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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle
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If you're reading this article in Augusta, GA, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at The C & C Auto Show tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety.
At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for Augusta residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficiently and prevent breakdowns. In a typical owner's manual you'll find: oil change, brake fluid and pad change, coolant system service, transmission service, battery electrolyte levels, cables and terminals, tire pressure and wear, CV boots, cabin air filter, air conditioning, heater, fuel filter, air filter, belts and hoses, power steering fluid, differential service, fuel system cleaning and wheel alignment. And then there are mechanical service requirements like timing belt changes, valve adjustment, steering function, engine and exhaust leaks - yeah, it is a really long list!Fortunately, this isn't a test: Augusta residents don't need to have it memorized. Your friendly advisor at The C & C Auto Show has access to your manufacturer's recommendations. Don't be surprised when your service advisor at The C & C Auto Show reminds you something is due. Your manufacturer has taken great care in putting together your maintenance schedule. Let The C & C Auto Show help you stay on top of maintenance. You can expect them to suggest recommended services and tell you what problems they find under the hood. We'll also explain how urgent these services are so you can work them into your budget.
The C & C Auto Show 990 Telfair St. Augusta, GA 30901 706-863-5800
Augusta Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules
Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Augusta drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Augusta drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Augusta?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero GA temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in GA?Do you drive often in dusty Augusta areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Augusta?Do you drive in very hot or very cold GA weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Augusta on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Augusta surface streets?
Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and the standard recommendation is 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers. You know that you need to change the oil somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 miles/5,000 and 8,000 kilometers. Analyze your driving patterns and Augusta weather and road conditions to determine which end of the spectrum you're closer to.Why should Augusta residents care about this? Normal condensation causes moisture accumulation in the engine oil. Short trips around Augusta or winter driving means that the engine doesn't heat up enough for the moisture to evaporate. The water in the oil turns to oil sludge that clogs up your engine and doesn't let the oil protect it adequately. That's why GA residents need to change their oil more often – to clean the sludge out before it causes problems.
Carrying heavy loads (with or without a trailer) in GA summer weather causes your engine and transmission to run at higher temperatures and with more stress. The fluids will break down more quickly. Additives that clean and prevent corrosion will be depleted sooner. Air pollution and dust cause fluids to get dirty faster. Ditto for filters. All of these things can lead to premature wear and eventual repairs. If you want some expert advice, talk with your friendly and knowledgeable The C & C Auto Show service advisor. We can help you restore your vehicle to good working order and help you know the best schedule to follow.The C & C Auto Show706-863-5800990 Telfair St.Augusta, GA 30901
Change Your Engine Air Filter at The C & C Auto Show
Many Augusta car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in Augusta.
Change your vehicle air filter at The C & C Auto Show when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call.
The C & C Auto Show990 Telfair St.Augusta, GA 30901706-863-5800
Relax When the Wind Blows in GA: Winter Car Prep for Augusta Drivers
When autumn comes around in Augusta, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Augusta drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Augusta drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the GA winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of GA winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at The C & C Auto Show in Augusta, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbates the problem. Your first concern, of course, is to make sure you adapt your driving habits to winter weather: slow down, and give yourself plenty of room to stop. Get your brakes checked at The C & C Auto Show and replace any worn pads or other parts. Check your brake fluid. It can accumulate moisture and decrease your stopping power.3. Test your battery. A battery's cranking power drops in the cold, so if your battery is already weak, the onset of winter will do it in. The last thing you want is to be on a snowy GA road in the dark and cold with a dead battery.4. Pack emergency supplies. Toss a blanket into the trunk. If you do find yourself stranded, your first concern will be to stay warm. If you're traveling away from GA population centers, then pack some emergency food and water as well. Also, it's a good idea to top off your tank in winter. That way, if you get stuck, you'll have some fuel to burn to stay warm, and it'll keep your gas lines from freezing up.5. Check your wiper blades. They may be able to handle a light Augusta summer rain shower, but they might not be up to the ice and snow that collect on a windshield in winter. If you experience particularly harsh winters or really wet ones, you can purchase special blades that resist freezing. And don't forget to top off your wiper fluid.6. Check your tires. Tires lose pressure over time, but they lose pressure fast when it's cold outside in Augusta. Tires lose about one pound of pressure every six to eight weeks; they also lose one pound of pressure for every 10°F/5.6°C drop in temperature. If the last time you checked your tires it was 80°F/26.7°C outside and it's 40°F/4.4°C now, your tires could be down five pounds in pressure — and that's serious. It's a safety issue and cuts down on your fuel economy.7. Driving conditions in the Augusta area may warrant special winter tires. Check with your friendly and knowledgeable The C & C Auto Show tire professional to get the right tires for your area and for your driving habits. If you are getting winter tires, it's always best to get them for all four wheels. But if you're only going to get two, put them on the rear wheels, even if you drive a front-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle. Traction is more important on the rear of a vehicle if you want to prevent sliding or fish-tailing on slick surfaces.So there you have it: a quick checklist to winterize your car in GA. When it comes to car care, preventive maintenance is always the best practice for Augusta drivers, especially when it comes to winter weather. None of us want to be caught out in the winter cold.
