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I Married A Car Guy: My Journey Toward Car Literacy

Hi, I'm Debbie Nol, and I married a car guy. My 14 years of working at Arie Nol Auto Center has been an incredible journey, building amazing relationships with customers and learning so much from our experienced technicians.

Now I'm launching a blog to share what I've learned about cars and some of my most memorable customer stories. Hopefully you will find my blog both helpful and entertaining!

Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:17

Preparing For Summmer Pt. 2

Summertime means a switch to summer-mix gas for your car— and a switch to iced coffee for me. It also is an important time to check that your coolant/antifreeze is up to the task of protecting your vehicle’s system from heat.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 17:06

These Boots Are Made for Walking…In Snow

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This time of year, Jeff is thinking about snow tires and antifreeze. I'm thinking about boots. I should be thinking about boots that are practical and repel water and snow. I need good boots for work but then, I go online.

I'm lured in by the ‘what's new for winter 2015’. All the pretty, furry, funky boots, lacing, zippers, and all the other fun things that are added but not needed. Boots, like many things nowadays, aren't just functional but have to be attractive or a certain style. Boho, classical, cowboy, western, motorcycle or equestrian. And work boots. Even work boot style boots have had their moment of being chic. I've never seen a photo spread in Vogue with the title “technician boots, not just for the shop” though. Then there's the open toe booties. They show those on models wearing winter coats, hats and gloves. I love how they look but the reality is, in Michigan you'd get frost bite on your toes and they'd fall off. Not such a good look.

Then I'm besieged by the stalker ads. Those ads that follow you around the internet after you've expressed an interest in something. They keep showing me pictures of the boots I looked at and mentioning that they're still available. Hey, thanks! Stop following me!

I'd like to say that practicality wins but in most cases, I'll go half-practical. They keep my feet warm and dry but are also fun to wear.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:39

The Exciting Properties of Antifreeze

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We are in the process of putting winter tires on our family cars. I am not a fan of winter so to me this is the harbinger of what is to come. I’m probably a 5th generation Michigander so you would think that my DNA would include a snow and cold loving gene. People suggest that finding a winter sport is the key to loving Michigan winters. The problem with that is that I’d have to be outside.

Making sure that my car has heat, good tires and the coolant is working correctly helps me get through the winter. Coolant/antifreeze is more interesting than one would imagine. Seriously, I always thought it just kept the engine cool but it does more than that. Worn out coolant is more electrically conductive than fresh coolant. Electrolysis (and not the hair removing kind) in the coolant causes it to become corrosive and can damage the engine and components. So it’s important that your coolant/antifreeze be tested to make sure that it is still doing all the things it is required to do.

Driving along in your car and smiling happily as your heat is turned up high on one of the first really cold days is something to celebrate. Having your defroster working is a safety issue and, if it isn’t working, you’ll constantly have to get out to scrape your windows. Or, as a customer once told me, “get out to pour warm water on your windows to clean them off.” Don’t do this. Get your fluids checked soon so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings us this year.