Five Reasons Why Your Car Needs an Oil Change

car needs an oil changeWe all know that maintenance is an important part of car ownership. Unfortunately, many of us neglect it—often because we don’t realize how important such maintenance is. To shed some light, here are five reasons why your car needs an oil change.

  1. Clean

    . One job the oil does is help keep your engine clean. It will collect any dirt and debris that gathers there. However, over time, this causes your oil to break down and turn into sludge. Regular oil changes prevent this from happening.

  2. Cool

    . All the moving parts in your engine create a lot of heat. The oil helps maintain a safe operating temperature by drawing out some of the heat.

  3. Lubricate

    . As the metal pieces in the engine move, they create friction. To prevent them from seizing up, they need to be lubricated with oil.

  4. Improve Engine Health.

    By following the recommended oil change schedule in your owner’s manual, you can help ensure a long life for your car. Whenever you go too long between oil changes, it can rob your car of some of its potential life.

  5. Maintain Efficiency.

    A dirty engine has to work harder, which causes it to run inefficiently.

If you have fallen behind on your car’s maintenance, schedule an appointment here at Rivard Buick GMC to get caught up.

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Car Maintenance
Summer Car Maintenance

If you are making some summer road trip plans, you need to make sure your car is ready for the road, too. Here are a few tips on summer car maintenance to help you stand up to the heat.

  • HVAC. There is almost nothing worse than having your A/C go out while on a road trip. Get your system thoroughly inspected and repaired, if needed, before you hit the road.
  • Battery. Summer heat can wreak havoc on your car, especially on the battery. Have your battery tested to make sure it won’t give out on you when you need it most.
  • Tires. Your tire pressure will fluctuate with the changing temperatures. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. In addition, inspect your tires for any signs of extreme wear and check the tread depth.
  • Windshield wipers. Your windshield wipers should be replaced every six months or so. If yours are leaving streaks, stuttering, or have cracks, it is time to replace them.
  • Brakes. If your brake pads are getting thin, you may want to consider replacing them before starting a road trip, especially if this trip will include any mountain driving.

If you need any service done on your car this summer, schedule a service appointment with us here at Rivard Buick GMC.

Spring Cleaning for Your Car

Car CleaningHere are a few tips to help you with spring cleaning for your car.

  1. Throw away the trash. Open up all the doors and your trunk. Bring along a trash bag and a box. Put the trash into the bag and anything you want to keep into the box.
  2. Wipe down hard surfaces. Starting from the top down, clean all the hard surfaces in your car.
  3. Vacuum. Remove the floor mats. You can give these a good beating to remove the caked-on winter grime and then vacuum them. Vacuum all the carpeting and seats.
  4. Clean the upholstery. If you have leather seats, be sure to use the correct cleaning product and wipe down the entire seat. For cloth seats, spot-clean as needed.
  5. Power wash the floor mats. (Optional). If you floor mats and still incredibly dirty, get out your power washer or hose and spray them down. Be sure they are completely dry before you put them back in your car.
  6. Wash your car. Once the inside is spic and span, it’s time to whip the exterior into shape. Don’t forget to clean from the top down. For the underbody, you can run through an automatic car wash.

Once your car is all clean, take it out for a drive to enjoy its dirt free state.