Last updated 3 days ago
The hot, damp summers here in the Carolinas can be incredibly difficult on your vehicle, but so too can the freezing rains and chilly temperatures of winter wreak havoc on your car. With the holidays in full swing, you may be planning a road trip to see family or friends. Regardless of whether you are driving across country or across town, make sure your vehicle is ready for the demands of winter driving. Here are a few winter car maintenance tips that will keep you on the road and enjoying the holiday season.
Flush and Fill
If you can’t remember the last time you added antifreeze to your vehicle, now is the time to “flush and fill.” Visit your local AAA Car Care Center to have your old antifreeze flushed and new antifreeze added. The proper amount of clean antifreeze will ensure that your engine performs as expected, even on the coldest days of winter.
Check Your Tires
Checking tire pressure is a good habit, but it is absolutely essential before a long road trip. Besides affecting your vehicle’s fuel economy, underinflated or overinflated tires are at a greater risk for blow outs. Tires lose about a pound of pressure for every drop of 10ºF, so check the tire pressure before a road trip even if you checked the tires a few days ago.
Test the Battery
Winter puts more stress on your battery, especially if you park your car outdoors. Avoid becoming stranded by checking your battery and charging system before you embark on a winter road trip. Your local AAA Car Care can perform a load-test on your battery and install a replacement if your old battery is on its way out.
For the most reliable auto repair and maintenance in the Carolinas, visit AAA Car Care of North and South Carolina. Our automotive repair experts are trained and certified to offer the highest quality service for your vehicle. To find the AAA Car Care Center nearest you, visit our website or call us at (800) 727-4151.
Last updated 8 days ago
Although North and South Carolina are known for their temperate climates, some areas of the Carolinas can get up to 12 inches or more of snow each year. The Midwest and East Coast get much more snow during the wintertime, which means you will probably encounter some during your holiday road trips to see family and friends. However, snow isn’t the only hazard of driving in the winter. To help keep you safe and make sure you arrive at your holiday parties, here are a few wintertime driving tips from your friends at AAA Car Care of North and South Carolina.
Anytime you are driving on snowy or icy roads, the best thing you can do for your safety and the safety of those around you is to drive cautiously. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop or maneuver in case a problem develops in front of you. In general, you should leave at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
Control the Skid
In the event that your wheels slip and you lose control of the vehicle, stay calm and take your foot off the gas. As the wheels skid sideways, steer in the direction you want to go. Avoid the temptation to slam on your brakes, as this will only cause you to skid farther. If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure instead of pumping to slow the vehicle down.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Before you head off on any holiday road trips, make sure your vehicle is ready for the road ahead. Inspect your vehicle’s fuel levels, especially the oil and antifreeze. You should also make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. If they aren’t, replace them before you run into snow or rain that can impede your vision.
From routine maintenance to major auto repair, AAA Car Care of North and South Carolina is your source for quality automotive service in the Carolinas. Our trained and certified car repair experts can keep your vehicle running strong all winter long. Call us at (800) 727-4151 to learn more about our auto repair services.
Last updated 25 days ago
When you’re getting ready to go shopping on Black Friday, potential car problems are the last thing you want to think about. However, cold weather can create a flurry of vehicle issues that can turn your eagerly anticipated shopping day into a nightmare. Here are some common cold weather car issues you should watch out for.
Trouble starting your car. If you can’t start your car in the morning, a dead battery could be the culprit, but there are a number of other possible explanations. Cold temperatures cause the oil inside your engine to thicken and also reduce the amount of energy that your battery can produce. If possible, it’s a good idea to keep your car in a carport or another warm place during freezing weather to prevent these issues.
Iced-over windows. It’s important to remove ice from your windshield and windows before you try to drive your car. Contrary to popular belief, never use hot water to melt the ice, as this can cause the glass to shatter. Start your engine and allow your car to warm up; this will make it easier to remove the ice with a scraper.
Problems with your windshield wipers. In especially cold weather, windshield wipers can become encrusted with ice, which causes them to smear your windshield and make it hard to see the road. To avoid this, turn on the defroster to keep the windshield warm while you drive, and always replace your wipers at the first sign that they have become worn or frayed.
When your car needs a tuneup, a new part, or simply some professional attention, it’s time to visit your local AAA Car Care Center. We provide outstanding auto repair services at all of our stores in North Carolina and South Carolina. Click on the link to our website for more information, or call 800-720-0135 with your questions.
Last updated 1 month ago
Like most car owners, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your tires. However, the tires are the only parts of your vehicle that touch the road, and thus very important for safety. To avoid an accident this winter, it’s essential to make sure your tires are in top shape.
With the increase in precipitation and the occasional dip below freezing, North and South Carolina roads can be very slippery in the winter. If your tires have less than 1/16 inch of tread, you should strongly consider getting replacement tires. It’s also important to keep your tires at the recommended air pressure—if you’re not sure how much air to put in your tires, look at the driver side door jamb. Before the weather gets too cold, consider taking your vehicle to a AAA Car Care Center to have your tires rotated, aligned, and balanced.
If you have any questions on how to keep your tires in good shape this winter, call 800-720-0135. AAA Car Care Centers are dedicated to keeping North and South Carolina drivers and passengers safe.
Last updated 1 month ago
When you sit behind the wheel of your car and turn the key in the ignition, you naturally expect to hear the sound of your engine starting. If you don’t hear anything at all, it’s possible that your battery is dead. That’s where being an AAA member comes in. As an AAA member, you can take advantage of a number of terrific benefits.
Rapid response. If you are an AAA member, you don’t just get roadside assistance, you get the quickest response possible. Our skilled technicians can handle the needs of any vehicle, and we’ll respond to your auto issue no matter where you are—and no matter what time of day it is.
Professional Jump-Start. It’s possible that all your engine needs is a jump-start. If that’s the case, we can provide you with one. Even if it does start, however, you should still have your engine checked out by an auto repair professional as soon as possible. Driving with a potential engine problem is never a good idea, and it can lead to an accident.
Battery Replacement. When a technician from AAA arrives, he or she will check the status of your battery using an electronic tester. If your battery is in need of replacement, we can provide you with a new one and professionally install it right there and then. If there is a leak or another type of engine problem, we will tow your vehicle so the problem can get fixed right away.
If your car won’t start, call the auto experts at your local AAA Car Care Location. We provide a wide variety of professional auto services to North Carolina and South Carolina, including oil changes, tuneups, and routine maintenance. Call (800) 727-4151 today for more information about our services, and click on the link to visit us at our website.