Tips for Protecting Your Vehicle’s Interior This Winter

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Wintertime can take a toll on your vehicle, inside and out. While we usually turn our attention to maintenance issues like snow tires and fuel line freezes, it’s also helpful to keep your car’s cabin clean and tidy. Here are some handy tips for protecting your vehicle’s interior this winter.

Seats

Both cloth and leather seats need a little extra TLC when wintertime rolls around. Snow, salt, and grime can mess up your upholstery, so consider investing in seat covers. Leather seating should be conditioned to safeguard it against cracking in cold temperatures. And since you won’t be airing out the cabin with your windows rolled down, consider purchasing an air freshener to keep your car smelling nice.

Floor mats

Thanks to all of the sandy, salty slush on the ground, winter can do a number on your car’s carpeting. Protect your vehicle with some all-weather floor mats, particularly if your car’s own mats aren’t water-resistant. If you really want to go the extra mile, consider getting a second pair of shoes to change into before entering the cabin.

Storage and organization

When temperatures drop, it’s hard to stay outside and tidy up the cabin. But without those regular cleaning sessions, you may find your vehicle overrun with wrappers, napkins, and receipts. Corral the trash with an in-vehicle trash bin, so it’s easy to gather up garbage and keep your vehicle looking its best.

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Taking Care of Your Car While It Sits Idle

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Cars are meant to be driven. An idle car will eventually develop issues due to inactivity. These service and maintenance tips will help you ensure that once you start regularly driving your car again, it will be in peak condition.

 

Periodically Start and Move It

 

If possible, let your car breathe a little by starting the engine once every two weeks or so. If you can take it for a quick ride around the block or even just up and down your street, the fluids will circulate and the warm engine will help keep them from “spoiling,” while also preventing rubber parts and gaskets from drying out and stopping tires from flattening on the bottom.

 

Cover It Up

 

If your car is outside, covering it will protect it from the Memphis summer heat, which will preserve your paint job, the interior, and the rubber trim while keeping it fresh and clean. Invest in a soft cover over a tarp, as tarps can scratch the paint and accumulate water underneath, which will lead to rust.

 

Service & Maintenance

 

Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike is committed to helping the people of Memphis by offering pickup and drop-off service and maintenance so you can ensure your vehicle’s health even if you aren’t using it at the time.

 

Fuel Stabilizer & Trickle Charger

 

A fuel stabilizer will prevent your fuel from going bad, while a trickle charger will keep your battery powered.

 

For more tips on how to take care of your car while it sits idle — or to schedule a service appointment — don’t hesitate to give us a call at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike, right here in Memphis, Tennessee.

How To Know When It’s Time For New Tires

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Over time, things on our cars start to wear out. One of the most important things you need to replace is your tires. But how do you know when it is time for a new set? We are here to help with a few things you should check for to know when it’s time for new tires.

Tread Depth

Tread is all of those grooves and wavy patterns on your tires. The rubber in the tread will gradually wear down as you drive. In order to maintain good traction, your tread should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep. Since not many people can tell what 2/32 of an inch looks like with the naked eye, the easiest way to measure this is with a penny. Put a penny with Lincoln’s head pointing down in between the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. Do this on all four tires in multiple places in case your tires are wearing out unevenly.

Age

Even if your tires look brand new, if they are over a certain age, they need to be replaced due to the deterioration of the rubber. Most tire manufacturers recommend you replace your tires if they are around ten years old.

Uneven Wear

If you notice one tire is wearing down more quickly than the others, this is a sign you need new tires and an alignment as well.

If your car needs any maintenance, tire-focused or otherwise, set up an appointment with the service department at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike. We’ll have your ride road-ready in no time.

What Services Need To Be Done At What Mileage?

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Properly caring for your vehicle over time is the best thing you can do to ensure its continued health and longevity. The simplest way to do this is to follow the manufacturer’s service recommendations and stay on schedule. Specific maintenance tasks are suggested at particular mileage counts depending on your vehicle. So, what services need to be done at what mileage?

Many manufacturers follow a 30-60-90 maintenance schedule, which means checking and servicing your car’s major systems at the 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000-mile marks. In between these checkpoints, you should regularly inspect and change your oil (every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on your vehicle), check your tire pressure and tread depth, maintain proper fluid levels, and replace your windshield wiper blades when they start to function less effectively.

Before 30,000 miles: By 30,000 miles, you should change your vehicle’s air and fuel filters to ensure that fuel economy doesn’t begin to suffer due to clogged filters.

Before 60,000 miles: Before you pass the 60,000-mile mark, you should have your car’s battery checked, replace the brake fluid (and pads, if necessary), have your brake rotors smoothed down, and replace the coolant and transmission fluid.

Before 90,000 miles: Once your vehicle hits 90,000 miles, you should check the hoses (as they tend to crack and wear out over time), replace the power steering fluid, check the spark plugs and ignition, and (if applicable) change the timing belt.

Keeping track of your car’s mileage, and what services need to be performed, is a minor time investment that pays big dividends. To have your vehicle cared for by professionals, schedule an appointment with Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike.