Tag: vehicle maintenance

Check Your Tires: Tips & Tricks

Make sure to check your tires to ensure your safety on the road

Tires are such an integral part of any vehicle, yet they often get overlooked by owners when it comes to regular maintenance. Don’t make that oh-so-easily-avoidable mistake! Having roadworthy tires will make your daily drive, or your travels to grandma’s for Thanksgiving, safer and easier for everyone.

Two foolproof ways you can check your tires is through examining their pressure and wear levels.

Tire Pressure

To check your tires’ pressure level is simple. First, purchase a trustworthy tire gauge, available at home improvement, automotive, or general department stores. Make sure you haven’t driven for at least three hours before checking your tire pressure. Insert the gauge into the tire’s valve system and compare the psi reading to what is listed in your owner’s manual. If you’re too high, release air until the proper number is reached. If too low, take your vehicle to the nearest air pump to add air to every tire.

Tire Wear

There’s a very simple way to check your tires for over-wear. Just take a penny and insert it with Honest Abe upside-down into the tread of one of your tires. If most of Lincoln’s hair is hidden, your tires are still roadworthy. But, if you can see his forehead, it’s probably time for a new set of tires. Schedule an appointment with the service department at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi if you’d like a professional second opinion.

Got any tire related questions? Bring ‘em to the experts at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi!




Summer Service Tips

Use these summer service tips to make sure your car thrives this season

The summer season is coming in hot, and it pays to have a vehicle that can handle the increase in temperatures and vacation travels. A vehicle operating at peak performance will make hitting the open road much more enjoyable. These summer service tips will make sure your car can handle the hottest season of the year and get you where you need to go in comfort and style.

Cooling System

A car’s cooling system is a necessity in preventing the engine from overheating. As a general rule, the cooling system should be flushed and refilled every two years. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is recommended for most climates. If you plan on taking care of this maintenance yourself, make sure to leave the radiator cap in place until the engine has cooled. Make sure to have the belts and hoses inspected by a certified technician.

Oil

The engine oil is responsible for cooling, lubricating, and protecting the vital parts of the engine. Fresh oil performs its duties much better than old oil. Consult your owner’s manual to determine how often the manufacturer recommends changing the oil.

Lights

You should inspect your car’s lights every few weeks, and the beginning of the summer season is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Perform a walk around of the vehicle and replace any burned out bulbs. Clean the lenses and inspect them for cracks while you’re at it!

These are just some of the many steps you can take to make sure that your vehicle is up for the task of summer driving. If you need help getting there, the service pros at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi have the expertise and know-how you need.




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.