7 End of Summer Car Maintenance Tips

The end is near!  Of summer that is.  Following these 7 end of summer car maintenance tips will save you time and money over the coming winter. Each area is important for you and your family’s safety and comfort. With a proper inspection before winter, you can minimize auto repair services during the worst part of the winter.

1) Lights

Check all of your lights and bulbs, including dome and trunk lights. Replace bulbs that are burned out. This is also a good time to clean road grime from all the lenses with a towel or a damp cloth. A dry rag will scratch the lens. Checking your brake lights and turn signal operation is critical and could indicate a bigger problem with your electrical system if inoperable.

2) Engine Performance.

Can your engine survive winter? Hard starts, stalling, power shortages are all things that need to be fixed immediately and definitely before winter. Visit Mr. Muffler to get your engine checked.

3) Oil

When was your last oil and filter change? Oil is the blood of your vehicle. Changing your oil according to the vehicle’s recommendation can help keep your engine healthy.

4) Windshield Wipers

Are you blades old? Are you low on windshield wiper fluid? Refilling the fluid and replacing the blades now can make your winter car transformation easier.

5) Heater/ Defroster

Make sure that your heater/defroster is in good working order for comfort and driver visibility.

6) Examine your tires

Check your tire pressure once a month. Examine your tires for uneven wearing, cuts, and check your remaining tread life. Now is the best time to get your tires changed before the winter weather.

7) Pack your trunk with the winter emergency essentials.

Winter can be unpredictable. Make sure that you keep gloves, boots, blankets, a small shovel, a flashlight, tire chains, and a small shovel in your trunk to protect against the unexpected.

Is your car winter ready? Need help with some of these?  Contact Mr. Muffler today for a vehicle maintenance inspection and make sure your car or truck is ready to conquer Michigan’s winter!

Post revision: 8/28/18 from 09/09/14

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil- What’s the Difference?

We all hear the same question when we pull in to get our oil changed. “Do you want conventional or synthetic oil?” For some the response comes quickly, but for others it is like pulling teeth. What is the difference? Which is better? What is the price difference? Many drivers do not know the difference between conventional and synthetic oil. In the end their decision is typically based on cost, leading them to choose conventional oil for their car.

When it comes down to it, an important thing to remember is that cheaper isn’t always better. The differences between conventional and synthetic oil are more than just what they do for your car. It goes way back to when they are drilled from the ground and the preparation that they undergo prior to being poured into your vehicle. Because synthetic oil is distilled, purified, and broken down, on top of the refining process, it has many benefits for your vehicle compared to conventional oil which is typically just refined.

Benefits of Synthetic Oil include:

  • Better flow during the winter season
  • Better protection against engine wear and tear
  • Keeps your engine cleaner from build up

 

Proper circulation of oil through your vehicle is very important. Because conventional oil does not run as smoothly through your car, it often picks up deposits through its flow resulting in sludge. When your oil picks up sludge, your engine performance is reduced. To avoid poor oil circulation through your vehicle, synthetic oil is your best choice.

Check out our current synthetic oil change special! 

To ensure that your oil change benefits your vehicle the most, we recommend using synthetic oil in your vehicle. Not because it costs more, because it is much better for your vehicle. Mr-Muffler knows that getting an oil change in a timely manner is most important, we offer 10 minute oil changes, you can stop by anytime or make an appointment.

Spring In With A New Oil Change

Spring time is coming! Make sure that you incorporate getting your oil changed into your spring cleaning routine. Oil is the blood of your car. It is important to keep clean oil in your car. Recently, we had a child come in with their parent to get an oil change. During the short wait, the child asked one of our staff members what would happen if you never changed the oil in your car. Many people know that you have to get regular oil changes to keep your car healthy, but few know why or what oil changes do.

Here is why you need regular oil changes

Oil is necessary to lubricant your engine. Without clean oil, it will stop lubricating your engine and it will eventually fail. If the oil isn’t changed, the additives like detergent and rust fighters will wear out and the engine will stop being lubricated. Dirt will also begin to accumulate in the oil making it thick which would cause more wear and tear on the engine.

Spring Oil Change

Mr. Muffler in Westland, a full service auto repair shop, is here to service all of your needs. Contact us now.