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How to Use Ratchet Straps

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Ratchet straps on wood. If you know how to use ratchet straps the right way, you can make sure your stuff gets to its destination safely and securely.

Whether you’re moving an entire home or towing your toys on vacation, you need to know how to tie stuff down. If you know how to use ratchet straps the right way, you can make sure your stuff gets there in one piece. In fact, there are stiff fines for improper use of ratchet straps, tarps, nets, chains or ropes, stiffer still if something falls off. That could be disastrous for other drivers.

How to Use Ratchet Straps to Secure a Load

There are several ways to secure a load: under a tarp or cargo net, with ropes, cam straps, ratchet straps or chains. Bungee cords are not a good choice because they stretch. Ropes can stretch or slip, and their strength relies on your knot-tying skills. Cam straps are easy to adjust, but their strength relies on yours. Ratchet straps multiply your force and don’t loosen easily. Transport chains are for big stuff, like bulldozers and logs. When considering ratchet straps to keep a load secure, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Weight rating. If the load weighs 600 pounds, like a motorcycle or small boat, the combined working load limit (WLL) of your ratchet straps should be at least 600 pounds. Strap width and thickness usually correlates with the WLL, which should be clearly stated on the package or label. Accessories or anchors should rate similarly because a ratchet strap is only as strong as its weakest point.
  • Flat loads. For flat loads, such as lumber, use ratchet straps passing over the stack from side to side, no more than four feet apart. For furniture, one or two straps may be required for length or height. Use one strap to hold to a wall, and another to hold to the floor.
  • Vehicles. Motorcycles, boats, quads or cars usually require four straps. For motorcycles, stand the bike vertically and use ratchet straps to hold diagonally side to side, front to rear. For quads and cars, use wheel nets or tire straps, remembering to tension the straps diagonally. For boats, tie down the transom first, then a third strap from the bow. (Don’t count on the winch to hold your boat.)
  • Protection. Moving blankets or rubber mats can protect furniture, but make sure hooks are spaced far enough away to prevent scratches. Use soft loops to protect wheels or bike parts from ratchet strap hooks.
  • Condition. Oil or grease can weaken the straps. Abrasions or cuts can lead to critical failure. Store unused ratchet straps in a cool, dry place out of the sun, as exposure to UV rays can weaken them. Ensure the ratchet doesn’t bind or skip teeth. Discard ratchet straps if they show signs of wear.

When securing the load, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Four will keep a quad from bouncing, but three might let it hop, and five or six can prevent disaster if one fails. Carry an extra set of straps for added security. On the road, vibrations and bumps can cause the load to shift. Check and adjust ratchet strap tension after the first 15 minutes of driving, then every couple of hours. Catch a loose strap before it causes a disaster.

Check out all the cargo products available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on how to use ratchet straps, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Elliott, NAPA Team Rebound to Top-Ten Finish at Talladega

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Night Vision

Chase Elliott had a roller coaster of a day at Talladega Superspeedway. The NAPA driver was able to overcome damage suffered in a multi-car accident during Stage 2 to finish eighth at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Elliott currently sits outside the top eight – 22 points below the cutline – as the NASCAR Cup Series heads to the final race in the Round of 12 next Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

 

 

After starting Sunday’s race on the pole, Elliott fell out of the lead shortly after the green flag waved as the inside lane didn’t generate enough momentum to fend off the outside line. He remained inside the top ten for the first 15 laps of the event but fell outside of the top 20 following a green-flag pit stop on Lap 35.

 

 

Following another trip to pit road for fresh tires during a caution three laps later, Elliott used the outside lane to move all the way back up to the race lead with nine laps to go in Stage 1. He lost the lead once again and slipped back in traffic before the green-checkered flag waved at Lap 55. He finished the opening segment in 18th.

