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

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 or by phone at 717-755-7676.

*plus tax. Offer ends 11.30.17.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lehman Employee's Connection to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Jennifer Entler is not only a valued Lehman Volvo Cars employee of 18 years, but she is also a Breast Cancer Survivor.  As many of us know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but to Jennifer every month is a chance to spread awareness of this terrible disease that affects so many loved ones. She is a huge advocate for mammograms and believes that early detection saves lives. Spreading the word about the importance of routine mammograms is Jennifer's goal. Read her story below.

Help Lehman Volvo Cars "drive-out" breast cancer this month! For every new car sold in the month of October, Lehman Volvo Cars will make a donation to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. 

My Journey to Breast Cancer Free
By: Jennifer Entler

In April of 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after my very first Mammogram. I was just shy of my 41st birthday and I thought it was time to go and have that “dreaded” test taken care of. I am sure glad I did it. After five mammograms, one biopsy, one MRI, one MRI Assisted biopsy and an ultra sound, DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) was found in my left breast and was removed. I had 8 weeks of radiation after surgery to further insure the cancer would not come back.

Currently my prognosis is excellent. After a scare last June which required another biopsy that came back clear, I am still following up with a course of Tamoxifen for the next 2 years. I most recently had Genetic testing done to make sure I was not the “Red Flag” in my family. Breast Cancer can be passed down genetically so I wanted to be sure my family members were safe.   Those tests, thankfully, came back negative. 

I have become a HUGE advocate for mammograms. Despite what other organizations have published, I am a firm believer that early detection saves lives. It saved mine and both of my breasts. Had I not gone and had my mammogram when I did, my prognosis would have been drastically different.

I am active with a local support group and I love those ladies. Most of them have been subjected to much more than I due to their type of breast cancer, but we all share similar emotions, fears, experiences and expectations. They keep me strong enough to fight for those who have lost their battles and to keep fighting for others.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  I AM, simply 1 of 8. I cannot stress enough how important mammograms are.  Just imagine how many women could be saved by early detection!  I am living proof that early detection is a key to fighting this disease that affects so many of our loved ones.

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is my local charity of choice. The PBCC is THE source of action and information for women in Pennsylvania with breast cancer. Through their outreach and education programs, their legislative victories, and their vast patient resources, they are “one stop shopping” for both the newly-diagnosed and the long-term survivor. They joyfully send out “Friends Like Me” Care Packages free of charge to patients who have been recently diagnosed.  I myself have been a recipient of this care package and it had lots of resources and goodies inside to make anyone’s beginning breast cancer journey a little more emotionally manageable.  90% of all donations to the PBCC go toward programs providing breast cancer education and outreach including: Friends Like Me™, the PBCC Breast Cancer Research Initiative, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Conference, and their traveling photo exhibit 67 Women - 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania™. Please help them with their mission of finding a cure now…so our daughters won’t have to.

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Nominate a Family in Need of a Car Seat

The holiday season is quickly approaching which means Lehman Volvo Cars' annual “Protect the Gifts” Car Seat Campaign is just around the corner!

There are many new parents in the Central Pennsylvania region who simply cannot afford new child seats for their families and unfortunately end up compromising on safety.  Based on Volvo Cars' core value of safety and Lehman Volvo Cars’ philanthropic efforts, the “Protect the Gifts” Car Seat Campaign provides families in need of new infant, toddler, or booster car seats at no cost.  In past years, Lehman Volvo Cars distributed 50 new car seats to deserving families in both the Mechanicsburg and York surrounding areas.

Lehman Volvo Cars Owner and President, Ray Bromley explains: “During this time of year, the tendency is to start compiling a list of gifts for loved ones and we don’t always take the time to reflect upon the gifts we already have…our children. This campaign is a nice way of putting that thought into a meaningful effort for our community.”

Families may be nominated by sending an email to  Lehman Volvo Cars will select families from the e-mails received and provide up to 50 car seats to be delivered at both Lehman Volvo Cars of Mechanicsburg and York.  Nominations close on Wednesday, November 15th.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Service: Care by Volvo

The launch of the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40 premium SUV is being accompanied by the launch of something else entirely: Care by Volvo, a new subscription service that will redefine the way people approach the process of buying vehicles.

Care by Volvo will feature a national, flat-rate monthly fee that includes all of the traditional extras of buying a car, such as insurance, maintenance and down payments. It works very much like the subscription program used by many mobile phones.

The process is free from negotiation and starts with the online order. An interested buyer can simply order online, head over to the nearest Volvo dealership and drive away after signing their contract their new Volvo without having to worry about all the usual hassle.

“This is simple and clear, everything but fuel is basically included in one flat rate,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President & CEO of Volvo Cars USA, “This is the next step toward making life less complicated for customers.”

The service is similar to leasing, but with more costs already included and a shorter contract period—likely 12 to 18 months. When that period is up, you can simply walk away, swap to a new Volvo or keep the car by paying the remaining amount owed on it.

The clear benefit is that everything is included. You don’t have to worry about depreciation, or wear and tear, or insurance, and you’ll even have the benefit of a number of additional Volvo services. “With Care by Volvo, we introduce a new car access for the modern age,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO. “In a time where consumers are used to transparent flat fees for all sort of services, the traditional process of buying and owning a car can be perceived rather complicated. Care by Volvo changes all of that.”

