Car Maintenance, Vehicle Tips

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter Wiper Blades | Bangor, ME

Cold weather and snowy, icy roads are hard on vehicles, which is why it’s so important to prepare your car for winter. Follow these tips to get your car ready, and give us a call at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor to schedule a service appointment.

1: Check your fluids. Your oil and coolant are more important than ever in the wintertime because your engine is working so much harder than usual, and you need those fluids to keep all the parts working smoothly. If your motor oil is low or dirty, it might be time for an oil change.

2: Check your tires. Cold weather makes the air in your tires shrink, reducing the pressure, and tires with low pressure have less traction with the ground. Another thing that reduces traction is worn out tread — if your tread is getting low, consider replacing your tires.

3: Winterize your wipers. You can get winter wipers with a rubber cover that are easier to dislodge when covered in ice and snow. Also consider adding a defrosting wiper fluid to your car so you can avoid scraping ice off your windshield in the mornings.

4: Update your emergency kit. In the wintertime, your emergency kit should include blankets, a change of clothes in case your clothes get wet, food and water, and something to help you get out of a snowbank, like sand or cat litter.

Winter is beautiful, but it can be dangerous if your car isn’t well prepared. Stop by Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor, and we’ll have your vehicle in tip-top shape in no time.

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Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall Maintenance Tips | Bangor, ME

Here in Maine, fall tends to come early. With the leaves already starting to change, it’s time to get ready for a new season. Here are a few fall maintenance tips to keep your car in good shape.

Lights

Since the days are getting shorter, you will likely be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly so you can see the road and other drivers can see you.

HVAC

Before the weather gets too cold, make sure your car’s heater is working properly. Test your HVAC system to make sure it works at all temperatures and vent configurations.

Tires

As temperatures drop, so will the air pressure in your tires. Make sure all your tires are fully inflated in addition to looking for signs of uneven wear or shallow tread.

Brakes

If you hear a high-pitched squealing sound when you apply the brakes, this could mean your brake pads are running thin and it is time for a new set. Don’t wait to do this as worn out brake pads can potentially damage the rotors.

Fluids                       

Just like other times of the year, make sure all of your vehicle’s fluids are clean and at the proper level.

Fall is a beautiful season, and we want to make sure you can enjoy its colorful charms as safely as possible. Set up an appointment with the service department at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor and have any issues taken care of.

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3 Reasons to Rotate Your Tires Regularly

Tire Rotation | Bangor, ME

Rotating the tires is one of the easiest — yet most important — things you can do to keep your vehicle operating smoothly and safely. Here’s a look at three reasons why you should make sure tire rotation is part of your regular car maintenance schedule.

It extends the life of your tires

A vehicle’s weight is distributed unevenly, and that means the tires wear unevenly, too. Rotating your tires regularly will help their tread wear more evenly, allow them to last longer, and save you money.

It keeps you safe behind the wheel

Unevenly worn tires can make your vehicle handle unsafely. For example, your front wheels will wear more quickly because they bear more weight, handle the steering, and receive power (if your vehicle is front-wheel drive). Without regular rotations, the tires you rely on most will wear out the fastest, providing less control when you need it.

It helps your car perform more efficiently

When your tires wear unevenly, it forces your car to work harder and burn more fuel. Evenly worn tires, on the other hand, help your vehicle run more effectively and save you money at the pump. Consult your vehicle’s manual for recommendations on how often to get your tires rotated. When it’s time, stop in at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor — our expert staff will be happy to perform this essential service for you.

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5 Indicators that Show You Need New Tires

New Tires | Bangor, ME

Purchasing a new set of tires is costly, but you can save money, time, and your life when you know the warning signs that indicate you need new tires. No matter the season, tires play an integral role in the life of your vehicle. Here is how you can know it is time to purchase a new set.

The penny test

This tried and true method of measuring your tire’s tread is just as easy as it sounds. You can place a penny upside down in the tread blocks of the tire to see how low the tread is. If you can’t see Lincoln’s head, then you’re within the recommended 2/32 of an inch of tread left on your tires. If you see his head, your tires need special attention.

The shakes

If your vehicle is vibrating or shaking at typical speeds of 40-55 mph, schedule an inspection at Quirk Chevrolet of Bangor. Your shock absorbers may be on the fritz or your wheels could use an alignment as well.

Outside bulging

When the outside wall of your tire starts to bulge or tear, that is a cause for concern. Known simply as weak spots, these bulges and blisters could cause a blowout on the road.

What tread?

Bald tires can reduce your car’s ability to gain any traction. Road conditions like wet snow or gravel can be disastrous.

Spare tire problems

Spare tires are not permanent solutions, as they don’t work for everyday driving. While they are one of the best lifelines your vehicle can carry, you must get a replacement as soon as possible.

If you need new tires, find new ones at Quirk Chevrolet of Bangor.

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips

spring vehicle maintenance

Punxsutawney didn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day, which means spring is coming early. Transition your Chevrolet or Cadillac from the cold winter weather with these easy spring vehicle maintenance tasks.

Oil and fluids

Doing an oil change at least twice a year is necessary in optimizing your car’s future performance. The end of winter is a perfect time for the first one, as the cold temperatures take its toll on your engine. Check your other fluids — including the coolant and brake fluid — to see if they are at the right level.

Wipers

Whether you use winter wiper blades or your current pair is worn, replace them and refill your washer fluid. Spring is the rainiest season of the year, and fresh blades will improve your visibility.

Tires

Inspect your tires for damage, leaks, cracks, and low tread. Spring rain creates slippery roads, so you need the best traction from your tires. If you use winter tires, switch them out for your all-season tires. The soft rubber on your car’s winter tires doesn’t play well with warmer weather.

Lights

Check your car’s lights, including the headlights, taillights, turn signals, and fog lights. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.

If you do not have the time or need assistance with your vehicle, schedule a service appointment at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor.

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