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.
Yes, it is about that time: Car Wash Season is here! Break out your snazzy sunglasses, your garden hoses and your car soap because it’s time to make your car sparkle, shine and shimmer! From experience, there are two ways to go about this during summer; bring your car to a car wash (if you bring your car in to Windsor Nissan for service we will wash it for you, free of charge!) or wash your car yourself. Washing your car on your own can be a timely, tricky and messy ordeal. But Windsor Nissan is here today to give you step by step instructions on how to wash your car like a car washing guru!
Step 1: When to wash your car? The best time of day to wash your car is when the sun is setting. If you wash your car at the height of the day, in the blistering sun, the water will dry and icky white marks will form. There is no way you could go cruising in a car with white watermarks?!
Step 2: Buying the right materials. One of the most common mistakes people make when washing their cars is not buying the right type of soap. The only type of soap you should use on your car is car wash soap, which you can buy in concentrated form or pre-mix form. Either way, make sure that it is car wash soap. For example, if you use dish washing soap it can remove the wax from your car! Dish washing soap was designed to remove animal fat from fired ceramic plates/dishes, and when it is used on cars it attacks with the same motive: removing anything and everything from the surface of what it’s cleaning – that includes car wax! So, be very careful with the type of soap you use because you don’t want to end up with a half waxed car.
Step 3: Start washing your car! After you have picked out the right soap, have your bucket, water, sponge, and Shammy/terrycloth towel ready – it is time to start having fun! The first thing you want to do is rinse off your entire car. Hosing your car down will get off excess dirt that, when mixed with soap, could scratch your clear coat. Trying to fix that damage is costly, and a burden you shouldn’t have to bear!
Step 4: Properly soaping up your car. NEVER soap down your entire car! If you soap down your entire car, then start to hose it off section by section. The soap can start to dry and damage the surface of your car. You should always soap up your car in sections. Start by completely soaping the hood of your car, then wash it down. Move on to the fenders and the roof, repeating the same process. This will prevent the soap from drying and damaging the surface of your car…woo!
Step 5: Rinsing and drying. After you have soaped and rinsed, it is time to rinse again. Coat your entire car with water and then take a Shammy or a terrycloth towel to dry your car off. When drying your car, make sure to gently dry from the top to the bottom. This will prevent some watermarks from forming, and will make your car glisten like you bought it yesterday!
Step 6: Show off your car! If you have completed steps 1-5 you are ready to show off your shiny, sparkling clean car to the world!
What do brakes do?
When you push your brake pedal, it generates hydraulic pressure in your vehicle’s master cylinder. This pressure flows through the hydraulic lines and hoses to the wheel cylinders and calipers, forcing the shoes against the drums (drum brakes) and the pads against the rotors (disc brakes). The resulting friction slows your vehicle and is relative to the amount of force applied at the brake pedal.
Typical Wear n Tear
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car & will eventually need replacement.
Several factors that affect wear include:
• Driving habits
• Operating conditions
• Vehicle type
• The quality of brake lining material
Bad Brake Signs
• Car pulls to one side during braking
• Brake pedal pulsates when you press your brake pedal
• Noise when you step on the brake pedal
• Repeatedly need to add brake fluid to the master cylinder