Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Jason's Journal: Replacing your Volvo's Battery

 Replacing your Volvo's Battery
By: Jason McKinsey

Volvos today are equipped with advanced technologies.  Some technology systems are designed to keep passengers safe, while others provide entertainment and useful travel and vehicle information.  Regardless of what the technology systems are designed for, all of them require electrical power from the vehicle.  While the vehicle’s battery does not directly supply power to these systems once the engine is running, the battery is a very important part of the electrical system.

With the introduction of Start/Stop Engine technology, Volvo now utilizes two batteries in every new vehicle.  One battery is designed to start the engine, while the other battery is used to maintain the technology systems during the Start/Stop sequence. Volvo’s use of batteries will continue to evolve, as the automotive technology becomes more complex.

There are two main types of batteries in Volvos: Starting-Lighting-Ignition (SLI) and Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA).  An SLI battery is lead acid based and has been used in Volvos for years, while the VRLA battery is an Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), a newer style that has a higher resistance to being discharged.  If a lead acid battery is left in a discharged state, a chemical reaction will occur causing the lead plates inside the battery to become coated, and leaving the battery weak. If this happens just once, it can reduce the battery’s lifespan by a third. An AGM battery is not as severely affected by being discharged.  Maintaining a charge on both types of batteries is very important.

If you plan to store your Volvo for more than 30 days, I would recommend using a trickle charger to maintain the battery’s state of charge.  This will greatly extend the life of your battery.  I would also recommend keeping a lead acid battery cool and away from high temperatures.  A battery mounted in the trunk area far away from the engine, will last years longer than the same battery mounted in the engine compartment area.

When you find yourself in need of a replacement battery, there are several things to consider.  First, you will need to determine which battery group is needed.  The battery group refers to the physical size of the battery and the position of the battery terminals.  The group is shown as a two digit number, or sometimes as a two digit number with a letter. For example, group 48 or group 51R.  Secondly, you will need to properly install the battery with the correct Cold Cranking AMP (CCA) rating.  The CCA rating is the amount of current the battery can supply at zero degrees Fahrenheit. An incorrect rated battery can cause false battery warning messages, and can be unreliable in cold temperatures.  Finally, you will need to determine the length of the battery warranty.  A good battery should have at least 2 years of full coverage on the battery and a pro-rated coverage of an additional 3 years. The length of warranty can be a good indicator of the battery quality.

Unfortunately, a battery doesn’t always provide a warning prior to failing, but thankfully, a battery’s current condition can be easily checked. If it has been a while since your last battery check, or you feel there is an issue with your current battery, please contact our service department for a complimentary battery check (offer ends 1/31/2018). 

Call 717-755-7676 or go online to schedule your appointment.  Happy Holidays from the Lehman Service Team!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Lehman Volvo Cars' Holiday Tradition

There are many parents in the Central Pennsylvania region who simply cannot afford new child seats for their families and unfortunately end up compromising on safety. Lehman Volvo Cars stands behind its core value of safety and provided families in need of car seats with new infant, toddler, and/or booster seats.  The “Protect the Gifts” Car Seat Campaign is a special program that promotes safety in a unique way.

Lehman Volvo Cars selected families from e-mail nominations that were received in November.  A total of 64 new car seats were provided and safely installed to the selected families on Friday, December 8th at Lehman Volvo Cars in York and Saturday, December 9th at Lehman Volvo Cars in Mechanicsburg.

A special thank you to all of the volunteers from Safe Kids Pennsylvania that safely installed each and every car seat!

Below are just a few photos from Lehman Volvo Cars car seat installation days in York and Mechanicsburg! Happy Holidays from the Lehman family to yours!

Sisters getting fitted for their new car seats in the showroom (it was a bit chilly outside)!

Families learning how to properly use their new car seats!

This little guy has some growing to do before graduating to a backless booster seat.  He sure was making the volunteers laugh and smile while his convertible car seat was being installed into his family's vehicle!

The Lehman Volvo Cars Protect the Gifts car seat campaign would not be possible without all of its volunteers.  Thank you to all of the Certified Car Seat Technicians who safely installed every seat.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lehman Pre-Owned Report: Where a Car Comes from Matters

Where a Car Comes from Matters 
By: Dan Lehr, Lehman Volvo Cars Pre-Owned Sales Manager

When the decision comes to purchase a pre-owned vehicle, one of the main concerns shoppers have is the history of the vehicle they are looking to buy. Looking at the differences in model, equipment, and color combination, each vehicle is unique, and of course, the history of each vehicle is also unique.  

