Questions Asked and FYI and More!
With the rains we have had and will have in the future - sunroofs can make you frown. The newer sunroofs today no longer have a pan where water can build up and drain. The newer sunroofs have trofts that take the water to the drain hoses to drain- they are not very large so an abondence of water could get you wet.
So sunroof maintance is very important!
- Clean your sunroof glass and gasket regularly with mild soap and water.
- Condition your sunroof seal after cleaning to keep it soft.
- Check your sunroof while it is open to make sure any debries have not made its way into your track system or front drain hoses.
- Your front drain hoses should be checked once a month by putting a glass of water by the front drain hose and make sure the water is coming out by your tire - if not your drain tubes are cloged and need to be serviced (there are actually four drain hoses two of them you will need to have your headliner dropped to get to them)
- If your sunroof seems stuck it probly is- a rock, leaf or forgien object could be jamed in your sunroof tracks -
- Also, spray lubricant in your sunroof tracks to keep them working smoothly at least twice a year..
With these tips you could save yourself a heafty amount in repairs...
Now with that said Go out and Enjoy your sunroof !!!!
Now is the time to replace that worn, shrunk SUV Top and door pieces. With the colder weather coming, it is wise to replace your sport utlity top now- when these tops are worn and shrink up - they become more brittle in the upcoming months.
You will be surprised at how good your vehicle will look after we install that new top- and how much clearer the back window and sides are to see through.
We also carry the cleaners and protectors for your Jeep Wranger Tops - to keep them protected in the coming months. Even Plastic cleaner to keep them clear and protected
And lets not forget about seat heaters for your Jeep Wrangler-- with the soft top it does stay a little cooler inside- Seat Heaters are the perfect companion for your Jeep Wrangler
Well, my daughter brough over some Windex with vinigear. WOW cleans really well. No streaking - very clean windows so well it doesn't even look like there is anything there. Actually works better than other Windex cleaners. This one is a keeper.
Wow, I really can't believe 23 years have gone by. this Month marks our 23 years in business. It has been an up and down road but has been well worth it. Being able to have our own business made it flexible for me to take care of my children.
By word of mouth our business has flurished and we would like to take this time to thank all of our wonderful customers by letting us work on their wonderful cars.
Well, retirement is still way out there (LOL) I still have the passion for inteirors, and the old classics--- they can try to re re invent them but it is just not the same. Or who can not resist the sound of a Ford Mustang going down Rt30?
Still sends chills down my spine..... I hope to see lots more classics and muscle cars in our future-- and also cars that just need some loving care to their inteirors to bring them back to new again...
Thank you all
Sueann & Danny Blackwell
Should a convertible top be stored down?
No. Convertible tops should be closed - If left down wear and tear can show on the sides plus they will shrink if left down for long periods of time- you may not be able to get them closed.
My convertible top has shrunk! The material on my backgass is peeling away?
Unfortunately once a convertible to has shrunk - there is now way to get it back to new position. Once the stitching has come undone or your rear window starts to delaminate it is time for a replacement. Tops are not made to last forever. With weather, sun, rain it all takes its tole on your convertible top. You can extend the life of your top by putting the right protectors on you top. But on average you will be looking to replace a top every 7 to 10 years on avg- and how it is taken care of.
In today's economy we know the importance of offering a less expesive alternative for replacement. We know offer a one piece top with vinyl window for the below vehicles:
BMW/Z3 - 96-02
CAMARO - 94-02
CHRYSLER SEBRING - 96-06
MIATA MX5 - 89-05
Call us today for more information
Watching all these Holiday Car Commercials I wonder who could really afford to buy a new for Christmas. Really can't afford that new car but your just board or wish your car's interior looked better? Really can't see spending $450 per month for the next 72 months? For less than a down payment Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling can make your car or truck's interior look new again.
- Replace sagging or dirty headliners
- Replace your floor carpet and add Custom Floor mats
- Upgrade to Leather seats with seat heaters
- Custom Seat Covers in Fabric/Vinyl/Sheepsking (these don't move)
- Clean up your door panels and Clean your Interior
- Accessories, window deflectors, tinting, running boards, chrome and woodgrain
We can make your car's interior look new again - giving you that great feeling a fraction of the new car price.
Come see us this Holiday Season- We can save you some money and you won't go into debt.
Check out our special on Aquapel and Wipers Blades! www.mgtglass.com/Winter-Special-merrillville-auto-glass---restyling.html
We have our Hoiliday Wish Books in stock now - They are great - they even have a place to write down your wishes - Stop by and pick up your's now! Don't wait till the last minute for purchasing automotive accesories- you want to make sure we can get them before the Holidays. Also , Gift Certificates are available too!
I had a windshield installed. Took 3 hrs. I had lunch at the restaurant on the next property. Was all fine. My issue is that the rubber weatherstripping came loose and was flapping around. I had to pull off the hiway and tape it up. They used hardly any sealant. I wanted to make sure it was done right, so I just got a tube of RTV sealant and put it in myself. Is now in excellent shape.
