Posts Tagged ‘maintenance’

Maintenance Tips Before Your Summer Road Trip

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Summer is here and families are ready to hit the road and take a much-needed vacation. Make sure your car is ready for the journey by preventing any unexpected mishaps while you’re out of town.

The easiest way to stay prepared is to visit one of our professionals at Hassett and let a mechanic perform a full safety inspection on your vehicle about a week before your trip. Waiting till the last minute to get your car inspected is not good because if something comes up wrong, it could take a few days to get fixed. You do not want last minute auto repairs throwing a wrench in your vacation plans, forcing you to delay your trip.

In a safety inspection, one of our mechanics will give a thorough check of everything from fluid levels, belts, hoses, lights, tires and brakes to make sure your car is ready to cruise the road.

Some of the qualities a safety inspection will cover include:

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General Service Schedule

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Keeping your car up and running doesn’t involve much guesswork, unless you lost or don’t have an owner’s manual. Fortunately, there’s a general guide you can follow to keep your car properly serviced. Here’s a general service schedule from us here at Hassett Pre-Owned so you can keep your car running at peak performance.

 

General Service Schedule - Fluid

Weekly

Drivers would do well to check their windshield washer fluid and engine oil levels weekly, if not more often. Make sure all lights are working, including the dashboard indicator lights. Check tire inflation and condition too.

Three Months/3,000 Miles

Every three months or 3,000 miles, make sure to check the oil, engine air filter, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Inspect the battery, cables, belts, hoses, and exhaust as well.

General Service Schedule - Oil

Six Months/6,000 Miles

In addition to the previously listed items, drivers should check their chassis lubrication every six months or 6,000 miles. Make sure to change the oil at this point if you haven’t already.

12 Months/12,000 Miles

Most vehicles are engineered for minimal attention which is why most items can go unchecked for one year or 12,000 miles. Make sure to check the wheel alignments, steering, suspension, coolant, brakes, and wiper blades.

Over caring for your car won’t hurt, but neglecting general service can lead to disaster.

How to Remove Scratches

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

How to Remove ScratchesCovering up scratches is easier said than done and specialty kits don’t always get the job done. While touchup paint is an option, it’s often noticeable, even from a distance. A blemish on your otherwise perfect car is no good, and if it’s a large scratch, you can bring it in to our service center. But if it’s something small, you can fix it yourself. Here’s how to remove scratches using things found at home.

Before you get started, check how deep your car’s scratches are by dragging your fingernail over them. If your nail gets caught, the scratch may be too deep to fix at home. Clean the scratches so there’s no dirt or grime around them otherwise it could get rubbed into your car’s paint.

Once you’re ready to get started, grab a tube of toothpaste and a damp, soft cloth. Add a few dabs of toothpaste to the cloth and rub each scratch in small circulation motions. Depending on the size of the scratches, the result could be immediate or you may need to keep rubbing for a few minutes.

To speed up the process, use a drill with a buffing attachment. To check if the scratches are gone, lift the cloth. Once they’re gone, you’re all done!

Four Fall Car Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Fall Car Maintenance TipsFall is finally here. That means that winter is just around the corner. Before winter’s worst comes to cause trouble for your car, there are certain measures you should take to prepare your vehicle for the nasty weather. Here are four fall car maintenance tips.

  1. Replace Old Windshield Wipers

Fall means falling leaves. Make sure that your windshield wipers are in top shape to brush those dead leaves away.

  1. Repair Your Defroster

Cold autumn mornings could mean a layer of frost covering your windows. If you don’t have a properly functioning defroster, it could take quite a while to scrape away all those layers of frost.

  1. Check Your Tires

Don’t wait until the roads are slick to check your tires. Take the preventative measure of checking them during the fall.

  1. Inspect Your Battery Life

Winter can be brutal during your battery. That’s why it’s important to make any needed repairs or adjustments before the weather gets too frightful.

Preparing Your Car for Fall

Monday, September 7th, 2015

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September has arrived, and that means fall is right around the corner. One of the best things you can do for the health of your car is be ready for big weather changes like a new season. If you plan on preparing your car for fall, here are some tips you should follow:

Check your car’s important systems. If you like to do a bit of home mechanic work, right as we’re going into fall is a great time to check your belts, hoses, fluids, antifreeze, and anything else that can be affected by warmer weather. Antifreeze can get diluted during summer, and winter is the most important time for antifreeze!

Get ready for snowy weather. This is also the time to add snow chains to your tires and switch out your summer car things with the things you need for colder months.

Prepare yourself for emergencies. You still need emergency food and water rations, but you also need blankets, an ice scraper, and warm clothes like gloves and an extra jacket. You might also want to keep some kind of ice melting spray to keep your windows clear!

Need help getting your car ready for fall? Our service department is here to help!

Tips to Spring Clean Your Car

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

spring clean your carThe clocks are springing forward and March is almost here; the warmer temperatures of spring are fluttering around the corner–hopefully! And what better way to usher in this new season than to de-winterize? Here are a few tips to spring clean your car.

  1. Focus on the inside. Clear out the trash that has accumulated, vacuum the Cheerios and other debris stuck to the mat, and scrub and/or power wash the sludge that seems to have effervesced into the unknown crevasses. Like Madonna circa 1984, it will feel shiny and new.
  2. Clean away that winter grime! Give your car a rinse and wash—especially focus on your car’s undercarriage, as it can tend to fall prey to corrosion from the salty roads. Clean the pesky “wash me” messages off of the windows, and remember to wipe down the car doorways—no more wondering where that black stain on your pants came from.
  3. Keep up with that upkeep! The white winter days are gone, and with it we usher in the rainy—but also sometimes sunny—days of spring. With that comes new duties for your car, so make sure it is equipped for the new season by checking the tread depth and air pressure of your tires, changing your oil, and adding washer fluid.

We at Hassett Automotive wish all of our readers a happy spring; be sure to come visit us and see our new line-up.