When a car is properly maintained, it should serve a long and (relatively) drama-free life on the road. However, if routine maintenance isn’t followed, there are bound to be issues somewhere along the way. 

Lehman Volvo Cars is fortunate in that most of our pre-owned inventory falls into three main categories: Off-Lease Vehicles, Customer Owned Trade-ins or Dealership-Owned Vehicles. Let’s take a look… 

Off-Lease Vehicles:
A common misconception about off-lease vehicles, is that they tend to be a little rougher around the edges. Quite the opposite is true with the off-lease vehicles Lehman Volvo Cars acquires. With the factory support of complimentary routine maintenance for 3 years, most off-lease Volvos have had a full history of proper maintenance.  

Off-lease Volvos are also offered exclusively to Volvo Authorized Dealers before they end up on the auction block. That means we have first choice in selecting only the finest-condition vehicles as soon as they are eligible to be purchased.  

Customer Trade-ins:
Lehman Volvo Cars has the benefit of having a very strong customer base and loyalty rate. As a result, we are constantly trading in well-serviced Volvos on newer Volvos. These highly sought-after trades are in strong demand for good reason; there is no guesswork in their maintenance history and of course, they have been well maintained. Since we service every Volvo we sell, we know the vehicles very well. 

Dealership Owned Vehicles:
Sometimes the best Pre-Owned vehicle you can buy actually never leaves the ownership of Lehman Volvo Cars. To help supplement our service loaner fleet, we put new vehicles in our temporary loaner fleet. When the vehicles are eligible to be put back into inventory, they can be upgraded with Volvo’s Award-Winning Certified Pre-Owned Warranty. This provides warranty coverage up to 100,000 Miles or 7 years from when the vehicle first went into service plus you pay less for your new slightly-used vehicle! Additionally, there may be other qualifying incentives at the time of purchase to benefit from.  

Certified Warranty is the Difference Maker
No matter how we obtain our Pre-Owned vehicles, every vehicle that is eligible comes standard with the Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Warranty. The peace of mind provided by this warranty means a rigorous 130 point inspection has been completed, only genuine Volvo parts have been used AND you have 24 hour roadside assistance during the duration of your warranty period.

View Lehman Volvo Cars' pre-owned inventory here: York & Mechanicsburg

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Collecting Toys for Toys for Tots

During this Holiday Season, Lehman Volvo Cars is proudly accepting toy donations for the Toys for Tots foundation!
Between now and December 18th, you may drop off any new and unwrapped toys in the donation box located in Lehman Volvo Cars of York's showroom!
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The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a non-profit charity that collects and distributes unused toys to less fortunate children.  The mission of the program "is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jason's Journal: Tire Pressure

Measuring your Tire Pressure
By: Jason McKinsey
Imagine this: You jump into your Volvo and start the engine.  Your heated seats and steering wheel feel amazing on this cold November morning.  You begin driving down the driveway and notice an orange warning light on the instrument panel which reads “Low Tire Pressure.”  You step out of your Volvo and begin to assess your tires.  The tires appear normal. You think, “Maybe the message is a false alarm.”  This nuisance is all too familiar to drivers this time of year.  But, why does this happen?
The pressure in your tires drop one pound of pressure for every 10 degree temperature drop.  Meaning, if you set your pressure to 36 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) in 90-degree July weather, and today its 30 degrees outside, your tires are now 30 PSI.  Newer Volvos are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system.  This system constantly checks the pressure in your tires and alerts you when the pressure falls below a normal level.  The “Low Tire Pressure” message displays when the tire pressure decreases to 30 PSI, and the “Very Low Tire Pressure” message displays when the tire pressure decreases to 20 PSI.  Both messages require attention because a low tire pressure will lead to serious issues.
An under inflated tire causes abnormal inner and outer wear on the tire tread.  An extremely under inflated tire will, at best, cause damage to the sidewall of the tire. Thus, making it necessary to replace the tire.  On the other end of things, over inflated tires will cause abnormal wear in the center section of the tire tread and reduce the life of the tire.
Having the correct tire pressure is vital.  You can find the correct PSI listed on the driver side door jamb.  The correct tire pressure of all automobiles is determined by the manufacturer.  Even though the tire may say maximum pressure 50 PSI, you should always follow your vehicle manufacturer recommended pressure.  The same tire on a different brand of vehicle may call for different tire pressures per manufacturer’s recommendations.
When checking your tire pressure, I recommend using a high quality tire gauge.  Using an inexpensive tire gauge, or the local gas station’s gauge, can provide a false reading due to possibly being calibrated incorrectly. 
After adjusting the tire pressure, you may need to drive for a short distance to reset the warning.  If that doesn’t reset the warning, you may need to access the tire pressure monitoring system through the menu from your center console display.
If you have questions or are experiencing any difficulty, please contact our service department at 717-755-7676 or at jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Raising Funds and Awareness for the PA Breast Cancer Coaltion

