Tips for Keeping Your Nissan’s AC Cold This Summer

Tips for Keeping Your Nissan’s AC Cold This Summer | Toronto, ON

Now that the weather is warming up, you’ll probably be using your car’s air conditioning system a lot more. Here are some ways to keep your Nissan cold this summer.

Roll the windows down

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.

If you notice any foul odors or encounter any issues with your car’s air conditioning unit, feel free to contact us or visit our service team at Avenue Nissan in Toronto, Ontario.

Try These 3 Autumn Car Care Tips

Autumn Car Care | Toronto, ON

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.

Not Driving Your Car Much? Watch Out for These Problems

Not Driving Your Car Much? Watch Out for These Problems | Toronto, ON

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.

Battery drain

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 doesn’t start.

Tire flat-spotting

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.

Brake rust

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 Maintenance Tips to Help Your Car Run Well

Spring Maintenance Tips | Toronto, ON

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!