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5 Items You Should Always Have in Your Car

In addition to performing some basic car maintenance, fall is the perfect time to make sure you have a few essential items in your car that will save you from a lot of trouble in case of an emergency. As winter approaches and driving conditions become increasingly unpredictable, take note of these items you should always have in your car to stay safe all year long.

Items you should always have in your car

Blankets

In the event of a breakdown or harsh weather that leaves you temporarily stranded, a blanket can literally be a lifesaver. Make a habit of storing one in the trunk or under a seat at all times.

Tractions Mats or Sand

Keeping traction mats or a bag of sand in your car can save you a lot of time and money if icy or mudding conditions leave your vehicle stuck. Simple toss the mats or sand under your stuck tires and save a call to the towing company. In a pinch, a cheap bag of kitty litter will work, too!

Gas Can

An extra gas can is cheap, light, and easy to stow somewhere in your car. If you run out of fuel and need to trek to the nearest gas station, it helps to have something to actually put extra gas in!

Cash

There’s no telling when you’ll need cash. Whether it’s a snack from a vending machine or an unexpected toll road, having a little bit of cash on hand can save you from a major headache.

Emergency Cell Phone Charger

Cell phone chargers are cheap, small, and extremely useful. With one of these stashed in your center console, you don’t worry about getting lost with a dead phone and having no way to get in touch with help.

Drive with these common items in your car at all times and don’t let unpredictable weather hold you back! Then, if it’s your vehicle that’s holding you back, stop by Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi today for the perfect new ride.




How to Change Your Oil

oil changeIf you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person when it comes to your car, here are some tips on how to change your oil.

First, consult your owner’s manual for the type and weight of oil specific to your vehicle. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s suggestions, because using the wrong type of oil could damage your engine.

Second, spread a plastic sheet on the ground, and then drive your car over it. This will keep you from having to do an oil spill cleanup.

Third, jack up your car and set the jack stands in place to hold up the car while you’re underneath.

Fourth, make sure you have all of your tools (filter wrench, drain pan, the new filter) and smear the clean oil on the new filter’s gasket.

Fifth, slide under the car with your tools in hand. Put the drain pan under the drain plug and remove the plug to get the old oil flowing out.

Sixth, remove the oil filter and install the new one. Once the old oil is down to a trickle, install a new gasket on the plug (if required) and tighten it.

Then, you’re done! If this sounds a little too complicated to do on your own, Gossett’s service department is always here to help.




Maintenance Tips: Signs of a Bad Radiator

When your car starts to show signs of a bad radiator, it’s one of the most important parts to have replaced, especially as we enter the cold winter season. The radiator is vital for maintaining a normal temperature inside your engine, so without it your engine will overheat and stop working.

Overheating is the most noticeable sign of a bad radiator. While you’re driving, it’s important to keep an eye on the temperature gauge, which measures the internal state of your engine. If you notice it starting to raise past its normal level, pull over and let the engine cool off.

You might also notice puddles underneath your car. This can be a sign of a leak in your coolant system. The best way to find the source of the leak is to take the car to a mechanic and have a pressure test done, then have the source of the leak patched.

You might notice a sludge-like substance in your coolant tank as well. This usually indicates rusting, which will continue to affect your radiator, so you have to replace any rusting parts as well as flush your coolant system.

We at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi recommend taking good care of your car by keeping an eye on your radiator!