Maintenance is key to ensuring that your vehicle has a long life. That’s why at Midway Nissan in Phoenix, AZ, we are committed to helping you achieve the most from your Nissan. With a team of experienced and dedicated service professionals, you can trust us to help you maintain your Nissan. Aside from our superb service, we also offer numerous service specials to help you save money. While following your vehicle’s service schedule is imperative, there are other small things you can do to keep your Nissan running great. Check out these simple tips to help you get the most out of your vehicle.

Check Fluids and Tire Pressure:
Checking your car’s fluid levels can keep it running smooth. Most dealerships will do this when you take your car in for an oil change. But don’t rely on them solely to ensure that your vehicle’s fluid levels are healthy. Oil is your engine’s most important fluid and it’s easy to check. Simply, wait until your engine is cool and with a rag in hand open the hood and pull out the oil dipstick and wipe it clean. Then just reinsert it and pull it out again to get your reading. Aside from the level indicator (should be high), it’s also important to pay attention to the oil’s color. If it’s black it needs to be changed and if it has a gold-like color, then it should be good to go. Other important fluid checks include: radiator overflow reservoir, brake cylinder reservoir and power steering fluid levels. Lastly, when your tires are cool, use a pressure gauge to ensure each tire has the correct psi, as mentioned in your owner’s manual or driver side door jam. Try to perform these checks once a week or at least once a month to help keep your car happy and healthy!

Keep Engine RPM Down during Start-up:
Most of us already know not to put the pedal to the metal when we first start our vehicles and hit the road. But do we know why? It’s simple really, Edmunds.com editors say that “an engine that has been sitting for more than five hours is considered a cold engine.” This means that the moving parts will have minimal or no oil at all on them, which is obviously not good. So just remember to keep engine rpm down during the first 30 seconds or so and give it even a little more time if the engine has not ran for more than 24 hours.

Keep an Open Ear:
Take a break from the radio every now and then and listen for anything odd. Brakes that need to be replaced will usually make a squealing sound. Or if you hear grinding or scraping sounds, this probably means that you need new brakes pads as well, because the old pads are completely worn down. Of course, if you just can’t figure out the source of the strange sound, take your car into a mechanic, which could end up saving you big bucks if you catch a problem early on.

Go Easy on the Pedal:
If you’re engine rpm is skyrocketing after you accelerate from a full stop, this probably means you’re driving too hard. Of course, anything done in moderation usually won’t hurt, but constantly slamming on your brakes and accelerating heavily from stops can wear down brake pads and engine components prematurely. According Edmunds editors, following these tips can improve fuel economy by a whopping 35 percent, which translates into big savings at the pump.

Keep in mind that aside from buying a home, vehicle purchases are often the next biggest buy you’ll ever make. So it makes sense to do what you can to protect your investment and give your vehicle the proper maintenance and pampering that it deserves. When it comes time to trade in your vehicle for a new or used car, count on Midway Nissan to put you in the driver’s seat of that car, truck, van or SUV that you’ve been dreaming about for a great price!

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