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Why Service Your Vehicle at Windsor Nissan?

Windsor Nissan’s staff consists of factory trained Nissan service NJ technicians, who will thoroughly diagnosis and repair your vehicle’s problem. Plus, we use genuine Nissan parts to ensure that your vehicle has no lapses in warranty coverage. You can utilize our FREE shuttle service or you may wait in our customer friendly lounge which offers wireless internet for our busy customers, or simply relax with a coffee and choose from numerous newspapers and magazines.

To schedule your Nissan service NJ center auto appointment, you can call us at 800-893-2192, email us, or schedule online by completing our quick service appointment form. Once you are a part of the Windsor Nissan family, you can join our email list and receive monthly service coupons that will save you hundreds. We will also securely save your entire service history so that we can better serve your automotive needs each and every time you visit our convenient location. And if you haven’t joined the Maguire Rewards Program, be sure to sign up today! You can earn 3% cash back on every service visit and apply it to your service, parts, and/or accessory bill. Whether you need a tune up or major automotive repair, you can trust the quality of Windsor Nissan’s Factory Authorized Service Center.

So schedule your service appointment today at Windsor Nissan. We have evening and weekend hours available to work with your busy life.

Tips for Keeping Your Car Hydrated from Windsor Nissan

Your car needs fluids to keep it running for the same reason your mother asks you to water her plants while she’s out of town. However, don’t think of this simple maintenance as a chore but a quick and easy way of extending the life of your car.

A good rule of thumb is to check your engine’s oil whenever you fill up at the gas station. While your car is refueling, pop the hood and give it a few minutes as you squeegee the windows. Remove the dipstick from the engine and wipe it clean. Reinsert the dipstick slowly and remove again to see whether the fluid level falls between two hash marks on the stick. If it’s too low, you may need to add a quart.

When you’re done refueling, start up your engine and check the automatic transmission fluid levels. Make sure you have no loose clothing or jewelry that could potentially get caught in a moving part. You’ll follow the same procedure for cleaning and reinserting the transmission dipstick, and checking the hash marks. Manual transmission is generally checked under the car, with the engine off.

Your owner’s manual can help you find the brake fluid reservoir. Remove the lid and see if it is at least two-thirds full. Add more if it’s below the fill line. Make sure water is not able to enter the braking system; perform this task under an overhang or in your garage.

You need to check your radiator fluid level while your engine is cool; radiator fluid is under pressure and scalding hot from when your engine has been running. After your car has sufficiently rested, remove the radiator cap and look for fluid. If you see it near the top, the system is fine. If not, add more.

Lastly, if you note that any of your fluids repeatedly get low, you may have a leak. This is especially serious where your brakes are concerned. Check under your car after it has been idle in your garage or driveway. Note any puddles that may be forming and check the coloration to determine which fluid may be leaking. Consult a technician at Windsor Nissan for any repairs.

Checking your car’s fluids should be a weekly maintenance routine. This kind of observation and prevention could extend the life of your car. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for your mother’s plants.

Squishing, Squealing, Grinding, Pulling

The rule of thumb is that we learn from our mistakes, but that doesn’t work when it comes to your car’s brakes. The lesson you might learn from a total brake failure is just too costly. Instead learn to look, hear, and feel for signs that it’s time to get your brakes checked. Repairs to brakes are never optional, and they can never be put off for another day.

Squishy brakes are something you feel in your brake pedal when you have to push the pedal further than you usually do. That means either the master cylinder isn’t doing its job or your brake lines might have air in them. Have them both checked.

Squealing brakes usually means that your brake pads are on their last legs. Brake pads are manufactured so they give off this sound when you’ve ground them down to a point where you only have a couple of thousand miles left on the pads.

Grinding brakes means you probably ignored the squealing, and there’s nothing left of your pads. In this case, the metal of the brake pads is now grinding on the rotors, and both will need to be replaced.

Pulling brakes are usually caused by misadjusted brakes, so one side is braking harder than the other and car will actually feel like it’s being steered to one side or another without you doing anything. This can be caused by a sticky brake caliper, grease on the actual brake pads, or a sticky parking brake.