 

 

Following a red flag for rain that postponed the remainder of the race to Monday, Elliott began Stage 2 in 15th. By Lap 65, he had advanced into the top five and even found his way into the race lead on multiple occasions as different lanes of traffic jostled for momentum. With four laps remaining in the segment, Elliott was involved in a multi-car accident that sent him to pit road multiple times for repairs to the right side of his Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Stage 2 ended under caution and Elliott was credited with a 22nd-place finish.

 

 

Quick work by the No. 9 team allowed Elliott to remain on the lead lap as he started the final segment in 23rd. He advanced into the top 20 by Lap 130 and moved inside the top 15 two laps later. By Lap 139, he raced up to fifth and moved into the runner-up position before heading to pit road under caution. The No. 9 team elected to make a four-tire pit stop, putting Elliott back in 14th for the ensuing restart.

 

 

With 25 laps to go, Elliott was able to avoid another multi-car incident to advance up to 11th. From there, he continued to battle toward the top ten as the laps wound down. With six laps remaining, another multi-car pileup caused a red flag, but Elliott was able to avoid damage.

When the race resumed, he took the green flag inside the top ten and advanced to eighth before the checkered flag waved.

 

 

Elliott currently sits tenth in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs standings – 22 points below the cutline – as the series heads to the final race in the Round of 12 next Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

 

Start / Finish: 1 / 8
Points Earned: 29
Points Standing / Total: 10th / 3054 pts.

 

Next Race: October 20, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

NAPA:@NAPARacing
Chase Elliott:@ChaseElliott
Hendrick Motorsports:@TeamHendrick
No. 9 Team:@Hendrick9Team

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Capps Races to Semifinals at Charlotte

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Ron Capps NAPA NightVision funny car NHRA Carolina Nationals 2019

Piloting a special, one-race-only NAPA NightVision LED Lamps paint scheme, Ron Capps earned the No. 4 qualifying position to start race day at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. After rain showers postponed Sunday’s elimination rounds until Monday, Capps’ race day got off to a great start. The NAPA Dodge was solid and consistent to earn a bid in the semifinals. Capps amassed 77 points and maintained his No. 4 ranking in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship point standings.

 

 

As the No. 4 qualifier, defending NHRA Carolina Nationals champion Capps drew Jim Campbell as his round-one competitor. Capps stood on the throttle first and never trailed for the win, extending his round-win streak to 9 – 0 against Campbell.

 

 

In the quarterfinals, Capps faced fellow Funny Car heavy-hitter and 2019 championship hopeful, John Force. It was an exciting side-by-side race between the two winningest Funny Car pilots in NHRA history with Capps coming out on top with his 3.908-second E.T. versus Force’s 3.912-second run.

 

 

Capps’ semifinal appearance, his second in the first three events of the six-race Countdown to the Championship, featured a matchup between the NAPA team and stablemate Jack Beckman. As the No. 1 qualifier, Beckman had been on a roll all weekend, and his stronghold on the Funny Car category continued when he powered to a 3.957-second pass versus Capps’ 4.025 E.T.

 

 

Capps collected 77 points over the course of the race weekend to maintain his No. 4 ranking in the Countdown standings. With three races remaining, including the points-and-a-half season finale in Pomona, Calif., Capps’ 2019 championship hopes are still very much alive.

 

 

“Obviously, we qualified well, and aside from winning, we kind of checked all of the boxes on all of our goals coming into the race weekend,” said Capps, a three-time event winner in 2019.

“We had a great car all through qualifying, and we were one of the only teams to go down the track on a good pace all four runs, so we felt confident. Race day started the same way, but in the semifinals, the car did something it hadn’t done all season long, which is, it put the No. 1 cylinder out right at the hit of the throttle. Still, even with only running on seven cylinders, we were right there in case our teammates made a mistake. You’ve got to make hay when it’s daylight because the two guys that made it into the final round are two that are ahead of us in points. We did make a pretty good move on John Force, beating him in the second round. That was a big round win, especially during this time of the year because that’s a car you’re going to have to battle near the end there.

