Annual Car Maintenance to Prioritize in 2021

Maintenance | Greenville, MS

Heading into the new year with a well-maintained vehicle is a resolution every car owner can get behind. Performing annual car maintenance can keep both you and your vehicle on the road for many more years to come. From your friends at James Ceranti Nissan, here’s a quick and easy list of steps for keeping your vehicle in great condition in 2021.

Keep up with oil changes

This year, your first car-care resolution should be to keep up with regular oil changes. Your vehicle’s engine needs fresh oil to run smoothly. As the oil ages, it becomes dirty and doesn’t do as well at lubricating the engine parts, which can lead to expensive damage. Check the oil levels every time you fill up on fuel and top off as needed, and schedule regular oil changes at James Ceranti Nissan.

Check the fluids

Oil is not the only essential fluid under the hood. You should also regularly check in on brake, transmission, and power-steering fluid. Each of these plays a role in keeping your vehicle running smoothly and safely. Your owner’s manual will show you where and how to check your fluid levels. You can also schedule an appointment with us and let our technicians top off the fluids for you.

Take care of your tires

Proper inflation and regular rotations are important for the longevity of your tires. This year, get into the habit of checking your tire pressure every time you stop for fuel. Keeping the pressure at the level recommended in your owner’s manual will ensure optimum efficiency and traction.

If you’re in need of some regular maintenance, visit us at James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville, Missouri, today.

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.