09-23-16

Are You Getting the Best Gas Mileage Possible?

A little thought toward basic auto care can lead to more miles per gallon and, in turn, more savings for you! Be car care aware and perform these five simple steps to improve fuel economy and save money.
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09-19-16

Be Carpool, Back to School Ready!

It’s back to school time for many families in San Diego. And now is a good time to give your car a good check to be sure you and your kids are safe and sound. “Back-to-school time is hectic for most families, but scheduling a complete vehicle inspection is time well spent,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing your vehicle was checked by a professional technician will give you peace of mind and make all those trips to school and activities safer and less stressful.”
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11-13-15

SERVICE TIP: Remember to get your tires checked this upcoming holiday season!

When it comes to driving safety your tires are a critical factor. Bald tires that lack tread can be dangerous during wet slippery road conditions. Fresh rubber means better road grip, better cornering, and shorter breaking distances.
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11-04-15

San Diego Fall Car Care Tips

Mossy Nissan knows that having the best weather in America has its benefits. But now that fall is finally setting in, is your car ready for the change in seasons? Mossy Nissan wants you and your car to be safe, so we've made an important checklist that will have your car in good shape for San Diego fall weather, which can be very hot, very cool and sometimes very rainy. Having regular maintenance on your vehicle is, of course, highly recommended, but any change in seasons calls for extra-special attention to your tires, batteries, brakes and more!
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07-24-15

Car Care Tips: How to Protect from the Summer Heat

Summer may be a time for cookouts, pool parties, and trips to the beach but while the family is looking forward to the hot weather - your car most likely dreads it. We often think winter is the real enemy of cars with the season's freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and of course, the heavy use of salt and sand in colder regions to keep slippery roads in check. But the warmer season also take its toll as both your car paint and mechanicals bake under the glaring sun and heat. Your car's interior, much like a greenhouse, also roasts. On a 90 degree day, your car's interior can reach in excess of 140 degrees in an hour's time.
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06-08-14

Summerize your car with these handy tips!

Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Summer
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11-27-13

Here’s a quick Tutorial to replace worn wiper blades and stay safe with winter weather!

SIMPLE SAFETY SATURDAY! Here’s a quick Tutorial to replace worn wiper blades and stay safe with winter weather!

Don’t want to replace old blades yourself? Mossy Nissan has 7 convenient service locations to help get the job done!

Book your appointment now:  

CREDIT: http://www.familyhandyman.com/automotive/car-maintenance/how-to-replace-a-windshield-wiper-blade/step-by-step

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10-31-13

How to Add Google Maps Destinations to your Nissan Leaf GPS

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Mossy Nissan San Diego now brings you hot tips every Tuesday! If you have a tip you would like to share please contact us: AM-Strategies.com
 
Send Google Maps destinations to your Nissan LEAF GPS. Check out the step-by-step procedure below. 
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10-18-13

Car Care Tips Every Driver Should Know Courtesy of Mossy Nissan!

 

Tires Tip #1
Learn the importance of tire pressure
Proper inflation pressure in your tires is essential. Under-inflation can lead to tire failure and over-inflation can wear out your tires rapidly. Check your pressure at least once a month.
 Tires Tip #2
Check your tire alignment
Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid wearing of your treads and should be corrected by a dealer. 
 Tires Tip #3
Why rotate your tires?
Front and rear tires wear differently. Tire rotation can prevent irregular tire wear and help to extend the life of your tires. 
 Tires Tip #4
Monitor tire treads
Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch. Traction, particularly in bad weather, and resistance to hydroplaning are reduced as tires wear.
 
 
 Wipers Tip #1
Why is wiper blade replacement a safety concern?
Reduced visibility accounts for 42% of collisions. Weather, chemicals, and usage will eventually wear the rubber on your wiper blades. Inspect your wipers' performance regularly and replace every 12 months.
Wipers Tip #2
Signs that it's time to replace your wiper blades
• Streaks on your windshield after use
• Cracked and brittle wiper blades
 
 
Battery Tip #1
Check battery health regularly
There are a number of factors that can affect your battery's life including weather, driving habits, and technology within your vehicle. As part of your complimentary multi-point inspection, your dealership should check the current health of your battery to prevent inconvenient failures before they happen!
Battery Tip #2
Ways to help improve your battery's life
• If possible, park in an insulated garage during cold winter months. You can also insulate the battery itself if you don't have access to indoor parking.
• Clean away grease, dirt and any oxidation.
 
• Oil & Filter Tip #1
• Why change your oil and filter regularly?
• Oil reduces wear and tear by providing a lubricating barrier between your engine's many moving parts. Friction, heat, and contaminants can cause oil to degrade.
• The oil filter can extend the life of your oil and your car by capturing contaminants and reducing engine-damaging oil sludge buildup.
• Oil & Filter Tip #1
• Why change your oil and filter regularly?
• Oil reduces wear and tear by providing a lubricating barrier between your engine's many moving parts. Friction, heat, and contaminants can cause oil to degrade.
• The oil filter can extend the life of your oil and your car by capturing contaminants and reducing engine-damaging oil sludge buildup.
• Oil & Filter Tip #2
• Signs that you may have gone too long without an oil change
• Illumination of your oil pressure indicator light
• Pooling of leaked oil under your car
• Odd noises coming from your engine
• Smell of burning fluids
• Low oil levels on your dip stick
• You can't remember the last time you had an oil change
 