 

 

“We’ve got such a great race car. [Crew chief Rahn] Tobler is making changes, and the car is reacting to every single thing he does. That shows our consistency, and Tobler had a smile on his face even after we lost the semis. When he’s that happy going into the next race, that surely makes me happy and gives me a lot of confidence. We have a big weekend in Dallas coming up.”

 

 

NHRA competition resumes this weekend, October 18-20, at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in Ennis, Texas.

 

Start / Finish: Qualified No. 4 / Defeated by Jack Beckman in the semifinals
Points Earned: 77
2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series Points Standing / Total: 4th / 2268 pts.

 

Next Race: October 18-20, Ennis, Texas, AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
How to Watch or Listen: FS1; NHRA.TV

 

NAPA Racing:@NAPARacing
Ron Capps: @RonCapps28
Don Schumacher Racing:@ShoeRacing

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NAPA AUTO PARTS Australia Bathurst 1000 Wildcard Tackles the Mountain

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Rossi Hinchcliffe Bathurst 1000 NAPA AUTO PARTS Australia 2019

The international wildcard duo of Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe successfully completed their first attempt at the famed Bathurst 1000 for NAPA AUTO PARTS Australia.

 

 

Taking place on the side of iconic Mount Panorama in New South Wales, Australia, the Bathurst 1000 is widely regarded as the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia and is colloquially known as The Great Race among motorsport fans and media. The event serves as the flagship race of the Virgin Australia Supercars championship.

 

 

For the 2019 showing, Walkinshaw Andretti United welcomed the international pairing of NTT IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe, co-piloting the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Holden Commodore in what was a baptism by fire. The duo had a “mountain” of a challenge ahead of them, with just a handful of practice sessions to learn a new car and driving style – and to familiarize themselves with the 23-turn circuit that boasts a 570-foot climb from lowest to highest points.

 

 

The 1000-km race got off to a slow start, seeing a delay following an incident during the formation lap. Once back underway, Hinchcliffe executed a flawless standing start to begin the 161-lap event. By Lap 10 and mid-way through the pit window, the Canadian driver made his way into the top ten before entering the pits. Hinchcliffe completed 22 laps before handing the wheel over to Rossi.

 

 

Rossi double-stinted, running 45 laps and working his way from 23rd to show as high as 12th. While in the seat, Rossi and the 27 NAPA team completed one of two mandatory brake pad changes and the required brake rotor change.

 

 

Hinchcliffe took control of the No. 27 again on lap 68 for a double stint before returning the wheel to Rossi to finish the race with 59 laps remaining.

 

 

Commanding the car for three stints to close the 1,000-km race, Rossi set a new fast lap for the 27 team on Lap 133. The closing laps of the race saw drama and yellow flags from the field, and despite a late excursion into the gravel with three-laps remaining, Rossi brought the NAPA car home in 19th. Considering what the duo had to adapt to over the weekend, the finish is a credit to them and the determination of the NAPA AUTO PARTS team.

 

Start / Finish: 25 / 19
Points Earned: n/a
Points Standing / Total: n/a

 

NAPA: @NAPARacing
Alexander Rossi:
 @AlexanderRossi
James Hinchcliffe: @Hinchtown
Andretti Autosport: @FollowAndretti
Walkinshaw Andretti United: @FollowWAU

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Sweet Gains Critical Championship Points at Tri-State Speedway

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Brad Sweet championship points leader Outlaws Tri-State Speedway NAPA 49

Brad Sweet extended his points lead over Donny Schatz after earning his 61st top-five finish of the season on Sunday at Tri-State Speedway.

With just eight races remaining heading into the weekend, every position and every point are critical in Brad Sweet’s quest for his first ever NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship. Friday’s scheduled race at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., was cancelled due to weather.

