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Car Cleaning Hacks

Simple car hacks, from your friends at Parker Auto Sales.

A clean car isn't just for esthetics, it also helps you to keep the value of your vehicle as high as possible. Imagine you are caring for your car not only for your trade in value, but for the next lucky owner of your four wheeled baby. The best way to ensure that your investment in a car is well taken care of, is to keep your car in healthy, consistent condition. You wouldn't ignore odd sounds in your home, would you? Why not treat your vehicle as you would treat yourself?

Use a plastic cereal container for a trash can.

A plastic cereal container, lines with a plastic shopping bag, is just small enough to make the perfect trash can for your car. The flip-top opening ensures that whatever you throw away doesn’t end up all over the floor after you make a sharp turn. Just line the container with a plastic grocery bag, and you’re ready to go—and throw—whenever you like. A clean car is a happy car, and driver! With a simple stop at a drive through trash can, you can start all over again with an empty trash container. Click this link to find a car trash can that fits your needs: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=car+trash+can&crid=3QRQH9W2C1NA7&sprefix=car+trash+can%2Caps%2C73&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_13

Hang a tennis ball to measure where you park.

If you have trouble gauging how far you’ve pulled into your garage or parking spot, use a string to hang a tennis ball on the ceiling so that it rests on your windshield when you’ve driven in far enough. You’ll never have to guess again. You'll also not have to wonder if you've pulled up far enough to clear the garage door. Just a tennis ball and a string- all it takes to be a masterful garage parker! You'll impress friends and family with your perfect parking. Here is how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5xodS7uZpI

Download a parking App.

Now where did you park that car? Oh boy, here we go again! Forgetful drivers rejoice! There are apps to help you instantly locate your ride so you don't have to waste time strolling through the parking lot with your key fob in hand. There are several apps to choose from, all of which will keep track of where you’ve parked your vehicle and lead you back to it without fail. Just like breadcrumbs, but better. One time using a parking app, and you will be hooked! Click here for the top rated parking lot apps: https://www.androidauthority.com/best-parking-apps-android-1043717/

Use cupcake liners for cup holder liners. A brilliant, yet economical hack!

Dust, crumbs, and all sorts of stickiness can accumulate in a car cup holder, which is perhaps the most notoriously impossible corner of any car. Luckily, there's a trick that can keep your cup holder clean without the hassle. Simply drop a paper cupcake liner into the bottom of the cup holder. When it gets dirty, just replace it with a fresh one. Easy, quick, convenient, and economical! It's also a great spot to keep your hand sanitizer for convenience! Clean freaks rejoice! Here are some great ways to keep that difficult area nice and tidy: https://www.mollymaid.com/practically-spotless/2017/july/how-to-clean-the-sticky-cup-holder-in-your-car/

Removing stickers from your car.

Whether you're dealing with a parking permit or a bumper sticker, when it’s time to peel it off, the sticker leaves behind a sticky, glued mess. The next time you're battling (and losing to) a sticky spot, place a piece of wet newspaper on top of the residue and let it sit for about 15 minutes. When you come back, the glue will have softened up and will be much easier to wipe away. Let the water and newspaper work for you. This saves countless hours of trying to clean your bumper and car windows! You'll be able to stand back and admire your smart work to overcome the glue and reveal your beautiful look of your original purchase. Click here for the secret tips on sticker removal: https://diyzam.com/use-wet-newspaper-to-remove-bumper-stickers/

General maintenance for your new or used vehicle.

Don't forget to check tire pressure and tread, windshield wipers, turn signals, brake lights, headlights, and coolant/antifreeze. A quick once over on these areas can can save you time and money in the future!

Use these simple car hacks to make life easier in Knoxville, Tennessee! Now get out there with your clean vehicle, knowing everyone is admiring your spotless vehicle... and enjoy all that East Tennessee has to offer!


How often do you treat your car the same way you treat your home?

These simple tips can make your life on the road easier and more comfortable. You went through the car buying, now take care of that used car like the treasured member of the family that it is.


Winter Weather Preparedness

Car Care Winter Blog - Be Safe!

Winter driving conditions in Knoxville, TN can be uncertain due to factors such as snow and ice developing on roads, especially untreated back roads. Tennessee weather is far from predictable. While it’s important that you’re prepared for East Tennessee winter driving, it is also important that your vehicle is up for the challenge as well.

Winterizing your car is one of the most important steps in preserving its over all health and longevity. New car drivers as well as used car drivers should all be prepared for the unexcepted conditions that can arise. Snow, sleet, ice and even heavy rain can put drivers in dangerous situations.

