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Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

You Take Steps to Get Your House Cleaned Up and in Working Order in the Spring, Why Not Your Car?

Routine maintenance isn’t something we tend to look forward to or to get excited about. However, it’s one of those things that can stave off expensive car repair bills which are even less exciting. Routine maintenance can also help to get your car back to optimum performance and make it more enjoyable to drive, especially when the weather turns.

Rather than viewing it as something you have to do, make time for your regular 30k, 60k, or 90k mileage maintenance as the weather breaks. When you make plans for spring cleaning this year, put a stop into Duramax on your list.

Why Should Routine Maintenance Be on Your Spring-Cleaning List?

Check Engine Lights

Your mechanic will be able to run a diagnostic check on your vehicle and determine the cause for any check engine lights or other signs that your car might not be performing optimally. Think of it like a checkup or a physical for your car, truck, or SUV. Looking under the hood regularly can make sure that you spot potential problems before they develop into costly repairs. It’s kind of like walking around your house and inspecting it for issues once the weather breaks.

Oil Change

We tend to drive more when the weather breaks which means more wear and tear on our engines. This makes spring is a great time to refresh your oil supply too. Emptying out the sludge like oil that can back up your engine and replacing it with fresh new oil can protect your engine and keep it functioning optimally.

Tire Rotation

Much like changing your oil, changing or more accurately, rotating your tires this spring can keep you safe during spring showers. During your routinely scheduled maintenance, your mechanic will make sure that your tread is wearing evenly to get the best traction and keep your family safe during trips to the park, soccer games, and more. During a tire rotation your vehicle’s mechanic will also check the dept and the wear pattern of your tire’s treads for your family’s safety.

Break Inspection

While the weather isn’t as harsh during the spring, there are still changing weather conditions. Your regularly scheduled maintenance will include a break inspection to ensure that you are safe and able to stop rain or shine.

Cabin Filter

Spring is the time when pollen is at its peak! Make sure that your car is prepared with a new cabin air filter. This filter will be checked during your routinely scheduled maintenance which makes spring the perfect time to schedule this service for your vehicle. Enjoy the weather without the itchy eyes and runny noses this year.

Engine Air Filter

Equally as important, your engine air filter will need replacing routinely. By making your regularly scheduled maintenance part of your spring-cleaning routine you can ensure your vehicle is in tip top shape! Just like your house!

Fluids

Spring cleaning means cleaning yes, but it also means replenishing your cleaning supplies. You need the right fluids to clean your windows and make sure your home is running properly – just like your vehicle. During your regularly scheduled maintenance your mechanic will go through, replacing or replenishing all the fluids from your windshield to your breaks!

Wipers

You might be able to sit on your porch and enjoy the spring showers, but when they happen on your next drive make sure you’re prepared with new wiper blades. Spring cleaning your vehicle includes a wiper inspection to make sure that you have exactly what you need to be safe on the roads this season.

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It’s Beginning to Look Like…Car Trouble

The Time For Winter Maintenance is Now

The winter winds are blowing, and with them comes car trouble. From heaters that won’t work to cars that won’t turn over, cold weather and the wear and tear that comes with it, can do a number on your vehicle. Don’t wait until you start experiencing these problems to bring your car into a mechanic. There’s a good chance you’ll blow your holiday shopping budget if you do.

Instead, stop into Duramx. We might not be Santa’s elves, but we do have a friendly and knowledgeable staff that can help you prep and safeguard your sleigh this season. From new wipers, to snow tires, we have a wide range of products and services that will weatherproof any ride.

Schedule Winter Preventative Maintenance

Don’t forget to ask us about our helpful diagnostics services. We can run a quick check on your vehicle to spot any problems that could be worsened by the winter weather. Think of this kind of like Rudolph shining a light through the fog. You’ll gain visibility into potential problems and be able to fix them before they derail your holiday plans.

Duramax offers both a digital diagnosis and a manual once over to make sure that all of the various parts of your vehicle are working together like a well-trained team of reindeer. If we spot something that is acting up or not working at all, we’ll help you fix it on the spot and in a jiffy. Your vehicle should get you to the holiday festivities, not keep you from them.

Traveling for the Holidays?

Duramax helps you plan for the unexpected during the holidays. No matter whether the roads throw you pot holes, or the winter winds hurtle a storm head on, you’ll be able to safely navigate the holidays.

Don’t be blindsided by bad weather or risk your family’s safety with balding tires. Make Duramax part of your pre-holiday checklist. We’ll handle checking this part twice. With your friends at Duramax, we’ll take your road trip from naughty to nice and enable you to enjoy your holiday travels without worry.

Get to your holiday get-togethers, parties, light up nights, and more thanks to the reliable parts, services, and staff at Duramax.

SUV driving in snowy pass - winterizing your car

Winterizing Your Car

As the holiday season approaches, full of shopping trips and family gatherings, it’s easy to forget about the preparation needed for winterizing your car. Amidst the rest of your holiday planning, it is important that your car is ready for colder weather and icy conditions on the road. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare your car for winter.

Professional Inspection

With the extra strains of winter, a second opinion is never a bad idea when winterizing your vehicle. We recommend taking your car to a licensed professional who will inform you whether the various systems and parts in your car (radiator, brakes, etc.) are in good condition. They can also ensure the fluids (antifreeze, brake fluid, oil, etc.) are at the correct levels.

Gas Up

We recommend keeping your gas tank half full at all times during the winter to prevent freeze ups. Also, if you’re ever stranded, your engine may be the only thing keeping you warm until help arrives.

Battery

It is always recommended that you test your vehicles battery throughout the year, especially during the wintertime. Colder temperatures require more current from the battery in order to get the engine started. To avoid a stressful situation, pack some jumper cables in your trunk and invest in an extra battery to keep in the garage for future use.

Visibility

With the weather changing it is likely that you will be using your windshield wipers more often than not. To ensure your wiper blades are up to the task of winter driving, we recommend replacing them with new ones before the first freeze. Keep your washer reservoir full with a solution that contains an antifreeze agent, which are designed for lower temperatures. If you see any streaks on your windshield or cracks in the rubber of the blade, it is time to change them out. You can replace your wipers at most auto stores, as they are often inexpensive and easy to install. Now is also a good time to check that all the vehicles lights are working properly, so that you’ll have optimum vision at night and other drivers can see you.

Tires

Tire manufactures say the onset of winter weather is a good time to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Air pressure can affect steering, handling, gas mileage, and the life of the tires themselves. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire loses 2-3 pounds of pressure. You can refer to the owner manual to ensure your tires are in acceptable range, and improve efficiency. It is also a good idea to check the tread on your tires before the roads get icy. You can simply place a penny in between the tread, if you can see Lincolns head In full view, it is time for new tires.

Winter Supply Kit

With unpredictable weather conditions, you never know when you may need to change a tire or jump start a battery. Having a box full of winter supplies in your trunk can make all the difference when something goes wrong while traveling on a cold winter day. Here are some suggested items you may want to include: a first-aid kit, a flashlight, blankets, gloves, warm clothes, an ice scraper, jumper cables, road flares, water, non-perishable food, paper towels, extra antifreeze and washer fluid. Amazon carries a plethora of “emergency kits” ranging from entry-level to more inclusive packages that have  radios, phone chargers, and more.  Keep you and your family safe and comfortable while traveling this winter.

We hope these simple steps help you better prepare for a winter void of any major incidents, and that you have a safe and happy holiday season.

To schedule an inspection, give us a call at (503) 363-6888.