You know you need to take care of your car. Maybe you have your oil change schedule memorized and you regularly get your tires rotated. However, another crucial maintenance step is taking care of your battery. Most of us never think about our car batteries until its dead and we need a jump start. If you want to prolong the life of your battery, here are four battery maintenance tips.
Keep your battery secure. A loose battery can become disconnected and bash into other engine parts. This could cause battery acid to leak all over your engine. Make sure your battery is securely fitted into its tray.
Add distilled water. If you do not have a maintenance-free battery, then you must regularly refill it with water. Make sure you only use distilled water.
Clean your battery. Over time, the connections on your battery can become corroded. Unclamp your battery and clean any dirt, grease, and oxidation that has built up. When the connections get too dirty, it can weaken your battery.
Park in a garage. Extreme temperatures can decrease the life of your battery. When you park in a garage, this keeps your vehicle and the battery protected from freezing temperatures and scorching heat.
Road trips are a time-tested way to break away from your routine, relax, and form memories that will last a lifetime. But all of that can turn sour in an instant if your children decide to be rambunctious, disobedient, or just plain loud. So, we compiled a few tips to help keep your kids quieter on family road trips this summer.
Throw on a family-favorite flick
Many of GM’s vehicles — including the family-friendly Chevrolet Tahoe — offer a Rear Seat Entertainment system designed to keep your kids occupied when you still have miles to go before reaching your destination. It allows you to plug in a variety of devices into the set of 12.6-inch screens via USB and HDMI ports and even stream content through the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot. So, pop on one of their favorite movies or shows and let the hours pass in peace.
Develop their sense of direction
Exploring the streets of Collierville and beyond is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to memorize a route. If you have a compass — or if there’s a digital one built into your vehicle — try to direct your youngsters to pay attention to when it changes, and then relate that to the most recent street sign you passed. If it works, they may not have to rely on a GPS as much when it’s their turn to hop behind the wheel.
Play a game
Lots of kids love games, and engaging with their curious and competitive nature is a great way to keep them from getting bored and restless. The most popular standby is certainly “I Spy,” but if you really need to lower the volume, it’s hard to beat the “Silent Game.”
If your vehicle needs a bit of attention before you set off on your next family road trip, the service experts at Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC at Collierville can have you riding happy in a snap.
The joys of spring only bloom with a lot of rain. And, driving in the rain poses challenges that can unnerve even the most confident of drivers. The following safety tips will help you explore Collierville in your Chevy truck when the rain comes down.
Change plans if possible
Heavy rains or flooding are two reasons to stay at home or at least wait out the storm, if possible.
Reduce your speed
Speed and rain are a dangerous combination. Be especially cognizant of reducing your speed when rain first starts to fall. The mixture of new rain with oil on the roads creates slick conditions.
Keep your distance
Just as reducing speed is a good idea when driving in the rain, keeping more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you is a safer way to travel in the rain. You will want as much time and space as possible if you need to brake in a hurry.
Illuminate your path
You would not drive in the rain without putting on your windshield wipers. And you shouldn’t drive in the rain without your headlights on, too. You want to see your path as clearly as possible and you want to be as visible as possible to other drivers, too.
Summer in Tennessee means high temperatures and plenty of humidity. The last thing you want to happen is for your car to leave you stranded on the side of the road on a sweltering day. With a little bit of preventative care, you can help prevent this from happening. Follow these summer maintenance tips to get started.
Check Your Battery
Your car’s battery is highly susceptible to heat. High temperatures can cause the battery fluid to evaporate quickly. Have your battery tested to make sure it’s ready for the season ahead.
Inspect Your Tires
The only thing keeping you in contact with the road is your car’s tires. Look them over and make sure you have enough tread depth, there isn’t uneven wearing, and they’re properly inflated. If you find any problems, have them checked by a professional.
Check Your Fluids
Along with the battery fluid, your vehicle’s other fluids can start to disappear in the summer. Check vital fluids like coolant, engine oil, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid to make sure they are at the proper levels.
Test the HVAC System
If your air conditioning doesn’t seem as cold as it used to, it could need a recharge. Take your car in to have the system checked out.