Why Hazy Headlights Are a Bad Thing

There are a hundred things that can go wrong with your car, and some of them more obvious than others. A common but often ignored problem on automobiles is the issue of hazy headlights, or the clouding that occurs in headlights as the car ages. This is more than a simple cosmetic problem. Hazy headlights create a danger to both the driver and other people on the road, and they are a concern that all drivers should look out for.

Headlights Become Hazy Over Time

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Modern car headlights are not made of glass but rather polycarbonate. As your car gets older, a number of environmental factors conspire to eat away at the clear, glass-like surface of your headlights, giving them (more…)

Find Your Summer Fun in Lewisville

Texas summers are so relaxing. The heat slows the pace of the daily shuffle, and the sunshine brightens moods. Some Texans look forward to summer all year, and then it’s over in the blink of an eye. Pack your summer with fun at these awesome Lewisville summer events. They’re all coming up quick, so grab a friend and start making plans.

Sounds of Lewisville: Every Tuesday in June and July

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The Sounds of Lewisville summer concert series is a weekly event that takes full advantage of the beautiful summer evenings. Starting at 7 p.m. and rocking for two hours, the free concert features a different band each week and is fun for all ages. You can make a full evening of it and visit one of the downtown restaurants before the show, or you can keep it casual by purchasing food or drinks from the vendors that will be servicing the event each week. There is no seating provided at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, so bring your favorite picnic blanket and get comfortable on the grass.

Friday Family Matinee: Every Friday in June and July

Take a break from the sun and visit the Lewisville Public Library. At 2 p.m. every Friday in June and July, the library will host a screening of a popular movie that everyone in the family will enjoy. Each week is a new film you won’t want to miss. The event is free of charge, and no registration is required, so gather up the whole crew for a cool afternoon in the library. On your way out, browse the shelves for a few books or sign up for some other library events to keep you busy until you come back for the next week’s matinée.

Freedom Festival 2017: July 4

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Dress in your red, white, and blues and get ready to celebrate Independence Day in Lewisville. The Village Shops and Plaza are the perfect lakeside location for the free activities like bounce houses, face-painting, balloon artists, and a giant water slide. Many local food trucks will park nearby to offer their best concessions to the festive family crowd. Find a lakeside spot to lay your blankets or chairs and get ready to cheer along with the crowd at dusk when the fireworks display lights up the Texas sky.

Lewisville High School HeyDay!: Aug. 17

Experiencing the excitement of HeyDay! will make you wish you were a high school student all over again. Teachers, students, coaches, neighbors, and future high schoolers are welcome into the school for an evening of games, food, live band music and a Lewisville High School pep rally. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m., so bring a big crew and some gently used books to donate to the collection for the #FarmersREAD Campaign. High-energy and full of spirit, HeyDay! really gets the community pumped for the start of the new school year. It’s no secret that Texas does everything big, and Lewisville clearly does summertime like a true Texas town. They’ve got music, community pride, and entertainment to keep you smiling all season.

3 Hatchbacks You Can Get for Under $20K

They might not be considered the most glamorous cars, but hatchbacks have a lot going for them. They are efficient, practical, and yes, they can even be “hot.” What’s more, there are plenty that you can pick up for under $20,000.

2017 Chevy Sonic LT

If there’s one car that proves hatchbacks can still be sexy, it’s the Chevy Sonic. Coming in at just $18,455, it packs a powerful punch with a 1.8-liter, 138 hp engine. The great thing about the Sonic series, though, is that you can upgrade from the basic trim to the Sonic LT for $700, still pay under $20K, and get a whole host of extra features for your money. The LT boasts (more…)

7 Car Terms You Should Probably Know

To communicate with your car salesperson or mechanic, you need to speak the language. While no one expects you to be fluent in auto-speak, here are seven car terms you really should know.

Base Price

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The base price is a car’s cost without any optional extras. This is the cost of the car you’ll see printed on the sticker. It includes the manufacturer’s warranty and all standard equipment, but you’ll pay more than this for extras like leather seats rather than cloth ones, for example. Luxury cars typically have more features built into their base prices than more economical vehicles.

Add-On Interest

Ordinarily, interest is paid at the end of a term, usually a month. Add-on interest, which often applies to car loans, is a bit different because it is calculated at the start of a loan and added to the principal. When a loan company charges add-on interest, you’ll always need to pay some interest on your loan, even if it’s paid off early.