Is there a check engine light on? It may be time to check this into a local service department and make sure you don't have any serious issues.

1. Get Your Car Serviced Before The Winter


This includes checking the battery, brakes, and heating system. This is to ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter and is not going to break down on you due to the temperature change. Also make sure antifreeze is filled to the appropriate level.

2. Check the Tire Pressure

The tires are going to be dealing with ice and snow throughout the winter.

This means you are going to want to ensure they have enough grip and there’s ample air inside them. If not, the tire might burst as soon as you begin to drive on a slippery or snow-heavy surface.

Take the time to look into the tire pressure and ensure it is at an optimal level. This should happen multiple times during the year to ensure the tires don’t let you down.

3. Install Winter Wipers

It is always important to look into the type of wipers you are using during the winter.

The average set of older wipers will not get the job done. They are going to freeze and break as soon as the temperature drops. New wipers can make all the difference in your travel.

This is why installing winter-friendly wipers is the way to go. You are going to alleviate all of the stress that is put on the wipers when it starts to snow or the windshield freezes.

4. Pack an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit can make all the difference in a life or death situation.

The best plan is to have a list of supplies that will keep you safe if you were to ever get stuck in a snowstorm or on the side of the road. A few simple items planned accordingly can make all the difference for you and your passengers.

The winter safety kit should include extra anti-freeze, non-perishable food items, jumper cables (dead batteries are no laughing matter in extreme weather), a first aid kit, and warm clothing, flashlight, flares, ice scraper, small shovel, and water. *Always make sure your phone is adequately charged if you must travel in dangerous conditions.

Final Thoughts

Winterizing your vehicle is one of the best things a person can do for safety. When correctly prepared, you can enjoy driving in your winter wonderland!

These are simple maintenance changes that will go a long way in keeping the vehicle in working condition. We hope this car car blog keeps you and your loved ones prepared and safe.

From all of us on the Parker Auto Sales team... be safe out there! Happy driving! Thank you for your years of support, we are a proud member of the Knoxville community.

Easy Car Cleaning Hacks

14 Car Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Car Cleaner in 2022

Tips for easy car cleaning! You don't need a professional car detail, you just need a little elbow grease and a plan. Here are a few secrets on how to detail a car.

1. USE A MAKEUP BRUSH FOR HARD TO REACH AREAS.

Your air vents can get pretty dusty. Before turning on the air again, use a big fluffy makeup brush to get all that dust out of there. It doesn't matter if this is an old used brush or a new one. If it is used, wash all of the makeup out before starting! You don't want to have more to clean than when you started.

2. SQUEEGEE THAT PET HAIR AWAY.

Taking your pets with you in the car can be fun, but the mess they leave behind is neither wanted or encouraged. But, they can't help it, so instead of keeping your fur babies home, here's a easy car cleaning hack. Have a spray bottle with plain water in it. Mist the seat where the pet hair is. Don't soak the seat. A little water goes a long way. Using a squeegee, run it over the upholstery. It will pull all the pet hair with it.

3. KEEP THE UPHOLSTERY LOOKING GREAT.

To do a deeper clean of your seats' upholstery, make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. scrub it into your upholstery and then rinse it out. It will take away dirt you didn't even know was in there! It will also help with any weird smells, too! Leather seats usually just require a wet cloth and a good scrub down.

4. ALWAYS HAVE A TRASH BAG.

Life is messy! Just a small trash bag left in your vehicle can keep you tidy and organized. A dirty car is usually just the random items from your busy life.

5. BUY A SHAMMY.

Knoxville has several well stocked auto parts stores with car washing supplies, including shammies (to prevent water spotting and swirl marks) , car wash soap, car wax, wheel cleaner, leather cleaner, microfiber cloth, microfiber towels, and other important items. You can also use dish soap if you have some available. Soapy water and a little time can make you want to show your friends... "Hey look how clean my car is!"

6. THE OVERALL PICTURE.

Getting all that brake dust and road grime scrubbed off makes a world of difference. Don't forget other important areas such as interior surfaces, interior detailing, floor mats, and paint surfaces. Work on a section at a time, and enjoy the process.

The team at Parker Auto Sales wishes you clean cars and safe driving!


Critical Car Maintenance

Your engine is the heart and soul of your vehicle. If it isn’t working properly, you can be sure you’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Proper engine maintenance also ensures that your engine will give you many miles and years of happy and safe traveling .

