Hello folks, Sorry for the delay in our monthly newsletter. This summer we have been fortunate to have ample amount of work to keep everyone very busy. We may have missed the last two newsletters but we haven’t forgot about you.
We are just a little over a year into our AVIP system. AVIP is short for Automated Vehicle Inspection Program. This is the new system the state has mandated inspection stations to use in reporting vehicle inspections. We now use a tablet for logging all information and no longer use carbon paper. The tablet gives us all the proper documents and we have an up to date inspection manual at our finger tips. With the new system came a few new criteria for vehicle inspections.
Most people are already aware of the check engine light being illuminated, previously would have caused a vehicle to fail inspection. In March of 2017 the state gave a conditional pass for these vehicles to be inspected with the check engine light illuminated. It was originally proposed to run until December 31st of 2017 but was quickly extended to December 31st 2018. The state will revert back to failing vehicles with illuminated check engine lights January 1 st 2019.
Rusty brake rotors, in this part of the country it is inevitable. Previously the criteria for failing brakes based on rust alone was very black and white, “Any rust on the brakes stopping surface”. Now the state has altered this to include up to 1/2” of rust on the stopping surface before being rejected. Rusty rotors though may cause increased stopping distance and increase pad wear.
Continuing on the subject of brakes, parking brakes will only be required to function on vehicles with a manual transmission. Vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission will not fail if the brake does not function. Although the state deems this not a safety feature on an automatic we recommend that it still function.
June 1st, the state updated the window tint criteria on the front windows. We are now allowed to inspect vehicles with window tint on the drivers and passengers front windows. This is however not a change in state law T23 VSA 1125. Window tint on the front windows is still a ticket-able offense. We will be advising customers that bring in cars with tint that it is still against the law and it should be removed.
Our next customer appreciation drawing will be on October 31st. This drawing will include three books with a book bag and a $25.00 gift certificate from The Galaxy Bookstore. Same rules still apply as previous entry tickets.
1.3 lbs ground turkey (extra lean)
6 small links (9oz) chicken maple sausage
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1 15.5oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5oz can red kidney beans
1 29oz can pumpkin purée
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 12 fl. Oz. bottle pumpkin beer
½ cup chicken broth
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
4 Tbsp olive oil Sea Salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream Grated cheddar cheese Green onions, sliced
Start by thinly slicing your sausages or taking it off the casing, if you can. Reserve with the ground turkey. In a large heavy bottomed pot, add 2 Tbsp of olive oil and sauté the garlic and the onion until translucent. Add the bell peppers and sauté for about 5 minutes. Reserve. In the same pot, add 2 more Tbsp of olive oil and brown the ground turkey and sausage. That should take about 10 minutes. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Once the meat is browned, add back the vegetables and then add the diced tomatoes, the pumpkin, the beans and all the spices. Add the pumpkin beer and the chicken broth and stir. Lower the heat to low and simmer for 1.5-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Adjust salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve it with some grated cheddar cheese, some sliced green onions and a dollop of sour cream.
Milo wants to remind everyone that with cooler weather starting to creep in to make sure whatever heat source you are using this winter has been serviced and is running properly and in safe working condition.
Tire pressure monitor systems have become a permanent fixture on all vehicles. This system was mandated after the increasing number of motor vehicle accidents due to improperly inflated tires. All production vehicles manufactured after 2007 must have a TPMS. Most vehicles use a direct monitoring system, but a few use an indirect system. Both have there advantages and disadvantages.
The most common system is a direct monitor. This means that inside each wheel on your vehicle (sometimes the spare) has a pressure sensor with a battery. This sensor will monitor and relay the pressure to the ECM. Direct sensors are very accurate and very sensitive to changes in pressure but, are more susceptible to damage and have a life expectancy of 6-8 years. They are rarely serviceable which means when the battery dies the entire sensor must be replaced. In most cases it is best to replace all four at the same time.
Indirect monitors offer the same monitoring but through the vehicles wheel speed sensor. This is a calculation of the tire size and wheel speed to estimate the tire pressure. Picture this, laying a Dixie cup on a flat surface and giving it a nudge. The cup will roll in a circle, this is because the larger end has to travel further to make one revolution. Tires of different circumferences do the same. An underinflated tire will rotate at a faster speed to travel the same distance as a properly inflated tire. This is how the ECM determines if a tire is low on pressure. These systems are less costly to maintain but are less accurate and need to be relearned every time the tires are changed or when the pressures have been adjusted.
A TPMS light on the dash has multiple meanings. A light that is on steady will indicate a low tire pressure and will appear as a horseshoe with an exclamation point in the center. A flashing light that eventually comes on steady will indicate a communication error (dead battery, etc.) between the sensors and the ECM. In some cases an amber TPMS will be lit up on the instrument panel, this too indicates a communication error.
Whichever system your vehicle has it is important to understand that when the light comes on to have it addressed. A visual inspection would suffice but, checking with a gauge would be recommended. Ignoring a light may result in a none repairable tire or possible damage to a wheel.