These are all ways to hear and feel your way around your braking system, but don’t forget to simply look. If the ABS light is on, for example, you’ll need to get that diagnosed.

The author Barry LaPatner said “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” Unfortunately that doesn’t work when it comes to your brakes. Bad judgment that involves your brakes is never worth it.

Self Diagnosis Tips from Windsor Nissan

You hear a “clunk” and a “tink” and then you think: oh no, my car needs a new engine. While we all want to try and find out what’s wrong with our vehicles, we should remember that self-diagnosing might not always be the best plan.

The best way to tell a small problem that you can fix from a larger problem is whether or not you have had to deal with it before or if it’s a routine fix. For example, windshield wipers are going to need to be replaced every so often, so don’t be afraid to make the switch. Bulbs are going to burn out, so consult your owners manual and make the fix. However, there are many cases when you should get an expert eye.

For example, if this is a new problem that you have never experienced before, that’s a good indicator that you need to bring in an expert.

There are three main reasons for this. First, you may end up misdiagnosing your vehicle and spending precious time, resources and money on attempting to fix a problem that doesn’t actually exist or not getting to the core of the problem. Second, many times manufacturers are sending new information about all their vehicles to Windsor Nissan and a problem that you’re having could be similar to a problem that other owners have also had. In these cases, the experts truly know best because they’ve seen the problem and had the opportunity to fix it multiple times. Lastly, if you’re not a mechanic, you may end up actually harming your vehicle and doing more bad than good.

If your vehicle is behaving unusually or you’re concerned about something, please visit Windsor Nissan to get a proper diagnosis and get back on the road again. Remember, it could save you money in the long run.

What is a Trasmission Flush?

You’ve heard it before: a transmission flush is a service you simply can’t skip. However, we’re not all mechanics, so it can be difficult to understand why we need this crucial service. A transmission flush can help extend the life of your transmission, so how does it work?

What is a Transmission Flush?

What is a Transmission Flush?

To help prolong the life of your transmission you need to make sure that the fluids that run through it every day are clean. When a transmission is flushed, old fluid is removed with a drain plug and new fluid is added. The combination gives the transmission a “cleanse” that helps to reduce strain on the individual parts within it.

By removing much of this old fluid, you’re also removing any buildup that has occurred over the life of the vehicle and clearing residue from the transmission. Residue can contaminate the fluid and put stress on the transmission as it works, so this is a critical element to the flush process.

When the process is completed, you can be assured that your transmission will operate better and it may even prolong the life of your transmission. Transmission repair and replacements are some of the most expensive services that can be performed on your vehicle, so this is a service you definitely don’t want to miss.

To know when your vehicle is in need of a transmission flush, consult with your owner’s manual. Or you can consult with Windsor Nissan to determine whether or not your vehicle is ready for a flush. If you can do any one thing to improve the life of your vehicle, you shouldn’t overlook it. Consider a transmission flush one of the ways you can do just that.

The Maguire Automotive Group Customer Loyalty Program

The Maguire Automotive Group prides itself on putting its customers first; whether you are purchasing a vehicle or getting an oil change – you’re satisfaction is our number one goal!

The Maguire Auto Group offers the Customer Loyalty Program to all of its customers at the Windsor Nissan and Bob Maguire Chevrolet locations. Signing up for the program is free and there is never any cost to you. It is our way of saying THANK YOU! for being our customer.

With the activation of the loyalty card you will receive: $200 towards the purchase of a new or pre-owned vehicle & $10 towards your next service visit.

Each time you get your car serviced or purchase a part from our parts department, you will have 3% of your bill credited onto your card (so if you spend $100, then you will get $3.00 back onto the card to use as a deduction off of your next visit!).

So stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet or Windsor Nissan today to get your card and start saving some $$ !!

Express Service at Windsor Nissan

Get Back On the Road Faster

Select Nissan dealers now offer Express Service. It’s the same expert service you trust, only faster and more convenient.

Every Express Service includes a Multi-Point Inspection and there’s no appointment necessary. Simply visit your Nissan dealer today to experience Nissan Express Service and get back on the road faster.

