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.
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.
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
When it comes time to trade in your car at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC, you’ll be glad you kept it in good condition.
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.
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.
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.
Every season your car deserves some attention. Help your vehicle recover from winter and get ready for the spring with these seasonal service tips.
Spring is a good time to give your car a
thorough cleaning, whether or not you’ve driven on salted roads. Makes sure to
spray the undercarriage as well, because any salt or debris caught under there
can cause corrosion issues. Once washed, apply a coat of wax to give your car a
beautiful shine and a protective coat.
Spring showers mean poor visibility. Get
prepared to drive in wet conditions by changing your car’s wiper blades.
Getting new blades is easy and inexpensive, and will make a huge difference in
Low temperatures can cause the air pressure in
your car’s tires to fluctuate. At the end of the colder season, it’s important
to check the pressure in your car’s tires. While you’re at it, examine the
tires to make sure there are no signs of damage, like bulges or cracks.
Under the Hood
Spring is a good time to look under your car’s
hood, checking for any signs of wear and tear.
If you don’t feel comfortable with DIY service, bring your car into Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and let our team of professionals ensure that your vehicle is fit for a safe and efficient spring and summer.