On Sunday the series visited the ¼-mile bullring of Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

 

 

With 28 cars in attendance, the qualifying format was the series’ standard, which is a one “flight” format with a single qualifying session. Sweet and the No. 49 team put down the sixth-fastest lap, giving the team the outside of the front row starting position for the third heat.

Sweet jumped out to an early lead and went on to win his ten-lap heat, which earned him a starting spot in the DIRTVision Fast Past Dash. Mirroring his heat race; Sweet once again started second in the dash and jumped out to the lead on the start. The Grass Valley, Calif., native went on to win the eight-lap sprint, earning the No. 49 NAPA AUTO PARTS team the pole position for the 40-lap feature.

 

 

Starting on the inside of the front row, Sweet led the field into turn one at the start of the feature. Just one lap into the race, championship competitor Donny Schatz was hit from behind and spun, causing a three-car crash in turn four.

As they say in racing, “cautions bring cautions,” and this old saying rang true as four more cautions flags fell before the tenth lap of the event was completed. With each restart Sweet was able to power ahead and hold on to the lead in the No. 49 machine.

 

 

Once the field stayed green, NASCAR star Christopher Bell gave chase to Sweet and, by lap 17, the two drivers were in a side-by-side battle for the lead.

Bell, running the high lane in turns 3-4 while Sweet worked the bottom, was able to narrowly slip by Sweet to take the lead. Not giving up, Sweet attacked the low lane going into the next turn; however, Bell was able to hold him off down the back stretch.

 

 

As the remainder of the race stayed green, the handling on Sweet’s No. 49 car began to fade. Challenges for position from Sheldon Haudenschild, Kerry Madsen and Ian Madsen moved Sweet back to the fifth position by the checkered flag on lap 40.

The finish was Sweet’s series-leading 61st top-five finish of 2019 and increased his points lead to 30 over Donny Schatz, with six races remaining in 2019.

 

 

The Outlaws return to action on Friday, October 18th at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Start / Finish:
Friday, October 11, Terre Haute Action Track: rained out
Sunday, October 13, Tri-State Speedway: 1 / 5
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 9300 pts. (+30 over 2nd)

 

Next Race: October 18, Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Mo.
How to Watch or Listen: www.dirtvision.com

 

NAPA: @NAPARacing
Brad Sweet: @BradSweet49
Kasey Kahne Racing: @KKRdirt

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Deegan, Kraus Battle Back for Top-Five Finishes at All American Speedway

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Kraus Deegan KN West All American Speedway NAPA AUTO PARTS 2019

Bill McAnally Racing drivers Hailie Deegan and Derek Kraus had a packed crowd of fans on their feet at All American Speedway on Saturday, as they battled their way through the field to contend for the win in the closing laps of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA AUTO PARTS / ENEOS 150.

Deegan came away with a second-place finish in her No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, while Kraus finished fourth in his No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, maintaining his series points lead.

Deegan, who turned in the fastest lap in time trials to secure her third pole of the year, was running second to Kraus on Lap 28 when she spun after contact from behind. Without a caution, she scrambled to get back underway and begin her charge back to the front.

 

 

Kraus had to pit with a flat right rear tire after contact with a slower car on Lap 53. He lost a lap in the process and was not able to get back on the lead lap until a late-race caution.

Their BMR teammate, Brittney Zamora, charged her No. 99 ENEOS / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry up to second place early in the race and remained there through much of the event. Some tight shuffling in a late-race caution left her to finish sixth, however.

The Roseville race featured two additional BMR entries, with Dylan Garner in the No. 50 NAPA Belts & Hoses/California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Toyota Camry (started fourth, finished in the No. 12 position) and Derrick Doering in the No. 12 Burning Barrel Brewing/Community Home Mortgage Toyota Camry (started 12th and finished ninth).

 

 

Kraus of Stratford, Wisconsin, was able to maintain his 40-point lead in the championship standings, with two races remaining on the schedule. He has four wins, nine top-five, and 11 top-ten finishes in 12 series starts this season. In addition, he scored two wins early this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Deegan of Temecula, California, is fourth in the standings. She is three points out of third, four points from second and 44 points out of the lead. She has two wins, six top-five and nine top-ten finishes in 12 starts this year.