Maple No Bake Cookies
¼ c. Unsalted butter
½ c. Pure Vermont Maple Syrup (grade b)
2 T. Milk ½ tsp.
Vanilla extract Pinch of salt
¼ c. Almond butter
¾ c. Old-fashion oats
1. Combine butter, syrup, and milk in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once at a full rolling boil, set timer and boil a full 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract, salt, almond butter and oats.
3. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and allow cookies to cool
Milo wants to encourage everyone to wear your personal floatation devices while boating, canoeing, or kayaking. Although it’s not required it is good practice because accidents do happen.
Vacation time is almost upon us, which means family road trips. Road trips can be very exciting and enjoyable. But, before you pack the car, kids, and pets it is a good idea to make sure your vehicle is up for the task. Many people get caught up in the hustle and bustle planning all the details for a getaway and forget to prepare their vehicle. A vehicle breakdown can put a damper on travel plans.
We offer our customers a multi-point, General Safety Check. With this safety check we will inspect:
Air Conditioner Function
Starting and Charging System
Steering & Suspension
All Fluid Levels
If you have the ability and would like to do it yourself, we have a few pointers to share. When checking tires, tread depth is just as important as tire pressure. If you don’t have a depth gauge, use a penny. Simply put Lincolns head down towards the tire in between the treads. If you can see the top of his head the tread is to thin and needs to be replaced. When checking fluid levels always use fluids to the manufacturers specifications if they need to be topped off.
We recommend if your planning a trip and would like us take a look at your vehicle, to schedule a week ahead of departure in case any repairs are needed. We hope everyone has a safe and adventurous summer.
Mini Chocolate Chip Maple Pancake Cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened1/2 cup sugar1 1/2 cups (180 grams) cake flour1 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt1/2 cup pure maple syrup1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/3 cup milk2 large eggs1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Maple Buttercream Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar1/4 cup pure maple syrup1 tbsp milk2 teaspoons Tahitian vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Measure out 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips and stir with just enough of the flour mixture (about 1/2 tbsp.) to coat the chips. To the butter and sugar, slowly add the maple syrup, vanilla, eggs, and milk, beating well after each addition until well combined. Add in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Line a mini muffin tin with cupcake liners 3/4 full of batter. Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
To make the frosting:
Cream the butter, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the milk if needed to thin out the frosting enough to be a good spreading consistency and beat well to combine, frost the cupcakes and store at room temperature.
How Do Ticks Get on Your Dog
Ticks, like mites and spiders, are arachnids. They are parasites which feed on blood of host animals, including dogs. There are many species of tick. Ticks can be found in all regions of the world, and all parts of the United States, but they tend to be more prominent in wooded ares of the Northeast
Ticks live in grass and tall brush and are most active in the spring, summer and fall. When your dog plays in the yard, ticks look for opportunities to attach themselves, usually close to your dog’s head, neck, feet and ears. When a tick infestation is severe, however, ticks can appear anywhere on your dog’s body.
Milo say’s pay close attention to your dogs head, neck, feet and ears when checking for ticks
Junk in the truck?
Break downs and accidents, sooner or later your probably going to experience one. Whether it’s you or another motorist in need of roadside help. Are you equipped to handle it? We can walk you through some of the basic emergency and roadside items you should carry in your vehicle.
As we all know the most effective and most common item found in a vehicle is your cell phone. There are a few things to consider saving in your phone that might help in different situations.
Emergency contact number(s)
Roadside assistance number
Preferred repair shop number and address
An emergency roadside safety kit is a necessity. Many companies sell kits already assembled. If you would rather build your own kit here are a few ideas.
First aid kit
Disposable rubber gloves
Tire pressure gauge
Properly inflated spare tire
Extra cell phone charger
Always carry with you your vehicles owners manual. The manual will provide you with a lot of information regarding your specific vehicle. Also, many vehicles come equipped with On-star or other variations. These systems are very useful to reach out for help. If your not familiar with how to use one, refer to your owners manual.
Maple Baked Beans
2 cups dried navy or white beans, soaked overnight
1 cup maple syrup
4 slices of bacon, diced
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 Tbsp dried ginger
1 Tbsp dried mustard
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2. Place the beans into a saucepan and cover with cold water, bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer until beans are tender, about 45 min.
3. Drain beans and place in a 4-quart baking dish with tight lid. Add the maple syrup, bacon, onion, ginger and mustard. bake until beans have absorbed all the liquid, and are brown and tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
Milo would like to share some fun things he likes to do outside now that spring has sprung
*Go on a walk on the beach
*Play ball with the neighbor kids
*Going to the drive-thru window at the bank (loves treats)
*Playing with his new friend Woody
*Visiting our neighbors pond for a spa treatment
Spring is officially upon us. The birds are starting to make their way back, and the critters are starting to become more active. Many people seek enjoyment in feeding the birds at there homes, but they aren’t the only ones looking for a meal. Along with the birds their are some critters you may not see, rodents such as mice and squirrels many show up for an easy meal.
