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.
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.
Learning how to wax your car the right way is an easy way to keep your car looking great and prolong the life of its paint.
- Electric orbital buffer
- Buffing pads
- Buffing compound
- Car wax
- Microfiber cloths
If your car has any weathered surfaces or scratches, it is a good idea to buff your car before waxing. This removes a fine layer of paint and waxing right afterwards restores the paint’s original shine. However, this should only be done about once a year.
Start buffing by spreading the buffing compound onto the car using a buffing pad without running on the buffer. Work one quarter-panel at a time and avoid chrome, rubber, and glass surfaces. Once the compound is spread, turn on the buffer and work in circular motions, holding the pad flat. Repeat the process across the entire car.
Using a clean buffing pad, apply wax using a gentle pulsing of the buffer, one quarter-panel at a time. Once the wax is applied, let it set for the time required (read the label), and then remove any excess with a microfiber cloth using a circular motion. Repeat across all painted surfaces. Waxing is recommended every three months.
If you are ready for a new car to take care of, please come visit us at Gossett VW Porsche and we will help you find your perfect match.