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How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

serviceYou 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

How to Protect Your Car from Salt Damage

saltDuring 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.

The One, Easy Tip to Prevent Your Engine from Overheating

overheating engineIn 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.

Bad Gas Does Serious Damage to One Driver’s Car

Bad Gas does Serious DamageRecently, a New Jersey gas station faced major charges when their pumps filled multiple cars with water. According to a recent AOL Autos article, one woman filled her almost empty tank, only to find her vehicle stopping dead just a short distance after leaving the gas station.  Though at the time, she had no idea what it could be, she had her car towed to her local dealership and found that her fuel tank had been filled with mostly water.

The gas station blamed the problem on a bad fuel delivery, but still took full responsibility and paid all affected drivers’ related bills, except this particular woman. Her bill came to more than $3,000, as the dealership replaced the fuel lines and injectors. The gas station claimed this was more than what was required, and may face sanctions from The Bergen County Division of Weights and Measures if the bills don’t get paid.

This scenario is very unlikely, but can happen if the gas station gets a bad fuel delivery, or when the station’s fuel tank is low. Water is heavier than gas, so if the fuel tank gets low, you may find that water has collected at the bottom of the tank. Of course, as consumers it’s nearly impossible to know if you’re putting water into your tank. In the unlikely event this does happen, it is recommended that you do your research on what repairs are required, and follow your shop or dealership’s guidance on such repairs.