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Fluids in Your GMC Trucks

radiator fluidOil is the lifeblood of your new or used GMC Truck in Thunder Bay ON.  Most everyone knows that. So, if you are planning a road trip or just doing your best to diligently maintain your new GMC truck in Canada, you will want to remember to handle all things related to your engine oil.  According to one source found online in our research on behalf of your GMC Truck Dealer in Thunder Bay, “You don’t need to be a car expert to know that oil is critical for an engine. It lubricates moving components like the pistons, crankshaft, and camshaft so they can move smoothly without friction. Oil should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you’ve gotten an oil change within that range, use the dipstick to check the oil condition and fill level. If it’s black, gritty, or below the minimum, get it checked out right away.”

Also, remember that thought the abovementioned standard interval is 3,000-5,000 miles between changes, you will want to check with your GMC Truck dealer or manual for your actual make and model since some will allow you to go even longer that this number of miles before bothering with your next oil change.

Radiator fluid is another key fluid in your GMC Truck in Thunder Bay. “Engines produce a lot of heat and the radiator keeps it cool. Radiator fluid, also known as coolant or antifreeze, works to extract heat from the engine and dissipate it through the radiator.”  If you allow this level to get too low, your GMC truck is in danger of overheating.  It is also advised to have the system flushed every 50,000 miles.  While you are keeping check on your GMC Thunder Bay Truck fluids, don’t forget the brake fluid.  “When you push the brake pedal, fluid—yes, fluid—compresses inside the brake lines, forcing the brake pads to clamp on the rotors and slow your car. If you ever notice that the pedal feels spongy or has extra travel, the fluid may be contaminated. Be sure to top off the brake fluid if necessary, and flush it every 36,000 miles.”

Buick Car Oil Change Needs

oil changeIn our world of new and used car topic searches, we wish to find interesting areas of information to pass along to you.  Everyone deals in oil changes, unless you own and operate an electric car.  Since most of us have gasoline or diesel engines that require oil changes, such as the Buick cars in Thunder Bay ON, we figured this would be an important topic to share.  Did you know that most modern vehicles only need an oil change around every 7,500 to 10,000 miles? If you’ve been changing your oil every 3,000 miles, you’ve essentially been wasting both oil and money. You can find out how often your vehicle needs an oil change in your owner’s manual, which will always be more accurate than a window sticker, however, most are going longer between changes than ever before.

Depending upon your Thunder Bay Buick car make, model and year, the frequency with which you pursue oil changes may vary.  Just don’t assume it’s supposed to occur every 3,000 miles.  As our research on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick car sales in Canada suggests, “The 3,000 mile oil change rule is generally promoted by the quick change oil industry. Businesses that change oil make more money from customers who come in more often. Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles instead of every 7,500 means you’re paying twice as much as you need to. That’s a good amount of money you can keep in your pocket over the lifetime of your vehicle.”

There are obviously many different manufacturers in the auto industry, each of them with a slight variation from the next, and even within their own lineup, intervals for oil changes can and do change.  “While most vehicles list 7,500 to 10,000 as the designated oil change mileage, there are exceptions to the rule. Hyundai and Kia models with turbocharged engines and Toyotas that use non-synthetic oil require an oil change every 5,000 miles to run at peak efficiency. On the other side of the spectrum, luxury brand Jaguar lists a routine oil change at every 15,000 miles.”  Your Thunder Bay Buick Car Dealer in Canada promises to keep you abreast any model service needs.

GMC Truck Road Trip

road tripIf you are considering headed out for a road trip in your new or used GMC Truck from Thunder Bay ON, there are some things you will want to do first in order to ensure readiness for both you and your new GMC Truck in Ontario.  The arrival of spring, although a bit down the road from now, always stirs up a longing for adventure. After months cooped up inside and navigating wet or icy roads, blue skies and warm weather are very good reasons to load up your Thunder Bay GMC Truck and hit the highway.

However, your best planning will be undone if you can’t depend on your truck along the way. “A breakdown on your daily commute is one thing, but what if your truck leaves you stranded miles outside the middle of nowhere? Truck care is necessary year-round, but especially before a road trip, so we recommend completion of the following maintenance suggestions before you hit the open road.

Fluids, for starters, must take priority as they are the lifeblood of any car or truck, including your new or used GMC Trucks from Thunder Bay Canada. Service intervals can and do vary on your car or truck and will depend on mileage as well. You will want to consider how far you have driven since last you had your truck maintenance and fluids tended to, as well as how far you will drive on your Thunder Bay GMC Truck roadtrip.  Once you have done the math, you can better answer if fluids need to be addressed before the trip, or if they can wait until you return home. If there is any question as to whether or not they should be address prior to leaving, especially the oil, it would be wise to do it early rather than risk issues away from home, or perhaps in an area with little or no service options.