Preparing Your Car for Winter Months

With winter right around the corner, now is the ideal time to get ready. The winter months can lead to poor driving conditions, bad weather, and cooler temperatures, which can drastically affect your driving ability. Preparing your car for winter is simple, as long as you keep some basic things in mind, such as maintenance, an emergency roadside kit, and so forth.

According to US News, one of the first things you should do is check the coolant/antifreeze system. You should generally mix a 50/50 blend of water and antifreeze to prevent your engine block from cracking. Coolant will maintain proper temperature levels within the engine, but it’s important to remember to add antifreeze.

You’ll also want to check the tire pressure and tread. Air pressure can change with temperature, which means your tires may lose inflation as the weather gets cooler. While you’re checking the pressure, be sure to look at tire conditions as well. If you notice any cracking, bulges, or bald spots on the tread, you need new tires before the weather gets bad.

Next, put together an emergency roadside kit. You should keep blankets, a first-aid kit, gloves, and an extra ice scraper. Many people prefer to keep an empty gas can in case they run out of fuel, as well as high-energy, shelf-stable snacks and drinking water in case you get stranded.

For all your winter maintenance prep, give us a call or stop by and see us at Midwest Superstore so we can keep you safe throughout the entire season.

Prepare Your Car for Spring with These Easy Tips

Preparing your car for spring is key for maintenance and retaining resale value. From basic service to cleaning, there are a range of easy things you can do to greet the warmer weather.

First, check the tires. Look for bulging, cracking, and bald spots, each of which is a sign you need new tires. Check the tread as well. Take a penny, flip it upside down, and place it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe’s head, you need new tires. While you’re at it, check the tire pressure, too.

Next, give your vehicle a good cleaning. It’s always important to remove clutter that’s built up over the winter. Be sure to vacuum to preserve the upholstery and carpet. If you have leather, condition it once the weather is warmer.

Top off fluids in the spring as well. You’ll want to get an oil change, but, in addition to that, check the coolant, brake fluid, power steering, and transmission oil. Your local auto parts store should have all the fluids your car needs.

Finally, check your wheel alignment. Most garages will check it when you get an oil change, but you’ll also want to be sure they do a thorough job centering everything. If your vehicle pulls to one side as you drive, it may be a sign of bad alignment — and the spring is a good time to fix it.

If you are in need of some spring maintenance, give us a call or visit our website to schedule your service appointment today!

How to Prep Your Vehicle for the New Year

With the turn of the calendar year, it’s the perfect time to set resolutions that will benefit you all year. In 2019, make the commitment to properly taking care of your vehicle and making sure that it performs at its best year-round. Here are a few tips on how to prep your vehicle for the New Year:

  • Leftover winter service prep. Winter is already here, but there is still plenty of winter weather left to come. If you haven’t already prepped your vehicle for winter, now is the time to do so. Check your tires (pressure and tread) and swap them out for winter tires if needed. Also check your windshield wiper blades and fluid levels, making sure that you’re all set for the New Year. If you’re behind on oil changes, get one now to start the year off on the right foot, and consider getting winter-grade oil that performs better in low temperatures.
  • Self care for your car. Take the time to clean out your car for the New Year and make sure it has everything you need, like a phone mount and plenty of entertainment options to enjoy while on the road. Since Americans spend so much time in their vehicles, this prep will make your days and overall driving experience more relaxed and fun.

Start your year off right with a trip to Midwest Superstore, where our experienced technicians can make sure your car is in shape to get through the cold Kansas winter.

Are you Guilty of Any of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

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Whether your car is brand new or has been on the road for years, it’s always to make a habit of performing routine maintenance before any problems arise. Are you making any of these common car maintenance mistakes? If so, changing your habits could save you a lot of money down the road.

 

Air Filters

 

Most drivers know they should regularly change their car’s oil, but many drivers never think about the importance of changing their car’s air filter. Doing once or twice a year is an inexpensive way to keep your car in good shape.

 

Tires

 

For a lot of drivers, if a tire isn’t flat, it’s fine. But driving with improperly inflated tires can also cause a number of issues, such as uneven tire wear and reduced fuel economy and overall performance.

 

Fluids

 

Your car relies on several crucial fluids for optimal performance. You should regularly check on and replace coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid to keep your car’s engine in good shape.

 

Warning Lights

 

Finally, it’s best not to ignore any dashboard warning lights that illuminate in your car. Often, these lights signal the beginning of a problem that is easy to fix right away, but difficult and costly if addressed later on.

 

For more information about how to keep your car running in top condition, contact our service department at Midwest Superstore.

How to Tell When You Need New Tires

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Tires are perhaps the most essential part of any vehicle, but you would be amazed by how many folks come into our service center at Midwest Superstore with an absolutely abused set of wheels. Many drivers need new tires but have no idea. Here, we’ll help you to check the road-worthiness of your current set of tires.

The Penny Test

This is an easy trick, and all you need is a penny to get it done. Stick a penny head-first into the tread of one of your tires. If you cannot see most of the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is deep enough and your tires are good-to-go. But, if you can see most of Honest Abe’s dashing haircut, you probably need new tires because this set is worn. Repeat this test with each tire.

 

The Wear Bar

All modern tires are built with something called a “wear bar.” This is a horizontal ridge that runs underneath your tread. When the tread becomes too worn down, the wear bar starts to show. If you can see the wear bar on any of your tires, they should be changed promptly.

Expert Advice

Not sure if you need new tires? Stop in at Midwest Superstore and ask one of our experienced service technicians; they’re always happy to help!