Engine Liter Size

The larger a car’s engine liter size, the greater the space in its engine cylinders for the fuel-air mix. The greater the amount of fuel-air mix, the more powerful an engine can be. That’s why V8 cars are typically more powerful than vehicles with V6 motors.

Torque

Torque is twisting force, or the force you feel when your vehicle accelerates. Considering a car’s torque alongside its horsepower provides a more complete picture of its power output. Torque is measured in pound-feet or lb-ft for short. One pound of force applied to a one-foot lever equals one pound-foot.

Torque Steer

Torque steer is a phenomenon which causes a car to turn in one direction or the other whenever you accelerate your vehicle. It’s more common in front-wheel drive cars but can happen in any kind of vehicle. It also often occurs when a car’s drive shafts are of unequal length, although this isn’t always the cause.

A, B, C, and D Pillars

A, B, C, and D pillars are vertical pillars on your car’s body. The A pillars hold either side of your car’s windshield in place. The B pillars are in between the driver and passenger side windows looking along the length of your car. Typically the C pillars hold the sides of your car’s rear window in place. Some longer cars may call this the D pillar and have a C pillar in between their B and D pillars.

Coolant Flush

Your mechanic is likely to give your car a coolant flush every two years or for every 30,000 miles driven, whichever occurs first. During this process, your mechanic will drain all the fluid, often the coolant, from your car’s holding tank, clean the tank out, and replace the fluid with a fresh batch. This process stops damaging corrosion from forming in your engine. Since it’s a complicated procedure that’s essential for your car’s health, you should trust it to your mechanic. Remember these car terms to speak to the motoring experts in your life with confidence.  

Spring Comes to Lewisville

Although Lewisville, Texas, may not receive the same attention as larger Dallas suburbs like Plano, Irving, or Denton, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the most fun and exciting cities in the area. The best part is that spring is right around the corner, bringing events that are sure to delight just about anyone regardless of your tastes or interests. If you’re searching for some events to fill the calendar this spring, here are a few ideas to get you started.

ColorPalooza: A Celebration of Spring

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Need to Know: Jump-starting a Car

Jump-starting a car isn’t rocket science, but it requires care and precision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19 percent of people injured in battery explosions were trying to jump-start their cars. Follow the steps below to learn how to safely jump-start your car.

Do Your Research

Before you grab the cables, read your car’s manual or do a quick Google search to make sure the vehicle tolerates jump-starting. Many newer cars with electronic ignition systems or alternate fuel systems shouldn’t be jump-started to prevent damage to the vehicle and voiding of the warranty. Next, double-check that both cars involved have the same battery voltage. Finally, make sure the battery is the problem. If you hear clicking when you turn the key, or if the engine starts but won’t turn over, you have another problem altogether. (more…)

4 New Cars Under 40K for the Dallas Driver

Driving in Dallas, Texas, can include a range of different conditions. You could be driving down a perfectly smooth highway at top speed, traveling a bumpy dirt road, or leisurely cruising on a Saturday afternoon. Since there are so many different ways that you could be driving through Dallas, there is a variety of different vehicles that you can choose from. For many people, the last few years have been economically tough. Fortunately, owning a new car doesn’t have to take every dime that you have to your name. If you are looking for a new car at an affordable price, here are four new cars under $40,000 for the Dallas driver.

For Hard Work: Ford F-150

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Car Won’t Start? How to Diagnose It

At least once in your life you’ll probably experience that dreadful feeling where you stick your key in the ignition, turn it, and nothing happens. Perhaps there’s a whimper or a bizarre noise, but little else. Most people immediately opt for a tow truck and a call to the mechanic at this point without a second thought. However, diagnosing the problem yourself is easier than you may think. The next time you have car troubles, use this handy little guide to help decipher what the problem is.
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Clicking Sounds

If you turn the key and hear rapid, repeated clicking sounds or one click of moderate length, chances are your battery is the culprit. However, testing the battery is easy. When you hop in the car, turn on your windshield wipers and notice the movement. If they move more slowly than normal, your battery is almost completely discharged, and doesn’t have enough left to get the car started. In addition, you should also see your interior or dome lights dim when the wipers start. The best part about this diagnosis is that it’s relatively quick and inexpensive to fix. Most auto parts stores will even check the battery level, which helps ensure that it’s the actual problem and not a secondary pit fall.

