April is National Car Care Month. Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, The Car Care Council focuses attention on properly maintaining your vehicle through its “Be Car Care Aware®” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to remind you about the many benefits of performing regular maintenance on your vehicle, such as
- Keeping it running longer
- Conserving energy through improved fuel efficiency
- Helping the environment thanks to lower emissions
- Maintaining the value of your vehicle
- Improving highway safety with correctly functioning safety components
Nissan World of Denville, your Denville, NJ Nissan savings headquarters, enthusiastically supports National Car Care Month. We encourage you to take your Nissan or other make/model vehicle to our Service Department so we can assess and perform required maintenance to keep your car running in top condition.
Regular Service Is Important
When you service your vehicle at the regular intervals as spelled out in your owner’s manual, you help to maintain its value. By neglecting to keep your car’s appearance, both inside and out, you’ll possibly get less for it when it comes time to trade it in or sell it. More importantly, you could damage your engine and other critical vehicle components, such as the brakes, suspension and transmission if you put off regular oil changes and other routine service.
Small problems can escalate into big, costly headaches over time. Misalignment, for example, can cause your tires to wear unevenly and wear out prematurely. Waiting until your brake pads wear out can possibly damage the brake rotors, which are costly to replace. Not checking and replacing belts, hoses, and timing chains or timing belts can lead to potential catastrophic engine failure. Ignoring the “check engine light” on the dash could mean serious trouble.
Protecting Your Investment
All of these issues can adversely affect the value of your vehicle. Whether you trade your car in at our Nissan World of Denville dealership or sell your car to a private party, one of the first things people will ask for are the service records. Failure to maintain your car could also void the vehicle’s warranty. That means you’re on the hook for any major repairs.
However, there are several things you can do to ensure that your car holds its value. First of all, you should regularly inspect the following areas on your vehicle and promptly address any issues.
Tires – You should check your tire pressure frequently, at least once a month. Changes in temperature will affect tire pressure. Over under-inflated tires will cause them to wear unevenly and may even lead to a blowout. You’ll find the correct tire pressure printed on a sticker affixed to the inside of the driver’s side door. Take a penny, turn it upside down and put it into the tire tread. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires.
Brakes – Inspect the brake fluid level and fill with the correct type of brake fluid for your car. Use a clean, unopened container to avoid contamination. If you notice that your brakes feel mushy or if they pull, squeak, or pulsate, take them to our Nissan World of Denville Service Department and have our factory trained technicians check them out.
Battery – Corrosive battery terminals make your car harder to start. Remove the cables and clean the posts with a stiff wire brush. You can buy pads that fit over the posts to help slow corrosion buildup. If your car is getting harder to start, have the battery and electrical system checked at our Service Department.
Wiper blades – Inspect your wiper blades to see if there are any cracks or separation. The rubber should be pliable, not hard. If the blades cause streaking, they should be replaced.
Belts & Hoses – Your hoses should be firm, yet still pliable. There should be no soft spots. If the entire hose itself is really soft, or if there’s lots of corrosion where the hose connects to the engine and radiator, it may need replacing. Watch for shiny areas, fraying, looseness, or cracking on belts. If you’re not sure how to do these things, take them to our Service Department for inspection.
Coolant – Check the plastic coolant reservoir and fill it with the correctly formulated coolant for your engine. This information can be found in your owner’s manual. Do not overfill. Do this when the engine is cold to avoid possible injury.
AC/Heating – If your air conditioning or heating systems don’t seem to be cooling or heating your cabin, have then checked by one of our service professionals. You may need to add Freon or possibly replace your A/C compressor.
Air Filters – Dirty air filters are both easy and inexpensive to replace. A dirty air filter can rob your car of power and lower gas mileage.
Lights – Make sure all of your lights are working properly and replace any burned-out bulbs. This is also a good time to check for cracked plastic lenses. If your headlight lenses are cloudy, this could affect the car’s value. You can polish them yourself or have the professionally restored.
Oil & Transmission Fluid – We saved the most important maintenance item for last. Dirty oil and transmission fluid can cause internal moving parts to wear prematurely, resulting in loss of power, reduced fuel economy, and potentially permanent damage. Check your oil regularly and follow your manufacturer’s scheduled oil and transmission change intervals. You should also inspect your power steering fluid and make sure that your windshield washer fluid is topped off.
Get Regular Tune-Ups – Consult your owner’s manual for when your car needs a tune-up as this will vary by year, make, and model. Some cars can go up to 100,000 miles or longer before this service is due. Older cars may need more frequent tune-ups to keep them running properly.
Here’re a few other things you can do to maintain or enhance your vehicle’s value:
- Keep your car garaged
- Avoid Smoking In Your Car
- Keep Your Interior Clean
- Protect Vinyl & Leather Surfaces
- Wax & Polish Your Car At Least Twice A Year
- Avoid Hard Driving
- Drive Fewer Miles
By maintaining your vehicle regularly and quickly addressing any possible mechanical problems, your car will be more reliable, will last longer, will be safer on the road, and will be worth more when you’re ready to sell it or trade it in. It will save you money and pay you dividends in the long run.
Why You Should Service Your Car At Nissan World Of Denville
If you’re looking for a reputable auto repair shop in Denville, there are many reasons why you should take your Nissan to our Nissan World of Denville Service Department. Our knowledgeable factory-trained staff have the expertise to maintain and repair your Nissan correctly. We’re open on Saturdays and have extended hours for your convenience. We only use genuine Nissan parts. We offer free local shuttle service and a free loaner car for major repairs.
We also service all makes and models and are your “one stop shop” for a variety of repairs and maintenance, including collision and dent repair, detailing, tires, window tinting, and much more.
We make it easy for you to schedule an automotive service appointment online and offer many money-saving auto service specials. Call our Automotive Service Department near Parsippany-Troy Hills today at 877-740-9607. Nissan World of Denville is conveniently located at 3057 New Jersey 10 East, Denville, NJ 07834.