Top 3 Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips

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The summer months are the perfect time to take on an adventure in your car. However, you want to make sure you’re taking care of your car so that you can feel confident behind the wheel. Here are the top three vehicle maintenance tips for this summer.

Check Tire Pressure

Check your vehicle’s tires throughout the summer to make sure that they are at the right tire pressure. Properly-inflated tires are essential to maintain traction on the road during inclement weather and slippery conditions. Since severe temperatures can affect tire pressure, be sure to check PSI regularly. The average tire pressure rating should read 35 PSI in the summer.

Maintain Fluid Levels

Your vehicle’s engine oil and coolant are essential in keeping your engine cool and smoothly running. Check these fluid levels throughout the summer and top them off if needed. If your vehicle is due for an oil change, be sure to get it done. Other fluid levels to check include: transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.

Inspect the Battery

While many people associate battery issues with severe cold temperatures, hotter temperatures can actually negatively impact your car’s battery. Check the battery charge regularly to ensure that the heat hasn’t drained it too much. Keep an eye on corrosion around the battery terminals and battery fluid levels.

For more maintenance tips, contact us at Mike Raisor Auto Group. We’ll be happy to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle.

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Car!

It's time to spring clean your car with these tips from Mike Raisor Auto Group

Now that the warm weather is here, it’s time to spring clean your car. These easy tips will help you get your car feeling as fresh as the spring rain.

Wash the Tires

Chances are your car’s tires have been through a lot over the winter. Show them a little care by washing them off with a tire cleaning spray and a tire brush.

Spray the Undercarriage

If you spent any time driving on roads covered in salt, the undercarriage of your car is probably still carrying that mess with it. Salt can cause damage to your car if it’s not washed off, so be sure to give it a good cleaning by spraying it with a power wash.

Remove Clutter

Start with your car’s interior by cleaning out any clutter, from items you’ve been storing in the trunk to straw wrappers and receipts that have found a home on the floor.

Vacuum

Take decluttering a step further with a shop vacuum. You can use a strong vacuum to get into crevices like cupholders and vents, as well as using it to pick up debris and dirt from the floors and seats.

Shampoo

If your vehicle has cloth seats, use a mild shampoo from an auto parts store to wash both seats and floor mats. If the seats are leather, you will be able to find a safe leather cleaner that will do the job.

For more spring cleaning tips, or to have us touch up your ride for you, visit us at Mike Raisor Auto Group.

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

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No matter what type of vehicle you drive, it will last longer and perform at its best if you practice regular maintenance. Use this winter vehicle maintenance checklist to stay on top of your vehicle services this season.

Coolant

Check your coolant levels to ensure that your engine will cool properly while you’re on the road this winter. If needed, top of your coolant levels with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water, or a pre-mixed, store bought mixture.

Battery

Car batteries are sensitive to low temperatures, so an older battery might not do well in the winter season. Have your vehicle’s battery checked and replaced if needed.

Wiper Blades

With rain, snow, ice, and the grime that builds up from road salts, it’s important to have functioning wiper blades on your car during the winter. Replace your car’s wiper blades every six months, or whenever they begin to leave streaks or residue when used.

Tires

Like the car battery, tires are sensitive to the cold, which can cause air pressure to fluctuate. Check the air pressure on your car’s tires regularly, and get in the habit of inspecting them for damages like cracks and bulges.

Oil Change

It’s important to get regular oil changes for your vehicle. Bring your car to Mike Raisor Auto Group to have the oil changed this winter, and trust our professional, expert team to get your car in winter-ready condition.

For any maintenance needs this winter, visit Mike Raisor Auto Group.

What’s So Special About Winter Tires and When Should You Make the Switch?

Why Buy Winter Tires?

Despite what the name seems to imply, all-season tires aren’t always the best choice for year-round driving. Especially if you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing during the winter, installing a special set of winter tires can make a huge difference when it comes to safety and performance. But what’s the difference between regular tires and winter tires, and when should you install your winter tires?

Why use winter tires

Winter tires are made of a special rubber that allows them to remain durable and flexible even when the temperature drops below freezing. All-season tires, on the other hand, lose flexibility and grip when they become too cold. Winter tires also have tread that performs especially well in snow and ice, giving you a huge advantage on the road when encountering winter weather.

When to switch over

So when should you switch over to winter tires? One good way to remember when to make the switch is to do so the first day of the year you can see your breath in the air. When it’s cold enough to see your breath, it’s cold enough for your all-season tires to start performing worse. While this might seem early in the season, switching to winter tires before it’s too late can help prevent cold-weather accidents.

If you need to switch your set of summer tires out for a winter set, stop by Mike Raisor Auto Group, where we will be more than happy to help.