws for Ability. This charity helps soldiers that are in rehabilitation with the financial cost for an assistance dog.
Jack Maxton decided to tag-along and create a Warrior’s Lunch. Being the home of “The Best Dog-On Deals” we have a special place in our hearts for our furry friends. The employees of Jack Maxton hosted a potluck and paid $5 to chow down. We are hoping to raise $400 for the charity!

Vehicle Preview: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

An iconic sedan gets a full redesign

The pioneering spirit that keeps the Chevrolet brand an American icon, and that made the Impala America’s best-selling full-size sedan in 2011, is directly reflected in the much-anticipated release of the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedan. Offering eye-catching style, a more refined interior, intuitive technology, advanced safety features and three extremely efficient and powerful engine options, the 2014 Impala is sure to continue its best-selling ways.
At the core of the 10th generation Impala will be the choice of three direct-injected engines. An Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist light electrification technology will offer an outstanding balance of power and efficiency, to the tune of 182 hp and 35 mpg highway. A new Ecotec 2.5-liter will offer greater refinement and efficiency while generating a capable 195 hp. For those seeking a full-size sedan with heroic muscle, the 3.6-liter V6 will not disappoint, offering 303 hp. Each engine will be paired with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission that transfers power through the front wheels.
A fully-redesigned MacPherson strut front suspension system features an isolated front cradle and hydraulic ride bushings to deliver a smoother, quieter ride than ever before. The electric variable assist steering not only helps save fuel, but also improves the handling responsiveness in the Impala.
Perhaps the most noticeable features of the all-new Impala can be found by simply just looking at it. The 2014 Impala gets all-new sheetmetal and a fully redesigned interior, and it is, quite simply, a pleasure to look at from any angle. There are subtle design nods to the Impalas of yore, like the muscular, high-set shoulders over the rear wheel arches, but the 2014 Impala is focused on the future, not the past.
It’s long, low, wind-swept proportions help it cut through wind for greater fuel efficiency and lower cabin noise, while the low-profile High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and LED daytime running lights sweep the front of the Impala, giving it a contemporary and sporting appearance.
Inside, the 2014 Impala features the Chevrolet signature dual-cockpit design along with a tasteful and flowing wraparound instrument panel that continues into the door panels. The classy ambient lighting, soft touch materials and stitching accents in the upholstery all add elements of quality, craftsmanship and sophistication lacking in competitive full-size sedans.
A new instrument cluster features a standard 4.2-inch custom color display, while an optional eight-inch touch-screen with hidden storage space behind it is paired with the available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. MyLink is a next-generation system featuring Bluetooth hands-free phone, streaming audio and an available navigation system, all controlled by voice or buttons on the steering wheel for the ultimate in safe connectivity.
Nothing says quality like a comfortable, hushed interior at freeway speeds, and the 2014 Impala fulfills that standard completely. Featuring a stiffer body architecture, more precise tuning and widespread use of sound absorption, suppression and even active noise cancellation, the 2014 Impala will boast the quietest Chevrolet full-size sedan interior ever. Available leather upholstery with perfectly placed bolstering not only helps support the body during long trips, it does it with luxurious refinement.
The 2014 Impala will be among the safest full-size sedans on the road. Visual and audible alerts along with radar-based technologies will help ensure the safety of those both inside and outside the car. Take for instance the 10 standard airbags, and the available Adaptive Cruise Control system that uses radar to sense traffic ahead and automatically adjusts speed faster or slower based on the distance to the vehicle in front of you.
Collision Mitigation Braking uses radar to detect crash threats and alerts the driver. If the driver does not respond, brakes are automatically applied. In addition to Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alerts, the Impala will also feature Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns the driver of crossing vehicles in low visibility situations. A Rearview camera and Rear Park Assist also make parking and backing up safer than ever before.
The 2014 Impala will be offered in three trim levels – LS, LT and LTZ – to fit a wide range of needs and budgets. The newest iteration of one of America’s longest-running, best-selling full-size sedans goes on sale in early 2013. Visit our dealership today and get all the details on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, so the moment it goes on sale you can be the first on your block to have one.

Conserving Heat and Saving Money

Heat and energy costs can skyrocket during the winter months, wrecking havoc with the family budget. Keep heating costs in line by conserving heat as much as possible when the weather turns cold.
Consider these 10 tips for saving on heating costs this winter.
1.Cover windows with heavy curtains. Thick draperies or curtains will keep cold air from entering through cracks around the windows and will help hold heat inside. If there’s a sunny day, open your draperies to allow sunlight in, but then close them at night for better insulation.
2.Apply weather-stripping to doors and windows. Air that seeps in around doorways can cause your furnace to work overtime.
3.Turn your thermostat down to a lower temperature. Setting your thermostat even a few degrees cooler can save significant amounts of energy. Try turning down the temperature two degrees for one week and then reduce it a few more degrees the following week, and you’ll quickly acclimate to the lower temperature.
4.Buy a programmable thermostat. If you are out of the house during certain hours every day, program your thermostat to a lower temperature during the time you’re gone and increase the temperature about an hour before you come home.
5.Turn off the heat an hour before you leave the house. If the weather is not below freezing, but just a little chilly, turn off the heat one hour before you leave your home. The house will stay warm during the hour before you leave, and you won’t be heating the space while you’re out.
6.Clean and clear your heating ducts. Heat can escape through heating ducts that have come apart or are blocked with debris. Maintain your heating ducts on an annual or biannual basis to make sure the ducts are still properly intact and clean.
7.Change furnace filters every three months to keep your furnace running efficiently and heating ducts clear. A furnace that runs well is more energy efficient.
8.Close the fireplace damper or close off the fireplace if you are not going to use the fireplace to heat your home during the winter. Hot air can escape through the fireplace flue, causing your furnace to work overtime.
9.Use the bathroom fan only when needed during winter months. Running the bathroom fan for long periods of time can pull warm air from the inside, up and out of the house.
10. Check the exterior of your home for any visible holes or cracks. Small pockets where air or drafts can enter your home can cause heating losses.
Conserving heat reduces energy costs, saving money for your monthly budget. Just a few small changes can yield significant results in the amount of money you spend heating your home during the winter.