Spring Clean Your Car to Get Rid of Winter

Now that spring is officially here, it is time to spring clean your car. Spend a sunny afternoon with your car to get rid of all the gunk and grime that has built up over the past few months. Follow these simple steps and your car will be in prime condition, ready for spring.

Spring Clean Your Car

  1. Clean your car. Take out all the trash and junk and wipe down all the hard surfaces in your car. Next clean any stains on the upholstery or carpet and, finally, vacuum from top to bottom.
  2. Wash your car. You want to wash away all the salty build-up on your car. Don’t forget the undercarriage, which likely is the worst part.
  3. Get new wiper blades. Your wiper blades don’t last forever and industry experts recommend replacing them every 6-12 months. If yours are stuttering, leaving streaks, or have cracks, it is time to get a new set. Check your rear wiper, too, if you have once.
  4. Inspect your tires. Look for any cracks or signs of extreme wear. Make sure your tread depth is adequate and check your tire pressure.
  5. Check your fluids. Check your fluid levels and top off, if necessary. Check the washer fluid, oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.

If you need help getting your car ready for spring, schedule a service appointment at Teague Chevrolet today.

When to Perform Regular Vehicle Maintenance, By the Mile

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With so many aspects to take care of and so many numbers to keep in mind, vehicle maintenance can be challenging. How many miles should you drive before you get an oil change? Before you change your transmission fluid? What about before you change your spark plugs.

If you’re confused, you can use this easy schedule of regular vehicle maintenance to guide you:

  • Every 5,000 Miles – The cautious driver should get an oil change every 5,000 miles or so, though some argue that you can wait a bit longer in between changes. Check your vehicle manual to know for sure on your model.
  • Every 15,000 Miles – At this point, it’s time for a serious check-up, including an air filter change, tire rotation, and an inspection of your brakes and engine.
  • 30,000 Miles – Now it’s time to change your transmission fluid and fuel filter, in addition to the regular 15,000-mile maintenance.
  • 60,000 Miles – For this mark, you’ll want to take care of all the other milestones previously mentioned and change out any belts or hoses that have seen better days. You may want to change your spark plugs too, depending.

For more information on regular vehicle maintenance, or to make an appointment with our service center, give us a call or pay us a visit any time, here at Teague Chevrolet.

Signs You Need New Brakes

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How fast your brakes wear largely depends on how and where you drive, making it one of the more inconsistent systems to maintain. Fortunately there are a few notable signs to alert you to a problem. Here are a few of the more common signs you need new brakes. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, stop by Teague Chevrolet and we’ll be happy to diagnose the problem!

  • Pulling – If the car pulls to one side when you press the brake pedal, the brake lines might be wearing unevenly. There could also be something in the brake fluid that doesn’t belong there. Either way, schedule an appointment with our service department as soon as possible!
  • Screeching – One of the most well-known signs you need new brakes comes in the form of a loud, ear-piercing screech. Created by metal hitting metal, the screech means that either you haven’t driven in a while or you need new brake pads. Since it signifies a threat to your safety and the safety of others, it’s important to have your vehicle serviced immediately.
  • Vibrating – Vibrations in the brake pedal can be a sign of warped rotors or that you vehicle is improperly aligned. Either way, have one of our technicians check out your braking system. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all!