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Four Fall Car Maintenance Tips

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October 7, 2015

Fall Car Maintenance TipsFall is finally here. That means that winter is just around the corner. Before winter’s worst comes to cause trouble for your car, there are certain measures you should take to prepare your vehicle for the nasty weather. Here are four fall car maintenance tips.

  1. Replace Old Windshield Wipers

Fall means falling leaves. Make sure that your windshield wipers are in top shape to brush those dead leaves away.

  1. Repair Your Defroster

Cold autumn mornings could mean a layer of frost covering your windows. If you don’t have a properly functioning defroster, it could take quite a while to scrape away all those layers of frost.

  1. Check Your Tires

Don’t wait until the roads are slick to check your tires. Take the preventative measure of checking them during the fall.

  1. Inspect Your Battery Life

Winter can be brutal during your battery. That’s why it’s important to make any needed repairs or adjustments before the weather gets too frightful.

Preparing Your Car for Fall

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September 7, 2015

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September has arrived, and that means fall is right around the corner. One of the best things you can do for the health of your car is be ready for big weather changes like a new season. If you plan on preparing your car for fall, here are some tips you should follow:

Check your car’s important systems. If you like to do a bit of home mechanic work, right as we’re going into fall is a great time to check your belts, hoses, fluids, antifreeze, and anything else that can be affected by warmer weather. Antifreeze can get diluted during summer, and winter is the most important time for antifreeze!

Get ready for snowy weather. This is also the time to add snow chains to your tires and switch out your summer car things with the things you need for colder months.

Prepare yourself for emergencies. You still need emergency food and water rations, but you also need blankets, an ice scraper, and warm clothes like gloves and an extra jacket. You might also want to keep some kind of ice melting spray to keep your windows clear!

Need help getting your car ready for fall? Our service department is here to help!

Tips to Spring Clean Your Car

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March 3, 2015

spring clean your carThe clocks are springing forward and March is almost here; the warmer temperatures of spring are fluttering around the corner–hopefully! And what better way to usher in this new season than to de-winterize? Here are a few tips to spring clean your car.

  1. Focus on the inside. Clear out the trash that has accumulated, vacuum the Cheerios and other debris stuck to the mat, and scrub and/or power wash the sludge that seems to have effervesced into the unknown crevasses. Like Madonna circa 1984, it will feel shiny and new.
  2. Clean away that winter grime! Give your car a rinse and wash—especially focus on your car’s undercarriage, as it can tend to fall prey to corrosion from the salty roads. Clean the pesky “wash me” messages off of the windows, and remember to wipe down the car doorways—no more wondering where that black stain on your pants came from.
  3. Keep up with that upkeep! The white winter days are gone, and with it we usher in the rainy—but also sometimes sunny—days of spring. With that comes new duties for your car, so make sure it is equipped for the new season by checking the tread depth and air pressure of your tires, changing your oil, and adding washer fluid.

We at Hassett Automotive wish all of our readers a happy spring; be sure to come visit us and see our new line-up.