Zamora – a 20-year-old from Kennewick, Washington – is tied in points for fifth in the standings and is second in rookie points. She has five top-five and eight top-ten finishes in her 12 series starts.

 

 

The Roseville race, won by Jagger Jones, will be televised to a national audience on NBCSN on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

The next event on the K&N West schedule will be at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on Oct. 26.

 

Derek Kraus

Start / Finish: 2 / 4
Points Earned: 41
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Points Standing / Total: 1st / 502 pts.

 

Hailie Deegan

Start / Finish: 1 / 2
Points Earned: 42
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Points Standing / Total: 4th / 458 pts.

 

Brittney Zamora

Start / Finish: 6 / 6
Points Earned: 38
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Points Standing / Total: T-5th / 412 pts.

 

Next Race: K&N Pro Series West at Kern County Raceway Park on Oct. 26
How to Watch or Listen: fanschoice.tv

 

Derek Kraus: @derek9kraus
Hailie Deegan: @HailieDeegan
Brittney Zamora: @BrittneyZ52
NAPA Racing: @NAPARacing
Bill McAnally Racing: @BMR_NASCAR

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Hot Items That Fit in Your NAPA Bag

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Best Napa bag stuffers. Stock up on essential tools while you can!

Let’s say there was a great promotion going on where you stuff a NAPA bag with goodies and even save money. Sounds great, right? Luckily for you, this deal exists, and all you have to do is decide what goes in the bag. Consumables are an easy pick — items that you use a lot and will eventually need more of — but why not also take the opportunity to stock up on some more foundational supplies you need on a regular basis? Let’s break it down by function.

Working Around the Shop

Whether you dabble in DIY or run an automotive shop, there are a few things you never want to be without. First, you’ll need cleaning supplies for messy projects, such as rags, paper towels, absorbent materials to soak up spills, gloves, brake cleaner, funnels and the like. Also, any products that make your job easier — think versatile, yet basic tools, like sockets or screwdrivers, a multi-tool, or even an adjustable wrench or two.

For everyday jobs, you’ll certainly need anti-seize or sprayable lubricant and rust inhibitor, fresh blades for your utility knife and Teflon tape. You might also want to stock up on sandpaper and cutoff discs for more involved projects. For spare parts, always carry fuses, wiper blades and a couple of headlight lamps, because it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need a replacement.

Every Day on the Road

If you own a car, chances are you’re using it at least twice a day. And depending on your commute and lifestyle, you might be spending hours at a time inside. So it’s important to have a few key items in the car for both comfort and utility, such as a spare USB adapter and charging cable, and even various cables in case a passenger forgets theirs. Earbuds for the kids come in handy for a little peace and quiet, and cell phone holders are great for staying hands-free while navigating unknown territory.

Emergency Kits

No matter where you are, it’s important to carry an emergency kit. Supplies will vary depending on the type of adventure planned and the season you’re traveling in, but there are some products that should be included. First aid kits are an obvious choice, but since breakdowns aren’t planned and can happen at any time, always carry a flashlight, extra batteries and jumper cables. To be even more prepared, make sure your spare fuses are stocked, and that you have a few MacGyver-type items like zip ties, duct tape, rope and another multi-tool that lives exclusively in the emergency kit. It’s better to be over-prepared than under.

If you’re taking advantage of the NAPA bag promotion, there are a ton of supplies you can stock up on or round out a collection of things you should have anyway. The biggest question is, what will you choose?

Check out all the emergency kits available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on emergency kits and toolsets, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

Photos courtesy of Blair Lampe.

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7 Questions To Ask When Buying A Car

Monday, October 14th, 2019
Lineup of cars. Buying a car is an overwhelming experience. Prepare questions to ask when buying a car in advance to help find the right vehicle for you and your wallet.

