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Holiday Road Trip Checklist Credits: Maplewood Meineke
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With the holiday season upon us, ensure a safe and trouble-free holiday road trip by inspecting your family sleigh using Maplewood Meineke's Road Trip Checklist before you hit the road.  If you're unsure how to do-it-yourself, bring it to Maplewood Meineke

With every Preferred Oil Change we will check many of these things for free, plus, if you give us your email with the Preferred Oil Change you receive 4 Months FREE Roadside Assistance! Come in today and get yourself road ready for the holidays.
 

Tires: Check tire pressure and tread wear. Improperly inflated tires can cause unsafe handling and braking. Also consider all season snow tires if you're likely to encounter a winter storm on your travels. 

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Battery: At 0° F, your battery has only half of the cranking power it has at 80 degrees. And all batteries lose strength as they age, so don’t take any chances. Ensure the battery cable connections are tight, and the terminals are free from corrosion. If the battery is more than 3 years old, it's a good idea to have it tested to determine how much life it has left. We will check yours for free and recommend a new battery if it need replacing.

Fluids: Checking these six fluid levels before leaving home for the holidays can save you stress and repair bills. In no particular order, check the:

  • windshield wiper fluid.
  • oil level
  • transmission fluid
  • car's coolant (antifreeze) level
  • brake fluid
  • power-steering fluid

Belts and Hoses: Also take a look at the belts and hoses and look for any signs of cracking. A failure there can leave you stranded without warning.

Wiper Blades: Eventually, the rubber blades of your windshield wipers will begin to degrade. When that happens, it’s time for new ones. Don’t forget the rear wiper blade for wagons, minivans and SUVs. Cleaning your glass and side mirrors before traveling is also wise. Good visibility improves safety.

Lights: With a friend, walk around your vehicle and be sure your headlights, high beams, front parking lamps and front turn signals, taillights and rear turn signals, brake lights (including center-mounted brake light), reverse lights and license plate lights are all functional. 

Brake Inspection: Brakes are essential to safety, so it’s wise to be sure they’re in good condition.  With every Preferred Oil Change will we check your brakes for free.

Prepare an emergency kit: Keep a well-stocked emergency kit inside the vehicle. This kit should include: a flashlight, blanket, first aid supplies, common tools and emergency flares, cell phone and charger, jumper cables, extra water and snacks. Be sure to have a spare tire on hand as well as a tire jack. 

Call us at 973-762-2525 or come in today to look over your car and we can have you ready for your holiday road trip!

Worried about car maintenance costs? Come in and apply for a Meineke credit card and have ZERO interest for the first 6 months! No payments till after New Years and it only takes minutes to apply.

Maplewood Meineke is located at 1796 Springfield Avenue (corner of Rutgers & Springfield Ave) in Maplewood, NJ

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 20, 2018

April 5 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Extra Supermarket on Irvington Ave on a reported shoplifter. Jean Legerme, age 21 of Newark was detained by security for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items. He was arrested, taken into custody and later released after being charged on a summons.

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South Orange Police Blotter - Theft and Burglary Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 19

Theft - An East Orange resident reported that on Tuesday, April 17, at approximately 9:20 a.m., actor(s) unknown stole some tools from a construction site on Valley Street. The stolen tools, valued at over $500.00 were a Makita brand drill set and electrical saw.

Burglary to Auto - An Irvington resident reported that on Thursday, April ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

April 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

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Essex County Announces Partnership with Nine Local Charitable Organizations

April 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County will participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and ...

Kiburi Tucker Sentenced to 38 Months in Federal Prison

NEWARK, NJ - Kiburi Tucker, a longtime friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the business partner of a Newark woman who admitted to tax evasion last year, was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion, federal authorities announced. 

Kiburi D. Tucker, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty in November before Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares after ...

Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

April 21, 2018

FLORENCE, NJ – There is a widely unknown problem in schools all over America: a stigma among many children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Rather than face the peer pressure of receiving breakfast or lunch through this federal program, many choose to remain hungry.

To help eliminate the practice, Amazon has partnered with Share our Strength’s “No Kid ...

Endangered Bog Turtle Plods Through Senate Towards Official Designation as State Reptile

TRENTON, NJ - The endangered bog turtle is one step closer to being designated New Jersey's official state reptile, following State Senate approval of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, joined ...

Class Act Performing Arts Studio presents "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at SOPAC

April 22, 2018

Class Act Performing Arts Studio’s senior Musical Theatre Company members will perform “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Thursday, May 10th , 2018 through Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Set in 19th-century London, this thrilling musical tells the story of barber Benjamin Barker, now known by his alias, Sweeney Todd, and his ...

Author Visit: Peter Golden at Millburn Library

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to welcome acclaimed journalist, novelist, and historian Peter Golden on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7:00pm, to discuss his new book, Nothing is Forgotten.

Featuring Peter Golden’s signature “vivid characters and strong storytelling” (The Washington Post), Nothing Is Forgotten changes our understanding of the ...

South Orange Fencer and Origin Athlete Victoria Pevzner Captures Silver Medal in Poland

11 year-old fencer Victoria Pevzner placed second in the U-13 Girls’ Foil event at 2018 Challenge Wratislavia, an international youth fencing tournament in Wroclaw, Poland, March 22-26, 2018.

The 13 year-old and under’ girls foil event included over 180 competitors from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and ...