Springtime Service For Your Vehicle

Congratulations, Boston! We did it! We broke the all-time record for snowfall in a single season. Over the course of just a few months we were buried by 110.6 inches of snow, frozen to the core by 28 consecutive days with lows 20 degrees or colder and survived winter storms Juno & Marcus. So give yourselves a round of applause!

The winter we had was difficult for us, but it was even harder on our vehicles. Many of us couldn’t make it out of our driveways, let alone in to the dealership for routine service. Now that Spring is upon us, we have seen a few situations where our Service Departments are experiencing longer wait times for an appointment. Be sure to schedule early. I want to help and make this as seamless and stress-free as possible, because after this winter, you deserve a medal!

AAA Travel projected 36.1 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from the prior year. Kicking off the summer driving season, more than eight in ten travelers will drive to their destinations. AAA is forecasting even lower gas prices by summer 2015, so we need to ensure our vehicles are ready. (2)

Here are a few tips you should keep in mind for your vehicle this summer. Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a car. Did you know that only 1 out of 10 drivers check their tire pressure correctly? An under-inflated, over-inflated, worn or misaligned tire can be extremely dangerous, particularly in hot summer weather. Most of us do a lot of driving during the summer when an engine is more likely to overheat. Oil keeps hardworking engine parts running clean, smooth and cool. Also, if you haven’t driven your car much this winter, or if you’ve had it in storage, you’ll want to change the oil. Oil gets thick and collects condensation if it sits in the engine all winter. (1) So let us check your oil and tires before you head out on that road trip with the family.

Over the winter, your car’s air filter can get clogged with salt and other debris. A clogged air filter can really lower your fuel efficiency. Replacing a dirty or clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%. The only real way to know if you need to replace your air filter is to take it out and give it a quick inspection, which our Service Technicians can quickly check for you. Another check our technicians can perform is for your windshield wipers. We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers”. But when the rain pours, you’ll need windshield wipers that really work. Also, remember winter can be tough on windshield wipers. Ice, snow, salt and extreme temperatures make cracks and tears in the rubber that lower the effectiveness of the windshield wipers. If your windshield wipers are leaving visible streaks or take several passes to clear away light rain, they need to be replaced.(1)

After this winter we all deserve a warm and worry-free summer. We’ve made planning ahead for service and getting your vehicle ready for summer easy. Simply visit http://www.herbchambers.com/locations/service.htm and search by either distance from your location or by make of your vehicle. From there you simply fill out our online service appointment form and schedule your service online. We also want to save you as much money as possible, so visit http://www.herbchambers.com/service-specials.htm to view all of our current service specials. We look forward to helping you make this the best summer yet!

Herb