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Toyota Service | Ron Hibbard Toyota | Gallatin, TN 

For many, the winter season is still very much alive with frigid temperatures, spine-chilling winds and piles of snow. If you live in conditions like these, you know that it can make day-to-day life very difficult. One of the most difficult things to deal with in winter conditions is driving. Snow and ice can lead to dangerous travels on the road, whether in the car for a few hours, or even just driving down the street for a gallon of milk. But the hazards of winter driving aren't limited to just ice and snow. Another problem is that when road departments use salt to melt frozen streets, it can wreak havoc on your car. To avoid the damage brought on by winter roads, here are some things to know.

The Purpose of Road Salt

For those parts of the country that are hit with freezing winter temperatures, roads become iced over – an extremely dangerous situation. In order to reduce the hazard risk, a mixture of salt and sand is spread over roadways before or after a snow or ice storm. How does it work? Salt is able to help lower the freezing point of water. By sprinkling salt on frozen roads, the ice will melt. Sand is used to help keep road salt in place, as well as add some traction to the road so cars are less likely to slip.

The Risk of Salted Roads To Your Car

Based on what you've learned so far, road salting sounds like an excellent way to make winter travels safer. And it is. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks. The major consequence is that it can cause rust and corrosion to form on the body and undercarriage of your car. Because your car's undercarriage is completely exposed to the road, it is most at risk for road-salt deterioration. Other highly-susceptible parts include:

  • Coil springs

  • Exhaust system

  • Hydraulic brake system

  • Muffler

  • Subframe

How to Prevent Salt Damage To Your Car

If you live in an area where roads are salted regularly, your car is at a much higher risk for rust and corrosion. This being said, you should take the necessary precautions to prevent road salt from damaging your car. Here's how:

Wash Your Car After A Snowstorm

After a snowstorm hits, it's important to act fast to remove salt deposits from forming on your car. To do this, wash it. You should also be sure to take the time to scrub the undercarriage. You can opt for a drive-through car wash or hand wash as long as all areas are cleaned efficiently.

Wax Your Car

Along with washing your car after a snowstorm, you should also give it a good waxing. Not only will this help protect it from salted roads, but it will also help prevent scratches, nicks and other easy-to-obtain damages.

Pretreat your Car's Undercarriage.

To aid in preventing vehicle damage due to wet and salty roads, try using an oil solution pre-treatment, which can be sprayed on the exposed parts of your car.

For more automotive tips and tricks, we can help at Ron Hibbard Toyota, serving Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, TN.

This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged Toyota, Toyota Dealer, Vehicle Maintenance, Toyota Service on 02/17/2017 at 5:30 PM

2017 Toyota Maintenance | Ron Hibbard Toyota | Gallatin, TN 

Whether you invest in a new or used car, it's important to take care of it so it will provide you with a solid means of transportation for many years. The best way to keep your car in tip-top condition is by servicing it with routine maintenance. Oil changes, air filter replacements, and tire rotations are a few great ways to help your car run efficiently. Another is to wash it. But for many, once they wash their car, they think the job is done. The truth is, you should take the task of washing your car one step further by waxing it. Waxing your car is just as important as washing it, changing its oil, and all of the other maintenance services that your car requires. Continue reading to learn the top five benefits of waxing your car.

1. To make it shine

Over time, cars can become rather dull. Waxing your car is a great way to rejuvenate your car's color and help you achieve that glossy, fresh-off-the-lot look that is so alluring. Car wax comes in many choices, but opting for carnuba wax or synthetic paint sealants are both good choices and will make your car shine like new.

2. To protect it from contaminants

Every time your car is out in the elements, it faces many airborne contaminants – bugs, acid rain, etc. When corrosive materials stick to your car, its paint can become scratched. To avoid scratches and other problems due to external contaminants, you should coat it in a layer of wax. This wax layer will act as a protective barrier to reduce the risk of damage.

3. To make washing easier

Washing your car is never as easy as it should be. In fact, it's a soap, wet, and tiring job. Wouldn't you like to make washing your car simpler? Well, you can by waxing it. Waxing your car makes washing it easier because it allows dirty, dust and other contaminants to be easily wiped and rinsed away.

4. To repair sun damage

Over time, your car's paint can begin to look dull and faded. This is partly due to sun exposure. To help repair sun damage, first wash our car with water (hold the soap!), dry it with a non-abrasive terry cloth , then apply a rubbing compound. Be sure to focus on areas with the most sun damage. Finally, use car wax to seal the rubbing compound. The results? A rejuvenated paint job.

5. To remove water spots

Have you noticed the exterior of your car sporting unsightly water spots? This is a frustrating problem that most all car owners face. Hard water spots appear on your car's surface due to the limestone, calcium and magnesium found in water. Luckily, you can eliminate water spots by rubbing your car down with a protective coat of wax.

For all your automotive needs, visit our dealership in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, TN.

This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged Toyota, Car Service, Vehicle Maintenance, Toyota Dealer, 2017 Toyota, 2016 Toyota on 02/17/2017 at 5:28 PM

Toyota Service and Maintenance - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN


It's a big deal when you first hand over the keys to your teenaged driver. Not only is it an emotional time because your once little child is all of a sudden so grown up, but it's also a time of worry. Will they follow the speed limit? Are they texting while driving? All sorts of questions like these will run through your mind from time to time. You have probably told them the importance of car maintenance. You may even have stressed it until they got annoyed with you. (Teenagers, right?) But, there's one area of maintenance that yo may have missed, and that's tire care. Whether your child is driving to high school, the movies or off to college, tire care is vital to on-road safety. Here are five tips to help you, and them, prepare their car for their time spent behind the wheel.


Check Tire Pressure

Tires are one of the most important parts of a car. They are also one of the main components that will help keep drivers safe on the road. We all know tires require air in order to roll correctly. But they also need a certain amount of air. Tires with poor pressure – too little air, for instance – can cause a number of problems. They decrease fuel economy and they provide poor traction with the road, which greatly lowers safety. Tire pressure should be checked regularly – once per month and before every long road trip. This means all four tires, plus the spare. To learn the correct tire pressure for your specific car and tires, check these spots:

  • Owner's manual

  • Gas tank lid

  • Driver's side door

  • Tire sidewall


Keep Car Aligned

A car in need of an alignment may just seem like an annoying pull to the let or right while driving. But, there is actually much more to it. Not only can an unaligned car lead to lower fuel economy and unsafe driving conditions, but it can also cause tire problems, like uneven and rapid wear. The result is poor traction with the road and more money spent on new tires. Wheels should be checked periodically for poor alignment or if you notice trouble signs like your car pulling to one side while driving on a straight, flat road.


Rotate Tires

When you hear the word tire rotation, you may wonder, “Is simply moving tires to a new spot really going to make a difference?” While the concept may sounds silly, to answer the question, yes, rotating your tires makes a world of difference in the overall performance and lifespan of your tires. When tires are rotated, they will wear much more evenly. As a result, you won't spend as much time or money shopping for new ones.

Tire rotations should be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. For a more exact timeframe, check your owner's manual.

Want to learn more about how to keep your teen safe behind the wheel? For more tips and tricks, check out our website, here.

This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged tires, car tires, car safety, automotive tires, tire maintenance, importance of tires on car, tire rotations, importance of tire rotations, tire traction, tire pressure, psi on 01/04/2017 at 9:51 PM

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