Found this review online. I wish this customer would have brought his vehicle in for us to repair his rubber molding. His molding were installed at the manufacture and sometime wrap around the glass. When he mention that we use hardley any sealant in his eyes. You only lay one 5/16 high tranagular bead of Urethane- which is applied to the pinchweld of the vehicle- it should only touch the glass to make a secure bond to body and glass. RTV should never be used on windshelds. Exspecially one that has just been installed. (depending on weather conditions it could take two weeks for the urethane to fully dry) It is a silcone product, which can contaminate the urethane bond to body and windshield and falure could occur. (it has a slick property to it) SDAT defines the amount of time that your car
Safe Drive A Way Times- Why it takes 3 hours:
The Vehicle is required to remain out of service until the autoglass part installed can properly operate as a safetydevice.
Cars with passenger side airbags require either more time or a faster acting auto glass adhesive to reach Safe Drive Away Time because of the additional strength necessary to support the deployment of the passenger side airbag. By adhering to the auto glass adhesive manufacturer's Safe Drive Away Time calculations, FMVSS requirements are met and your car is safe to drive.
No vehicle should be drivin at least one hour- And all recommend limt vehicle use the first 24 hours .
So, PLEASE if you have any questions about your windshield repalcement - whether we do the install or not - feel free to give us a call-- we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Yes, again it is Fall, and time to think about getting your vehilcle, boat and motorcycle ready for the comming months. We have a new shipment of 303 Products in Stock including the new 303 Speed Detailer - Patio Fabric and protector cleaners, Katzkin Leather Cleaner and conditioners for your Leather Seats - a must with the upcomming cold weather. We also have wiper blades and Aquapel Windshield Treatments for greater visabilty. Now is a great time for you to bring in your Cloth Convertible tops also. We can clean and install protectors to keep it newer longer and to make sure your top is water protected.
Don't wait too long - Keep your car's interior and top looking new longer
Well, yes Autum begins Sept 23rd. Ugh... but we do have 303 Ptio Funiture care Kits- get it clened before you put it away. Now get everything you need to clean, restore and protect your valuable Outdoor Patio Funiture in one kit, 303 has assembled this sampler kit for people who are seious about protecting their investments, Includes 2oz bottlesof each of:
303 Patir Funiture Cleaner
303 Patio Funiture Protectant
303 Fabric Cleaner
303 High Tech fabric Guard
All for $9.95
In Stock NOW!!
We have been working on our facebook page and on it you will find cars in progress and our latest finished work- Sales we are having - Special from our Vendors and more- So Like us on Facebook and keep up with all the vehicles we are working on - Even keep up on the progress of your car online at Facebook.
My Daughter informed me (she is a Pharmacy Technician) That Target Pharmacy can fill your pet meds.
Just ask your Veternarian for the perscription - What kind of saving you ask?
Well here is an example:
Cephalexin 250 mg at the Vet's $16.25 at Target $4.00 Savings of $12.25
Cephalexin 500mg at the Vet's $17.00 at Target $4.00 Savings of $13.00
Total Savings of $25.25
You don’t have to remove the pet to remove pet odor. Fresh Wave® Pet Shampoo is a natural, non-toxic way to clean and deodorize your pet’s hair and fur. Not only does Fresh Wave Pet Shampoo remove pet odor, it removes the nasty odors pets get into, even skunk. - Give Fido a bath this weekend and they will be smelling fresh and deodorized naturally. Stop by $13.99
Lots of questions about convertible tops last month about leaking and drips.
1. Convertible top replacements do not come with new weather strips.
On most convertible tops - we do not have to take all the weather strips off to install a new top. They may not line up exactly where the old top let them. Your new top will be tighter than your old one (hence the break in period needed.) Your convertible top weather strips should be cleaned twice a year- and can be adjusted back and forth to properly align them together. Remember, your old weather strips could be compressed and flatted from your old top - so they may not be hitting glass and body like they should.
A top is basically a "skin" that goes over your existing frame and attaches in the rear and front- the sides are kept down by side cables. But remember if your car is a '98 - your weather strips, frame and components are 14 years old.
If you have had a new convertible top install and are having leakage problems you will need to have your convertible top weatherstrips replaced.
With that said - We would always recommend replacing ;
* Convertible top
* Rear curtain
* Side Cables
* Rear Cables (if applicable)
* Pads Front
* Pads Rear if applicable)
* Well (some cars)
* Complete Convertible top weather strips
* Framing components that could be worn
* Latch handles - they get worn and sometime also stretch.
The cost to do a complete Convertible top replacement with extra's could put it to the $2,000 range but replacing all the component on the frame with new will bring your top to top notch status.
See our convertible top page for more information on tops and care and cleaning