Fall Service Tips for Your Vehicle

As we move into the autumn months and the weather begins to change in North Louisiana, it’s a great time to catch up on service for your vehicle. Here are just a few of the things we can take care of for you this fall here at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston.

Check the headlights

As the days get shorter and the sun sets earlier, you’ll be relying more on your vehicle’s headlights and other lights. Take a few minutes to make sure all of your vehicle’s exterior lights are working properly. If any bulbs are burnt out, the Courtesy service department is here to replace them.

Monitor the battery

After a long, hot summer, it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is still in good shape. Here at Courtesy, we’ll be happy to check whether it’s still holding a charge the way it should. If necessary, we can also install a new battery for you.

Replace your windshield wipers

Have you replaced your vehicle’s windshield wipers recently? It’s a good idea to do this at least once a year, and fall is the perfect time. If your wipers are leaving streaks on the glass or starting to fall apart, it’s especially important to get new ones.

At Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC, we look forward to helping you this fall with these maintenance tasks — or anything else your vehicle needs to run smoothly and look great!

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.

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.

Spring Service Tips

Every season your car deserves some attention. Help your vehicle recover from winter and get ready for the spring with these seasonal service tips.

Wash and Wax

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. 

Wiper Blades

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 visibility.

Check Tire Pressure

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.

Look 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.