As we put the winter season behind us, it’s time to look forward to the long, sunny summer days. To make sure you and your car are ready for any road trips, you should take care of your car. In fact, April, is recognized as National Car Care Month.
If you have any lingering winter maintenance that you have been neglecting, now is the perfect time to get this taken care of. While we don’t like to spend money on repairs, you’ll be saving money in the long run by taking care of minor issues now instead of major issues later.
According to the Car Care Council, the most common maintenance issues include needed oil changes, dirty air filters, coolant problems, low tire pressure, worn out windshield wipers, and ignoring the check engine light.
If you have any of these issues, or just want to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for the upcoming season, schedule a service appointment today with us here at Rivard Buick GMC. We’ll get your car back on its maintenance schedule so you can tackle whatever the road brings you.
Losing your power steering while driving isn’t the worst thing that can happen, but it can be pretty frightening, and it’s important to know the best way to handle it when the power steering goes out so you don’t panic and can get to where you’re going safely.
Usually, failed power steering is the result of too little power steering fluid, which is easy to remedy—unless there’s a problem with the pump itself, which is a lot less common. The first thing to do when you notice that steering has become much harder is to put on your flashers to let other drivers know you’re having car troubles and then slowly pull over to the side of the road and gradually come to a stop.
Turn the car off and restart it, testing the steering wheel to see if it turns normally. If you’re still having problems, either call a tow truck or, if you’re near one, drive very slowly to a mechanic.
There are warning signs of low power steering fluid, so you may be able to avoid losing it altogether if you pay attention! Whining sounds when you turn the wheel can indicate imminent failure.
Here are a few tips to help you with spring cleaning for your car.
- 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.
- Wipe down hard surfaces. Starting from the top down, clean all the hard surfaces in your car.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.