Autumn Car Care Tips
It's foolhardy to head out in a poorly maintained vehicle during the dead of winter. Now is the time for Annapolis drivers to consider a fall car check-up. Scheduling routine maintenance can help improve your gasoline mileage, catch minor problems before they become big headaches, and reduce pollution. You can read your Nissan owner's manual and follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedules. You can also schedule an appointment at our Bayside Nissan Service Center.
Issues to Watch Out For
- Hard starts
- Rough idling
- Diminished power
Now is the time to get your engine in top running condition, cold weather makes existing problems even worse. Be conscious of oil and filter changes. These services are often neglected, even though they are essential to protect your engine. Make sure you look out for these issues, and if you have any make sure you bring your vehicle to our Nissan Service Center. Our Bayside Nissan certified technicians will determine any engine issue and resolve it before it becomes a bigger problem.
The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is to have it checked at a qualified service facility, like our Bayside Nissan Service Center. Stop by Bayside and we will be happy to perform a "state of health" check-up on your battery.
Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Let the tires "cool down" before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended by your service professional. Don't forget to check your spare as well, and be sure the jack is in good condition. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and thus use excess gasoline. Also, have your brakes checked periodically for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect.
The transmission is often neglected until a major failure occurs, leading to very costly repairs. Make sure you are getting routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals.
Your exhaust system should be examined for leaks. The trunk and floorboards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.
The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. For those do-it-yourself owners, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a certified technician, like the ones at our Bayside Nissan Service Center.
Replace old wiper blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Remember to stock up on windshield washer fluid -- you'll be surprised how much you use. Also, don't forget to carry an ice-scraper.
- Headlights (high and low beam)
- Parking lights
- Turn signals
- Emergency flashers
- Brake lights
- Tail and marker lights
- Backup lights
- Daytime running lights
- Interior lights
- Instrument lighting
Autumn is the end of Daylight Savings Time. This is the perfect time to check vehicle lights before the clocks "fall back" to help ensure safe driving, especially during dusk and peak evening traffic hours. Headlights should also be periodically cleaned of mud and muck, and properly aimed according to procedures outlined in the owner's manual. Headlights can be knocked out of alignment by rough driving, and if not properly aimed, can be distracting to other drivers.
Come to our Bayside Nissan Service Center
To ensure your Nissan is ready for the cold weather to come, make sure you bring it to be serviced at our Bayside Nissan Service Center in Annapolis. Our certified technicians will determine any issue and fix it to get you back on the road as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us online or stop by our Bayside Nissan Service Center in Annapolis.