During the month of October, Lehman Volvo Cars helped "Drive Out" Breast Cancer by joining forces with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) and made a donation for every new car sold in October.
The Lehman team is proud to announce that over $1,400 was raised between the two Lehman Volvo Cars locations in York and Mechanicsburg.  Congratulations to all the dealerships that participated in the Drive Out Breast Cancer campaign to raise funds and awareness for this great cause!
This is Lehman Volvo Cars’ second year participating in the "Drive Out Breast Cancer" campaign.
To learn more about the “Drive Out Breast Cancer” campaign and the PBCC organization, visit www.pabreastcancer.org.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Jason's Journal: Volvo Coolant 101

Jason McKinsey, Lehman Volvo Cars Service Manager, writes about Volvo trending topics, including this month’s segment on the importance of using the correct coolant in your Volvo.
Looking for more information on a particular Volvo service topic?  Submit your topic suggestion to Jason at jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com.

Volvo Coolant: 101
By: Jason McKinsey

With cooler weather on the horizon, many Volvo owners may be concerned with the condition of their vehicle’s coolant, also known as antifreeze. Owners worry about the ability of their vehicle’s coolant to withstand the low winter temperatures, as well as the proper type of coolant to use.

Why does your engine need coolant?  Heat is a byproduct of the internal combustion engine. Approximately one third of the energy created by the fuel/air mixture of an internal combustion engine produces usable power.  The other two thirds of the energy is generated in heat form. Therefore, the engine must be cooled to maintain safe operating temperatures and to avoid engine damage or failure. Water transfers heat efficiently, but it has some issues when exposed to harsh conditions in and around an automotive engine. The largest issue is when water turns into steam before the engine reaches operating temperature and freezes.  This causes damage to the engine when temperatures drop below freezing. Water also causes corrosion in the metals of an engine.  Coolant is used to raise the boiling point and lower the freezing point of water, as well as protect the cooling system and prevent engine corrosion. Coolant is extremely important to your Volvo engine.

Most common engine coolants are made with Ethylene Glycol or Propylene Glycol. Knowing which one your Volvo requires is vital! Volvo uses an Ethylene Glycol coolant mixture that is 50/50 coolant and water.  When mixing your coolant with water, be sure to use a low mineral water.  This will prevent mineral deposits from forming in your Volvo’s engine.  If you are unsure of the mineral content of your proposed water source, use distilled water. Now the big question: what kind of coolant to use?

A high quality coolant will provide thousands of hours and 150,000+ miles of problem free driving. A less-expensive, low quality coolant uses lower quality rust inhibitors and will need replaced more often to maintain a corrosion free cooling system. If corrosion occurs, particles build up causing blockage in smaller passages of the cooling system—either in the radiator and/or in the heater core.  Both of which, are costly to replace.  Mixing different types of engine coolant can cause “carcinogenic nitrosamines,” a gel-like substance that can also cause blockage in the cooling system. It is extremely important to use the same coolant that is currently in your Volvo to avoid these problems.

Our Volvo technicians can easily check your coolant based on its appearance and density.  Your Volvo’s coolant should be routinely checked and topped off.  If the coolant is discolored, contaminated, or does not perform in cold temperatures, a coolant flush and fill service should be performed.  The proper mixture of Volvo coolant will provide antifreeze protection down to -36 degrees Fahrenheit.  Feel free to contact our service department if you would like to have your Volvo’s engine coolant checked. 

To help prepare your Volvo for the winter weather, Lehman Volvo Cars is offering a special savings on a coolant flush and fill for only $99.95* (regularly priced at $138.00), when you mention this article. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at Jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com or by phone at 717-755-7676.

*plus tax. Offer ends 11.30.17.