 
Brakes Tip #1
Check your brake fluid
Check your brake fluid every month. If you need to top off fluid levels, only use a brand recommended in your owner's manual. Brake fluid can be easily contaminated when exposed to air, so don't use fluid from a previously opened container.
Brakes Tip #2
Ways to tell if you need new brake pads
• Less than 1/8 padding
• Grooves or rough patches on your rotor disc
• Metallic screeching or grinding noise when you brake
• Shaking or a feeling of being pulled to one side when you brake
• Increased braking travel distance can indicate worn pads and low brake fluid
 
 
Air Filter Tip
Why should you replace air and in-cabin filters?
Change your air filter regularly to help protect your engine. It helps to remove dust and soot from the airflow to help keep your engine clean. An in-cabin filter re-circulates cabin air and helps maintain the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system. It should be replaced every 12 months or 15,000 miles to maintain proper air quality inside your cabin.
 
 
Interior Tip
How to protect your car’s interior
• Clean or replace your floor mats
• Care for leather or upholstery following your owner’s manual
• Consider purchasing a trunk mat or protector
 
 
CREDIT: NissanUSA.com
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12-04-12

Winter Car Care Tips

"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we've no place to go, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!" Such a beautiful holiday song! Of course living in San Diego most of us don't see too much actual snow, much less spend time driving in it. But if you're planning any road trips this winter, especially up to the mountains, please make sure your car is winter ready!

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe on the roads this winter:

Tires: Tires are the number one factor in winter driving safety. When was the last time you had your tires replaced? If it was recently, have you been getting them rotated regularly? Many people forget to get this done, which means these so-called "new" tires are wearing unevenly and could actually be unsafe. Make sure you visually inspect your tires for uneven wear, and loss of tread. Better yet, have a professional inspect them! Balding tires do not grip the road effectively and they increase your breaking distance substantially - especially in wet or icy road conditions. Remember: Worn out tires aren't safe on dry pavement, but they are downright dangerous on rainy, snowy or icy roads. Be sure to get those tires inspected, rotated, and replaced if necessary right away! You can always make an appointment at your local Mossy Nissan service center - for any service needs!

Winter Survival Kit: Planning a road trip to go skiing or snowboarding? Make sure you have a winter survival kit in your car in case things don't go as planned! It only takes a few minutes to gather most of these items and they could save your life!

Your kit should include:

  • Blankets, socks, hats, mittens to keep you and your passengers warm
  • A source of heat like a can heater or multiple wick candle - don't forget matches or a lighter!
  • Water and a metal container suitable for melting snow into drinking water
  • Food - such as hard candy, energy bars, nuts and raisins
  • Bright red or orange cloth and whistle to signal for help
  • An AM/FM radio plus a flashlight - both with new batteries!

Other lifesavers! A shovel, a good spare tire, jumper cables, tire chains, road flares and a small tool kit can become your lifesavers if a bad situation comes around!

Stay warm and safe! If your car gets stuck in snowy conditions, and you need to keep your car running for heat, make that your exhaust pipe is not blocked off by snow! Run the engine and heater for 10 minutes every hour depending on the amount of gas in your tank. If there is heavy snow or sleet coming down, keep one window slightly open so you don't get sealed inside your car!

We want all our drivers to be safe this season, and we hope this helps those of you traveling to snowy climates. Mossy Nissan can help you get ready for these holiday trips with a FREE winter car care inspection, a winter car care package, or a 27-point inspection here. We wish you a safe holiday season this year!

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10-23-12

San Diego Fall Car Care Tips

Mossy Nissan knows that having the best weather in America has its benefits. But now that fall is finally setting in, is your car ready for the change in seasons? Mossy Nissan wants you and your car to be safe, so we've made an important checklist that will have your car in good shape for San Diego fall weather, which can be very hot, very cool and sometimes very rainy. Having regular maintenance on your vehicle is, of course, highly recommended, but any change in seasons calls for extra-special attention to your tires, batteries, brakes and more!

  • Windshield wipers: In San Diego we don't get a whole lot of rain, but as we all know when it rains here, it really comes down hard! So this is the time to replace those old sun-baked blades with a fresh set.
  • Battery: Did you know that the extreme heat of summer months actually reduces battery life? Get your battery checked now instead of calling for a jump-start later!
  • Brakes: Regular maintenance is always important for brakes, but wet weather calls for extra attention to that area! Rain, plus worn brakes is a recipe for a fender bender or worse!
  • Belts & Hoses: Two of the most important overlooked areas of vehicle care are belts and hoses. Having them snap or leak can quickly leave you at a standstill on the road or even damage your engine. Inspect every belt and hose; be sure to check for thinning or cracking just in case!
  • Lights: During fall and winter, it gets darker earlier, so it's also important to check the head and tail lamps on your vehicle to make sure that you are highly visible to those around you.

You've obviously gone through this quick fall car care checklist, but those around you might still be in the dark on how to care for their vehicle! Do you have any other tips of your own for this oncoming winter season? Don't forget that at Mossy Nissan we are fully experienced on winter car care, so if you choose to service your Nissan with Mossy, be sure to check out our service specials. If you'd like to book an appointment with Mossy Nissan you can do that here!

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