Autumn doesn’t come gently to Mississippi like it does to our northern neighbors, with their gradual cooling and lovely changing leaves. Down south, we might not lose much in terms of temperature, but the aggressive fall hurricanes and stormy squalls blowing up from the Gulf can make it a hazardous time to be on the road.
Now is the time to get ahead of the bad weather, so we’ve compiled a quick list of easy fall maintenance tips to keep you and all your passengers safe all season long.
- Check your engine. Folks tend to drive longer and further in the summertime; your engine and/or other components under the hood might be in need of some attention. It’s always a good idea to stay one step ahead of that pesky Check Engine light.
- While you’re at it, change your oil and check your fluids.
- Replace your wiper blades. The rains, they are a-comin’—don’t leave yourself squinting through streaks on your windshield!
- Check your brakes and tires. Again, Mississippians don’t need to worry about early snows and weather of that sort, but southern falls can be troublesome in their own way, with rains, mud, and other such road burdens. Make sure your tire pressure is proper and your brakes are fully functional.
At Blackburn Nissan, we have an experienced service team standing by to assist you. If these fall maintenance tips rang any bells for you and your vehicle, give us a call today to schedule a check-up!
You may have already noticed a slight chill in the air after the sun goes down. As autumn begins to settle in the temperatures continue to drop, here are a few items you need to check to get your car ready for fall.
- HVAC. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are working. Even when the temperatures get colder, your air conditioner is still useful for removing moisture from the air and keeping your windows from getting foggy.
- Brakes. Have your brakes inspected to make sure your pads aren’t worn too thin. Wet leaves on the road can lead to slippery driving conditions.
- Lights. As the nights get longer, you’ll be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
- Wipers. While autumn does tend to be a bit dryer here in Mississippi, you still need good windshield wipers. If they are leaving streaks or have any cracks, they need to be replaced.
- Emergency gear. This is something you should keep in your car year-round, but as the temperatures get cooler, make sure you have a blanket and even an ice scraper—you want to be prepared in case we have an early frost.
If you want to get your car ready for fall, schedule an appointment with Blackburn Nissan as soon as possible.
During the winter months, there is bound to be salt on the roads to prevent snow build-up. And while this is excellent for protecting drivers from the snow, the constant salt splashing against your vehicle can damage the finish, cause rust, and even affect the mechanics.
To keep the salt damage to a minimum, there are a few major steps you can take.
- Wash your car as frequently as possible, at least once every other week.
- Don’t drive through deep snow, and try to avoid snow entirely when possible.
- Try not to splash through large puddles, instead driving through them particularly slowly.
- Give your vehicle a preventative, quality wax before the snowy winter months even begin.
- Once winter ends, be sure to have all of the salt removed from you car as soon as possible.
You can’t escape it entirely, but there’s much more you can do to protect your car from salt damage. For more information on how to take care of your car in the winter, visit us at Blackburn Nissan.
In the summer, the engine of your car is at a higher risk than ever for overheating. Do you know how to prevent your engine from overheating? Will you be prepared if it does?
Fortunately, preventing the overheating from ever happening in the first place is pretty easy. All you have to do is practice regular maintenance on your car. This means regularly checking your oil, coolant level, cooling system, and thermostat.
If your car is getting a once-over from a quality mechanic, or if you’re able to evaluate these things properly by yourself, you should be in good shape. However, if your engine does overheat, it’s important to know how to react.
Safely pull over and stop your car. Lift up the hood to allow air to vent the overheated system. Do not touch the radiator cap, which will almost certainly burn you. Take a look at the major players, such as the coolant, and then call an expert.