If your Toyota SUV or pickup truck is covered in mud after a fun off-road adventure here in Dixon, Illinois, you need to clean it off right away to prevent damage. Use these mud-washing tips to protect your ride and ensure it’s in good shape for the next adventure.
Clean the mud ASAP
The most important step is to clean the dirt off your Toyota as soon as possible. If you leave mud on your car, you risk damage to the engine and to the paint job, including causing rust on the metal structural components. Additionally, dry mud can be extremely difficult to peel off.
Wash the undercarriage
When washing the mud off your truck or SUV, don’t forget the undercarriage! The best thing to do is to raise the vehicle up and hose it off with a pressure washer. If that’s not an option, you can park it over a sprinkler or get an undercarriage clean at a local automated car wash.
Get into the nooks and crannies
Mud really gets everywhere when it splashes against your Toyota. While cleaning, make sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies, including the engine bay, the radiators, and grates. Using a pressure washer with warm water is ideal for getting out all of the mud effectively.
For all of your other service needs, visit Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon, Illinois. Our certified technicians will give your Toyota a spring service checkup to prepare it for your next adventure.
The frigid winter tearing through Illinois will soon be over, and spring will arrive. It’s important that you prepare your Toyota for warmer weather in Dixon. To keep your car running in 2021, follow these spring service tips, as suggested by our service technicians at Ken Nelson Toyota.
Schedule an oil change
The primary maintenance task you need to do every season is scheduling an engine oil change. No matter how often you drive, the engine oil needs to be flushed every 3-5 months and replaced with clean oil that won’t mess with the inner workings of your Toyota.
Check the air conditioning
As temperatures rise, you’ll begin running the A/C system again. Make sure that cool air comes out as it should. If it doesn’t, your car might need a new cabin air filter, a refrigerant refill, or even climate control system repairs.
Replace the wiper blades
When you drive through spring showers, you need clean, working wipers that can cut through the rain. If the wipers are more than a year old, replace them with new clean blades and check that the wiper fluid is filled up.
Wash and wax
Rinse off all the corrosive road salt and put a new protective coat of wax on your car. It’ll look nicer and will be less prone to premature rusting.
Ask for a thorough inspection
Many vehicle components can deteriorate during winter, so you’ll want to have our technicians perform a thorough bumper-to-bumper inspection. This includes checking the battery’s charge, examining the tire tread depth, verifying all lights and bulbs are working, and evaluating the condition of other fluids, belts, and parts. Don’t wait until summer to give your car a proper checkup. Bring it to Ken Nelson Toyota in March or April so it’s ready to hit the road again.
Father’s Day is just around the bend. Here are some DIY gift ideas that are easy enough for the kids to make for dad, if you want to give him something more unique than a store-bought gift.
Country Living suggests two different types of coasters you can create. The first uses Mason jar lids lined with cork shelf liner. Use a stamp and acrylic paint to personalize them with a pattern or monogram. Or you can make DIY agate coasters with just some polymer clay and acrylic paint.
These Lego-themed accessories are perfect for the geeky dad that enjoys building masterpieces. Just spray paint similarly-sized Lego pieces and glue them to cufflinks.
If you have essential oils on hand, you’ll only need two more ingredients to make homemade shaving oil. Simply mix the essential oil of your choice with grapeseed and olive oils to make an all-natural shaving product for dad.
Transform an old neck ties into a cloth case for reading glasses with a just a few steps. It’s a great way to help preserve your dad’s eyewear in an attractive way.
Book Cover Boxes
Have those old Reader Digest books hanging around? Repurpose them into boxes he can use to keep desk items organized. (Use one book for the cover and cut up another book to make the box.)
Another way you can show appreciate to dad is to take his car in to Ken Nelson Toyota for a seasonal checkup. Call us to schedule an appointment with our Service Department.
In these strange and uncertain times, family comes first.
Staying at home with your little ones is important for their health and yours,
but it means needing to get creative to keep everyone engaged. Trying out some
of these fun games to play at home with the kids will help you ensure that
everyone is smiling at the end of the day.
Get a new (or classic) board game
Nothing quite says family fun and togetherness like a board game, and since the medium is in something of a renaissance at the moment, you have a ton to choose from. The editors at New York Magazine’s “The Strategist”have assembled a whole list of great games perfect for kids that includes classics like Connect 4 and Guess Who as well as newer favorites like Catan and Ticket to Ride.
Try out a video game
Whether you grew up on video games or have never tried them in your life, gaming with your kid is a great way to bond (and show your little people that you’re hip and with it). CNETrecommends a wide range of easy-to-find and kid-friendly video games for all different consoles and devices. If you have your old console up in the attic, now might also be a great time to break it out and show your kid old-school cool.
Bring back an old favorite
With the weather starting to get nice in Dixon, going outside and enjoying the sunshine might be good for everyone. Take advantage of a clear, sunny afternoon with a game of catch, horse, hopscotch, jump rope, or whatever activities your kids are into. On a rainy day, you can break out a classic like hide and seek, Simon says, or hot potato.
The team at Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon, IL, wants to make sure that you’re safe and healthy in this challenging time. If you need service done on your vehicle, we’re here and will even pick up your vehicle so that you don’t have to leave your kids. To learn more, call or email and schedule your appointment.
Warmer weather is the perfect time to give your vehicle the
refresh that it needs. Here are some spring cleaning tips for the exterior and
interior of your ride.
Get rid of the junk. It’s easy to let fast food
wrappers, water bottles, and other debris accumulate in your car during the
colder months. Grab a trash bag and fill it with non-recyclable garbage from
your car; make sure to recycle any objects that are recyclable.
Wash the outside. It’s likely that your vehicle’s
exterior is coated with salt and dirt from the winter. Wash it with carwash
soap and water, then use a hose to rinse off the suds. Dry the exterior with
Scrub your floor mats clean. Your floor mats protect
your floors from all of the dirt and salt that you track in with your shoes. Remove
the floor mats then either scrub or hose them off, depending on if they are
carpeted or vinyl.
Wipe everything down and vacuum. Use a vacuum to get
the crumbs out of the cracks and wipe the cabin surfaces with a microfiber
cloth to remove dust and grime.
Replace items like windshield wipers and tires. After
a long winter, some auto parts display signs of damage. Consider replacing your
windshield wipers and your tires to ensure that you stay safe on future drives.
For more ways to take care of your vehicle this spring, contact us at Ken Nelson Toyota. You can also schedule a service appointment if your ride is in need of any repairs.