I don’t know about you but after the winter months my car needs a serious deep cleaning. With all the salt that gets in my floor mats, I think that I could salt a small road. Not including all the rain that we have had lately, there is mud on top of all that. I wanted to give you a few tips to help with the season’s transition.
A few weeks ago Jack Maxton Chevrolet posted a link on Facebook called “What’s that smell?” This was inquiring about the smell that comes out of your vent when you turn on you’re A/C for the first time this year. If you smell something that resembles mold or mildew this is something that needs immediate attention. Luckily it is an easy fix; just have one of our certified techs do an A/C odor removal service.
Do you hear a squeal or a squeak coming from your car? The most common conversation for a tech to have with a customer is them explaining what kind of noise their car is making. Although as a customer you may know it is coming from the front or back, most times the sound is just an annoyance to your busy morning. When you are in for your routine oil change make sure you ask your tech to check filters, hoses and belts. Spotting one before it fails will keep you in the black and save on grief. No one likes to be the one at the stop light with the irritating, loud squeal.
With raising gas prices, you want to make sure your tires are not underinflated or overinflated. You want them inflated to the proper pressure. Tires lose about one psi of air pressure per month, underinflated by 2 psi could reduce fuel economy by 1%. While getting your tires pumped up make sure you check that there are no nails, cracks or abnormalities in your tires. You can also do the good old penny test to check your tires.
I’m sure by now if you live in Ohio you already know if your wiper blades work, but note that your wipers should be changed every 6 months. A good tip if your wipers are like a Rain-X brand, make sure when the rain stops to turn your wipers off right away. This is because it could leave a heavy film on your window shield.
Going on a road trip? Make sure you check your emergency road side kit. A tire jack, flashlight, and tools are a must. Have you put thought into bug spray, sun block and a first-aid kit? It sounds like a lot but if you can find these items on sale and with a coupon, it is a lot better then having to pay full price for it when you need it asap. Another way to help the wallet!
Last but not least, do you have all the correct paper work in your car? Make a stop by your glove box and check. You will want to make sure vehicle registration, insurance and inspection are current.
I heard a statement on the radio that only about 20% of the routine maintenance is done to your vehicle every year because a person is not educated on what needs to be done. Want to know more tips to keep your car in tip top shape? Call us at Jack Maxton Chevrolet at 1-877-331-1628.