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A New Member of the Rainforest Family


The latest addition to our Rainforest Car Wash family is now open in Brunswick. It is more than twice the size of our Cleveland Heights location, and has been fitted with state-of-the-art technology both inside and out. For details:

3365 Center Road
Brunswick, OH
rfwash.com
330-590-3494
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Winter Driving Tips

by Duncan Shaw
 

As Clevelanders, we like to think we have this ‘winter’ thing down to a science. But it’s never a bad idea to brush up on safe winter driving habits. Here are some tips we’ve come across to keep the stress out of winter driving.

 
  • Stay on top of all vehicle maintenance. Pulling a broken down car to the side of the road is enough of a problem in fair weather. Don’t put yourself at risk by putting off scheduled maintenance.

  • Make sure to sure to check your tire pressure. For every ten degrees, your…

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Early Christmas: Toyota Takes Home 12 Safety Awards

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 23, 2014 — On the 12th day of Christmas, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave to Toyota, 12 awards praising to go with all of the drummers, partridges, and geese.. In fact, the automaker won more awards than any other automaker.
 
In all, eight Toyota and Lexus vehicles earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating. IIHS in particular recognized the Prius V for its significantly improved performance all-around in the small overlap crash test – naming it a Top Safety Pick+. The Toyota Sienna was also the only minivan awarded the 2015 Top Safety Pick + designation.  IIHS also…
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Tech Talk: Suspension and Handling

Knowing terms that your technician uses can help you accurately describe what's happening with your vehicle. Below is a selection of common terms relating to how your vehicle handles:

Bottoming Out - Suspension moves to extreme end of travel and hits compression bumper. Felt as heavy thud when going over bumps or potholes. Indicates shock wear.

Brakes fade - Stopping action seems to decrease, causing longer braking distance, similar to braking from high speeds. Indicates hot or wet brakes. Allow to dry or cool.

Excessive play in steering - Steering wheel must be turned unusually far in order to turn the car…

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Safe Driving: Road Trip Tips

Follow these tips, get prepared, and stay safe during those long hours behind the wheel this holiday season:

• Prepare your vehicle. Make sure it is maintained and in good shape. Check your tire pressure, oil, and coolant.


• Be prepared for winter driving. Carry a snow scraper and brush, a flashlight, blankets, booster cables, and a shovel, and make sure that you have flares or emergency triangles.


• Check on road conditions and weather in advance. You may also want to try the Federal Highway Administration's site for traffic information and links to other traffic sites. Check the weather forecast before…

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How to Make the Most out of Gas

Below are a few recommendations from the EPA which estimate you could improve your fuel economy and save up to $690.56 in one year, based on a 16-gallon fuel tank that is re-filled once a week:

•    Regular tune-ups / emissions tests: up to 60 cents per gallon 
•    Replacing air filters regularly: up to 15 cents per gallon 
•    Properly-inflated tires: up to 5 cents per gallon 
•    Total potential savings: up to 83 cents per gallon
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Tech Talk: 30k Services


As Toyota vehicles have evolved to require less maintenance, tune-ups have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Today, maintenance services typically fall into 2 groups - minor (typically an oil change and/or tire rotation) and major. Major services fall at intervals of 30,000 miles, which is why we sometimes call them 'K Services' or '30K Services'.

A 30K service typically consists of the following, and runs between $130 and $140 (before any coupons that may be on our website), depending upon whether your vehicle requires conventional or synthetic oil:
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels
  • Replace cabin air filter…
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Tech Talk: Top 10 Car Care Tips


One of the things that make Toyota vehicles so popular is their longevity. Here in the shop, we frequently see vehicles with 100,00 or 200,000 miles under their fan belts (sorry - couldn't resist). The secret? I'm glad you asked...
 
  1. Check and change the oil. No single step will help an engine last more than regular oil and filter changes will. Conversely, nothing will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes.
  2. Flush the cooling system and change coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the…
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Special Editions are Back!

Toyota’s Camry sedan and Corolla (the world’s best-selling car of all-time), will add some extra summer sizzle with Special Editions for the 2016 model year.  Both models are expected to arrive in mid-August.

When redesigning the Camry for 2015, Toyota went bumper to bumper and floor to roof, changing or re-engineering nearly 2,000 parts. Only the roof remained unchanged. Based on the youthful Camry SE, the limited production Camry will add sporty interior and exterior features.

Corolla will launch of the 2016 Corolla Special Edition.  Sporty styling features inside and out complement steering wheel paddle shifters, rear…
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Tech Talk: Maintenance Tips to Help You $ave


Today’s vehicles are pretty easy to take care of. Rotate the tires, get regular oil changes, and you’re mostly good to go. Both of those tasks also help create a more fuel efficient car. But if you really want to maximize your dollars at the gas pump, here are 3 lesser-known maintenance tips that people tend to overlook:

1. Use the right oil. Whether you take your car for an oil change or you change it yourself, use the grade of motor oil recommended in your owner’s manual. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine…
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