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3 Easy Steps to Help Organize Your Car

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In this fast-paced world, there isn’t always time to get the things done that we want to get done. A prime example of that is organization. Whether it’s your desk, room, or car, it can be difficult to stay on top of it. Here’s how to organize your car so that you have one less worry.

 

1) Section Off Your Trunk

 

Trunks of cars are a lot like closets. People just throw their junk in the trunk and then forget about it. Instead, find some organizers to put in your trunk so that you can organize all of the stuff that you put back there.

 

2) Organize Your Glove Box

 

Do you have a bunch of papers and napkins strewn about in your glove box? Use folders to organize everything in there so that you don’t have to search and search the next time that you need to find something.

 

3) Re-Purpose Old Items

 

If you have a lot of small things sitting around your car, get creative with ways to organize everything. One example would be to repurpose a remote control caddy that you no longer use. You can strap it to the back of the seat and put your little items in it.

 

If you’re willing to get a little creative, you’ll surprise yourself with what you come up with.

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How to Fix a Dent in Your Car

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No matter how careful you are with your vehicle, accidents happen to everyone. Whether or not it’s your fault, your car will be dented at some point in time. However, instead of paying someone else to fix it for you, consider saving some money by doing it yourself. Here’s how to fix a dent in your car.

 

Step 1

 

Heat up the area around the dent. This can be done with a hair dryer. Hold the hair dryer about six inches away from the car, and heat up the dent to make it malleable. Some drivers place aluminum foil over the area to prevent the paint from being damaged.

 

Step 2

 

Quickly cool the heated area. You can do this with a small piece of dry ice or with a can of computer duster (held upside down). The rapid change in temperature should pop the dent right out.

 

Alternative

 

One alternative method is to use a suction cup on the dent in order to pop it out. These are often found in dent repair kits, but you can also just use a plunger from your bathroom.

 

If the dent doesn’t come out, or if it’s a serious dent, consider taking your car to a professional.

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How to Change a Serpentine Belt

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The serpentine belt controls a lot of stuff in your engine, including your power steering pump, alternator, water pump, and a lot more, so if it breaks or starts to wear out, replacing it is absolutely essential. You don’t have to go to a dealership or mechanic to do it—thanks to automatic belt tensioners, replacing it yourself is easy. So let’s break down what it takes to change a serpentine belt.

First, buy a new serpentine belt, consulting your owner’s manual or a parts store employee for the right kind of belt for your vehicle. You’ll probably also want to pick up a serpentine belt tool. You technically can replace a serpentine belt with regular tools, but it’s much harder that way.

If your car has a diagram of how the belt is supposed to go on, use it to guide you. If not, make a diagram yourself before you start. It’s important to know how the belt goes on. Next, park your car on a flat surface and pop the hood. Use the serpentine belt tool to turn the tensioner arm, which loosens the belt, and slip it off the smooth pulleys, then let go of the tensioner and take the belt off the rest of the way.

Now get the new belt and, following the diagram, use the belt tool to slip the new belt onto the pulleys. Rotate the tensioner while you put the belt on to gradually tighten it and keep the belt from slipping off. The last part of putting the belt on is sliding it onto the round roller. Make sure the belt is on the pulleys correctly and release the tensioner.

With a serpentine belt tool, this job should take less than half an hour to finish.

If you have any questions, just contact us or stop on in Parks Select today!