Preparing Vehicles for a Hurricane

As Hurricane Florence is fast approaching prepare your home and securing necessary items is essential, but what about your vehicle? Depending on where you live, tidal flooding from storm surges is a way of life, but when a major storm is predicted to hit your area extra precautions should be take. No body want to deal with a totaled car on top of other strom related damages.

 Take Out All Important Documents

  • Registration 
  • Insurance
  • State Inspection receipt
  • Service records

Store them in a safe place where
they can’t get damaged. Replacing many of these documents can be a
tedious and drawn-out affair. If you lose your insurance documents, for
example, this will make the claim process even more difficult.

Park Your Car in a Safe Location

  • Inside a garage
  • Next to a large building

A building can help to shield
the car from strong winds and debris.

*Make sure to never park your car next to any power lines or below a tree, since branches can easily fall and damage it.

Make Sure It Has Adequate Fuel.

Do this as far ahead of time
as possible. If a severe hurricane strikes an area or is about to,
reaching a gas station can prove to be extremely difficult, not to
mention will also consist of long lines. Plus, supply routes may be cut
off, meaning that fuel might be in scarce supply. Always make sure that
you have as close to a full tank as possible.

Another thing that you can do is to fill up a couple of extra gas cans as well just to be on the safe side.

Be Aware of Your Insurance Coverage

  • Take pictures (interior and exterior) of your vehicle
  • Have a copy of your insurance car in a safe place.
  • in most cases, comprehensive coverage is needed to cover the hurricane-related damage, not just collision coverage.

It’s always a good idea
to be 100% certain that your auto insurance policy provides coverage for
any hurricane damage ahead of the storm.

Inspect your vehicle

Make sure that your vehicle operates properly by testing as many things
as you can think of. All lights, power features, and, especially,
start-up need to be in working order should you have to evacuate. It’s
also wise to top off all fluids, such as oil and antifreeze.


Winter Weather Tips

Are you ready for winter weather?
How about your Engine?

Barnettes Remanufactured Engines Winter Tips Not everyone incurs the same weather throughout the winter months, but its better to be safe than sorry. Barnettes Remanufactured Engines has a few tips to keep your engine and yourself prepared for the winter weather. Winter breakdowns are not fun and repairs can be expensive. Taking preventative measure can be not only life saving, but money saving too.

Winter weather tips for your engine:

  • Check coolant levels
    • A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. Antifreeze drops the freeze point of the engine significantly preventing the engine block from cracking
  • Oil viscosity
    • Oil becomes thicker with lower temperature. Make sure to have the proper viscosity oil noted by the manufacture for your region.
  • Hoses & Belts
    • check for worn belts and hose. Nobody want to be standed on the side of the road in freezing temperatures
  • Allow the engine to warm-up
    • After starting the vehicle allow the engine to idle for 30 seconds to 1 minute to allow the engine components to warm up.
  • Fill up the gas tank
    • A full gas tank prevents moisture from building up. For really cold climates consider adding a deicing agent to the tank to prevent ice from forming in the fuel lines

If you plan on storing your vehicle during the winter months her are a few storage tips:

  • Fuel stabilizer
    •  Stabilizes the fuel and prevents corrosion
  • Fill up the gas tank
    • If the car sit for and extended period time, consider cleaning the fuel tank before jumping back on the road.
  • Seal off exhaust pipes of intake 
    • Animals and little critters are also seeking shelter during the winter months. Don’t let them use your vehicle as a winter hotel!

General Winter vehicle tips:

  • Have a “survival kit”
    • Some items seem obvious like a blanket, flashlight, extra set of clothes, and an ice scraper, but consider keeping a small shovel, extra cell phone battery and some hard candy just in-case. Oil dry or a bag of kitty litter might not be a bad idea too. the items can be great for creating traction on ice roads or when a vehicle get stuck in the snow.
  • Check all fluids
    •  Fill up the gas tank, washer fluid, oil and coolant
  • Monitor tire pressure
    • Tire pressure can change considerable with changing temperatures.  Prevent uneven tire wear and possible tire blow out by maintaining the proper tire pressure.
  • Tune up
    • have your vehicle tuned-up and checked. Cold weather often magnifies small problems. Driveabilty problems often get worse with colder weather.
  • Fill up your gas tank 
    • A full gas tank can obviously prevent you from being stranded, but it also helps prevent moisture from building up in the tank.

These are only suggestions provided by Barnettes Engines. Be sure to check your owners manual for specific manufacturer guidelines. Be sure to check our for any automotive machine shop need. Barnettes Engines build longblock engines, cylinder head and stocks internal engine part too!

Engine bolts–Toss or Re-use?

Engine bolts–Toss or Re-use?
For the most part, there are three different types of fasteners used when building an engine. Some bolts, screws and studs can be reused and some should ALWAYS be replaced. The question is…what makes the bolts different? When building an engine, finding the specific torque and torque sequence based on the application is the first step in ensure all fasteners are tighten securely.

Torque Only Fasteners
Most time externally threaded bolts, screws and studs can be reused unless otherwise stated by the service manual or manufacturer. A conventional torque wrench should do the trick on ​these types of bolts.

Torque with and Angle Fastener
Most fasteners that require and torque and angle tightening sequence can be re-used. The fastener is first torqued to a specified amount the and added angle tightening is added to ​secure the fastener. The angle sequence is an additional step that sometimes requires an additional wrench to prevent the fastener from rotating.

Torque-to-Yield Fasteners
Torque-to-yeild fasteners are vary similar to the previously listed torque with angle fasteners, however they can not be re-used. Once a torque-to-yield fastener is tightened it becomes distorted. If they are ever loosened (even right after installation) they must ALWAYS be replaced.

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