I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Augusta
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About 90% of our driving decisions in the Augusta area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most Augusta drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Augusta area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.Augusta drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the storm.Augusta vehicle owners really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of GA, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Augusta conditions, if your vehicle has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don't use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don't clear the vehicle windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren't just a safety hazard for Augusta drivers; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire vehicle windshield – that's the consequence for neglecting such a small part.The C & C Auto Show recommends Augusta drivers replace worn blades right away. We can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At The C & C Auto Show, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though The C & C Auto Show will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Take it with you if you're heading out on a road trip.Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn't cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won't clean your windows as well.So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eyes on the road.Find us at:
Keeping Your Car Young in Augusta
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As Augusta consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.New stuff comes out so fast in GA, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without.
We couldn't afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It's a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us Augusta penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care. The engineering's there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedules.Is it really that bad for Augusta motorists to get off schedule? Well, it all adds up. Every time you go a little longer than the recommended interval between oil changes, you've created an opportunity for sludge to form and clog passages. Then some parts don't get oiled and they start to wear out faster.
Skip a cooling system service, and the corrosion inhibitors become depleted; the radiator starts being damaged, one step closer to a failure. The same thing is true for transmission service, power brakes, fuel system cleaning – really everything on your schedule.It's also even more important for older vehicles in the Augusta area. Those engines and other systems have had more time to get dirty, so they're working harder anyway. But it's never too late for Augusta drivers to get back on track with maintenance and to hold off further damage.
It's just another example of our parents knowing what's best. (Surprising how often that happens.) And it really does start with the oil change, just like Dad said. When you get a full service oil change they top off all your fluids and check for other items that are on your maintenance schedule. That's like your safety net; go in for oil changes on time, and let the pros at The C & C Auto Show in Augusta help you keep track of the rest.
Of course, it is inevitable for vehicles that some things are going to wear out along the way, like alternators, water pumps and such; they don't last forever. But that stuff is cheaper than a new car payment. And taking care of problems early means they have less time to cause other problems. It's like having high cholesterol; you don't want to wait for a heart attack before you address it.
Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle
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We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and Augusta drivers want to make them last as long as possible. We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in Augusta.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. And of course, Augusta vehicle owners shouldn't forget those oil changes right on schedule. Skipping even one change can start the build up of harmful oil sludge.Our engines are full of gaskets and seals. Fresh fluids condition those gaskets and seals to keep them from drying out and leaking. Automotive fluids contain additives that help clean and lubricate the various systems they protect. Over time, the additives are used up and the fluid just does not provide the protection it did when it was fresh. And don't forget the mechanical systems. Changing brake pads before they are worn to the point that they cause damage to rotors is a great way to keep your operating costs down.Replacing serpentine belts and timing belts on schedule is much cheaper for Augusta drivers than repairing the damage that can be caused by failure. Also, air filters, fuel filters, PCV valves and batteries are all important. Regular wheel alignments, tire rotation and balancing will make your tires last longer. And don't forget to replace your shocks and struts when they wear out. Your fuel system needs regular cleaning to keep running well, prevent mechanical damage and improve fuel economy.Now this is a lot to remember for Augusta drivers - too much, really. But it is your Augusta automotive technician's job to keep on top of this stuff. At The C & C Auto Show we can tell you what your manufacturer recommends and help you with a plan to take care of it. We can advise you about which maintenance schedule you should use - the regular schedule or the severe service schedule - depending on the kind of driving you do. We also know the right fluids for your vehicle and may even suggest higher mileage formulations for your older vehicle.Bottom line - take care of this stuff on schedule and you will reduce operating costs, prevent damage and maintain your warranty coverage.Of course, you want your vehicle to look as good as it runs. Regular washing will prevent rust and protect your finish. Take advantage of cleaners, waxes and protectants for your interior and tires. Your vehicle will look great and you'll be proud to drive it longer.Most of us in Augusta can't afford to throw away our car when it breaks down. By budgeting for regular preventive maintenance, we can prevent many inconvenient - and expensive - problems down the road, and can keep driving "old faithful" for years to come.
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