1. Why do we keep our 1978 Cutoff Year ?
• If we raise it higher we will get a lot of newer cars leaving no room for existing cruisers.
• Also it is difficult to tell the years of the newer cars.
• Currently we have problems at the gate trying to distinguish between 1978 and some early 80's
2. Why our members cars are not entered in any show we host ?
• It keeps people from saying it is favoritism or fixed if one of the club member wins.
• We have seen this happen at other shows. Not worth damaging our reputation.
3. Why we play 50’s & 60’S Music ?
• We tried changing it up a little but we had a lot of complaints.
• 50’s & 60’s music represents our cruise theme.
• The majority of our cruisers love the older music not regularly played on the radio
4. Why do we have open parking places in front ?
• We have approx. 10 open parking spots reserved. in front of St. V’s Emergancy Walkin.
• This area is used for Emergancy vehicles and patient walkin service
• At 7pm St. V’s Emergancy Walkin closes which allows us to use these spots.
5. Why do we say NO ALCOHOL, BURNOUTS, PETS, MOTORCYCLES, BIKES, SCOOTERS. SKATES, OR SKATEBOARDS IN THE CRUISE AREA. •
REALLY, THINK ABOUT IT, These are accidents waiting to happen. • Murphy’s Law or What is that old saying “STUFF HAPPENS”. . .
Q: Why do brakes squeak?
A: Today’s cars are equipped with front wheel disc brakes; some models even have 4 wheel disc brake systems. Disc brakes work much
like a modern bicycle’s brakes. Brake squealing and noises are common with various causes. Most often it is caused by dust and high
frequency vibrations of the brake pads, much like the way a cricket makes noises by rubbing its legs together. Worn brake linings also
tend to be noisy. Brake systems should be checked regularly and worn parts replaced before ruining expensive calipers and rotors.
Q: I hit a curb. Should I have the alignment checked?
A: Yes, often a little bump like that gets forgotten, especially if the car handles the same. Today’s cars are lighter with fewer and smaller
suspension components and therefore less forgiving. If damage goes unnoticed, new tires may be needed. Look closely at the tread
for uneven wear patterns or bald spots. Checking tire pressures helps tires last longer, improves handling and fuel economy. It’s
important to set tire essures at or just below the maximum rating on the tire.
Q: Does brake fluid really need to be changed?
A: The average driver uses their brakes 75,000 times per year and takes for granted that they’ll work every time. Today’s brake systems
are hydraulic and use brake fluid which is hydrophilic, meaning it can absorb moisture from the air. Once the hydraulic system has
moisture in it, corrosion takes place and brake components fail. Brake fluid should be flushed periodically to keep corrosion under
control. This procedure is not expensive and is included in many preventative maintenance schedules. Brake fluid should be handled
with care. It will melt plastics and remove paint.
Q: Why can’t I use plain water in my radiator?
A: Your car's engine makes enough heat to destroy itself so a cooling system is needed. Antifreeze mixed with water at a 50/50 ratio
provides freeze and boiling protection. Too much antifreeze can cause heat transfer problems which can result in overheating. If you
experience overheating, turn the a/c off and the heater on to help remove heat from the coolant. If the engine temperature light comes
on or the gauge goes into the red zone, the engine should be turned off quickly and allowed to cool down to avoid costly engine damage.
Plain water will start a rust process that is almost impossible to stop. Rust particles deteriorate the entire cooling system, water pump,
radiator, hoses, thermostat etc.
Q: Should I have my car checked before a long trip?
A: Summer outings should be enjoyable and not spent in a roadside repair shop with someone named Gomer under the hood. Have your
car serviced and fluid levels checked before any long road trip and don’t forget the windshield washers and wipers. Radiator hoses and
fan belts are one of the main causes for breakdowns. Hoses deteriorate from the inside out so looks can be deceiving. Wheel bearings
should be packed and correct tire pressures will give a smoother ride and better fuel economy. A little preventative maintenance can
help insure you won’t get to know Gomer.
Q: What is a CV Boot?
A: Front wheel drive cars and 4 wheel drives use flexible axle shafts with Constant Velocity joints or CV’s for short. The CV joints allow the
axle shafts to spin the front wheels while moving up or down over bumps or turning corners. The CV joint has a protective rubber boot
that keeps grease for lubrication in, and dirt and water out. When the rubber boot breaks the CV joint loses grease and starts to "click,"
especially during cornering. The broken boot should be replaced as soon as it is noticed to help avoid costly repairs.
Q: How often should antifreeze be replaced?
A: Antifreeze should be replaced every two years due to oxidation and deterioration of important additives. These additives lubricate the
water pump and protect metal parts from rust and oxidation. They also help keep coolant hoses soft and flexible. Today we can recycle
and clean old antifreeze, replacing the additives. Antifreeze is very toxic and not environmentally friendly so recycling makes good
sense. The engine's thermostat should also be replaced every 2 years to keep the engine operating temperatures in the proper range.
Q: My car doesn’t smoke, does it still pollute?
A: A large portion of the "brown cloud" over our cities is caused by vehicle pollutants (unburned hydrocarbons from fossil fuels). Two
decades ago the PCV valve was one of the first emission devices and was easy to check and replace. Today’s computerized engine
controls demand high tech equipment and testing procedures. The various computers and controls simprove engine efficiency and
performance, but need periodic checking, adjustments and maintenance. When malfunctioning, these systems can cause hard starts,
hesitations, poor performance and add deadly chemicals to our environment.
Q: Is Windshield washer fluid just soap and water?
A: Windshield washer solvent has a toxic alcohol base to keep it from freezing. The solvent should never be used in concentrated form
because it can harm the car's painted and waxed surfaces. Mix the solvent to the manufacturers recommendations for the freeze
point you feel is safe for your area. Some brands, usually sold in gallon containers, come diluted but may not protect to a low enough
freeze point, which is important, due to the cost of the windshield washer reservoir and other components. Winter tips: Keep your
engine tuned for faster cold weather starts and for added traction keep your fuel tank full. Occasionally add gas line antifreeze to the
tank to absorb any condensation that accumulates in the tank and may freeze in the fuel lines. On cold and windy nights point the front
of the car away from the wind to keep snow and ice from blowing into the engine compartment. Door lock de-icing fluid should be kept
in the house, not in the locked car. It may help you get into your car on an icy morning. Clean the battery posts and cable ends with a
mix of 2 table spoons of baking soda and a quart of water. Use an old tooth brush. Don’t forget the wiper blades
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