How to Wax your Car

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One of the simplest ways to keep your Lincoln looking beautiful and new for years to come is by regularly washing and waxing your car. This will help protect the finish against dirt, water, and rust. One way to know if your car is in need of a wax is if water doesn’t bead up on the surface when it rains or when you hose it down. If it doesn’t, then you need to get out the wax.

Here are a few tips to wax your car the right way.

The first thing you need to do is the read your owner’s manual to make sure your car’s finish doesn’t need any sort of special treatment. If it doesn’t, choose the waxing method you prefer and get to work.

You then need to make sure your car is clean. Wash your car before you start. If you try waxing a dirty car, any particles on the surface could scratch the paint. Another tip is to not wax your car in the direct sunlight or on a particularly hot day.

There are a variety of waxes available, including liquid wax, soft wax, hard or paste wax, and then more advanced products, such as polymers and polyglycotes.

Liquid waxes are easy to use, but don’t last as long as other types. They work well as touch-ups after a wash or between professional waxings.

Soft waxes are easy to apply. Use the included applicator or a soft terry cloth rag. Work on one panel at a time. Let the wax dry to a haze and then wipe away the wax following the curves of the car using a lint-free cloth (cloth diapers work very well).

Hard or paste waxes will last the longest and provide the most protection. Save this type of wax for a semi-annual wax job. Read the instructions thoroughly and be sure to not let the wax harden too much so that it becomes difficult to remove.

Finally, the professional-grade polymers and polyglycotes are products you can apply yourself, but be sure to read the instructions before you begin.

Which is your preferred method to wax your car?

Forget the Tow Truck: How to Jumpstart your Car Fast

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Have you ever gotten up in the morning and your car won’t start? We’ve all been there, so do not panic. Towing your vehicle can get expensive, so Mountaineer Lincoln wants to share these tips on how to jumpstart your car!

No matter who you are you should always keep a set of jumper cables ready in case of emergency. When you find another working car to help you, park it next to your dead one and make sure both cars are off. Now attach one end of the red cable to the positive side of the good battery, then the other side to the lifeless one.  Take the black cable and clamp it to the negative side of the working battery, then fasten the other end to an unpainted metal section of the car needing jumped. Do not attach the black cable to the negative side of the dead battery!

Now start the ignition of the functioning car and leave it running. Attempt to start the dead car and if it runs you can now disconnect the jumper cables and store them. You may need a new battery if it does not start within a couple tries.

How to Check a Vehicles Coolant

Under the hood of your car there is a radiator which is what cools down your engine. In order for the radiator to work properly, it needs water and coolant. Being able to check the coolant level is important in order to keep your vehicle running smooth.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to check your vehicles coolant level:

  • You don’t need to take off the cap on the radiator; you can simply look to see if the liquid reaches the “Full” line. If it does not, then you can add 50/50 mix of water and coolant to the radiator until it reaches the line. *Never add fluid to a hot engine.
  • Coolant is usually red, green, yellow, or blue. If you look at the fluid and it is colorless, rusty, and has things in it, then you should flush the coolant and put new in.
  • Something to look out for is if you look at the coolant and it has a sludgy and oily surface. This probably means that there is a internal head gasket leak and you should take you car to a mechanic immediately to have it checked.
  • Since you are already under the hood, now would be a good time to check the radiator hoses as well. If they feel leaky, cracked, bulgy or squishy, you should have them replaced.

For more tips on car maintenance, visit the Mountaineer Lincoln website!

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How to Change A Flat Tire

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Maybe it has already happened to you, or maybe you just want to be prepared for the inevitable, but knowing how to change a flat tire is something that you will be thankful you know how to do when it happens to you. Hopefully you can avoid this situation by getting your car serviced regularly and having the tires looked at but sometimes a flat tire is unavoidable.

There are some items that you want to keep in you car so that you are prepared for when the flat tire happens. These items include: A flashlight, fix-a-flat spray foam, wrench, tire gauge, and tire blocks.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Find a safe spot to pull over.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights.
  3. Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts.
  4. Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground.
  5. Remove the lug nuts and take the tire off.
  6. Place the spare on the car.
  7. Put the lug nuts back on.
  8. Lower the car back to the ground.
  9. Pack up your stuff and you’re done!

Want more information on service and maintenance tips and tricks? Check out the Mountaineer Lincoln website.