How to Winterize Your Car

How to Winterize Your Car
Don’t get stuck in the snow!

Getting your car ready for the cold weather is one of the most important things you can do as we get closer to winter. Doing a few simple maintenance tasks can prevent breakdowns and crashes, so follow these tips on how to winterize your car.

First, inspect your fluids. Now is a good time to get an oil and filter change, since clean oil improves engine performance, and you want your engine to be in the best shape possible in this cold weather. Coolant is the most important fluid in your car during the winter, so make sure you have the correct mixture of water and coolant. Otherwise, make sure your fluids are all at the appropriate levels and add some if necessary.

You should also inspect your tires. Do the penny test or check for wear bars to make sure your tire tread isn’t too low—good traction is extremely important when driving on wet roads. If you notice leaks, cracks, bulging, or bad tread, it might be time to replace your tires. You should check the tire pressure regularly and add air when needed, since the cold will mess with the density of the air and reduce pressure.

Have your battery tested at a parts store to make sure it’s charging properly, and check your brake pads for wear. If you notice anything like strange noises or handling issues, get it checked out before it’s too late! Finally, pack a winter emergency kit with anything you might need in the event of a crash. You can find a list of emergency items here!

How to Repair Car Water Damage

Repair Car Water Damage
Did Hurricane Matthew damage your car? Here’s how to fix it.

Rainstorms and flood waters can do a number on your vehicle’s interior and the exterior as well. That can lead to some costly repairs if you go straight to a professional. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to reduce the damage and lower your overall costs. Here are several steps you can take to help repair car water damage from us here at Nissan of Lumberton.

Assess –Before you do anything else, assess the damage. If the waterline comes near the dashboard, odds are the adjuster will simply total the car and you can get a new one. If that’s the case, there’s no point in doing anything but trying to salvage your possessions. Disconnect the battery strap if you’re going to dry out the car as best you can.

Engine – Avoid starting the engine at first, no matter how curious you may be to see if your car still runs. Check the oil and transmission dipsticks. If there are water droplets on either one, make sure to change the oil and filter first. If the oil looks muddy, remove the oil pan and wash it out. Start the engine. If it runs, make sure to change the oil and filter within the next couple of hundred miles as well.

Salvage – Salvage titles are viable for vehicles that have taken on flood damage but don’t bear the damaged look. Make sure to examine used cars for any signs of water damage. It could be a retitled car that had a salvage title in a different state.

We repair all types of Flood Damage including mechanical, electrical and body repair. Our team has lots of experience repairing flood damage. 

Contact us at Nissan of Lumberton if you have any additional questions about car water damage or if you’re interested in a new vehicle.

OEM vs Aftermarket Parts: Which Are Better?

OEM vs aftermarket parts
Parts from A-Z

When you need repairs, one of the first questions you should consider is whether or not to use OEM or aftermarket parts. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer,” which is a fancy way of saying these parts come from the same assembly line as the original component on your vehicle. Aftermarket parts of produced by third-party brands, or independent vendors. Read on to see OEM vs aftermarket parts.

There are pros and cons to these two different types of parts, according to Edmunds. Aftermarket parts are typically cheaper than OEM parts, and there is a wide selection to choose from. Most auto-parts stores stock their shelves with a variety of aftermarket parts, and corner garages tend to use them to save on costs. However, aftermarket parts don’t always compare to OEM parts.

OEM parts are the ideal choice; one reason dealerships almost always use them. These components are a guaranteed fit, because they come straight from the manufacturer. They are also held to a higher standard, and they tend to last longer—one reason many car warranties stipulate that OEM parts must be used. Perhaps best of all, OEM parts come with one-year warranties to ensure durability.

In short, OEM parts tend to be better in the long run. Using aftermarket parts can void your warranty, and they don’t always fit as well as OEM parts. Here at Nissan of Lumberton, we always use the highest quality parts, ensuring your repairs last. Remember, you get what you pay for—don’t settle when it comes to your car.

Helpful Car Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Car Maintenance Tips for the Summer
It’s time to break out the wrenches!

Summer has finally arrived, which is probably good news for you! However, if you’re not careful, summer can be bad news for your vehicle. The summer can cause several complications for your car. Avoid these complications by following these helpful car maintenance tips for the summer!

Change Your Oil

You will probably do a good deal of driving during the summer, especially if you plan on going on a trip. So you will definitely want to change your oil to make sure your car is running at its maximum health.

Replace Your Windshield Wiper

April showers have already come and gone. However, summer is the time of year when thunderstorms become their most violent! That is why it is important to have a good set of windshield wipers installed on your vehicle.

Replace Engine Hoses and Belts

Engines are at risk to overheat during the hotter days of the summer. In order to avoid this overheating, be sure to check if any of your engine hoses or belts need to be replaced.

Check the Health of Your Air Conditioning Unit

The last thing that you want to happen during a hot summer’s day is to be stuck in a car without air conditioning. Have a mechanic make sure that your vehicle’s air conditioning unit is ready for the dog days of summer!