Are you planning a family road trip through North Carolina once spring arrives? Make sure your car is ready to roll first. Here are a handful of spring car care tips that will leave your car ready for the warm spring weather!
Clean the interior
If you’re like most Americans, you
don’t want to linger in the cold once you get home. As a result, fast food
trash and other debris has likely built up in your car’s interior. Get a trash
bag and clean it out. Once you can see the floor again, take a few minutes to
sweep up crumbs and debris.
Wash the exterior
Road salt can do significant
damage to your car’s paint and undercarriage if left unchecked. Taking an
afternoon to wash your car’s exterior can help prevent the salt and debris from
eating into the paint. Once it’s squeaky clean, apply a coat of wax to further
protect the paint.
Check the tires
Your tires are arguably the most
important part of your car. They’re the only part of the car that makes contact
with the road. As the temperature rises, so will the air pressure in your
tires. Check the tire pressure once a week to make sure it’s still at optimal
levels. While you’re checking the pressure, inspect the tires too. Take a close
look at the tread wear. Keep an eye out for any bulges or other signs of damage
to the tire.
If you have any additional questions about caring for your car, contact us at E-Z Way Auto Sales.
Although a simple part of vehicles, windshield wiper blades are essential for maintaining visibility on the road and therefore elevating everyone’s safety. In case you didn’t know, there are actually different types of windshield wiper blades that are better for certain seasons. Many producers of auto parts make windshield wiper blades made specifically for wintertime, but you may wonder if they’re really worth it. Here are a few reasons why you should consider winter windshield wiper blades.
Winter blades are tested to perform in low temperatures If you expect to be regularly driving in cold winter weather, winter wiper blades are worth considering. These wipers are tested to perform in even sub-zero temperatures, helping you navigate in the coldest of road conditions.
Insulated, flexible design: Even in cold weather, winter wiper blades will reliably perform. They’re more insulated and flexible than standard wiper blades, allowing them to properly combat snow, ice, slush, and salt.
Convenience: Wiper blades should be replaced after the summer months anyway, since hot weather dries them out and causes them to crack. If your wiper blades are dry or cracked, they will streak or skip and reduce visibility. Because you generally need to change wiper blades in the fall anyway, it’s the perfect time to swap them out for winter blades.
If you’re concerned about installing your wiper blades, schedule a service appointment at E-Z Way Auto Sales. We’ll equip winter blades and give your car an inspection while at it!
No driver likes paying more than they have to for fuel, and conserving fuel is easier than you might think. With just a few minor adjustments, you can significantly increase your car’s fuel economy. Check out these fuel efficient driving tips to get the most out of every drop of gas!
Sometimes saving fuel is as easy as simply relaxing a little behind the wheel. Stressed drivers tend to hit the gas more and drive more aggressively. As a result, fuel efficiency suffers. According to Ford, choosing to relax behind the wheel and drive more smoothly can increase fuel economy by up to 33 percent. Your brakes and tires will last longer with more relaxed driving, too!
Speeding uses more fuel than simply maintaining the speed limit. Fuel economy tends to decrease dramatically when driving at more than 50 mph. Instead of hitting the gas, leave a few minutes earlier in order to slow down. Even slowing down just 5 mph can result in significant savings over the life of the vehicle.
Close the Top
Hitting the highway in a convertible doesn’t mean getting bad fuel economy. Closing the top when traveling at high speeds lowers wind resistance and increases efficiency. You’ll also experience less turbulence and reduced noise.
Another way to get better fuel economy is to keep your car in good shape. For the best service, schedule an appointment at E-Z Way Auto Sales!
Routine maintenance is crucial for keeping your vehicle safely on the road for as long as possible. Be sure to regularly have your engine, tires, brakes, and battery inspected, and don’t forget your regular oil changes. Depending on your which vehicle you’ve purchased from E-Z Way Auto, your oil might need to be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, though some vehicles can make it up to 7,500 miles.
Here are a few reasons why it’s important to change your oil regularly:
Oil serves as lubricant for your car’s engine, which has several moving parts that can create a lot of heat. Keeping them properly lubricated with oil keeps your car’s engine from overheating.
Further, oil naturally removes dirt, engine wear particles, and sludge that would otherwise build up in your engine and cause damage. Over time, the oil becomes dirty and needs to be replaced. If you don’t replace this oil, your engine will grow increasingly dirty and will be prone not just to overheating, but other kinds of damage as well.
Getting your oil changed is also a win for fuel economy. Good engine lubrication leads to better mileage on the road. A regular oil change, though it may cost you $20 to $30, could save you even more in fuel costs.
If your car is in need of an oil change, stop by E-Z Way Auto or give us a call to schedule a service appointment.
If you are not someone who is passionate about cars, it is probably easier to take your car in for routine maintenance than get your hands dirty under the hood and risk breaking something. But, inquisitive minds still might wonder why we need to replace spark plugs, get the oil changed, etc. We at E-Z Way Auto Sales hope to shed light on some of those topics. We’ll start with an easy one: why you should get your car’s tires rotated.
Tire rotations should go hand-in-hand with every oil change—or at least every other. A good rule of thumb is every 5,000 miles. Why should they be rotated and at this frequency?
Tire rotations are all about the longevity of your tires. By the nature of the way you drive, your front tires will wear differently from your rear tires (and left vs. right). By regularly rotating them, you are ensuring the even wear of your tires. Doing so will keep them on the road longer and keep you safer behind the wheel.
Rotating the tires yourself is possible, though not recommended. You’ll need tools like an impact wrench, a torque wrench, a jack stand, and a hydraulic floor jack—plus the know-how. Because of that, it is recommended that you bring your car in to service departments like Tech 3 Automotive for routine maintenance. If it’s been a while since you’ve had the tires rotated, call them to schedule an appointment.
Need to do some winter car prep to stay safe in the colder months? Here are some suggestions.
Keep a Winter Emergency Kit On Hand Inevitably, winter emergencies happen. No matter how much you service and maintain your vehicle in advance, it doesn’t hurt to have some supplies on hand, like blankets, a flashlight, and water bottles.
Check the Tires Regularly Properly inflated tires get better traction, which means better grip on icy roads. Additionally, make sure your tread isn’t too worn down.
Maintain Coolant and Oil Oil changes are always a given, so make sure you’re flushing it on schedule. The coolant helps maintain engine temperature, so keep an eye on that, too.
Make Sure the Heat Works You might try to skip on paying up for repairing a broken HVAC system, but in a harsh winter, heat isn’t just a luxury, it’s crucial to your safety. The HVAC system runs your defroster, too, so make sure your heat works properly.
Switch to a Winter Wiper Fluid Road salt, ice, and snow get grime all over your windshield, which makes windshield wiper fluid crucial to maintaining visibility. Switch to a winter-grade fluid so it doesn’t freeze.
If you need any help on winter car prep, don’t hesitate to call our Sales team at E-Z Way Auto Sales on more suggestions.