Key Won’t Turn

Another frustrating, yet strange problem is the key won’t turn in the ignition. You drove your car home last night, so the reason why it won’t start now is baffling. A majority of the time, this is just because the steering wheel has locked. To fix it, simply turn the wheel to one side while you turn the key in the ignition. Most of the time this will do the trick. In more extreme cases, keys can mess with the wafers inside the ignition lock. When the key turns, the wafers don’t move, and it’s almost as if you have the wrong key. This is usually caused by excessive weight on a key chain, or a spare key that’s different from the original. If you find that this is the cause, you’ll need to hire a locksmith to come out and take a look.

Connection Cables

Sometimes, your battery is fully functioning, yet it won’t get the charge necessary to start the car. In this instance, you probably have a problem with the connection cables or the battery terminals. If the battery is a few years old, deposits start to stick to the battery terminals, not allowing it to transfer power to the engine. Connector cables can also come loose because of a set screw or bolt needs tightening. The best part about this fix is that it only requires you to pop the hood, clean the terminals, and tighten the screw or bolt with a screwdriver or wrench. When it comes to your car, nothing is more frustrating than when it won’t start. However, you should keep your cool before you call friends, family, or a tow truck to come save you. Sometimes, you’re the only mechanic you’ll need.  

Warm Up Your Winter in Lewisville

Winter is the coldest season of the year in Lewisville. However, whether you’re a Lewisville resident or just visiting, you’ll find that this destination offers plenty of ways to help you beat winter’s chill.

See Radney Foster at the MCL Grand Theater

Radney Foster is a country artist who has been playing guitar since he was 12. Performing both in groups and as a solo artist, Foster has become a well-respected singer/songwriter. He’s also released an album that contains his first new solo material in five years. You can enjoy it by seeing Foster perform at the MCL Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles St., on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. This performance is particularly special because it kicks off the Texas Tunes concert series, which features artists from many genres who always perform with a flair that makes them feel right at home in the area’s vibrant music scene. Tickets are $20 for general admission, and there is a $5 discount for people who are younger than 12 or older than 60. However, if you are a Lewisville resident and can prove it by producing a valid driver’s license or current utility bill, you can see the show for $10.

Hear an Acoustic Song Circle

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Image via Flickr by James Willamor

If you’re interested in seeing what Lewisville’s music scene has to offer this winter but the Radney Foster performance won’t work out, consider going to an acoustic song circle that happens every Friday at the art gallery in the MCL Theater. Hosted by the Visual Art League, this laid-back, free event begins at 7 p.m. and lasts for three hours. If you play music, you’re welcome to actively participate by creating music, but you’re also welcome to simply sit back and enjoy the artistry being displayed. This event will happen indefinitely throughout the winter. However, keep in mind that if the City of Lewisville observes a holiday, the song circle will not happen on those days.

Go to a HealthyU Discussion at the Medical Center of Lewisville

The winter is a great time to focus on learning something new. Maybe that goal even ties into one of your New Year’s resolutions. Get started by attending a program presented through the HealthyU Healthy Hour program at the Medical Center of Lewisville. These events are held monthly and prior registration is required for attendance. Although dates vary, doors always open at 5:30 p.m, and the talk begins at 6 p.m. Healthy snacks are served, so you’ll have a good way to pass the time if you get there early. These health education programs are free and delivered by medical professionals. If you’re in need of a little motivation to take better care of yourself, these events could teach you how to do that. Also, you’ll have chances to interact with fellow community members who are concerned about their well-being, which may give you much-needed encouragement for making lasting positive changes. This is just a sampling of the exciting events you could enjoy in Lewisville this winter. Plan to attend at least one.  

3 Car Insurance Myths You Need To Stop Believing

Car insurance is mandatory for everyone in the United States, with the exception of those residing in New Hampshire, Mississippi, and Virginia (the only states that don’t require insurance). Surprisingly, however, many people aren’t sure what they’re covered for or harbor misconceptions about car insurance. Here are some common myths surrounding car insurance that need to be dispelled.

Red Cars Cost More to Insure


Although it seems like a strange belief, there is a long-held rumor among motorists that red cars cost more to insure. Nobody knows for sure how this myth originated, but many say it started with the idea that red cars attract attention more easily and are more likely to be pulled over by traffic officials and receive speeding fines. Some say it links to an association with fast sports cars, which are often red, and therefore it’s assumed that anyone driving a normal red car is also likely to speed. (more…)