Full details and pricing for Care by Volvo in the US will be announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show where the new XC40 will make its US debut.

This article is presented by Lehman Volvo Cars. Original article: click here.  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Volvo Unveils 2019 XC40

Volvo Cars announced the new 2019 Volvo XC40, a premium compact SUV that will launch in the United States in the first quarter of 2018 as the first example of the Swedish automaker’s new 40-series model line.

The Volvo XC40 also marks the first iteration of the new Compact Modular Architecture, which will underpin all subsequent 40-series models, including fully electrified vehicles.

“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up.”

The new 2019 Volvo XC40 is designed to appeal to younger audiences while presenting a modern expression of Scandinavian design highlighted by a new version of the brand’s signature grille, a tall ride height, large wheels, a strong profile and the distinctive Thor’s hammer daytime running lights. The exterior will be offered with a wide range of body colors and color-contrast roofs to provide up to 17 unique combinations.

Connectivity and clever functionality are core to the XC40’s interior, which features large door pockets and a customizable cargo area to help meet the storage needs of daily life as well as Wireless Qi mobile phone charging and Bluetooth connectivity with a standard 9-inch Sensus Connect touchscreen to help reduce cable clutter. During the day, an available panoramic sunroof can provide natural light, while at night LED illumination can be configured to match mood or temperature.

Also standard are Intellisafe technologies and four years of Volvo On Call, the former making the XC40 one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market when it comes to safety. It includes various driver assistance features such as Cross Traffic alert with brake support, a 360-degree Camera, Run-off Road protection and Pilot Assist.

Launching with the 2019 Volvo XC40 is a new model of car access called Care by Volvo, an all-inclusive, negotiating-free option that will be offered alongside traditional purchase and lease choices to facilitate getting your hands on a new Volvo. It will include maintenance, insurance and the opportunity to upgrade to a new car as early as 12 months, with more details to come at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

This article is presented by Lehman Volvo Cars. View original article here

Welcoming Mike Dugan to the Lehman Team

Mike Dugan joined the Lehman Volvo Cars of Mechanicsburg team earlier this month as a Sales Consultant.  Mike’s outgoing personality and selfless attitude makes him an excellent addition to the Lehman family!
With roughly 20 years of sales experience under his belt, Mike understands the importance of providing the highest level of customer service to his clients.  Mike began his automotive sales career in 2012, and is now returning after taking a 3 year hiatus in which he coached the varsity wrestling team at his son’s high school.  “There is nothing more important than family,” says Mike Dugan. “My son and I developed a special bond in those three years when I was the wrestling coach, and I wouldn’t trade those moments in for anything.” Mike’s son recently graduated high school and is currently serving his country in the U.S. Air Force active duty. 
Mike has always been a “car guy,” and admits that the P1800 is his all-time favorite Volvo.  He is excited to bring a genuine dedication to the Lehman Volvo Cars team and the Volvo brand. Outside of work, you can find Mike rooting for his favorite sports team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, or spending time with his wife of 16-years, daughter, son, and stepson. Mike is currently finishing his own college degree part-time.  
Contact Mike Dugan for all your automotive needs at or at 717-691-8400 x 223.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Jason's Journal: Which Octane Fuel to use in your Volvo

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

Jason's Journal: Which Octane Fuel to use in your Volvo 
Last month we talked about top tier fuels and how they benefit your Volvo (read last month's article here).  This month, we will discuss a question I hear quite often at the Service Desk.  "What is the correct octane fuel for my Volvo?"
         You've been looking at Volvo's website, browsing our dealerships inventory, studying and comparing each feature and option, and now you did it--you have purchased a new Volvo.  As you read through the owner’s manual (which we know everyone does!) you come across the section on fuel requirements.  It states “minimum 91 octane”.  So, what does that mean and why should you care?  Besides, why would you pay more for a higher-octane fuel when the less expensive options seem to work just fine?
         Let’s start out with what fuel octane rating is.  Octane rating is a measurement of the performance of fuel.  The higher the number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating.  This is important because in your Volvo's advanced turbo and/or supercharged engine, compression can be quite high. Using a lower octane fuel than what is recommended can cause engine knocking or pinging.  Engine knock would be most noticed under acceleration and is an audible sound.  The condition (engine knocking) is caused by pockets of fuel igniting during the engines compression stroke outside the normal time for ignition of the fuel to occur.  Engine knock causes many long term harmful effects as it increases heat inside the engine to extreme levels.  The extreme heat causes damage to the engine's spark plugs, intake and exhaust valves, pistons and other internal engine components, which can be very costly to repair.
      Short term effects of a lower octane fuel than what is recommended are low fuel economy and reduced engine performance.  No one wants that! So, saving a couple bucks on a fill up at the pump might not be saving you as much as you think.  Using the recommended octane fuel is the only way to ensure you get the performance and fuel economy your Volvo was designed to obtain. 
      If you have opted for one of the less spirited, yet still spectacular, Volvos which require a lower octane fuel, there are no real benefits to using higher-octane fuel. Use of a higher-octane fuel than recommended will not harm your Volvo, but the money you save using the correct fuel will allow you to purchase some great accessories for your new Volvo (view accessory specials here).  If you have any further questions please email me at

If you have questions regarding the recommended octane rating for your Volvo, please do not hesitate to contact our service and sales team at (717) 755-7676.