When shopping for a new vehicle, performing due diligence is a must. After all, purchasing a car is the second most expensive consumer purchase we make after a house — a decision to live with for many years. Once you narrow your search to the make and model vehicle you want, reach out to a dealership to arrange a test drive. There are certain questions to ask when buying a car that will help guide your purchasing decision. Below are several questions to ask your sales rep, whose answers will help you find the right vehicle for you.

Key Questions to Ask When Buying a Car

Before you ask any questions at the dealership, there are a few to ask yourself: Does this car meet my needs? Will it make me happy? Can I afford it? An honest assessment of your needs, desires and affordability should be determined first.

1. Is this a demo car? The vehicle you have in mind may have been driven before. Although some are not technically used cars, others are. They may have been used as a demonstration vehicle, so there may already be hundreds of miles on the odometer. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy a demo, but only at a discount.

2. How does the technology work? Today’s vehicles have a slew of technologies available depending on the trim and packages offered. Some technologies automatically kick in when the vehicle is in drive, while others, such as adaptive cruise control, must be manually activated. A dealer representative should explain how each feature works. Allow them to demonstrate the audio, navigation and safety systems, and answer your questions while you’re on the road.

3. What are the warranties? All automakers offer warranties, covering bumper-to-bumper repairs, the powertrain and rust. Electric vehicles have an additional warranty. Find out how long each warranty is, what’s covered and your possible cash outlay. Ask about extended warranties and the cost to purchase one.

4. Where will I take my car for repairs? Repairs and warranty work are typically handled by the dealer through the business’ on-site maintenance and repair shop. Make your first maintenance appointment, such as an oil change, before leaving with your vehicle.

5. What’s my final cost? Hopefully, you’re a strong negotiator and have arranged a deal that’s saved you thousands of dollars. Manufacturer incentives, including rebates and low-cost financing, are among the ways you can save. Other incentives, including military, college graduate, brand loyalty or conquest rebates, may lower your cost further. Add in documentation fees, taxes, tags, dealer add-ons and preparation fees, and your cost may be far higher than what you thought. Never sign a contract before understanding your “out-the-door” price.

6. Can you deliver the vehicle? Perhaps your negotiation wasn’t with a local dealer. Instead, you’ve turned to the internet (as is common these days) and found the vehicle you want, but it is hours away, maybe in another state. If the dealer wants your business, they’ll get the car to your home or office with printed contracts in hand. Also, ask if there is an extra cost for this service.

7. Do you accept returns? If you have buyer’s remorse, can you return the vehicle, and at what cost? The federal “cooling-off rule” doesn’t apply to new car purchases, but that doesn’t mean your dealer won’t allow it, although it could cost you.

Take Your Time

Never rush into any purchase, especially one as costly as purchasing a car. Including a friend in the process is a great way to help gauge if you’re on track.

Check out all the maintenance parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on buying a car, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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NAPA’s Free Vehicle Health Check Is October 12th, 2019

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
NAPA's Free Vehicle Health Check Is October 12th

Whether you’re a DIY car guy or the person who always ignores their warning light — it’s time for a vehicle health check. On October 12th, bring your vehicle to your local participating NAPA AUTO PARTS store and NAPA AutoCare technicians will inspect it free of charge. So no matter who you are, or what you drive, we’ve got your back.

For more information about participating locations and timing please check our map and with your local store:

Not sure if you need a vehicle health check? Here’s some points to ponder:

Fuel System Treatment

Adding a Fuel System Treatment to your car with every oil change will help remove excess buildup and deposits from fuel injectors, carburetors, and intake valves which may improve fuel mileage, enhance performance, and reduce emissions.

