How to Prepare Your Car for the Winter

Prepare Your Car for the Winter

As we move further into the fall months, it’s time to start thinking about cold weather car preparation. One often neglected aspect of this seasonal change is that people frequently don’t prepare their vehicles for the colder months. Here is how to prepare your car for the winter.

Prepare Your Car for the Winter

Clean and Wax

 

To protect your car against the inevitable salt barrage that comes with snow, clean your vehicle thoroughly. This means washing the entire exterior and undercarriage before finishing it with a wax job. This will help prevent the salt from eating away at your paint.

 

Fill With Supplies

 

While a majority of people make it through winter without an incident, it’s important to be prepared just in case. Put emergency supplies in an accessible part of your vehicle. This could be things like a warm blanket, food and snacks, emergency flares, an extra phone for emergency calls, and anything else you may be able to use in an emergency. This is often the difference between life and death in a winter accident.

 

Winter Tires

There are special winter tires that many vehicle manufacturers  recommend investing in. You may think your all-season tires will cut it but they don’t have the traction and reliability of a tire made for the icy winds of the season.

 

There are a lot of great things about the winter, but it’s important to be prepared for all scenarios. By following these two simple steps, you will avoid a lot of winter headaches.

 

 

 

What the Check Engine Light Means – Valparaiso, IN

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The check engine light is the most frustrating dashboard indicator light because there are so many things it could mean, from major problems to small issues. Here are some of the most common causes of the check engine light coming on. If you try a few simple fixes and the light doesn’t go off, you should head to a shop ASAP and have them run a diagnostic test to find out what the problem is.

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You could have a loose gas cap, for example. This is a pretty common one that triggers the check engine light. Worn out spark plugs or spark plug wires are also a sign, and while this isn’t the most urgent problem, you will still need to replace them. You may have faulty oxygen sensors, your engine could be wet, or you might have deteriorated fuel injector rings.

Pay attention to your dashboard indicators and see if any other lights have come on in conjunction with the check engine light. Try slowing down and reducing the load on your engine and seeing if that makes the light go off. This isn’t a permanent fix, and you’ll still need to have it checked out, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Most of the issues associated with the check engine light are easy and cheap fixes, so see a mechanic and get them repaired as soon as they arise before bigger problems come up!

J.D. Power U.S. Customer Service Index Study Ranks Buick On Top

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3 service technicians

Buick is ranked by J.D. Power as one of the top 20 in dealer service.

If you want quality customer service, then look no further than a Buick dealership. The Buick brand was recently recognized as one of the top 20 mass-market brands in dealer service satisfaction, according to the 2015 J.D. Power U.S. Customer Service Index Study. This honor highlights how buying a Buick isn’t just about getting a premium-level car for a value-oriented price—it’s about getting terrific customer service, too.

“Superior reliability, quality, and customer service is core to every model we bring to the market,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Leading the market in service satisfaction demonstrates that we and our dealers continue to deliver on that commitment.”

The winners of this accolade were determined from data gathered from a survey taken of owners and lessees of vehicles that were 1 to 5 years old. This survey asked the individual car owners what their satisfaction with the product was, focusing on five specific areas—service quality, service initiation, service advisor, service facility, and vehicle pick-up.

 

If you want to see just how superior Buick customer service is, then stop in to Paul Sur Buick GMC today!

High Time for Your Car’s Spring Cleaning

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Woman happy on a spring day

Spring is almost here! (HOPEFULLY)

Are we there yet? This winter has been particularly cold, snowy, and windy, but spring is almost here. Those of us at Paul Sur Buick GMC could not be more ready for the sunny, mild days of spring driving, and to share our enthusiasm, here is a checklist to help with your car’s spring cleaning!

  1. Spray the undercarriage. The salty brine of the pothole-ridden roads can agitate your car’s underside. A thorough spray (no soap necessary) will help keep rust at bay.
  2. Vacuum inside. By removing the salt and sand, you’ll avoid grinding it into your mats. You can optionally choose to shampoo your floor to make it look and smell new.
  3. Swap tires and wipers. Chances are you’ve been using winter tires, get them off to avoid excessive wear. Also, wipers get shredded by ice; get some new ones for the spring rain.
  4. Replace your cabin air filter. Allergy season is coming, and there may still be leaves and debris from last autumn stuck in the filter. Get a new one for spring.
  5. Check fluids. Not just your wiper fluid, but the transmission, oil, and brake fluid need to be checked too. If you don’t feel comfortable with this step, give the Paul Sur service department a call, and we will be happy to help!