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Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

While it's always important to make sure your vehicle is fully serviced, it's even more important during the winter months. During the winter, road users deal with wet, cold and icy conditions which can significantly impact safety on the road. Make sure your vehicle is as safe as possible with this maintenance checklist for winter!   Top Up Your Wiper Fluid During the winter, road users have to deal with snow, rain, hail and more! This can have a huge impact on visibility when driving. Make sure you can see as best as possible by having your wiper fluid always topped up. This will help keep your windshield free of salt, mud, snow, ice and more!   Replace Your Vehicle's Wiper Blades Did you know that wiper blades are only good for up to a year? It's true! This is why it's so important to make sure they are replaced before the cold weather hits. There are heavy duty wiper blades designed specifically for winter which k ... read more

Air in Your Brake Lines?

Air in Your Brake Lines?

Your car's brakes are super essential to your safety and the condition of your vehicle. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, your car is supposed to slow or stop. However, bad brakes can prevent this from happening and lead to serious accidents.    The brake lines are the sections within your braking system that hold and circulate your brake fluid. And air is a major foe to your brakes because it reduces pressure and makes the braking process way less effective. When air escapes into the brake lines, your brake system will suffer consequences.    Here are some symptoms that indicate you have air in your brake lines:  Brake pedal feels spongy and loose when you press down Brakes feel soft and not as effective (longer stopping distance) Brake pedal presses too close to the floor Any of these warning symptoms can mean that there is air in your brake lines, and we recommend taking your vehicle to Sunny Sunoco as soon as possible. Driving with weak ... read more

Why Are My Lights So Faint?

Why Are My Lights So Faint?

With the days growing shorter, Margate City, NJ residents will have to rely on their car lights even more. Whenever your lights, especially headlights, start to look fuzzy or act unusual in any way, it could dangerously impact your visibility on the road. Unfortunately, many problems can cause your vehicle's lights to malfunction. The three most common problem areas are your battery, alternator, and wires. Battery  The first electrical component you should consider checking when your lights are corrupted is the battery. Your battery could be aging and need a replacement soon. The best way to tell is by having one of our professionals test it at Sunny Sunoco.  Alternator If your battery passes the test, then the second place you should check is the alternator. A malfunctioning alternator will only affect your vehicle lights when the car is turned on. The alternator is the machine that charges the battery when your vehicle is on, and if it stops working, the battery wil ... read more

How to Road Travel With Your Pet

How to Road Travel With Your Pet

These days, pets are welcomed almost everywhere―restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and even movie theaters. Who's to say that you can't take your doggy or kitty on a road trip? Traveling with pets may seem like an extra weight on your shoulder at first, but it can be fun if you prepare for it. You can take specific steps to ensure your furry pal is comfortable and safely make it through the journey!   The Window Problem We've all seen it in movies where the dog basks in the sun with its tongue out and head peeking out the window. The reality is that a dog should not be allowed to hang its head out of the window. You need to consider your pet's overall health and safety. Not only can debris or foreign objects come face-to-face with the dog, but the heavy airflow can hurt the animal's respiratory system. Beware of Airbags Another problem to consider is where to situate your pet. It is recommended that your cat or dog stays in the back seat or storage area ... read more

What Are The Signs Of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What Are The Signs Of Worn Shocks and Struts?

  Shocks and struts are responsible for helping stabilize your vehicle while driving. Letting these important parts become worn out will not only make your ride bumpier, but it may also endanger you! The ability to notice when your shocks and struts have run their course is essential; keep reading to find out how to identify if you need to replace your shocks or struts.   What are Shocks and Struts, And How Do They Work? Most vehicles have either shocks or struts, but some cars use both parts working in tandem to stabilize your car while moving to keep your tires on the ground to prevent constant bouncing up and down.   Shocks are an independent component of your vehicle, while a strut is a shock in combination with other features that are a single structural unit.   How Long Do Shocks And Struts Last? Under normal driving conditions, you will get around 75,000-90,000 miles of use. If you use your vehicle on unpaved roads o ... read more

