Car Maintenance Tips for Spring

While spring may officially be here, the weather is lagging a bit. Isn’t that always the way? Regardless of if the warm weather is still taunting us in the distance, there are some things you can be doing to get your car prepared for the upcoming spring season and beyond. Take a look below at a few different ways you can help your vehicle this spring!

Evaluate Your Wiper Blades

It can rain a lot in the spring, so it’s important to ensure the health of your wiper blades is sound. If you notice a good amount of wear and tear on your blades, or if they emit a strange noise when running across your windshield, you should look into replacing them. After all, they are relatively cheap to replace. Just be sure you choose the correct blades for your vehicle and you’ll be seeing clearly in inclement weather in no time.

Inspect Your Tire Pressure

The temperature outside can influence your tire pressure, so as the weather warms up you’re going to want to keep a consistent eye on your tires. Warm weather can actually increase your tire pressure, and if it gets too high then your tire stands the chance of blowing out. An easy way to keep a consistent eye on your tire pressure is to use a pressure gauge to make sure your tires are at the proper PSI. Recommended pressure is usually between 30 and 35 PSI.

Check Your Brakes

There can be some hard stops all throughout the winter driving season but being able to bring your vehicle to a halt in icy weather is tantamount to overall safety. Now that spring is here, it’s important to check if all that hard driving throughout the winter has impacted your brakes. If you don’t hear any strange noises or feel shuddering throughout your vehicle, your brakes are likely in good shape. But, if your car emits a grinding noise when you put pressure on the brakes, you’re going to want to get that looked at immediately. Having faulty brakes makes driving unsafe for you and others on the road.

 

These are just a few of the things you can do for your vehicle this spring season. The season just started too, so take advantage of time. If you notice your auto glass needs tending to during your spring check-up, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us here at Wisconsin Windshield Centers!

Always Trust the Experts to Reset Your Door Glass

While you essentially can do your own, or at least try to do your own, windshield repair or replacement, you really should leave it to the professionals. Besides, you run the risk of not correctly setting the glass and creating a huge risk for both you and your passengers. So, if your window glass is off track, trust the technicians at Wisconsin Windshield Centers to remedy your problem fast. Let’s go over a few details on why this type of job is most suited for the pros.

They Know How Power Windows Work

It’s rare these days to see a hand crank for getting one’s window up or down. All modern vehicles come with power windows you can use with the push of a button. These windows rely on regulators, which are small motors that manufacturers install within the door to create a push and pull motion to regulate the speed and direction of the window. When everything is running smoothly, you shouldn’t experience any errors. However, if the motor, regulator, window, or door becomes damaged, opening and closing the window can become rather difficult. When you take your car in to the professionals, they’ll know their way around like the back of their hand.

The Benefits of Going to the Professionals

The allure of repairing things yourself is certainly there, seeing as you can sometimes avoid the cost of replacement parts and professional service. However, people often do more harm than good when they try to do things themselves and the repairs they perform often act more like a band aid than a real, permanent solution. Below are some situations best left to the pros…

  • General Repairs

 

When doing repairs on your own, the problem could be a broken regulator or something else entirely. Aside from wasting a bunch of time trying to figure out the source of the issue, professionals can provide a more straight forward solution. After all, it would be something as small as a broken fuse or a window off track.

 

  • They Can Get Your Parts Fast

 

There are many aspects to the power window system, such as door panel pieces, regulators, and window components. Professionals will know how to take these doors apart and put them back together no problem, which will also keep you from losing key components of your door.

 

  • Damaged Regulator

 

If you get so far as to discover the regulator has been damaged, and you decide to buy a new regulator, you may run into problems upon installation. Without any professional training, you risk the chance of damaging the replacement regulator which costs you both time and money. Leave the technicalities to the pros and leave the shop with peace of mind.

 

Avoid DIY catastrophe and come into your nearest Wisconsin Windshield Centers location for impeccable service. We’ll have you in quick and back on the road fast. Contact us to book an appointment!

Fall is Perfect for Car Maintenance

We’ve arrived at that time of year where there’s a brief lull between the warm summer months and the cold, sometimes brutal winter months. This lull is otherwise known as fall, and is a lovely reprieve for a short while. Fall is also the perfect time to get in front of the ball in terms of car maintenance. The last thing you want when navigating frigid winter temperatures is for your automobile to give out on you. So, to avoid such unpleasant situations, let’s take a look at a few of the things you can do for your car before winter settles in.

