Look Out for These Warnings Signs from Your Brakes: Something is Wrong

Of the many factors that work together to make sure your car drives smoothly, safely, and efficiently, perhaps none are more important than your brakes. It’s vital to keep your brakes in excellent shape and to be on the lookout for brake damage.

How will you know if there’s something wrong with your brakes? Here are some warning signs to look for:

  • Squeaking or groaning sounds. A weird sound every now and then may just be a fluke, but if your brakes are singing to an unusual tune every time you press them, something is wrong.
  • Your car pulls to one side every time you brake. This likely means that you brake lines are eroding, unevenly, or that there may be debris mixed with your brake fluid.
  • The whole car vibrates when you hit the brakes. Does your vehicle come to a stop, while vibrating the whole way there? This could indicate warped rotors, which could wear your brakes down – fast.
  • They just aren’t working as well. Is your car not slowing down as quickly as it should? Do you have to push the pedal the whole way down? These are telltale signs.

If you think you’ve detected some warnings signs from your brakes, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Bates Nissan, and we’ll set you up with someone in our service department.

How to Spot Water Damage in a Car

Texas Weather

Texas weather rarely stabilizes for longer than a week and that can do a number on your car. One thing many auto owners fear most is water damage. Water damage can hide anywhere in the vehicle and many drivers don’t know how to find it. Here’s how to spot water damage in a car from us here at Bates Nissan!

  1. Feel – When examining the interior for water damage after the Texas weather has taken its toll, be sure to look at and feel the carpet, upholstery, and panels for dampness. Any sign of wetness means water da
    mage isn’t far off. Ask a professional how to fix the problem.
  2. Listen – Start the engine and listen closely. If you hear any strange noises, make a note of it and take it to a professional right away. Pay special attention to important parts like the starter, power steering unit, and serpentine belt. If any of those parts suffer significant damage, the car won’t run.
  3. Look – Check the headlights and taillights for moisture and small amounts of water. Replace the bulbs accordingly. While you’re at it, check out the air filter as well. If it’s wet, replace it and change the oil for good measure.

Increase Your Fuel Economy with These Easy Efficiency Tips

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Whether you’re trying to save the planet or just a couple bucks at the pump, increasing your fuel efficiency is always a good idea. From under the hood to behind the wheel, there are plenty of ways to make your ride more efficient; here’s our quick list of easy efficiency tips to help you get where you’re going for less:

  • Make sure you’re at the proper tire pressure. Adjusting your tire pressure to the correct PSI once a month can up your efficiency up to 3%.
  • If you notice any issues with your vehicle, fix them ASAP. Getting a tune-up to right those little problems can give improve your efficiency up to 4%. If you’re experiencing a serious issue, fixing it can save you a whopping 40% in terms of gas mileage.
  • Hard braking and extreme acceleration can destroy your efficiency. Drive slow and smart and you’ll get about 33% further on the freeway.
  • Similarly, use your cruise control on the highway when possible. Keeping your car at a steady pace will save you fuel.
  • This might be the easiest of our easy efficiency tips: if you don’t need something in your car, lose it. Extra weight takes a surprising toll on your fuel efficiency. Minimize what you’re carrying and maximize your fuel economy.

Contact us at Bates Nissan if you are looking for more ways to save on fuel, such as checking out a fuel efficient Nissan Sentra!

How to Prevent Car Rust

How to Prevent Car Rust

With winter coming up, your car’s odds of getting rusty go way up thanks to the chemicals and moisture all over the place. Follow these tips on how to prevent car rust to keep your beauty in tip top shape.

One of the best things you can do is to keep your car clean. Washing might seem like a miserable thing to do in the winter, but hosing off the salt and chemicals will help a lot, and you can always take it through a car wash so you don’t have to get out.

If you’re surrounded by salt, either from nearby oceans or salted roads, you can spray the underside of your car with a car-safe lubricant or special rust coating to keep the ice from sticking. Salt makes metal rust faster, so clean it off!

Obviously the ideal is to park your car in a garage and away from wet parking lots, but if this isn’t possible, go the extra mile and get a cover for your car and, again, hang onto that rust coating spray. Remember, if you do get rust, it spreads like wildfire, so remove it as quickly as possible!  Contact our service department if you have any more questions about preventing or removing rust from your vehicle.