October 29th, 2015
At Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg, our staff and our shoppers have something very important in common: we all love to get behind the wheel! Whether it’s exploring local back roads or hitting the open highway, there’s nothing like seeing someplace new.
Of course, the itch to travel doesn’t always end there. From planes and trains to boats and cars, wanderlust often inspires us to seek out new places. Check out these jobs that are perfect for embracing that desire!
This one might seem obvious, but that’s only because it’s such a perfect fit! Document your travels for your own blog, or sell your pieces to a travel website to fund the next leg of your adventure.
Another great choice for travelers is photography. In addition to capturing your journey, you can sell to stock photography sites to replenish your funds. You can also work events like weddings, as long as you plan your route ahead of time. The digital age makes this career much more tangible for those who are always on the go!
From all-inclusive tropical resorts to ski lodges, the hospitality industry has many positions that are open to those with little or no experience, and even offers room and board much of the time. Many of these positions are also seasonal, giving you the perfect timeframe to kick off your next adventure.
Possibly the top choice for hardcore adventurers, the Peace Corp provides a great opportunity to travel the world while making a difference. These volunteer missions do require time commitments, though, so be sure not to dive in without doing your research first!
At the other end of the spectrum, watching over someone else’s home is perfect for housecats who are after a change of pace. Whether it’s around the corner or around the globe, the right environment can be the perfect change of pace.
Whatever vocation you have in mind, there are few things better than finding the perfect job that goes hand-in-hand with your wanderlust! If you’re looking to kick start your own adventure, then drop by Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg for a test drive to find the perfect vehicle for the road ahead!
October 27th, 2015
Whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty with a bit of DIY work or just want a better understanding of what goes on when you bring your vehicle to the shop, the experts at our Maryland Hyundai dealer are here to help you understand what goes into changing your brake pads.
Almost all of today’s cars have disc brakes on the front wheels, which are responsible for the bulk of the vehicle’s stopping power. In the rear, your car may have disc brakes or drum brakes. Today, we’ll be looking at disc brakes as they are more common and typically easier to change.
Whenever you work on a vehicle, safety is key. If you raise the vehicle off the ground, be sure to support the weight with an appropriately positioned jack stand; never let the jack alone support the vehicle. Also we sure to wear eye protection, ear protection, and gloves, as necessary.
When we perform brake work at our Maryland Hyundai service center, the car must be raised so that the wheels can be removed. When changing brakes, always finish one side before beginning the other. In addition to helping prevent an overflow of brake fluid, this also leaves one side assembled that you can use as a reference if necessary.
After removing the wheel, the caliper that houses the brake assembly is moved out of the way by removing the caliper pins or bolts. You should not remove the brake line for this – this is unnecessary and can create a world of new problems.
With the caliper removed, you can access the brake pads. Change them out one at a time, making sure that the new retaining clips and pads match up with the old ones. As you install the clips and pads, a graphite-based lubricant should be applied lightly where the two meet.
Before replacing the caliper, the piston must be compressed. At Pohanka Hyundai, we have a specialized tool to ensure the piston retracts smoothly. At home, you can typically achieve a similar result by laying a piece of wood against the piston and pushing it back with a C clamp. Be sure to watch the fluid reservoir while you do this, as fluid will be pushed back up the line. If the canister is going to overflow, carefully remove some with a turkey baster or dropper.
Once you replace the caliper, you’re ready to repeat the process on the other side. After a brake job, it’s always important to take a slow, controlled test drive and to stop carefully until you have a good feel for the new brakes.
If you’re ready for new brakes but aren’t the DIY type, our service center is open seven days a week; no need for an appointment, just bring it in! To learn more, or if you prefer to schedule an appointment, be sure to contact us online or to call the Pohanka Hyundai team at (301) 423-1100 today.
October 21st, 2015
When it comes to finding a true sports car to satisfy your cravings for spirited performance, you might think that you’d have to break the bank at the dealership. Thanks to Nissan, though, you’d be wrong.
The 2016 370Z at our Stafford area Nissan dealership is surprisingly attainable. What isn’t surprising, though, is the incredible performance that this coupe dishes out.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that the Nissan Z Car series has been shelling out impressive power for generations. Now, the latest take on the Z Car is living up to its reputation while also earning attention for its price tag. In fact, the 2016 Nissan 370Z recently found its way onto AutoGuide.com’s list of the Top 10 Affordable Rear-Wheel-Drive Cars.
Of course, there’s more to this model’s sporty handling than just its muscular rear-wheel drivetrain.
When you come by to see us for a test drive, it won’t take long to see that the 2016 Nissan 370Z brings Stafford area drivers an unprecedentedly powerful performance. It all starts under the hood with an impeccably engineered powertrain.
At its core, the 2016 370Z is built around a 3.7L V6. Churning out 332 horsepower, this engine delivers the spirited power that drivers crave. With Variable Valve Event and Lift technology, valve timing is continually tuned for optimum power output.
This beastly engine is matched with one of two transmission options. The first is a steadfast six-speed manual. For drivers who prefer automatic, a seven-speed automatic transmission offers smooth control, as well.
Whichever powertrain you choose, the end result is the same: a driving experience unlike any other. For more information on the brilliant 2016 Nissan 370Z, or to schedule a test drive with us, be sure to contact Pohanka Nissan of Fredericksburg online or to call our team at (540) 898-5200 today!