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.

Prepare for Changing Seasons with Fall Car Care Month

Fall Car Care

October is Fall Car Care Month, reminding us to make regular maintenance and preventative maintenance a priority before winter settles in. To keep your vehicle operating at its best and avoid issues in the cold months ahead, add these basic car care items to your to-do list this month.

Check the battery. Check the connections to ensure they are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Also have the battery tested, and replace it if needed.

Check the fluids.  Make sure to top off any fluids that are getting low (like windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant) and replace fluids that are dirty (like engine oil and brake fluid).

Have the brake and exhaust systems checked. Have the brake rotors, pads, innings, and drums inspected at each oil change. Also, before winter, have the exhaust system inspected for leaks and damage, which can prove dangerous.

Check the tires. Good tires are critical to safety in poor driving conditions. Snow, sleet, and rain can pose particularly hazardous driving conditions for worn, flat or over-inflated tires. We recommend opting for snow tires during the winter months, but at a minimum, make sure you have good all-season tires.

Check the wipers and lighting. Now that it’s getting darker earlier and the sun is coming up later, it’s time to make sure that you replace any burned-out light bulbs, both on the inside and outside of the car. Also be sure your wipers are in good condition, and replace the blades if needed.

For more information on Fall Car Care month, visit carcare.org.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to help you get your car ready for the changing seasons. Make an appointment today in honor of Fall Car Care Month!

What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

Car Won't Start

It can be frustrating when your car won’t start, but knowing some possible reasons for it can make it much easier for you. Plus, solving the problem yourself, if it’s a simple fix and you feel equipped, can save you from spending money on repairs.

There are a lot of reasons a car might not start, but the most common problem is that your battery has died because a light was left on. In that case, your best bet is to find a friend or another nice person with jumper cables to give your car a jump start. You can tell when your battery has died, if the battery clicks and won’t start.

If the car doesn’t make any noise when you turn the key, there may be a problem with your battery terminal cable connections. If you can start the car by forcing a screwdriver between them and forcibly separating them, the cables need replaced.

If you can hear it turn over, but it won’t start, it could be a problem with the spark plugs or the fuel supply to the engine. There might also be a problem with the carburetor, in which case you’ll need to see a professional.