As we all know during the cold months of winter the bears like to find warm dens to hibernate. These are not the only critters looking for a warm place to stay. Rodents tend to look for a cozy place to set up shop too. One of there favorite places, is under vehicle hoods and sometimes even inside a vehicle. The most common nesting place is inside the air filter housing of a vehicle. This might not seem like a big deal and in most cases its not an issue. In some cases the rodents may nibble on the air filter, this creates a hole for dust and dirt to enter the engine causing potential problems. Other problems may arise from them chewing on wiring, hoses, tubing, and other circuitry. This may lead to thousands of dollars in repairs.
The second, less common place and the most hazardous is inside of the HVAC system. Mice can make there way into this system in many different ways. They can enter thought the cars vents, holes around cables, steering columns, and even through a partially open window. Once inside the vents, they typically make there way into the blower motor assembly and build a nest. Mice are very dirty and disease ridden which makes it a very serious issue once inside the HVAC system. Every time the air conditioner or heater is active, it spreads all these germs and diseases throughout the air inside the cabin. Mice have a very distinct smell, which would be a tell tale sign if they are present.
Vehicles that tend to sit during the winter months are usually the most vulnerable. Their are many different ways to try to deter rodents from getting into your vehicle. Some include using Bounce dryer sheets placed under the hood and inside of the vehicle. Others have used cedar shavings or peppermint oil to help combat a mouse issue. Trash, whether inside the vehicle or outside can attract mice. A car that is clean on the inside is less likely to attract rodents. Removing all paper, garbage, tissues, and food is the easiest thing to do. If you have pets, keep all food in a sealed container. Avoid leaving any open water containers inside your vehicle. Mice like all creatures need water and its harder to find in winter months. If you believe you may have an issue we can help you take care of it.
Is it time to have your air filter or cabin filter replaced? Air Filters should be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Dusty conditions require earlier replacement. Cabin filters need to be replaced once a year.
Blue #4 State Inspection stickers expire April 30th
Milo would like to remind all pet owners that with the receding snow and warmer temperatures skunks will be more active. When letting pets outside without a leash be on the lookout for Pepe Le Pew.
Things That Shake and Things That Flash The days are getting longer, it is March and that feeling of spring is in the air! However, there is still the potential for more snow and cold days. So lets look at some of the issues that we can be experiencing with our cars during these cold days.
Your driving down one of our paved roadways and all of a sudden the whole car begins to shake, the steering wheel is vibrating in your hands and you think your car is going to fall apart on you. Likely culprit, snow or mud packed in your wheels causing them to be unbalanced and producing the vibration and shaking. See if you can knock the snow or mud out of the rims or if you have a warm place you can bring your car into, you can let the warmth do it’s job and melt the snow. If all else fails, bring your car into Greensboro Garage and they can take care of it for you.
Then there is the problem of all those lights that pop up on your dash board. Take for instance the Tire Pressure Monitor System light (TPMS). This system monitors the air pressure in your tire and when there is a drop in pressure the light comes on. In winter, cold temperatures cause the air in your tires to condense taking up less space. This makes the TPMS think that there is not enough air in the tire and the light on your dash board comes on in the morning when you start your car. As the tire warms and the air expands, the TMPS system senses a correct tire pressure and the light will go out. Even if the TPMS light goes off, it is a good idea to check the air in all your tires.
Another one of those flashing lights is the Traction Control System (TCS). Since about 2012 all cars and trucks are equipped with traction control. The TCS works with the Antilock Brake System (ABS) by using the same wheel speed sensors. These sensors pick up any tire slippage as the car accelerates or when hitting those icy patches. If the car begins to lose traction, the sensors detect if one wheel is spinning faster than another wheel and will reduce the power and/or apply the brake to the wheel that is slipping. This then sends power to the other wheel that has more traction and you will see the TCS light on your dash flash to let you know the system is functioning.
Vibrating cars and flashing lights may be a part of winter, however, the key is that if the car still shakes and the lights do not go out, it is time to bring your car into Greensboro Garage to have them do a thorough check over. Stay safe out there, spring is just around the corner!
In need of a rental car? Greensboro Garage has got you covered.
Rentals starts at $34.95 per day and price includes 100 miles.
All our rentals are equipped with winter tires.
If your rental needs are due to an accident, we can direct bill your insurance company.
Join WonderArts presentation of the film “DREAM, GIRL”
To be presented on March 8th, 2018, 6:30pm at the Hardwick Town House
The film is a documentary show casing stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs.
Following the film there will be a panel discussion with eight of the Northeast Kingdoms local female entrepreneurs, one of which is Joann Lacasse of Greensboro Garage.
The film is being sponsored by Greensboro Garage and is free to the public.
Milo said he can smell spring in the air and wants to remined all pet owners that with the warm weather Mr. Skunk is out and about. So keep an eye on your pets, as that is one spring time aroma that you really don’t want to grace your pet!