Tips for Maintaining a Service Schedule for Your Vehicle

When you have a lot going on in your busy schedule, it can be hard to keep track of things like when your vehicle needs to be serviced. By maintaining a vehicle service schedule and staying on top of that plan, you can be confident that your vehicle won’t throw curveballs your way. Here are some tips for keeping track of those details.

Start with the owner’s manual

For all things vehicle maintenance, there’s no resource more important than the owner’s manual. This handy book tells you when you should expect to address tasks like oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid flushes. Follow this information and you can be sure that your vehicle gets the TLC it needs to run stronger for longer.

Can’t find your book? Not a problem. Nissan has conveniently published manuals and guides for most 2013 and newer vehicles on its website

Use your calendar

You rely on your calendar to keep you on top of daily appointments and deadlines, so why not leverage it for keeping your vehicle healthy? If your vehicle will need service in six months’ time from your most recent visit to James Ceranti Nissan, put a reminder in your calendar so that you’ll remember to schedule your next appointment early.

Maintaining a Service Schedule  | Greenville, MS

Let our experts help

One of the best parts about servicing your vehicle at James Ceranti Nissan is that we help take the guesswork out of maintenance. Not only will we install a sticker on your windshield to let you know the recommended date and mileage for your next service, but we’ll also let you know when you’re coming due for your next appointment. We offer easy scheduling and flexible hours, too.

Maintaining a vehicle service schedule is no sweat at all with James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville, Mississippi. Trust our team to get the job done and stay on top of your vehicle’s needs whether you’re from Greenville or coming from Lake Village, Dumas, or Dermott across the river in Arkansas.

Tips for Preparing Your Car for Summer Driving

Tips for Preparing Your Car for Summer Driving | Greenville, MS

Warm weather is here in Greenville, Mississippi, which means you’re probably already planning your next road trip. Before you head out for any vacations, follow these summer driving and cleaning tips to help keep your car in tip-top shape.

 

Check the tires

No matter what time of the year it is, you should always check your vehicle’s tires to make sure they are free of visible holes or punctures, have adequate tread, and are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you notice any issues with your car’s wheels, bring it to James Ceranti Nissan so we can help prevent any nasty blowouts.

 

Clean it, inside and out

Cleaning your vehicle isn’t only a kind courtesy to your passengers, it’s a great way to keep your vehicle free from rust and maintain it for maximum resale value.

 

Replace the wiper blades

Before your road trip, make sure you inspect the wiper blades for signs of cracking or other wear. In the event of a torrential summer downpour, the wiper blades can help you see clearly and avoid dangerous situations.

While a lot of summer car maintenance is DIY-friendly, other important considerations for summer driving — like fluid levels and alignment — can be hard to diagnose if you’re not an expert. Our team at James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville, Mississippi, is happy to do a complete summer tune-up for your vehicle so you can enjoy a stress-free vacation.

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.