1.) Oil

This is one aspect you really need to keep on top of. Whether you prefer to change your oil every 3,000, 5,000, or 7,000 miles, just be sure to get it changed regularly. You’d be surprised the issues you can avoid by simply changing your car’s oil. If you fall into the “change every 7,000 miles” category, you might want to consider changing more often if you often make frequent short trips or find yourself in stop and go traffic a lot.

 

2.) Heater/Defroster

 

This is essential for any winter driving, so be certain make sure this works during the fall because it gives you ample time to remedy the problem. There have been more than a few junk cars in my past where the defrost did not work, and let me tell you those could be some questionable drives. Save yourself the stress in the cold and get it mended now.

 

3.) Windshield Wipers

 

Windshield wipers can see a lot of use throughout the spring and summer, so once fall rolls around it’s a good idea to change out the old blades. If you want to fight ice build-up come winter, then grab yourself some rubber-clad wipers. Always be sure to keep windshield washer fluid on hand, and never forget a trusty ice scraper.

 

4.) Tires

If the tires on your vehicle are pretty worn out, they won’t be of much use to you come winter time. Take a look at each of your tires for remaining tread life and uneven wearing. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sidewalls for nicks and cuts, either. It’s smart to always keep a good conditioned jack in the car in case of emergencies, as well as a spare tire. Also, it’s wise to check your tire pressure once a month.

 

These are a few simple things you can do for your car as the seasons transition from one extreme to the other. If auto glass if more your concern, then there’s no other choice than Wisconsin Windshield Centers. Get in touch and give us a call, or fill out an online contact form!

Tips to Prevent Needing Windshield Repair

Let’s face it, there are always going to be accidents and unfortunate scenarios to encounter when operating a motor vehicle. However, there are things within our power as drivers that we can keep at a minimum. Windshield repair is one of those things. There will always be rocks and road debris, but we can help mitigate the damage.

1.) Use Windshield Protectant

Windshield protectant can be rubbed onto your windshield to help strengthen it. This creates a layer over the windshield that will help absorb the impact of any road debris your windshield may come into contact with. However, this only applies to rocks and road debris on the smaller side, as no amount of protectant will help deflect large objects.

2.) Don’t Drive Close to Trucks

As we’ve all likely experienced, trucks like to spit up rocks and other road materials. This is often how a lot of us get our windshields damaged in the first place. Staying back, or avoiding driving behind trucks altogether, can greatly reduce the chance a truck will fling debris at your car.

3.) Never Dump Hot Water on Your Windshield

When you’re running late in the winter and your windshield is encased in ice, this tip can be a tough one to keep from entering your mind. After all, it makes sense, right? However, this is highly unadvised. Dousing your cold and icy windshield with hot water can cause the windshield glass to expand and contract, which will result in a crack. The better option is to use luke warm water to help melt the ice away. It will certainly be a longer process, but your windshield will remain undamaged in doing so.

These three tips do not encompass all things you can do the mitigate windshield repair. However, they are three important tips all drivers should keep in mind. Keeping these points in mind, while also remaining vigilant both on and off the road, will help keep your windshield fully intact for longer periods of time.

Keep your Side Mirrors from Getting Damaged

Most drivers will get in at least one or two unlucky or silly accidents in their lifetime. One of the worst of these is breaking your side mirrors.

There are a few situations in which you might break one of your side mirrors. One of the most common situations that can increase the likeliness of breaking your side mirrors is parking in a congested urban area. Narrow city streets offer the opportunity for drivers to smash your side windows. If you’re parking on a narrow city street, fold your side windows into your car for safe measure.

Some car washes require you to close your side windows. Usually this happens at older facilities, but it is worth folding them in just in case. Some attendants may forget to tell you to close your windows, so close them in just in case.

Some of us take pride in our parking abilities. Where others see a spot too tight, you see a challenge. But this is one of the situations where you can easily damage your side mirrors. Trying to squeeze into a tight parking spot is a great opportunity to break your mirrors.

One other less destructive way to damage your side mirrors is overusing your power windows. Tilting the side mirror around too much can cause the electronics to burn out. Letting your kids play with your side mirrors is a good way to kill the electronics powering the mirrors.