Archive for December, 2017

Chances are you’re enjoying the last of the Holiday cookies and preparing for a New Year’s feast while thinking about getting on the treadmill and losing that last 25 pounds. While New Year’s resolutions for self-improvement are a grand idea, why not take some time and create a New Year’s resolution for your vehicle? You’re probably just about to take that wrapping off a 2018 calendar and put it in a prominent spot. When you write all the family birthdays and anniversaries on it, include some maintenance visits to your local Chapman Arizona dealerships. Spending a few dollars on routine maintenance through the year will help stave off any huge repair bills later on.

First Quarter (January-March)

Start the New Year off right with an oil change and complete inspection of your vehicle. The Chapman service pros will make sure all your fluids are topped off, your battery is in good shape and rotate your tires. Your service advisor will be able to make you aware of any larger problems or service recalls that you can either take care of at the time, or plan for future visits. Now’s the time to also review the long-term maintenance schedule in your vehicle’s user manual and budget for expenditures for the year.

Second Quarter (April-June)

If April showers bring May flowers, it’s a certainty that May and June will bring roasting temperatures to the Valley of the Sun. Don’t think about summer just yet, but put a reminder on your calendar to get your cooling system and air conditioning checked out. A/C is the only thing that separates us from the animals in the summer. It’s also time for another oil change and fluid inspection to extend the life of your car. With the monsoon season just around the corner, now’s the best time to replace your windshield wipers.

Third Quarter (July-September)

Take some time to walk around the vehicle and do your own inspection. Are your headlights fogged up? Do your turn signals and brake lights work? Is there a mysterious puddle forming under where you normally park?  This could be a good time to replace your cabin and engine air filters, especially if you balked at the option when it was pointed out to you at an earlier service visit.

Fourth Quarter (October-December)

If your monthly service bills added up to more than the cost of a car payment, this is a great time to consider putting old Betsy out to pasture and getting into a new vehicle. All the Chapman Arizona dealerships offer great year-end model sales so they can move the old stock out and make way for the new. It’s a perfect opportunity to not only save thousands off the price tag, but also get great lease and financing rates. With December right around the corner, there’s no better way to show your love than to surprise someone with a new vehicle and a bright red bow in your driveway.

One of the best things, if not the best thing, about living in the Valley of the Sun is the moderate daytime winter temperature. While you watch wind chills of single digits and blowing snow attack other parts of the country on the news, you can enjoy an ice tea and a good book in your chaise lounge on the patio. While you enjoy the daytime temps in the 70s, don’t forget that those nighttime temperatures can easily dip well below freezing, especially in the outlying areas of the Valley. Now’s the time for a coolant check and flush at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. If your coolant has gone bad, or if perhaps you had a cooling system event during the summer and just replaced the lost fluid with water, your vehicle could be in danger of freezing. That can be a costly expense that can easily be avoided with some fresh anti-freeze.

Dangers Range from a Little to a Lot

Don’t panic if your coolant does freeze some cold winter night. Chances are that it will turn more to slush than hard ice. If that occurs, the water in the engine will melt when your car heats up, but the radiator will probably remain frozen. You’ll notice a problem if steam comes rolling out from under your hood. That will tell you that the coolant could not flow through the radiator. If you stop immediately, the damage should be kept to a minimum. Also keep an eye on your temperature gauge. If it rises quickly and stays pegged in the high range, pull over and get help. In a worst-case scenario, your car’s engine block will crack due to the frozen water. Your car may run, but the oil and water will mix causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Many Benefits to Coolant Flush

If you have had your car for a few years and have never had the coolant flushed, now is the time to head to any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and have that inexpensive service completed. Along with replenishing your system with fresh coolant, a coolant flush also removes any rust and deposits, can extend the life of your water pump, removes any other contaminants that come from degraded coolant and exposes any small leaks that might be developing. The Chapman Arizona technicians will put your system under pressure, which will reveal any small cracks or pin holes in your hoses. While you have your vehicle in for service, get an oil change and tire rotation so you can start the New Year off right and enjoy many miles of happy driving.