1. Keeping it Clean: Your engine does a lot for your vehicle. In fact, without it, your car wouldn’t be getting very far at all, which is why it’s important to keep your engine clean of debris, dust, and grime. Over time, filters can become blocked, leaves and dirt blow under the hood, and insects find their way into your vehicle. Grease which covers your engine can trap heat, making it difficult for your engine to cool down properly.

Your mechanic will likely use, or recommend a degreaser to carefully clean the exterior of your engine. A vacuum tool may also be used to remove debris and dust from around the casing. Fortunately, the way that your engine is put together keeps most of the debris that enters your vehicle away from the working components of your engine. However, if you notice any odd noises, smells, or smoke coming from your engine compartment, call your mechanic as soon as possible.

2. Spark Plug Service: To keep dirt and grime out of the combustion chamber, your spark plug should be periodically cleaned. To do this your mechanic will remove the plug lead, clean the space around it, remove the plug, and use a special cleaner and brush to remove any build up, dirt or dust. This is such a small job, but it can go a big way to improving the overall performance of your engine.

3. Proper Lubrication: There are so many moving parts in an engine, that it’s crucial to have proper lubrication always. Otherwise, the friction caused by many of these moving pieces will begin to rub and grind and cause damage. Sometimes, this damage is irreparable, and will result in the need for replacing one or more parts before your engine will function properly again.

Your mechanic will work to ensure that your crankshaft, piston rings, and cylinder walls are properly lubricated to avoid friction and damage to your vehicle. This is also a good time for your mechanic to check seals in certain parts of the engine to be sure that everything is fitting together the way that it should be for a smooth ride.

4. Oil Change: It’s such a simple procedure, and yet so many put it off until it’s too late. An oil change can make all the difference to the performance of your engine, and the overall performance of your vehicle. Over time, your oil can become cloudy, murky, and sticky, and this doesn’t help your engine get the most from its lubrication system. Your oil should be checked and changed once every 6 months of 10,000 miles to ensure that your vehicle is in tip top shape, and your engine is getting the best from the oil it uses.

If you notice an issue with your engine, the best thing to do is make an appointment with your mechanic. The longer than an engine problem goes unfixed, the more damage it will begin to cause. What might have been a simple fix could turn into the need to replace many different parts and pieces.

How do I jump start my car

BEGINNER GUIDE TO JUMP-STARTING YOUR CAR

You’re trying to start your car and it just won’t start. We’ve all been there. In most cases, the reason your car won't start is for a simple reason such as a dead battery. If you don’t have the time or the budget to purchase a new battery right away, jump-starting your car is a temporary solution to get you where you need to be. 

 

Why did my battery engine die?

 

Here are a few reasons your battery engine may have died.

- You left the headlights or interior lights on for a long period of time

- Your battery is reaching its typical life expectancy and its time to buy a new one

- The temperature is either extremely hot or cold.

- There is a malfunction in your car’s charging system

 

Before you attempt to jump-start a battery, make sure your car is in Park or Neutral before getting started. Remember to take safety precautions so you do not run the risk of electrical shock. Really cold weather can freeze your battery so use caution when attempting to jump-start your car in these whether conditions. If you are unable to jump-start it successfully, you may need to have an experienced mechanic check it to determine what is wrong. 

 

What do I need to jump-start my car?

 

- Another car with a good battery 

- A jumper cable to connect them 

- A pair of gloves

- A pair of safety glasses 

 

How do I jump-start my car?

 

1. Park both vehicles front end to front end, with some space between the two cars.

2. Make sure the vehicles are in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars. 

3. Pop the hoods of both cars open and make sure they are secure. 

4. Take out your jumper cables. Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal (+) of your battery.

5. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal (+) of the car with the good battery. 

6. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal (-) on the car with the good battery.

7. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.

8. Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.

9. Try to start your vehicle. 

 

If your vehicle won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and wait a couple more minutes then try to start the car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may need to be replaced. 

If the jump works and your car starts, don’t shut off your engine! Drive around for at least 20 minutes to recharge your battery. If the car won’t start the next time you use it, the battery isn’t holding a charge and needs to be replaced.

 

How should I remove the jumper cables from the vehicles?

 

Once you are done jump-starting your car, you should disconnect the jumper cables in this order: 

 

1. Remove the negative cable from your car

2. Remove the negative cable from the car with the good battery.

3. Remove the positive cable from the car with the good battery.

4. Positive the positive cable from your car last. 

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