How You’ll Know When It’s Time For New Tires

Time For New Tires | Tampa, FL
Time For New Tires | Tampa, FL

It goes without saying that your vehicle’s tires are one of its most important components. In addition to keeping you stable in good conditions, they’re your first line of defense during inclement weather. As such, it’s vital that you keep them in good shape. Thankfully, there are a few easy tricks and clues you can use to get an idea of when it’s time for new tires.

The penny test

The easiest and most well-known way to check your tires’ tread is by using everybody’s least favorite form of currency: the penny. It’s as easy as inserting the coin into several grooves across the tire with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head over the tread, your tires are worn out and need to be replaced.

Take note of how often you need air

There are tons of factors that can impact how often your tires need to be topped off with air, but if you notice that you’re making trips to the pump more often than usual, it could mean that you have a small puncture or significant wear you haven’t seen yet. If it’s the former, you might be able to get it patched. If it’s the latter, it’s time for new tires.

Know your tires’ age

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you replace all four of your tires every six years. If you stay on top of this routine, you may be able to avoid a costly accident in the future.

If you’re ready for a fresh set of tires, or want a professional opinion, set up an appointment with the service department at Rivard Buick GMC.

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.

What to Do When Your Power Steering Goes Out

Rivard ServiceLosing 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.

Buick and GMC Rank High in Dealer Service Satisfaction

LogoFor the second year running, Buick was ranked highest in dealer service satisfaction in the J.D. Power U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI), among 19 other mass-market automotive brands. GMC came in fourth on the list.

The study measures service satisfaction among owners and lessees of one- to five-year-old vehicles in the United States by focusing on five service areas, including quality, initiation, advisor, facility, and vehicle pick-up (in order of importance).

Buick was ranked first with 836 points out of a possible 1,000 while GMC was ranked fourth with 807 points. Between them were MINI and Volkswagen. They ranked significantly higher than the mass-market brand average, and Buick even scored higher than three luxury brands.

“Superior reliability, quality and customer service is core to every model we bring to market,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Leading the market in service satisfaction demonstrates that we and our dealers continue to deliver on that commitment.”

In other words, when you visit Rivard Buick GMC, you can expect luxury dealership levels of service!