Before winter arrives, it’s important to prepare your vehicle for the cold weather. Follow these fall vehicle maintenance tips to help take proper care of your vehicle.
Check your battery
The last thing you want is a dead battery on a snowy day. That’s
why you should check the connections to make sure they are clear of dirt. If
you see some corrosion, disconnect the connections and use a wire brush to clean
Replace your wipers
Usually, you should replace your windshield wipers every six
to 12 months. They also need to be replaced if they leave behind streaks of
water. You can typically clean the wiper blades with glass cleaner and a paper
towel to prolong their life for a few extra weeks if necessary.
Inspect your tires
Stick a penny in the tread groove on your tire. When placing
the penny headfirst, if you can still view the top of Lincoln’s head, then you
need to invest in new tires. You may also want to consider purchasing winter
tires for more traction on the snow.
If you discover that you need replacements, repairs or general maintenance for your vehicle, stop by our service department at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet, and we’ll be happy to get your vehicle ready for winter.
Is one of your goals for 2019 to be a better car owner? You can start by making these car-themed New Year’s resolutions:
Get Regular Service
Getting your car regularly serviced is essential in prolonging its life. Check your Chevrolet’s owner’s manual for specific service timelines. If you take your vehicle to Vann Gannaway Chevy, we’ll give you reminders about your regular service.
Keep It Clean
One of the best things you can do for your car is to keep it clean throughout the year. Commit to regularly throwing out trash and vacuuming your interior. Try to get the exterior of your Chevy washed often, as this will not only eliminate dirt, but it will help protect your vehicle’s finish.
Your oil helps your engine run smoothly, so be sure to change it on a regular basis. About every 3,000 miles is a good rule of thumb, but that varies from vehicle to vehicle, so check your owner’s manual. Be sure to check other fluids, like coolant, wiper fluid, and brake fluid regularly and top off when needed.
Maintain Tire Pressure
Measure your tire pressure regularly throughout the year, and fill them back up when they’re running low. If your tires have experienced too much wear and tear, consider getting new tires entirely, which we at Vann Gannaway Chevy can help you with.
Now that we are in the midst of the holiday season, we will all have family events and parties aplenty. These gatherings almost always include food, which means you will need to transport food in your car on a regular basis. To do it safely and without spilling, it will take some preparation. Here is what you need to do.
Nothing warms your belly quite like a delicious casserole. If you are bringing along your favorite, you will need an empty box or laundry basket and a handful of towels. Line the bottom of the box with a towel and place the casserole dish on top. Put the rest of the towels around the dish to hold it in tightly. Then, place a rubber mat underneath the box or basket before you put it in your trunk.
If you are bringing cookies or small hors-d’oeuvres you don’t want them smashed before you arrive. Place a kitchen towel on top of a baking sheet. Arrange all your items on top of the towel. Then, wrap everything, including the baking sheet, in plastic wrap. Use a rubber mat underneath to keep it from sliding around your car.
If you want your carefully crafted holiday dishes to arrive in style, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet to see the vehicles we have on our lot.
Living in Florida has a variety of benefits. One of those is living so close to so many beautiful beaches. However, after spending a sunny day at the beach, the inevitable happens—you get sand in your car or truck. Here are a few tips on how to get that sand out of your car.
Shake It Out
Once you get home from the beach, carefully take everything out of your car and shake it out. This includes the floor mats and any seat protectors you might have. When you are planning a trip to the beach, it is a good idea to use covers on the seats and floors, or at least towels, if you don’t have anything else.
If sand does get in your carpet or upholstery, you need to get it out as quickly as possible. This is because as it works itself into the carpet, it can eventually break apart the fibers. After shaking everything out, use a strong vacuum to suck up all the sand. Make sure you get in between all the crevices. Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean up any remaining particles. You can also use q-tips to clean in hard-to-reach areas.
If you need a new vehicle to take to the beach, or you’re just looking for some new floor mats to help keep the sand contained, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet.
If you child in high school or college, it’s time to get your car ready for the new school year. Especially for new drivers, it’s crucial to make sure your car is in great condition in order to avoid any dangerous situations whether your child is on their way to high school or driving around campus. Follow these tips for getting your car ready for back to school so your student driver can drive with confidence.
Before your kid heads back to school, take some time to examine out the condition of their car’s tires. Check for proper inflation, alignment and tread and consider replacing the tires if they are looking visibly worn down. Healthy tires are one of the most important aspects of car safety, so replacing them before they’re completely worn out is always a good idea.
Check emergency kit
Your child’s car should contain an emergency kit containing essential items that make a huge difference in the event of an emergency. Such a kit should have a blanket, a change of clothes, and a battery-powered cellphone charge, food, and water.
Talk about safety
Finally, talk to your kid about driving safety before they go back to school. Between late night parties and all-nighter study sessions, there is plenty of potential for dangerous driving situations at school.
If your teen’s car isn’t quite up to standards, or you’re looking for a car to buy, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet. We’ll be happy to help make sure this school is the safest one ever.