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Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Keep your car in great shape with this Fall vehicle maintenance checklist

With October being Fall Car Care Month, you may want to start thinking about how you can ensure your vehicle’s longevity and keep it running in the here and now. There are a number of key maintenance steps you should take for your vehicle every autumn; these are just some of the key suggestions to consider.


Oil and fluids

Your vehicle’s motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and coolant are all essential components to consistent operation. You should be checking these on the regular, and it’s even more important that you check your levels after a grueling summer. If you need a change or a top off, look no further than Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.



With the weather getting cooler, you’ll want to make sure that you have full use of your heating and defrosting functions. While you’re getting that checked, we’ll make sure that your air conditioner is still in good shape after putting it to the test during the dog days of summer.



Colder temps put a big strain on your battery, so it’s important to make sure you have enough energy to get through the season. We can test your battery levels and let you know if you are coming due for a replacement. If you aren’t sure, keep in mind that batteries tend to last between five and six years at the most.


There are many other steps you should consider for your fall maintenance checklist. To have those boxes all checked off, stop into the service department at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.

How to Remove Odors from a Car

Remove Odors from a CarA smelly vehicle is an unwelcoming one, so it can pay off to know how to remove odors from a car. As it turns out, you don’t have to perform a complete detail of your car’s interior in order to remove unwanted smells. In fact, removing odors from a car can be relatively simple and inexpensive. Here are a few ways to keep your car smelling fresh without breaking the bank.

Citrus Peels

Having a citrus fruit as a snack or for breakfast is a great choice for your health, but did you know that the peels can help remove odors from a car? Simply place orange, lemon, or other citrus peels in a cup. Place the cup in your car for a few days. The peels will absorb most smells and leave it smelling fresh.


Newspapers have many uses, and one of them is removing smells left behind by cigarette smoke. Taking care of that smoky smell is as easy as crumpling a few newspaper pages into balls and leaving them to sit in the car. The newspaper will absorb the smell overnight and leave your car smelling fairly fresh the next morning. That, you gotta think, qualifies as good news.

Dryer Sheets

One of the most simple and inexpensive ways to remove smells from a car is by wiping the seats down with a dryer sheet. For stronger smells, place a dryer sheet beneath the seats to suppress and remove the smell over time.

If you want to get your vehicle looking—and smelling—tip-top again, simply bring it into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi for a professional detailing. We’ll have you back on the road without the funk in no time.

Vehicle Service FAQs You Should Consider

Vehicle Service FAQsRegular maintenance can help prevent your car from breaking down unexpectedly and help increase its resale value when it comes time for an upgrade. Do you feel like there’s just too much to consider when it comes to service and maintenance? These vehicle service FAQs should help shed some light on concerns you might have.

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

The answer to this really depends upon the make, model, and year of your vehicle. Older cars tend to need more frequent oil changes, whereas newer models can go longer. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer recommends and stick to it in order to prolong the life of your vehicle. If you are unsure, the service team at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi is happy to advise you.

Should I Use Conventional or Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is a little more expensive up-front, but it’ll last longer. Synthetic oil is specially formulated to keep your engine running like new. It’s been distilled and purified to help keep your engine cleaner, protect your engine from excess wear and tear, protect turbocharger parts, and function better is extreme temperatures. Our service technicians can determine the correct synthetic oil blend to use in your vehicle when you bring it in for service.

Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires?

Tires wear at a different rate depending on where they are located on your vehicle. Front tires wear differently from rear ones, and left tires wear differently than right ones. Rotating your tires ensures that they wear more evenly, which extends their life and saves you money in the long run. Aim to have your tires rotated whenever you take your vehicle in for an oil change.

How Do I Tell if I Need New Tires?

Good tread is essential in helping your vehicle grip the road. Check your tread frequently to ensure your tires are still in good working order, and invest in new tires when your tread depth is less than 2/30 inch. The easiest way to check is to insert an upside-down penny into your tire tread with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, get yourself some new tires ASAP.

What are the Main Things I Should Check Regularly?

About every three months, you should inspect your coolant level, oil level, washer fluid level, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. If any of these look low, top them up or bring your vehicle in to Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi. You should also check your brakes and tire tread about twice a year—more often if you notice that something is off. Check your battery once a year and replace your spark plugs, fuel filter, and windshield wipers. Finally, flush your radiator once a year to keep it in top shape.

If you have any questions to which you can’t quite pin down an answer, stop in and speak with the service specialists at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, complete the work you might need done, and send you home with a smile.

Pay Attention to Your Vehicle Warning Indicator System!

dashboard lightsYour vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Warning Indicator system. This is a technical term for all those little icons that light up in your dash. A few common indicators you should know are:

Check Engine

This could mean a routine maintenance task is needed. It may also mean that a sudden engine issue has arisen. When you see this light, get your vehicle in for an inspection immediately!

Coolant Temp

See a thermometer icon light up? You will probably notice your temperature gauge is rising as well. Your vehicle is overheating, a condition that could permanently damage your engine. Possible issues could be a faulty thermostat or a busted hose. Either way, get it checked out!


If your battery indicator lights up, there is possibly an issue with the battery, your alternator, or both. Most car parts stores will check the battery for free. Do it soon before you’re left stranded somewhere!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This one is simple. At least one tire is low. Hopefully you’ve got a tire gauge in your glove box (if you don’t, get one!). Pull over somewhere safe and check your tires.

Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore their Vehicle Warning Indicators. If you do, you are losing out on a fantastic diagnostic/warning system that is designed for the sole purpose of protecting your vehicle and keeping it in top-notch shape.