Are You Caught up on Car Maintenance Milestones?

Car Maintenance Milestones | Wiesner of Huntsville | Huntsville, TX

When it comes to regular vehicle maintenance, owners overlook many crucial yet overlooked steps. Staying on top of standard service is a great way to save time and money in the long run by avoiding major repairs, but this can be hard if you don’t know what to keep an eye out for.

If you are second-guessing how you take care of your vehicle, you’re in luck: your friendly neighborhood auto nerds at Wiesner of Huntsville are here to help.

Here are the top four regular maintenance steps you should NEVER overlook:

Oil Change

Everybody’s heard of oil changes, so why do so many car owners put off getting them done? An oil change should never be delayed; driving on low or dirty oil could potentially do irreparable damage to your engine. The frequency with which you should change your oil depends on make, model, and model year; look to your owner’s manual for more information.

Battery Service or Replacement

Most automotive batteries last about six years; when was the last time you replaced yours? Wiesner of Huntsville can test the life and strength of your battery today and make suggestions for battery upkeep or replacement.

Tire Maintenance

Tires require a lot of TLC. They should be rotated regularly (a service that can be provided at Wiesner of Huntsville during your next oil change) and monitored for proper tread depth and pressure. An easy way to check your tire for proper depth is by sticking a penny headfirst into the tread; if you can see the top of Honest Abe’s head, your tires may be too worn for the road. Appointments are available today for tire review and replacement at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Fluid Service

Did you know there are more fluids in your vehicle besides oil and gas? Other fluids that must be monitored and replaced include steering fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, and windshield wash. If you’re noticing a decrease in your vehicle’s performance, it may be due to low or leaking fluids. Schedule an appointment with Wiesner of Huntsville’s service department to diagnose and repair the problem soon – before it’s too late!

If you have any questions or concerns about your car’s service history, contact our service department.

Are You Guilty of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

Common Car Maintenance Mistakes | Wiesner of Huntsville | Huntsville, TX

With just a little bit of expertise, staying on top of a basic car maintenance routine is easy, inexpensive, and the best way to keep your vehicle in top shape. Still, many drivers fail to perform the most crucial parts of vehicle upkeep. Are you guilty of any of these common car maintenance mistakes that could be costing you, and your vehicle, more than you know?

Forgetting about tires

Your tires are the only thing between your vehicle and the road, so it is hard to over-stress their importance. You should regularly monitor tire pressure, alignment, and tread; it is inexpensive and easy to do so and a great way to stay safe on the road and keep your car healthy for years to come.

Neglecting oil changes

When nothing is obviously wrong with your vehicle, it can be tempting to skip a scheduled oil change, but you should never do so. In fact, when you stay on top of oil changes you shouldn’t notice anything wrong with the way your car is running.

Driving with old wipers

Finally, don’t forget that visibility is extremely important when driving in all conditions. While this is common knowledge, many drivers stick with old, damaged wiper blades when they should be replaced.

If your car needs a bit of help to get up to speed on all its maintenance needs, contact us at Wiesner of Huntsville.

How to Replace a Car Battery

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It’s not too hard to replace a car battery – much easier than you think! So if you don’t want to spend the money on a maintenance trip but your battery is shot, you should be able to do this at home by following these simple steps.

Always let your vehicle cool off before you start working under the hood or you might burn yourself. Once the vehicle is cool, find the battery and start by disconnecting the black (negative) battery cable from the battery using a wrench or, preferably, a tool designed for the job like a battery wrench. Be very careful not to let metal touch the battery posts.

Next disconnect the red (positive) cable. There will be a clamp holding the battery in place; remove it and place any loose parts in a secure spot where they won’t get lost. Now, pull the battery out, being careful not to wiggle it too much and hit the sides.

Put the new battery in its place and secure it again with the clamp. Clean it off, remove the caps on the posts, and then apply dielectric grease and put anti-corrosion washers on the posts. Reconnect the cables, starting with the positive.

Winter Car Care and Maintenance

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We’re deep into December, and that means we’re in the thick of winter. In other words, here in Huntsville, Texas, the temperature has finally dipped under 100 degrees for a few days. But seriously, while we may not see any of that white snow that coats the Northern reaches of our continent, just because we’re in Texas doesn’t mean we can neglect important winter car care and maintenance.

Anyone who has lived in Texas can tell you that just because it’s 75 degrees at 8 am doesn’t guarantee you there won’t be an ice storm by 8 pm. Just remember a couple weeks back to the huge storm that covered Dallas in ice. It’s important to be prepared for these eventualities. If you haven’t had a vehicle check-up recently, schedule an appointment with our expert maintenance techs at Wienser of Hunstville today. We’ll check all your car’s important systems and make sure nothing dangerous threatens the safety of your car.

Winter is also a great time to do routine maintenance procedures like replacing your windshield wipers, getting an oil change, and rotating your tires. Check with your owner’s manual—or call us for help—to see if it’s time for any of these actions.

Finally, make sure to keep your car clean—inside and out—to keep your vehicle in the best possible shape for winter wear and tear. Follow these tips and, whether you’re home in Texas or driving through a blizzard in Alaska, you’ll be prepared for anything.