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Smail Auto Car Wash and Detail Center: 868 George's Station Road, Greensburg PA 15601

If you are searching for a quick, effective and affordable way to keep your car clean and protected, then look no further than Smail Auto's Car Wash and Detail Center, conveniently located right off of Rte 30 in Greensburg, PA across from Vallozzi's Restaurant.

The car wash is open from 7AM to 9PM during the week, making it easy for you to stop by before work, after work, or even during your lunch break. And it's open weekends too.

There are three levels of wash, Basic, Deluxe and Ultimate. This quick video breaks down some of the specifics:

 

SHAZAM!! 

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Check out this "before and after." This Honda Insight went through the Smail Auto Car Wash. Look at those results!

 

Smail Auto Car Wash and Detail Center
868 George's Station Road
Greensburg, PA 15601

CAR WASH

  • Monday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sunday - 8:00am - 5:00pm

DETAIL SERVICE

  • Monday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday - Closed

Visit www.smailautowash.com or call (724) 830-8038 for more information.


Smail Auto Group Spring Tire Sale Underway

Smail Spring Tire Sale

    If you're looking to buy new tires, now's the time.

    During Smail Auto Group's Spring Tire Sale in conjunction with Yokohama's Spring Getaway Promotion (April 18 to June 4, 2016), when you buy a set of four Yokohama tires, you'll be eligible to receive a prepaid Visa card worth up to $80.

    If you're a Chelsea Football Club fan, you also have the option to choose the new 2016-2017 Chelsea FC home jersey.

    Free lifetime tire rotations is another added benefit of purchasing tires at Smail.

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Don't Believe the Bad Winter Car-Care Advice on Facebook

Bad winter car care advice.

    Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. However, some posts can't be taken too seriously — especially in regard to car care tips.

    A few of the "tips" circulating are actually memes or jokes. Taking this advice to heart could harm you or your vehicle.

    Some examples of unsound advice:
    *Do not try at home. Will cause damage to your vehicle.

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A Driver's Guide to Engine Damage from Ethanol

In the U.S., ethanol is typically made from corn.

        Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other various plant materials. Almost all gasoline in the U.S. contains at least some percentage of ethanol. (U.S. Department of Energy)

    E85, a particular blend with high levels of ethanol is also available and can be used in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs).

    It is possible that some drivers may mistakenly fill their non-FFV vehicles with E85, which can affect the engine.

    More commonly, ethanol builds up in the fuel tank over time, which is harmful to most cars.

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The Best Apps for Drivers

    J.D. Power and Associates' 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report found that at least 20 percent of new car owners have never used half of their car's tech features. Generation Y owners were found to be even less interested at all when it comes to in-car entertainment and connectivity. (Bankrate)

    Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction and HMI research at J.D. Power and Associates, says that, "In many cases, owners simply prefer to use their smartphone or tablet because it meets their needs; they're familiar with the device and it's accurate."

    Since drivers tend to use their phones or tablets in lieu of in-car tech, here's a list of the best auto-related apps for drivers' devices.

WazeWaze (iOS and Android)
    The go-to app for those on the road boasts one of the biggest reporting communities - including traffic jams and gas prices. Users can post information about accident locations, police speed traps, weather conditions or road hazards. "The beauty of Waze is how simple it is. Users just need to have the app open on their phone while they commute." (Autoguide)

 

DailyRoadsDailyRoads Voyager (Android)
    DailyRoads is essentially a dash cam that continuously captures videos and photos during your journeys. The app records everything, but drivers can choose what they keep by touching the screen. "The video evidence can be invaluable in case of accidents, insurance fraud, police abuse, protection from crash-for-cash scams and differences of opinion with other drivers." (DailyRoads)

 

CarMinderCarMinder (iOS)
    CarMinder offers a ton of options to track maintenance, log trips, record repairs and note mileage all in one easy-to-use app. (Tom's Guide)

 

CanaryCanary (iOS and Android)
    Parents can save some nerve-wracking moments while their teens have the car. Canary notifies parents if their iOS or Android device is in use while the car is in motion. An alert is also sent when the vehicle is traveling above the speed limit. "You can create geo-fenced safe areas, blacklist others as off-limits and define a curfew time." (Tom's Guide)

 

HonkHonk (iOS and Android)
    The Honk app saves drivers time erasing the time spent in pay station lines or looking for change. "Just select the length of time you want to park and tap Pay Now. Your credit card is automatically billed and a receipt is sent to you via email. We alert you when your time is running out and allow you to simply tap Pay Now to top-up from wherever you are." (Honk Mobile)

    Plus, parking enforcement officers have access to the app's real-time list of license plate numbers, so you won't need a ticket stub or receipt. (Honk Mobile)

 

 

What are some of your go-to in-car apps?


AAA Finds Room to Improve Vehicle Headlamps

    Halogen headlights rule the road, the bulbs being found in 80 percent of vehicles. However, a recent study conducted by AAA showed that halogen lights fall short on safety and pedestrians and animals may not be visible to drivers in time for them to stop. (AAA)

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    No headlight choice will be perfect or recreate daytime lighting as even the most advanced technology emits enough light to meet only 40 percent of sight distance that dull light of day does. But, light emitting diode (LED) and high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps provide an advantage for drivers.

    "...[T]he advanced headlight technology found in HID and LED headlights illuminated dark roadways 25 percent further than their halogen counter parts..." (AAA)

    HIDs are two to three times brighter than halogen lamps and LED lights last substantially longer than either HID or halogen lights. (Innovative Light)

    Though AAA found that there are benefits to newer headlight technology, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair notes that there is always room to increase safety.

    "While it's encouraging to see the safety benefit that newer headlight technology offers to drivers, there's still room for improvement. Unlike the more advanced headlight technology available in European vehicles, current government regulations limit the light output for vehicles sold in the United States. AAA looks forward to working with U.S. policy makers to ensure federal regulations keep up with changing technology." (Kelley Blue Book)


Why do I have Poor Radio Reception?

Customer's concern: "My radio isn't working right. It fades in and out and has static."

Poor Radio Reception

What's happening and why: Many "radio reception" problems are not really the fault of the radio but rather the result of peculiar radio phenomena or antenna interference. Moreover, each type of broadcast signal, amplitude modulation (AM) or frequency modulation (FM), has different characteristics and is affected by different conditions:
The low-frequency AM signal travels by bouncing back and forth between the groundand the upper atmosphere in a zigzag pattern. This pattern causes the signal to travelfarther and have stronger reception (come in more consistently at greater distances)than FM. The main problem affecting AM signals is electrical interference. Also, the bouncing pattern causes AM signals to fade under bridges or in tunnels.

The high-frequency FM signal is limited to a smaller reception radius, around 50 miles. The FM signal travels in a straight line and loses strength when it can't be broadcast straight to the antenna; for example, when blocked by buildings, hills, or large trucks. This causes increased hiss or fading and interruption in the FM signal.

What can be done: Some things your Honda service technician can do will help with problems in both AM and FM reception, while other things affect either AM or FM:

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