The beginning of spring means more than just the first signs of blossoms. It also means that your car is ready for some seasonal maintenance. These do-it-yourself vehicle maintenance tips will help you take charge of caring for your car and ensuring that it’s ready to handle the season ahead.
Change Wiper Blades
You should be changing your wiper blades about every six months, and after being battered by the snow and ice of winter, spring poses a great time to make the switch. Consult your owner’s manual to determine the right size blades for your ride and swap out your old wipers for a new pair.
Check the Tires
Winter also delivers a beating to your tires, both in terms of air pressure and on-road hazards. Once the snow and ice have melted, take the opportunity of a warm day to check your tires’ air pressure and inflate them to the manual-recommended PSI. While you’re at it, check for signs of wear including bulges, cracks, or low tread levels.
Check the Lights
It’s important that your vehicles lights are all in good working order, which is why you should do a quick walkaround to make sure that your headlights, taillights, and brake lights are all illuminating properly. If you notice dulling, you can also wash your headlight and taillight housings using glass cleaner or even toothpaste.
While these three maintenance procedures are all fairly easily performed on your own, it’s just as quick and simple to have them performed by the service technicians at Gossett VW Porsche when you stop in for your seasonal tune-up.
Your windshield wiper blades are imperative for complete visibility when the rain starts coming down in springtime. After a long winter of fending off snow and ice, it may very well be time to swap in a new set of blades. If you’ve noticed signs of aging and want to get up-to-date with a new pair of windshield wipers, here’s what you need to do to replace them.
Find the Right Blades
Every vehicle has specifically sized wiper blades, which means that you have to know what your vehicle requires before making a purchase. This information can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual. You can order blades directly from the manufacturer’s online store, or you can bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Porsche and get the proper pair.
Out with the Old
To remove the old wiper blades, you must first pull the wipers up so that they’re perpendicular with the windshield. Push in the tab where the wiper arm meets the blade, then pull the blade down towards the windshield to remove it.
While you are changing the blades, it’s a good idea to place a towel down on the windshield. That way, if one of the wiper arms snaps down, the windshield will be protected from impact damage.
In with the New
Slide the new wiper blade onto the wiper arm just as you slid the old one off, starting at the base and pulling it upward into position until you hear it snap into place. Gently lower the blades onto the windshield and test to see that they are working properly.
Replacing wiper blades is an easy process, and it’s one that we’re happy to perform for you when you bring your vehicle in for service at Gossett VW Porsche. If you’re due for an appointment and feel like you’re due for new windshield wipers, make sure that you make a note of it when scheduling and we’ll give you what you need.
Porsche is a world leader when it comes to performance and technology, and the brand has created some of the most powerful cars and systems in the world. Recently, Porsche created Porsche Traction Management (PTM), a new generation of powertrain technology that will be featured on the 911 Carrera 4, 911 Targa 4, 911 Turbo, Cayenne, Macan, and the Panamera models.
According to Porsche, the PTM system works to improve driving dynamics, as this all-wheel-drive system distributes torque between front and rear more quickly than other AWD systems. There’s also a permanent monitoring system so the PTM system can actively respond to changes, and the PTM technology can adapt to pre-set control for different driving situations.
“The principle philosophy for any Porsche with active PTM is the same: Enhanced driving dynamics, improved driving safety, increased traction for an even sportier driving experience. This is why Porsche developed its own all-wheel-drive system, which has long been the benchmark in terms of speed, compactness and intelligence,” reads the Porsche press release.
PTM technology is paired with an electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch to assist in transferring power. While PTM will improve performance on the track, especially while cornering, the new system optimizes vehicles for off-road use.
To learn about the new and exciting technologies Porsche is offering today and in the future, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.
Bad driving habits—we all have them, and they can do serious damage to your car over time. From speeding to tailgating, bad driving habits are surprisingly common, as many drivers forget what they learned in driving school. However, there are several driving habits that you may want to cut out as soon as possible because they can also be quite bad for your car.
According to Autoblog, one of the most common bad driving habits among sports car owners is resting your hand on the shifter. You should never put weight on the shifter unless you’re actively changing gears, as this can put unnecessary weight on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizers, wearing them down over time. Keep both hands on the steering when possible, and if you prefer to drive one-handed, rest your elbow on the windowsill.
While you might feel that your vehicle has stopped itself just fine when you put it into park, you should always use the parking brake, even on minor inclines. That’s because the entire weight of your car rests on the parking pawl if you don’t use a parking brake. The pawl is a small piece of metal in the transmission, and it’s not really designed to hold heavy loads. Not using the parking brake can lead to serious transmission failure down the road, so put it on anytime you are not on a flat surface—just remember to disengage it before you start driving again.
Avoid revving the engine when it’s cold. While it can be tempting to warm your car faster, the rapid change in temperature caused by revving a cold engine can crack and damage engine components. In short, just let your car idle for a couple minutes before you hit the accelerator.
The bad habits you break today might be the ones that increase the longevity of your vehicle. If you have service and maintenance needs, bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Porsche and our service experts will get you back on the road quickly and efficiently.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas may be new to the scene, but it’s already getting awards. VW recently announced that the 2018 Atlas has been named MotorWeek’s Best Large Utility in the magazine’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards. The awards ceremony was held during the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which is considered the largest consumer-driven auto show in North America.
“Even though Volkswagen is a bit late to the large crossover party, they more than made up for lost time with the Atlas,” said John Davis, MotorWeek creator and host. He went on to compliment the vehicle, saying that “the Atlas is roomier than just about everything else it competes against,” and mentioning its extreme comfort, quiet ride, and laundry list of technology features that are sure to impress.