Cabin Air Filter

Cabin air filters block airborne contaminants, pollen, dust, toxins, allergens and the like that can cause smelly build-up caused by mold, mildew, algae and more. Cabin air filters should be inspected every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

Tire Air Pressure

Proper tire inflation can affect the control you have of the vehicle, fuel economy, wear of the tires, tire failure rate, and the comfort of your ride. Regularly check tire pressures to the tire PSI recommendations, particularly with temperature change.

Headlights

While only 25% of driving happens at night, nearly 50% of all accidents occur after dark. Also, as your headlights age they produce less light for a shorter view of the road! Upgrade your headlights in pairs with premium bulbs for whiter, brighter and safer visibility!

Air Filter

The role of an engine air filter is to filter the air and prevent harmful things like leaves, insects and contaminants from entering your engine. Engine air filters should be inspected every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

Wiper Blades

You should replace your wiper blades every 6 to 9 months to maintain the safest visibility in adverse weather conditions. Also remember you might have a rear blade if you have a SUV or CUV. Washer fluid is also important to a clean and clear view.

Brake Inspection

Rubber components within your vehicle’s calipers and brake hoses can deteriorate, over time, causing uneven or premature brake pad and rotor wear. Have your calipers and brake hoses checked during every brake job.

Battery

The summer intense heat and winter severe cold can adversely affect the life expectancy of your battery. Be sure to have your battery tested every time you have your vehicle serviced to ensure you have the power when you need it.

Ride Control

Shocks and struts can affect your vehicle’s stopping distance. Properly functioning shocks and struts are necessary for a safe and comfortable ride. Consider replacing shocks and struts every 75,000 miles.

Cooling System

A vehicle’s engine cooling system is comprised of a number of parts that work together to circulate engine coolant throughout the system. The radiator, thermostat, water pump and cooling hoses should be periodically inspected as they all play critical roles in ensuring proper engine heat management is attained under any driving condition.

Check out all the maintenance parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on a vehicle health check, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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4 Road Trip Movies With Valuable Car Lessons

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
4 Road Trip Movies With Valuable Car Lessons

Road trip movies are a popular Hollywood trope, and really, what’s not to like? Get a group of likable characters, stuff them in a car, bus or Winnebago, and watch their interpersonal relationships unravel as hours of proximity exposes the rifts between them.

In addition to entertainment, these four classic road trip movies provide lessons you can apply to your day-to-day dealings with your own car. As long as you don’t take things too seriously, you can tap into this cinematic wisdom and be prepared for whatever the road throws at you.

1. ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’

Not all road trips go according to plan, especially in the movies. This classic hit from the ’80s stars John Candy and Steve Martin, and if there’s one lesson about cars to take away, it’s that you should always, always, always get the full insurance when you rent a vehicle. Sure, there’s a chance you won’t set your rental on fire after falling asleep on the highway and then be forced to drive the charred wreck back to town in a major snowstorm — but there’s also a chance you will.

2. ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

If you’re going to drive cross-country with valuable cargo, it’s nice to have a buddy ahead of you in an ultra-flashy muscle car. Burt Reynolds proved to us that the easiest way to solve the “long way to go, short time to get there” problem was to travel with a buddy, preferably in a Trans Am. You never know when you might need help, especially if you are traveling across long stretches out west.

3. ‘Duel’

What started out as a simple commute turned into the world’s worst road trip in Steven Spielberg’s 1971 movie, “Duel.” Although it was filmed 40 years ago, the lessons in the flick still hold true today in a world where road rage can be lethal. Regardless of whether you’ve been cut off, honked at or otherwise disrespected on the highway, it’s always best to just let it go and keep driving. Especially if there’s a homicidal truck driver on your tail.

4. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

If there’s one lesson that most road trip movies teach, it’s to always be prepared. The post-apocalyptic desert in “Mad Max: Fury Road” is the very definition of an unforgiving environment where you need to bring all the extra gas, water and ammunition you can pack if you want to survive. Of course, the veneer of civilization allows you to replace “ammunition” with “beef jerky” if you so desire, but it’s still sound advice.

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