Burdick Chevrolet Buick GMC
1. Proper oil and
filter changes: The
engine serves as the heart of your vehicle, so changing its oil based
on the manufacturer's recommendation is perhaps the single most
important thing that you can do to keep your vehicle's engine running
longer. However, you must read these recommendations closely to
determine the correct interval; the interval that matches your
vehicle's operating conditions and your driving habits.
Per GM the service should be performed when oil life is near 20% for
the "normal interval." The
interval listed in the owner's manual applies to vehicles driven
under ideal conditions. While you may consider your driving habits
and operating conditions quite normal, read the fine print. Some
exceptions to Normal
Frequent short trips (less than 10 miles, especially during cold weather)
Stop-and-go city traffic driving
Driving in dusty conditions, on gravel roads, etc.
Driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather
Diesel or turbocharged engine
2. Tires: Tires need to be checked on a routine basis for proper pressure, wear, and for damage. Tire pressure is very important and should be verified at least once a month. Proper tire pressure is noted on the vehicles drivers side door jam. The tire pressure needs to be checked when the tire is "cold" meaning, not after driving a significant distance. In addition to this the tires should be rotated with each oil change. This will provide a full visual inspection of the tire for cuts, breaks, damage, insure proper wear, and maximize tire life expectancy and fuel economy.
3. Filters: Most GM vehicles are now equipped with Cabin Air Filters know as Passenger Compartment Air Filter. This filter plays a very important roll in the operation of the heating and air conditioning system in your vehicle. The filter cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding in a car unpleasant, particularly if you have allergies or other respiratory problems. GM recommends replacing this filter at 22,500, or approximately every 4 oil changes. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you may need to replace the filter annually. However, that also could be true in a climate where there is a lot of dust. Some signs that you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your HVAC system, such as when you crank up the fan too high and you get more noise than results. Another is persistent bad odors. Engine air filters also need to be checked annually and replaced between 40-50,000 miles
4. General Motors recommends that all vehicles should use "Top Tier Detergent Gasoline." At this time Central New York gas stations can not provide us with this fuel. Per the owners manual when Top Tier fuel is not available a fuel treatment should be done. Please ask your Service Consultant for details to assure your vehicle is properly treated to prevent future concerns.
5. Wiper Blades: Wiper blades are probably the most neglected part on most vehicles. Generally drivers fail to have their wipers checked on a regular basis. The problem is that wipers are not thought of until people are caught driving in heavy rain. By then driving conditions are poor and a hazardous situation is unavoidable. To assure that you will not be in that situation, the condition of the wiper blades need to be checked frequently. Blades should be replaced if any rips, cracks, or excessive dry rot is present. At bare minimum they should be replaced annually, but depending on driving habits and condition, more frequent may be required.
6. Battery: Most car batteries are rated to last about five years. A battery may last shorter or longer, depending on the way you drive, the weather and other factors. For example, extreme cold or heat can shorten a battery's life. Taking a lot of short trips is hard on batteries, too, because the vehicle doesn't get a chance to fully recharge them in less than about 20 minutes of driving. If your battery is 3 to 5 years old, it's probably a good idea to have it tested so you don't end up stuck in a parking garage on a dark night. To prevent this, we offer free battery inspections!
7. Seasonal Multi-Point Inspection: Central New York winters can cause a lot of havoc on vehicles. Likewise, our summers can be very hot as we know. These temperatures and driving conditions are different than just about anywhere else in the country. You vehicle needs to be prepared for the coldest of cold, the hottest of hot, and every pot hole in between. A good rule of thumb is to have a complete multi-point inspection performed before and after winter just to know the status of the vehicle and to be able to maintain the vehicle, prior to break down.
8. Appearance: To preserve the vehicle's finish, wash it often and out of direct sunlight. When washing the vehicle use wash that is made for your vehicles finish, not household or dish soap. Foreign materials such as calcium chloride and other salts, ice melting agents, road oil and tar, tree sap, bird droppings, chemicals from industrial chimneys, etc., can damage the vehicle's finish if they remain on painted surfaces. Wash the vehicle as soon as possible. If necessary, use non-abrasive cleaners that are marked safe for painted surfaces to remove foreign matter. Occasional hand waxing or mild polishing should be done to remove residue from the paint finish. Keeping your vehicle clean will assure that your vehicle maintains its value.
9. Annual New York State Inspection: New York mandates that every vehicle goes through an annual inspection at a registered repair station. To avoid traffic tickets, court fees, and possible suspension of registration assure that the inspection is not expired. The square sticker on the drivers side of the windshield, it is punched with a month the inspection expires. Assure that the inspection is performed prior to the last day of that month.
10. Read the Owners Manual: There is a lot of valuable information that can be found in the owners manual. From the operation of all the accessories to the exact maintenance needed for your make and model, it can all be found in the owners manual.