Salvage Yards in a Whole New Light

     What words come to mind when you think of a salvage yard. The common words that pop up are dirty, junky, garbage, rubbish, and so forth. Most people think that salvage yards are places that you send your dying car or unwanted scrap, but people are very wrong. Yes, you can send your junked cars and unwanted parts, but R. H. Willson takes that metal and turns it into a recyclable profit. The salvage industry has changed since the first time my grandfather open it’s doors in 1954. The business still sells parts, but the business does so much more. We take all the metal that would originally just rot in your ground and recycle it. We drain all the fluids out of our cars some examples would be the gas and oil. We reuse the gas in other cars to get around the business, and we take the oil and reuse it to heat the building that we work in. There are so many other attributes about the business that most people would not be aware of. I am going to write a post at the end of each month to open people’s eyes about how beneficial salvage yards actually are. I grew up at R.H. Willson, and it has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye.

written by: Jayne Valle Lara

Green Your Spring Cleaning

MARCH GREEN TIPS

Green Laundry Soap

” Green Tips ” are simple steps you can take today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional tips over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Buy green cleaners at your local natural foods store or via mail order or the Internet.

Make your own cleaners. To avoid toxic chemicals, consider making your own cleaners. Household items like baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, and club soda, can be combined to clean everything from carpets to toilet bowls.

Use old clothing and sheets for dusting and cleaning rags, rather than paper towels.

Install a clotheslinin your backyard or basement, and let your clothes dry naturally.

Avoid cleaners that contain phosphates as a water softener. Phosphates appear in a number of cleaners such as some dishwashing liquids and promote rapid algae growth which pollutes the water supply.

If you use mothballs, consider replacing them with a more natural alternative. Try cheesecloth-wrapped cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, or whole cloves.

Eliminate the need for chemical fabric softeners by adding ¼ cup of vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle.

Let your houseplants do the cleaning! Some houseplants—such as Boston ferns, English ivy, rubber plants, and peace lilies—can help clean your indoor air by absorbing toxic chemicals.

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Shine some light on your broken tail-light

We’ve all had those days when the last thing we need is something breaking, especially an essential part of your car! You need not worry, we’ve found some great tips and tricks to help you decide how to fix that pesky broken tail-light. If you plan on doing it yourself, we’ve got you covered.

 

DIY

Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes

  • First you are going to need a list of appropriate tools: sockets, wrenches, a screwdriver, a ratchet wrench, and potentially other elements, depending on your vehicle’s condition, make, model, etc. Also gloves can come in handy.
  • Go into the cargo/trunk space and remove the cover over the tail-light and turn signal. Once that cover is removed you can then safely and carefully remove the bulb. Be cautious of broken glass and be careful that the bulb is not too hot to touch.
  •  You can remove the cover by either twisting it off or using a wrench or screwdriver.
  • After replacing the new tail-light test it to see if it works.
  • Refer to your car’s handbook for any needed instructions

You can find used tail-lights at R.H. Willson-Used Auto Parts, where our employees will be more than willing to lend a helping hand.

Escape the Stress of Brake Failures

One of the most important components of a vehicle (at least in my opinion) is the brakes. Sure a car radio seems vital on your commute to work, but your brakes are the only thing standing in between you colliding with that giant truck in front of you. It’s a vital part of your car and just like the rest of your car it needs maintenance  Just the thought of a brake failure causes immense anxiety but with the right knowledge any one can avoid it. Just by keeping an ear out (literally) for automotive disrepair can help avoid some of the cringe-worthy damage that can be caused to both your car and your wallet. We’ve all heard that tell tale squeak of brakes being applied and that can be indicator number one to a worn out brake-pad. Every-time we step on the brakes, pressure is applied to the brake-pad, resulting in wear and tear to the brake-pads.

We found this great Graphic via How Stuff Works!

We found this great Graphic via How Stuff Works!

To ensure safety to both you and fellow drivers out there, head to your local Auto Repair shop and have your brakes checked out. Signs of an impending brake failure are; your car begins to glide to a stop and a squealing noise when pressure is applied to the brakes. You can avoid sky-high costs by going to the your local auto repair shop as soon as you see these signs. By using  used auto parts you can also cut costs without cutting quality. Keeping these tips in mind will not only make you knowledgeable but also might prevent you from being in an undesirable situation!