Menu of services offered through Nissan Express Service:

Express Oil and Filter Change

  • Complimentary Multi-Point Inspection
  • Express Battery Replacement
  • Express Tire Rotation
  • Engine Air Filter Replacement
  • Express In-cabin Filter Replacement (on most models)
  • Express Brake Inspection
  • Express Wiper Blade Replacement
  • Express Bulb Replacement

Express Service at Windsor Nissan

Express Service Customer Promise

  • Every Express Service Oil and Filter Change will include a Multi-Point Inspection and be completed in 30 minutes or less – or your next Express Service Oil and Filter Change is complimentary. It’s our promise to you.

Express Service at Windsor Nissan

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ is a capable, but moderately sized alternative to full-size trucks.

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ

It’s smaller size can provide better off-road as well as parking lot capability, and its V6 engine is one of the most powerful in its class.

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ

The truck also stands out for its unique Utili-Track system and plentiful interior storage bins.

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ

The Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ

Towing ability is not bad for its size– properly equipped, the Nissan Frontier at Windsor Nissan in East Windsor, NJ is rated to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Tips on Better Gas Mileage from Bob Maguire Chevrolet and Windsor Nissan

Tips on Better Gas Mileage from Bob Maguire Chevrolet and Windsor Nissan

Here are a dozen tips for fuel savings from Bob Maguire Chevrolet’s Certified Service & Windsor Nissan’s Service Departments:

Tune Up: A properly tuned engine can improve fuel economy about 4 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Fixing a serious issue – such as faulty oxygen sensor – can boost mileage up to 40 percent.  And don’t ignore a service-engine-soon light.

Pump Up: Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel economy by 0.3 percent for every one pound-per-square-inch drop in the pressure of all four tires. Do not rely solely on the tire pressure monitoring system to detect an under-inflated tire – it’s best to check tires with a good gauge once a month and check your owner’s manual for more information.

Unpack: Carrying unneeded cargo makes your vehicle work harder and use more gas. The EPA says an extra 100 pounds reduces fuel economy up to 2 percent – even more in smaller vehicles. A loaded roof rack cuts fuel economy by up to 5 percent. About a quarter of each gallon of gas goes toward overcoming wind resistance, so when cargo rides on top of the vehicle, fuel economy is reduced. Even empty ski/snowboard and bike racks can affect aerodynamics, so remove them when the seasons are over.

Slow Down:   While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph, according to the EPA. Every 5 mph over 60 mph is like adding an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas.

Avoid Idling: A car gets 0 mpg when the engine is idling: While it does take a small amount of fuel to restart a vehicle, 15 minutes in the drive-through can burn through a quarter of a gallon of fuel. So that dollar menu is more like a $2 menu.

Chill Out: Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in city driving.

Put it in Overdrive: Using an overdrive gear on the highway reduces engine speed, saving both fuel and engine wear.

Roll ‘Em Down Around Town: Air conditioning reduces fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. Avoid using the air conditioner by rolling down the windows at speeds below 40 mph. At speeds above 45 mph, wind drag uses more fuel than running the A/C.

Unclog: It’s hard to run if you can’t breathe. Older cars without fuel injection and computer-controlled technology can lose 14 percent of their fuel economy because of a dirt-clogged air filter, which also can damage the engine. A clean air filter improves acceleration. An air filter full of dirt makes the engine work harder and can let in impurities that damage the engine. Replacing a severely plugged filter improves fuel economy by up to 14 percent, according to the EPA. In modern cars, replacing a dirty or clogged air filter improves acceleration performance

Use the Right Oil: Because oil reduces engine friction and friction makes an engine work harder, using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil improves fuel economy by 1 percent to 2 percent.

Plan your Trips: Taking your kids to soccer or swim classes? Grocery shopping?  Plan routes and timing to avoid heavy periods of traffic congestion.

Cap Check: Loose or poorly fitting gas gaps not only can trigger a “check engine light” warning, they send 147 million gallons of gasoline into the air as vapor every year, according to a report by the Discovery Channel. A missing or poorly fitting cap can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.

Want more tips? Check with your local Bob Maguire Chevrolet or Windsor Nissan Service Technician.

Bob Maguire Chevrolet

237 Route 130

Bordentown, NJ 08505

609-291-1000

Windsor Nissan

590 Route 130

East Windsor, NJ 08540

609-448-1411

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