Summer is gone and fall has arrived, which means it’s time to take care of your car’s regular maintenance! Take the time to ensure your vehicle is up and running smoothly, especially before winter arrives—the cold weather will only make problems worse. If you aren’t sure what to do, here are some proper fall car care tips from us here at 171 Nissan.
- Oil – There’s a reason oil usually makes it onto car care lists. Oil plays three major, crucial roles in your engine, which is why it’s important to keep up with proper maintenance. Check your owner’s manual to see when your car needs an oil change. Old oil won’t perform as well as the weather grows colder and that can cause major problems.
- Engine – Speaking of the engine, have any problems like rough idling, stalling, and hard starts, address it immediately. Doing so will save you a bundle of money and a good amount of headaches as it gets later in the year.
- Lights – Fall and, subsequently, winter are a good time to address your headlights. Replace any burnt-out bulbs, clean the lenses, and inspect areas around the lights for chips, cracks, dents, or other possible problems. You’ll be glad you did!
We might not have had a winter as bad as our friends to the North, but our cars certainly weren’t immune to some of winter’s automotive punishments. Regardless of how you think your car is faring as we head into spring, it’s important to take the time for some spring car maintenance to make sure it’s in tip-top condition for that coveted arm-out-the-window, hair-blowing-in-the-breeze driving. We at 171 Nissan have some great spring car maintenance tips to make that happen.
- Replace your windshield wiper blades. These babies actually need to be replaced about twice a year. Now is as good a time as ever, since spring is traditionally the rainiest of seasons. You won’t want streaks across your windshield during a big storm.
- Clean the engine air filter. People often forget to clean this part of their car, but you should be doing this once or twice a year as well.
- Change the oil and top off fluids. Depending on how much you drive, you’ll need to change your oil about two or three times a year. The rule of thumb is between every 3,000 and 5,000 miles. If you aren’t comfortable changing your oil and topping off your fluids, our service department is more than happy to help!
- Check batteries, plug, and wires. Take a look under the hood to make sure these components are all in order, as cold weather can have negative effects. If your battery is more than a few years old, or if you’ve noticed that your car is having trouble starting right away, you may want to have it tested and replaced if necessary.
- Check your tire tread and pressure. If you don’t have a tire pressure monitoring function built into your vehicle, be sure to reference the inside of your door to determine your car’s proper tire pressure and check to be sure your tires are filled correctly. (Often, after winter, you’ll need to add some pressure to your tires.) To check the tread of your tires, grab a penny and place the edge into the tread of each tire. If no part of Mr. Lincoln’s is covered by the tread, you’ll probably need to invest in some new tires.
- Check wheel alignment. Potholes can be nasty foes of wheel alignment. If your car veers off to one side more than the other, you might need to have your alignment checked. Not doing so could cause your tires to wear out prematurely.
- Check your lights. Make sure no lights are in need of replacement bulbs. This includes inside lights, as well as all lights on the outside.
And while you’re performing routine spring car maintenance on your vehicle, you might consider a bit of spring cleaning for your car if it’s getting particularly cluttered!
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