Protect Your Windshield Wipers From Premature Wear

Protect Your Windshield Wipers From Premature Wear

Windshield wipers are the most dependable car feature, but we often overlook them because we only need them when our windshield gets wet or dirty. Wipers can be incredibly annoying if they aren't doing their job effectively. You'll know they need to be swapped out when they aren't clearing your windshield well. They also might start to skip, streak, and squeak and end up impairing your line of sight. The recommended time to replace windshield wipers is 6 months to 1 year, depending on usage and wiper brand. To help prevent premature wear of your windshield wipers, consider the following maintenance tips:   Wash your car regularly (or at least your windshield)! Cleaning your windscreen will reduce the amount of dirt and debris that adheres to the wiper blades. Those contaminants cause them to wear faster.   Wipe down your wipers every once in a while. As you use them over time, your wipers blades collect dirt. You can wash the rubber parts and help preserve the ... read more

Are You Car Trip Ready?

Summer is here and living is easy! After the long cold year of 2020, we are ready to get out and live a little bit more. If you, like most Americans this summer, are planning on trip by car make sure you get your car checked before you go. Unfortunately, due to covid the car repair industry is still scrambling to get parts. This is forecasted to last into 2022. Parts that use to take us 2 days to receive now have taken as long as 6 weeks.  This is also useful to keep in mind as you plan to send your kids off to school and/or tailgating season approaches. If you suspect something is wrong with your car, try to bring it in right away so we can order the parts you need in time for your big trip. Being preemptive instead of reactive is more important now more than ever to keep your life running as smooth as possible.  As always, we here at Sunny Sunoco, are here for you and look forward to seeing you

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season has started. New Jersey’s Hurricane season is June 1st thru November 30th. Our active season is August thru the end of October. Now a days we have plenty of warning. We can usually have an accurate forecast 5 days out or so to see what is coming our way. But it never hurts to know what your plan is.  Do you know your hurricane evacuation route? Do you know what roads are prone to flooding? Or have a plan on where to go? Are you staying in a flood zone? What should you do with your cars? Are there any pet friendly hurricane shelters? Do they need notice? If not, are there pet friendly hotels you can go to? (This is all off the top of my head, I am sure you might have more specific questions).  As you enjoy the lovely weather we are having right now, I can totally understand not wanting to figure these things out until you must. We are however having more active Hurricane seasons, so we suggest having a plan. Keeping on hand the necessities and knowing ... read more

What is a Radiator Flush and How Often Should It Be Performed?

What is a Radiator Flush and How Often Should It Be Performed?

A radiator flush is one of the critical vehicle maintenance services highlighted in the scheduled maintenance placard in the owner's manual. When speaking about a fluid flush, the first thing people think of is an oil change. And while many drivers know the radiator, a considerable number of them aren't savvy with radiator flushes. This post is here to help you understand what a radiator flush is and how often you need to visit your auto care technician for a flush. However, let's first understand the radiator fluid. What is a Radiator Fluid? Coolant is the fluid circulating in the radiator and cools the engine by dissipating much of the temperatures generated by the motor. Antifreeze prevents the coolant from freezing up under icy conditions in winter, thus continuing to cool the motor despite the extreme cold. Coolant is a critical fluid that requires proper maintenance for a healthy and high-performance engine. Understanding a Radiator Flush Just like the transmissio ... read more

Air Conditioning Maintenance Importance

It's spring and that means the heat is on its way. Happens every year, and you know as much as the other person that you do not want to get stuck with a faulty A/C during the first heat wave when everyone else who is sweating tries to find an appointment to get it fixed. If you have any questions, we here, at Sunny Sunoco are always happy to help you. This article will hopefully answer some of your questions, if you have other question feel free to message us. Your air conditioning is part of your HAVC system. Which stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It’s an important part of your car’s functionality. It keeps you comfortable in any season with the right amount humidity and temperature. It also helps with defrosting your car. It should be checked annually. If you are unsure of your maintenance history, we at Sunny Sunoco keep track of that for you. Here are some of the most asked questions:  What would happen if you continued to ... read more

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