The Dangers Of Delayed Oil Changes

Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to do any maintenance on your car? Unfortunately, the complex moving parts in your car do require regular attention. One of the most frequent maintenance requirements is an oil change. While you might be tempted to delay your oil changes, it will cause bigger problems down the road if you do.

Oil is essentially the blood of your vehicle’s engine. Its purpose is to keep everything running smoothly and prevent the buildup of dirt and other particles by carrying it out of the engine. Over time, the oil will begin to break down due to the collected dirt and high temperatures under the hood, which is called thermal breakdown. When this happens, the oil can thicken and turn into sludge.

The sludge blocks the flow of oil in the engine, and essential parts like the crankshafts, camshafts, and valves will begin to wear down because the oil usually keeps the moving parts from rubbing against each other. Without the necessary lubrication, your engine can suffer major damage and ultimately need a partial rebuild or total replacement.

If you skipped an oil change, you can go to any mechanic and have your engine tested to see if there’s any impending damages or repairs needed.

Changing your oil periodically is an inexpensive way to maintain your car for the long run. If you need an oil change or would like to diagnose your engine, contact us at James Ceranti Nissan and we’ll be glad to take care of you.

Is Your Car Emergency Kit Fully Stocked?

Car Battery Cables

You’re probably beginning to read this blog post and thinking to yourself either 1) Nothing has ever happened to me, so it won’t ever happen to me or 2) this is all common-sense so why should I bother? Well, at James Ceranti Nissan, we care about our customer’s safety. Everyone needs to have a car emergency kit prepared for that just-in-case moment.

You may or may not already have items such as car battery cables cables, a tire pressure gauge and/or a spare tire (and if you don’t, these should definitely be on your next shopping list), but we have compiled a list of things that you may not have thought of.

  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottles
  • Snack bars
  • Emergency Cash (bills and change)
  • Tissues/Paper Towels
  • Duct Tape
  • Multi-Purpose Utility Tool
  • Change of Clothes
  • Blanket

This may sound like a lot, but this is not even everything that you could possibly have. You’ll be thankful if you’re ever in a situation where you need one of these items. There are even handy trunk organizers that can be purchased so these aren’t just lying around your car.

Go out there and be safe. You’ll thank us later!

2014 Nissan Rogue Named Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

2014 Nissan Rogue Named Top Safety Pick+There’s one area where the 2014 Nissan Rogue plays it safe, and that’s safety. For 2014, the Rogue is boasting some major safety updates that drastically improved its safety ratings. These improvements helped it earn the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS): Top Safety Pick+.

To earn this rating, the Rogue received the top “good” rating in five tests: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint evaluations. It also received a “good” rating in the small overlap test. Scroll down to see videos of the crash tests posted by the IIHS to their YouTube channel.

A new measure the IIHS introduced recently is a rating for Front Crash Prevention, which accounts for crash-preventative technologies such as forward collision warning and automatic braking systems. The Rogue got a “basic” score for having an available forward collision warning system that meets the standard necessary to receive an endorsement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Standard safety features on the 2014 Rogue include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, an anti-theft alarm system, and more.

Come see how safe you feel behind the wheel of the exciting 2014 Nissan Rogue at James Ceranti Nissan.