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Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“I was in this a.m. I wanted to compliment the 5 star service I received, and I will be back. Great crew, highly entertaining.”

-JT via e-mail-

Community Trunk or Treat in Meridian

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Are Your Wiper Blades Ready For Winter?

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Regularly changing your wiper blades is often a “back burner” item that is easily forgotten about, and it shouldn’t be. You don’t want to realize your wiper blades need replacing when it begins to rain. Suddenly, you can’t see out of your bug-smeared windshield, putting yourself and fellow motorists in danger.

“The most important thing about properly functioning wiper blades is visibility. Visibility is key to driving safely,” said Peter Bukaty, group brand manager for ITW Global Brands. “When you’re using your wiper blades, response time is critical because it’s either raining, sleeting or snowing. Your response time needs to be as quick as possible because your braking distance has increased due to the wet, icy or snowy roadway.”

Generally, wiper blades should be changed every six months to a year, or when you notice a decrease in visibility. Even the most dutiful motorists admit that remembering when to change their wiper blades can be a chore that easily falls by the wayside. As fall begins, don’t find yourself having to pick between the lesser of two evils, and check to see if you need new wiper blades.

Take the time to inspect for the following on your windshield wipers:

  • Broken frame
  • Metal corrosion
  • Visible cracks, tears and missing pieces
  • Squeegee flexibility
  • Security of all parts

“Some consumers naturally change their wiper blades as they start to winterize their car. Transitioning from summer into fall may cause you to think about changing your vehicle’s coolant and making sure the battery is working. It’s also a good time to change your windshield wipers,” Bukaty said.

UV rays and areas with high ozone levels are the predominant culprits of damaged wiper blades. These summertime effects are a good reason changing out your blades in the fall is a good idea.

“Exposure to UV rays and high ozone levels can cause the edge of the rubber to crack. Those small cracks can cause streaking on the windshield, because the blade isn’t getting good contact,” Bukaty said. “If you’re in an area that it doesn’t rain a lot, don’t think that your wiper blades don’t need replacement. Climates with hot, dry environments and a lot of ozone and sun exposure, degrade wiper blades faster than areas where it rains a lot.”

Inspecting and replacing your wiper blades requires a small amount of effort on your part in comparison to the big job they perform. When it’s time to change the clocks, bump changing your wiper blades up your priority list, too.


The above was written by Lauren Guthmann and was published by go.drive magazine 9/18/14.

Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“The boys were all very nice. I was pleasantly surprised at the extra services that came with the oil change. I was not expecting a complimentary drink and magazine option while they changed the oil. They were fast, cooperative, and the employee named CJ was especially courteous. Will definitely be going there for my next oil change.”

-Josh E. via Yelp-

Treasure Valley Fall Festivities

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The Farmstead – Home to Idaho’s original corn maze. Attractions include a pumpkin patch,  jumping pillow, pig races, cow train, hay rides, and the frightening Field of Screams.

Linder Farms – The official corn maze of the Boise State Broncos. Attractions include: barrel train rides, laser tag, a petting zoo, obstacle course,The Trail of Terror, and Zombie Acres, where you can help defend Idaho from zombie invasion.

Boo at the Zoo | Saturday, October 26– An annual Boise tradition, this year’s event at Zoo Boise is October 26th. Activities include: photos in the pumpkin patch, the bat toss, costumed characters handing out candy, face painting, and a costume contest. If you have young children,  check out Zoo Boise’s first annual Spooktacular, a merry-not-scary Halloween attraction. This tour features a variety of fun activities, animal encounters, and Halloween displays that cater to younger children.

Scarecrow Stroll 2014 – From September 16th – October 18th scarecrows can be found throughout the Idaho Botanical Garden. Vote for your favorite!

Frightened Felons – Enjoy a night of fright at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Attractions include: games, actors dressed up like convicts of old, and more. Family night is October 25th and October 26th is 21 and over night. 

Haunted World -The Northwest’s largest haunted area with three attractions, Haunted World, Skullvania, and a corn maze.