Back-to-School Auto Maintenance Tips

School season is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time for some back-to-school auto maintenance. Aside from basic car care — such as changing the oil — there are a few things you can do to stay safer and better prepared for when school starts.

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Regular maintenance, according to Radair, should include an oil change, tire rotation, fluid-level check, and wiper replacement. You should also give your warning lights a glance. If your check engine light — or any other warning light — is on, you should take your car to the shop as soon as possible. Once school starts, you may be too busy for repairs.

Stock your emergency roadside kit. You should have jumper cables, a pair of gloves, a first aid kit, water, blankets, and a flashlight. Be sure to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated. Staying prepared is key to handling any potential problems.

Cars often become a deposit for various belongings during the school year, so consider avoiding all of the clutter by using in-car organizers to separate books, sporting gear, and professional clothes. It’s also worth trying to coordinate a carpool with friends and neighbors. Not only will sharing your commute reduce your carbon footprint and save you money, it can help keep you on schedule.

Whether you’re a student, teacher, or parent, getting your vehicle serviced before the whirlwind of the school season will help keep your life running smoothly. Give us a call here at McKaig Chevrolet Buick — our service department will be happy to help you prepare your car for the busy year to come.

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Spring Car Maintenance: Proper Car-Care Tips

Spring Car Maintenance - Gladewater, TX

Spring auto maintenance is just as important as spring cleaning. The change of seasons should remind you to perform routine maintenance. This includes changing the oil and filter, topping off fluids, and more. Changing weather patterns in the spring make auto maintenance especially important for dependability and safety reasons.

Filters

According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, replace any necessary filters, including the oil and oil filter every three months or 3,000 miles. Change the fuel and air filters every two years as well.

Tires

Inspect your car’s tires. This includes the condition — such as cracking, bulges, or bald spots — as well as the tire pressure. Air pressure dipping in the cold likely entails tires being overinflated in the warmer spring. Stop by your nearest gas station for an air-pressure gauge and an air pump.

Wipers and Windshield

Swap the wiper blades once a year. Depending on where you drive, consider putting Rain-X® on the windshield to improve visibility during a downpour.

Other Necessities

Remove any garbage from the cabin, and be sure to wash and wax your car. A coat of wax will protect the paint and the clear coat, ensuring your car sustains its pristine condition.

Stop in at our service department at McKaig Chevrolet Buick for any car care needs and tips. Schedule an appointment with our certified technicians.

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