To choose the winners in each category of the annual Drivers’ Choice Awards, the automotive magazine’s editorial staff evaluates more than 150 vehicles every year. The editors examine driving performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency, and value.
The 2018 Atlas is the brand’s first three-row SUV, designed specifically for the American market. This vehicle, which is available now at Gossett VW Porsche, has two engine options and five trim levels. It even offers all-wheel drive on select trim levels, and is assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, so come see for yourself what makes the 2018 VW Atlas so award-worthy.
Driving in the spring means that, occasionally, you’ll have to drive in the rain. Wet roads can lead to a number of potential hazards, which is why we here at Gossett VW Porsche want to provide you with some tips on how to drive in the rain safely.
Keep an eye out for hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle gets more traction on the water covering the road than the road itself, which causes your vehicle to begin sliding. If this occurs, remember to slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in a straight line to help regain control of your car.
Keep cruise control off. Cruise control is a fantastic feature to have when the roads are dry, but it can actually make you at more risk for hydroplaning. Keep cruise control off on wet roads, because when it’s on, if you do hydroplane your car will actually try to go faster.
Increase your following distance. When roads are wet, it can be difficult to stop on a dime, so give yourself plenty of time to react to traffic by adding one or two seconds to your following distance when you’re behind another car.
Turn on your headlights. Many people forget that all states require you to turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are on – even if it’s a sunny rainstorm. When visibility is low, you want to make sure that you can see everything around you more easily and that others can see you, too, so lights on!
The rains are coming, so make sure to keep these tips in mind in the coming months. Stay safe out there!
Over the past decade or so, in-car technology has taken big steps forward and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, in a recent announcement, we learned that Volkswagen’s future lineup will include artificial intelligent technology. To make this possible, VW is teaming up with NVIDIA, a tech leader in artificial intelligence engineering.
“Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car,” Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said. “Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future.”
In the not-too-distant future, VW says we will see vehicles that have AI assistants built in that will help with voice commands and gesture and facial recognition. These vehicles will be both safer and more enjoyable to ride in.
VW will begin gradually introducing autonomous and AI driving capabilities starting in 2020. This will go hand-in-hand with its goal to have a lineup of more than 20 fully-electric vehicles by 2025.
Here at Gossett VW Porsche, we are excited to see where the future of mobility will take Volkswagen and the rest of the automotive industry.
Just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything fun to do. In fact, you can have tons of fun in Memphis this winter with of these events below.
- International Blues Challenge. Kick your winter blues by listening to some blues. The 32nd International Blues Challenge will take place January 16-20 at clubs up and down Beale Street. These solo and group acts compete for cash prizes and more.
- Fences. Watch the dramatic on-stage performance of this Tony Award-winning play. It runs at Theatre Memphis through February 4th.
- Basketball. Spend an evening at the FedEx Forum and catch a basketball game.
- Polar Bear Plunge. If the idea of jumping into freezing cold water excites you, sign up for the Polar Bear Plunge. It will take place February 3rd at Mud Island River Park. After everyone takes the plunge, there will be a chili cook-off to warm everybody up.
- Pink Bride Bridal Show. If you know someone who is planning a wedding, be sure to make a stop at this bridal show held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on February 4th.
Which of these winter events would you like to attend this year? If you are looking for a new car this year, be sure to come visit us here at Gossett VW Porsche.
A new year is a perfect opportunity to refocus on what matters most in life. This year, give these car care New Year’s resolutions from Gossett VW Porsche a try and enjoy a healthy, happy vehicle!
Stay on top of your oil
Make the resolution to habitually change your oil this year. Before January even starts, plan out exactly when you’ll change your vehicle’s oil and challenge yourself to stick to the plan. This is an extremely easy and cheap way to greatly extend your car’s life and protect its resale value.
Don’t ignore the lights
If you’ve been driving around for a while with one or more warning lights illuminated on your dashboard, now’s the perfect time to actually address the problem. Whether it’s the check engine light or your tire pressure indicator, start the New Year fresh by taking care of old problems!
Schedule seasonal check-ups
Perhaps it seems like a waste of money to have your car checked out if it’s not causing you any trouble, but regularly taking your car to a technician to get checked out will save you money in the end. When caught early, most car problems are much cheaper to fix than if you wait until something goes terribly wrong.
Most important, though, is resolving to drive safely and responsibly all year long. Doing so is the best way to protect your car, and everyone along for the ride.
If getting things in order before Christmas day arrives is stressing you out, you’re in luck. Use these easy Christmas hacks from Gossett VW Porsche and make preparing for the holidays a breeze this year!
Freeze whipped cream for a perfect hot chocolate topper
What’s better than a warm cup of hot chocolate on Christmas morning? This year, take things to the next level with some homemade hot chocolate toppers. All you need is some cookie cutters and room in the freezer.
Reuse Thanksgiving decorations
Why put your Thanksgiving decorations away when you could use them again for Christmas? If you still have autumn gourds leftover, use some white paint to quickly turn them into festive winter snowmen. Of course, you might want to find something else if they’re starting to rot!
Pin the nose on the reindeer
Looking for an easy way to keep the kids out of the kitchen while you finish up the cooking? Repurpose an old tack board to create a fun “pin the nose on the reindeer” game that will keep the kids happy and busy while you finish up dinner.
If you’re short on time this holiday season, don’t sweat it—take advantage of these awesome Christmas hacks and get ready for the easiest holiday season ever.