Fall Car Maintenance

car maintenance

Always check your car’s battery

With the hustle of the start of the school year, most people’s schedules are about to get a lot busier. But, as always, it’s important to remember to take care of your car in the midst of it all. Use these car maintenance tips from Lewis Nissan to get you and your car ready for the fall season.

Tires

The condition of your tires is largely responsible for how efficiently your car is performing as well as for how safely it can drive in inclement weather. That being said, the beginning of fall is a good time to give your tires a closer look before the cold weather rolls in. Check to see that the tread isn’t too worn and that there are no visible signs of wear, like bumps or cracks. If you really want to play it safe, bring your car in to have a professional take a look and give your tires a rotation.

Wipers

Fall tends to bring a lot of rain along with it, as well as fog, frost, and even snow. Be ready for the weather by replacing your wiper blades. It’s easy, inexpensive to do, and will make a huge difference when it comes to visibility.

Battery

An old battery can sometimes work fine in mild weather, but once it starts to get cold it may have trouble starting. Get your battery checked now so that you can replace it if it’s time. Otherwise, you may be stuck needing a jump unexpectedly.

Don’t’ forget to check out our other seasonal car maintenance tips and visit our DIY tips for year-round services!

Gas Pump Safety Tips

Gas Pump Safety - Gas PumpWhile filling up your gas tank is usually a mundane task – and one you’ve probably been doing since you first started driving – there are a few things you should know to ensure a safe an incident-free fill-up every time. Here at Lewis Nissan, we’ve come up with five gas pump safety tips you should make habit.

Shut her down. Make sure you always shut your car down before refueling. Opening your gas cap will signal to your car that there is a leak in your fuel system, which will engage your check engine light. Leaving the engine running is terrible for your car, and can also be dangerous.

Stay off the phone (and other electronics). Fuel is a dangerous and combustible fluid, making it imperative that you pay attention to everything happening around you at the pump. Directing your attention to your phone both makes you less aware of your surroundings, and can prove to be dangerous.

Avoid fire. This may sound obvious, but it’s well-worth mentioning. Avoid smoking, lighting matches, or anything else that could ignite the fuel.

Don’t walk away. Never leave your vehicle while you are refueling. Although pumps are engineered to automatically shut down when the tank is full, it’s impossible to know for sure that it won’t malfunction, leaving gallons of flammable liquid on the ground.

Only used approved containers. When filling a container with gasoline, be sure it’s an approved container. Only fill the container when it’s placed on the ground, and keep the nozzle inside the container until it’s about 95 percent full, leaving room for expansion.

For more information, visit nfpa.org.