Car Engine Sounds You Should Pay Attention To

As cars age, they may start making some odd or unusual sounds. While some drivers will simply wave it off as a result of years of driving, those odd sounds may be cause for concern. Audible screeching, growling, and grinding is often the early signs of a major problem. Here are a few car engine sounds you should pay attention to, no matter the age of your car.

Clattering

A clattering coming from the engine is a bad sign, especially if you have a gas-powered car. Clattering usually means that the fuel is detonating early and is often referred to as pinging or knocking. If left unchecked, the fuel will continue to explode early and could cause major damage to the engine.

High-Pitched Scraping

A high-pitched scraping noise is a sign of a loose accessory drive belt. The problem is often caused by the age of the belt or improper tension. Fortunately, a simple inspection with an eye for cracks can help identify the problem. Replacing the belt is the only solution.

Grinding

If you hear something that sounds similar to metal grinding on metal, odds are you need new brakes. A brake pad is likely completely worn out and the brakes are scraping against the rotors. Fixing the brakes and whatever damage was caused is the only way to remedy the problem.

If your car is making some odd sounds, stop in to see us here at Plaza Lincoln to have it professionally inspected and repaired.

How to Plan the Perfect Summer Party

Plan the Perfect Summer Party

Summer is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to start planning the ideal party. There are three key parts to throwing the greatest party of the season. Here are a few tips from us here at Plaza Lincoln to help you plan the perfect summer party.

Food

A perfect summer party calls for festive, seasonal ingredients that make the mouth water. Visit a local farmer’s market for some of the freshest ingredient the area. Try to pick foods that can be prepared ahead of time so you don’t spend the entire party cooking.

Invitations

Letting people know just how amazing the party will be starts with the invitations. Use themed invitations to set the tone for the gathering and give people a small taste of what to expect. Bright colors, festive designs, and hand-written (but legible) details are a good start. Make sure to include all pertinent information, such as time and location.

Decorations

Setting the theme is one of the most important parts of any party. Making sure you have plenty of decorations for the entire party area is just as important as a themed invitation or delicious food. It isn’t a real party if there isn’t any décor, after all!

Spring Driving Tips

Spring is right around the corner, which means an entirely new set of weather conditions that will affect your driving. It’s always good to be prepared for whatever the change of seasons might bring, which is one reason we’ve put together a list of spring driving tips to help you stay safe on the road.

According to AARP, spring showers bring slippery driving surfaces. Be sure to slow down when it’s raining, especially the first ten minutes after a downpour begins. Many roads are coated with a thin layer of oil, so the rain can lead to some seriously slippery roads. By slowing down, you significantly decrease the likelihood of a crash.

Warm weather means that there will be more vehicles on the road, and not just cars either. Always be on the lookout for motorcyclists and bicyclists along the road. Remember that in most places bikes must ride on the road, so try to have patience. Motorcyclists often appear further away than they actually are due to their size, one reason you should give them added room.

Finally, avoid taking allergy medications and driving. If you absolutely need such medications, be sure to talk to your doctor about driving. Some of the drugs for seasonal allergies can make you drowsy, impair your judgment, and slow down your reaction time. Keep these tips in mind and you’re bound to stay safer on the road this spring.