Spring Car Maintenance Tips

After a long, chilly winter, you’re probably looking forward to enjoying a long springtime drive in the sunshine as you admire the blossoming foliage. Before you head out on your picturesque stroll, make sure you help your vehicle recover from winter with these spring car maintenance tips from the service team at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

  1. Check Your Battery: When temperatures change in time with the seasons, it can take a major toll on your vehicle’s battery. Bring your vehicle in to Courtesy so we can do a quick battery check-up before you end up stranded.
  • Change Wipers: Your wiper blades bear the brunt of wintery weather when you’re on the road, which is why it’s a good idea to replace them before you head into spring showers. Dry, cracked wiper blades from harsh winter temperatures won’t be much help when you need to maintain visibility during a downpour.
  • Get Your Oil Changed: Listen to your dad and finally get your car’s oil changed. Courtesy has expert GM Certified technicians that will change your filters, replenish your oil, and complete an in-depth inspection of your vehicle.

Call Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac today to schedule your spring car maintenance appointment so you can hit the road and leave winter’s worries behind you.

3 Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Your Chevrolet Vehicle in 2021

The past year has been a tough one for Ruston, Louisiana, but our community has remained strong and connected through this challenging time. Now that 2021 is almost here, it’s time to commit to making it a better year than 2020 was, both for yourself and for your car.

Start 2021 off right by making these New Year’s resolutions for your vehicle so it has a healthy, happy year too!

Schedule seasonal oil changes

Engine oil flushes and filter changes are vital for your vehicle’s health. This year, start scheduling oil changes every season as part of your car’s regular maintenance schedule. Don’t delay those oil changes for longer than the Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC technicians recommend.

Monitor and rotate the tires

It’s easy to neglect your car’s tires until a flat or puncture occurs. You can prevent those dangerous situations by checking the tread depth and air pressure every week. If either look low, bring your car in for service.

And when you’re having the engine oil changed, get the tires rotated too. That will also help slow their deterioration.

Never drive with depleted fluids

Your car has many fluids it uses to operate properly, and all those liquids should be filled up to their “fill” lines. This includes the wiper fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and power steering fluid. Look under the hood every month and refill them as needed.

It’s important that you follow a regular maintenance schedule for your car every year. That’s the best way to ensure your vehicle operates properly for years to come. Performing these three tasks is the best way to jump-start that maintenance, so contact Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC to schedule your first auto checkup of 2021.

Essential Spring Maintenance to Boost Your Car’s Health

Now that spring is here, it is time to do some spring cleaning. Along with airing out your house and getting rid of junk in the closet, you should do some spring maintenance on your car. Here are five spring service tips to get you started.

Wash your car

Starting with the roof, wash away all the dirt and road grime that has built-up over the winter. Don’t forget to clean the undercarriage.

Clean the interior

The first step in cleaning your car is to take everything out of it. Throw away any trash and only put essential items back inside. Vacuum your car, making sure to get in between crevices in the seats. Wipe down all the hard surfaces with cleaning wipes or spray.

Get new windshield wipers

You should replace your windshield wipers every 6-12 months. Over time, the rubber can dry and harden, and thus will not clean your windshield as well as they used to.

Catch up on maintenance

Schedule a service appointment with Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac to get your car back on track with maintenance. We can change the oil, check the filters, level off your fluids, and do any other maintenance your car might need.

Inspect your tires

Check the tires to make sure they are properly inflated, and the tread hasn’t worn down too thin.

Before you start your summer in Ruston, Louisiana, bring your car to Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC. A quick check-up can save you plenty of trouble.

Tips to Keep Your Car Clean and Organized

A clean car not only looks great, but it can actually have a longer life than one that’s neglected when it comes to cleanliness. Road debris like salt and grit can wreak havoc on your paint job, while a dirty interior can decrease your car’s resale value. Here are some tips to keep your car clean and organized and maintain its value.

Portable trash can. Trash in your car is inevitable, especially if you have kids or pets. With a portable trash can, you can throw away wrappers, receipts, and other junk on the road and empty it when you get home.

Dash duster. Your dash gets dusty easily, and if it’s black or grey it’s especially noticeable. Keep a microfiber duster in your door pocket or glove compartment to wipe away dust as soon as it settles.

Headrest hooks. You might keep you bags or purses on the passenger seat if you’re driving alone, but a sudden stop can send your belongings flying. Instead, buy a couple of headrest hooks and hang your bag on the seat next to you — or even behind you.

Wax. Your car’s exterior needs frequent washing to get rid of everyday dirt. Finishing up with a coat of wax will help protect your paint from fading and oxidation (i.e. rust). Try to apply wax once a month to keep your car exterior protected year-round.

When it comes time to trade in your car at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC, you’ll be glad you kept it in good condition.

Best Summer Car Care Tips for Warm Weather Driving

Summer is finally right around the corner! While car troubles are often associated with cooler winter weather in other parts of the country, summer heat offers its own array of problems for you and your vehicles. Thankfully, it’s easy to do some basic summer car care to get your vehicle ready for some fun in the sun.

Test battery

The last thing you want on a hot, humid summer day is a breakdown on the side of the road. One of the best ways to make sure you never get yourself in this situation is to test your car’s battery at the beginning of summer. It should hold a good charge and be free of excessive corrosion. If it’s not working properly, it’s best to replace it now before it is too late.

Change coolant mixture

In the summer, it’s all about staying cool. That’s why it’s so important to replace your vehicle’s coolant mixture before the warmest days of the year hit.

Monitor tires

As temperatures change outside, the air in your car’s tires naturally expands and contracts. Often, this leads to under-inflated tires, which, in turn, lead to poor performance on the road. So keep an eye on your vehicle’s tires as the season changes once again.

If your vehicle needs some help before summer really hits, contact us at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.