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.

The Student Guide to Car Maintenance

When you’re a student, taking care of your vehicle might not seem like a top priority – but it should be. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide to car maintenance that will help you stay o top of your vehicle’s care.

Keep track of your dashboard lights. Your dashboard lights are there for a reason – to let you know when there’s an issue with your vehicle. If your Check Engine light comes on, then you should bring your vehicle into the shop right away. For those lights that you’re not sure about, check your owner’s manual – it should have a guide to what each indicator means.

Check your tires. Your tires are essential to keeping you safe – after all, they’re the only thing between you and the road. Regularly check your tire pressure and make sure that the tread isn’t balding or wearing unevenly.

Don’t forget routine maintenance. Regular oil changes and tire rotations are necessary to keep your car running smoothly. Make sure you take your car in for its oil change on a regular basis, and have all your fluid levels checked while you’re at it.

Clean your car regularly. If dirt builds up over time, corrosion and rust can occur. That’s why it’s important to take your vehicle to the car wash regularly. Also, make sure you clean the inside, too. It will hold up much better over time if you do.

If you think there’s something wrong with your car, or you know it need maintenance, contact the service department at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

What Do these Warning Lights Mean?

If you have ever stressed out over a new warning light, we are here to help. Here are some of the most common indicators and what those warning lights mean.

Check Engine

Nearly everyone recognizes the dreaded Check Engine light. Depending on the light, it could be something as simple as a loose or missing gas cap to something much more catastrophic. If it’s a steady glow, then it’s not as serious and you can schedule a visit to the mechanic in the near future. If it’s flashing, it’s serious and you should stop right there and call a tow truck.

Coolant Temperature

When this light turns on, it means you engine is getting too hot. It could indicate low coolant, a coolant leak, problem with the radiator, or a broken fan.

Battery

This battery symbol means the voltage level has fallen below normal operating levels. Check your battery to make sure all cables are properly connected.

Oil Pressure

When you see a picture of an oil can, your vehicle has detected a loss in oil pressure. Don’t wait: you need to check your oil level as soon as possible. Driving your car with little to no oil can result in major engine damage.

Tire Pressure

If one or more of your tires is running low on air pressure, this light will turn on. When you see it, refill your tires with air as soon as you can.

Warning lights are never fun, but knowing what each one means will help you determine if it’s a car emergency or you just need a tune up. If you have any questions about warning lights or other systems, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac. We’ll be glad to answer any questions or help maintain your car.