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Do Your ResearchBefore 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…)
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Clicking SoundsIf 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 TurnAnother 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 CablesSometimes, 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.
See Radney Foster at the MCL Grand TheaterRadney 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 CircleIf 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 LewisvilleThe 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.
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…)
Lewisville Gun Show
If you are a gun connoisseur, the Premier Gun Show in Lewisville is worth braving the cold for. It is located at 1165 S. Stemmons Freeway at the Lakeland Plaza. Visitors can attend on December 3–4, 2016, or January 14–15, 2017. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The whole weekend costs $12, and one day costs $8. Children younger than 12 years enter free. There will be more than 400 tables of guns, knives, ammo, and other shooting supplies. Visitors are invited to buy, sell, and trade!
Old Town Holiday Stroll and Christmas Parade
You’re finally tired of that rickety, clattering bucket of bolts that you’ve driven since your college days. Or your family has outgrown the sedan that you’ve driven half to death anyway. Purchasing a new car can be a stressful ordeal, one that is often made easier with the possibility of purchasing a used car for a lower price. However, while used cars may appeal to you with a cheaper price tag, you should be careful. Here’s how you can find a car that fits your family’s needs and is worth every cent.(more…)
With fall in the air and winter fast approaching, many car owners are getting ready to start warming up their cars in the morning to make driving to work easier and more bearable. However, is warming up your vehicle in the morning a good idea? Some experts are conflicted, so we’ve gotten to the heart of the issue to let you know how to handle those chilly mornings and the best way to take care of your vehicle during the winter months.(more…)