Car Maintenance, Service

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.

Car Maintenance, Service

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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