Are strange smells coming from your car’s air conditioner?

Are strange smells coming from your car's air conditioner? | Spirit Lake, IA

Temperatures are rising, so it’s time to turn on the AC again. If you notice odd smells coming from the air vent, it’s time to have your car’s air conditioning system checked as part of your maintenance routine.  

Foul Odors and Their Meanings

The smell of summer is in the air, but that doesn’t mean things are necessarily fragrant inside your car. Dirty filters, bacteria, and debris can all cause foul odors in the air conditioning system. Changing filters when you organize and tidy up your car is a good habit to get into.

Unwashed Socks

A sour smell can mean it is time to change the cabin air filter. The filter’s job is to trap dirt and debris and keep them from getting into the cabin, but they need to be changed periodically.

Dampness

A strong smell of mildew when you turn on the AC can mean that it is time to change the other air filter. The engine air filter also traps dust and debris and needs to be changed a couple of times a year, depending upon where you live and how much you drive.

Chemical Odor

If your AC is exuding a chemical smell, that can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as leaking refrigerant. Take your vehicle in for service if you smell something toxic.

Maple Syrup Smell

Maple syrup smells good on pancakes but it doesn’t belong in your car’s air conditioning. If you detect a sweet smell, it could be a sign of a leaky heater core, so get your vehicle into the dealership for a check-up.

Can’t find the source of that strange odor? Bring your vehicle to the service center at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, proudly serving Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, Iowa.

Jeep® Reveals the 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition

2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition | Spirit Lake, IA

For those looking for rugged adventures, Jeep® recently released details about its new midsize SUV that brings the ultimate power and performance. As the quickest, most powerful Wrangler model available, the new 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition makes it easier and better to enjoy the outdoors.

The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 offers legendary off-road capability with more power and more torque. The 4×4 SUV is the only Wrangler to come with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that generates an impressive 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and travel a quarter of a mile in just 13 seconds. Its exceptional capability means the Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 392 can traverse some of the toughest trails with dynamic maneuverability.

The special edition Wrangler has an aggressive stance that gives it a commanding presence. From its 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels and 33-inch mud-terrain tires to its dual exhaust with quad tailpipes, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a powerful look that mirrors its performance. Its elevated interior makes off-road adventures more comfortable. Features such as premium seat bolsters, custom bronze stitching, and embroidered black leather-trimmed seats deliver a refined touch to the Wrangler Rubicon 392. You can also enjoy the latest connectivity features, including a premium audio system and the Uconnect® 4C NAV with an 8.4-inch touch screen. If you want a rugged, refined ride, you can find the Wrangler at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake. We proudly serve Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, Iowa.

3 Easy Garage Cleaning Tips for Every Season

Garage Cleaning Tips | Spirit Lake, IA

As you emerge from the depths of winter, it’s likely that your garage is cluttered and in need of some organizing. When you start your spring cleaning, here are some tips on how to tidy up your garage.

Sort through your items

As you sort your way through your garage, decide whether some items are worth keeping. If you come across some items you no longer have a use for, you can sell them or donate them. If you’re not sure whether you want to toss something, think about whether you’ve used it recently.

Use storage tools

Keep your garage organized with some storage solutions so you can easily find any tools or equipment you need. Invest in some hooks to hang larger items, such as bikes or kayaks. If your family is big into sports, mesh bags are great places to keep balls. Other storage solutions include pegboards for smaller items such as tools or a metal trash bin for animal food and gardening equipment.

Clean the floor

Your garage floor has been subject to all sorts of fluids, dirt, and snow, especially through the winter. Freshen up your garage for the spring by giving your floor a nice wash. Clay kitty litter is great for soaking up car fluids, and you can scrub the floor with degreasing soap and rinse it clean.

If you find that your car is leaking fluids often, bring your car into Motor Inn of Spirit Lake for routine checkups and maintenance. We proudly serve drivers in the Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona areas.

Ram 1500 TRX Receives 2021 Pickup Truck of the Year Award

Ram 1500 Receives Pick Up Of The Year Award | Spirit Lake, IA

The editors at Four Wheeler magazine announced the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX as the 2021 Pickup Truck of the Year. This accolade recognizes the off-road truck’s powerful capability and durability.

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is known as the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world,” and with good reason. The editors at Four Wheeler tested the Ram 1500 TRX over various terrains, including sand, snow, and even a loose-dirt hill climb, for 1,000 miles. Even night drives were conducted to test the off-road truck’s lighting.

Four Wheeler Editor Ken Brubaker called the Ram 1500 TRX the total package, noting its suspension and muscular stance. Sean P. Holman, Content Director of Truck & Off-Road Group commended the Ram 1500 TRX for its impressive towing capability and luxurious interior. With a supercharged HEMI V8 engine, the Ram 1500 TRX generates 702 horsepower and can reach 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The truck effortlessly traverses challenging terrains, especially since it has 11.8 inches of ground clearance.

Now in its 32nd year, the 2021 Pickup Truck of the Year award is chosen by staff members at Four Wheeler magazine, journalists at 4-Wheel & Off-Road, and JP Magazine. 

You can find a brand-new RAM 1500 at Motor in of Spirit Lake. We proudly serve Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, IA

Chevy Models Make Best Diesel Pickup Trucks List for 2021

Best Chevy Diesel Pickup Trucks | Spirit Lake, IA

U.S. News & World Report recently announced its list of the 11 Best Diesel Pickup Trucks of 2021. With the 2021 Silverado 1500, 2021 Silverado HD, and 2021 Colorado making top spots on the list, Chevrolet is making a statement with its trailering capabilities and advanced technologies. 

The 2021 Silverado 1500 features a new Multi-Flex Tailgate that includes six functions for loading and unloading cargo. With an available Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 cranks out 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque and offers an increased maximum towing capacity of 9,500 pounds. New trailering technologies are also available on the Silverado 1500, such as Trailer Length Indicator and Jack-Knife Alert.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD shares new trailering technologies with the 2021 Silverado 1500 and has a best-in-class maximum tow rating of 36,000 pounds. The 2021 Silverado HD features a Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine that provides 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. The heavy-duty truck also has new special edition options, such as the Midnight Edition and Z71 Sport Edition.

U.S. News praised the 2021 Colorado’s Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System, which has a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The 2021 Colorado has an available Duramax 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel four-cylinder engine that provides 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and tows up to 7,700 pounds.

You can find these tough, efficient trucks at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake. We’re proud to serve Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, IA.