The best way to cool the interior of your car is to let the hot air out first. Before you start driving, roll the windows down a bit. Drive for a couple of minutes with them down and then turn the air conditioning on to get the cool flow started. Don’t forget to roll up the windows, though!
Check the filter
Much like your car’s oil, air goes through a filter to work properly. This filter is typically located behind the glove box and also blocks odors from entering the cabin. Be sure to have the air filter checked when you visit us at Avenue Nissan to ensure you’re getting clean, cool air.
Don’t forget the fresh air vent
Your car’s air conditioning system has various features — one of which is the “fresh air vent” that allows the air from outside the vehicle to enter the cabin. Using this every so often is great for freshening up the interior. But be sure to turn on the recirculation button when you’re behind a diesel truck to avoid inhaling those fumes.
Summer in Toronto is about to fade away, leaving us with the crisp air of fall. As the season shift and the leaves change colours, it’s important to start thinking about your car’s autumn maintenance. To help ensure you’re keeping up with car care, Avenue Nissan has put together a list of autumn service tips.
Change out your wipers and windshield fluid
Your windshield wipers see a lot of use during the fall and winter, which is why they should be in tip-top shape. If you haven’t changed them in the last six months, change them now. Switch out your blades and make sure they’re properly installed. Top off your windshield wiper fluid so you can keep your windshield clean this winter.
Check your headlights
The days get shorter and the nights get longer in the colder months, which means you will be using your headlights more. Make sure you replace any worn-out headlights and keep extra bulbs on hand. Give your headlight casings a cleaning if they appear foggy.
Ensure your battery’s working
As temperatures start to drop, so will your battery’s efficiency. Colder temperatures are known to affect battery performance, which means fall is the time to make sure your battery isn’t too old or worn. Clean off any corrosion on the cable connectors and posts. Check that your battery isn’t older than five years. If it is, consider getting a replacement.
Help for all your autumn car care needs is close at hand. Contact our service centre here at Avenue Nissan and we’ll make sure your vehicle gets the seasonal maintenance it needs.
Have you recently cut back on travel or started leaving your vehicle parked for weeks at a time? If you’re not driving your car much, keep an eye out for these problems to ensure that it remains in good shape.
If you go for weeks of time without driving your vehicle,
the battery may eventually run down. To avoid the need for a jump-start, try to
drive your vehicle for at least 20 minutes every few weeks. This will help
recharge your battery and ensure that you won’t be surprised by an engine that
If you leave your vehicle in the same spot for too long, the
tires could develop flat spots. This happens when the weight of the vehicle
sits constantly on one spot of the tire’s rubber and flattens it over time. To
avoid this problem, try to take your vehicle out for an occasional spin to warm
up the tires, and be sure to keep them inflated at the proper levels.
Weeks of disuse can lead to rust on your vehicle’s brake
rotors, and if you leave the parking brake on for too long, the pads can get
stuck on the rotors. Fortunately, starting up your vehicle and going on a brief
drive can help keep these issues from getting too serious.
Even if you’re not using your vehicle often these days, it was designed to be driven — so try to operate it at least once in a while. If you’re running into any problems or need to keep up with regular maintenance, be sure to contact our service department here at Avenue Nissan.
Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming all across the country. This means one big thing — getting your car ready for warmer weather. If you’re looking for some spring maintenance tips to keep your car running smoothly all year round, make sure you keep these in mind.
Don’t forget to switch your car’s tires
As the weather warms up, you will have no use for your winter tires. If you haven’t already, make sure you bring your vehicle into Avenue Nissan to switch your winter tires out for all-season ones.
Spring clean your car
Over the winter, salt and grime will build up on your car’s exterior. Make sure you give your car a good cleaning both in and out — and don’t forget to hose down the undercarriage, too, so you can help prevent rusting in the future.
Fill up your fluids
Check that your vehicle’s fluid levels are all where they should be. This includes oil, coolant, and windshield-wiper fluid.
Check your brakes
Your brakes probably experienced a lot of stress over the winter while dealing with slick, icy roads. Make sure they’re in tiptop condition and get them checked out to ensure you can stop when you want to.
For help with spring maintenance, contact us here at Avenue Nissan. Our service department is ready to give your vehicle the care it deserves!