Tips for Keeping a Clean Car Interior

2018 Subaru Forester Interior

Whether it’s sand dragged in on the soles of bare feet, pairs of cleats coated in dust tossed into the trunk, or just a whole lot of driving done with the windows rolled down, keeping a clean car interior can feel like an impossible feat in the summer time. Now that the sunny season is almost over (we know, we’re sad too), it’s the perfect time to get your cabin back into tip-top shape — and we have a few clean car interior-tips to help you keep it that way!

Use Q-tips to scrub out hard-to-reach places

Start by dipping a q-tip in water and cleaning solution. Then, primp your cup holders and odd crevices that are somehow always filled with equal parts loose change and mysterious ooze.

Remove stains with water and vinegar

Use half water, half vinegar (that’s it!) and scrub up stains on seats and mats with just a wash cloth. Memories of burst ketchup packets, spilt coffee, and dropped chocolate-dipped cones, be gone!

Save old tissue boxes

Empty tissue boxes aren’t just for the trash bin! Fill them with plastic bags and stash them under a seat, and you’ll have grab-bags always at-the-ready.

Hang a shoe organizer behind one of the front seats

This inexpensive contraption will help your passengers keep games, toys, and other small odd-or-end organized and within reach.

Take a deep breath

Now that you have a clean car interior, keep it smelling like one with a simple concoction of two cups of baking soda and 20 drops of Peppermint or Lavender essential oil mixed in an old shaker container and left beneath a seat.

If you think your engine might need a little sprucing up as well, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at Steve Lewis Subaru today!

Should You Buy Winter Tires?

Winter TiresAll-season tires are perfect for driving during every season thanks to their combination of summer and winter benefits. Winter tires are an alternative that provides drivers with more control during heavy snowfalls and icy roadways. They may cost quite a bit but they’re entirely worth it in the long run. Should you buy winter tires? Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we know the answer is a resounding yes.

Massachusetts generally sees heavy snowfall and icy roadways throughout winter, which makes winter tires a must-have perk for season. While all-season tires are great for those who live in moderate climates, winter tires take the cake when it comes to the frozen roadways that plague Massachusetts every year.

Winter tires are specifically designed to function well on icy roads and under heavy stress. The tread rubber remains flexible during the freezing cold and provides optimal traction. All-season tires tend to stiffen and, as a result, the tire can’t grip the road as well.

The tread on winter tires runs deeper and the patterns themselves help channel the snow, slush, and water to minimize slippage. More biting edges, slits in the tread, help increase traction on ice so drivers can stay in control of their vehicle.

Fall Service Tips

Fall service tipsIt’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler. While you enjoy the seasons changing, you should take into account these fall service tips for your car.

Got Heat?

Is your heat working properly? How about your defroster? We all know that fall in Massachusetts could occasionally mean temperatures in the forties or even thirties, so you will want to make sure your heat is working so it can warm you up! It’s also important to make sure your HVAC system is defrosting properly, otherwise you might be staring out a frosty windshield!

Got Power?

Make sure your battery has enough power before the cold weather hits it by checking its charge. You can do this with a voltmeter or get it checked at our service department. You will also want to make sure that all of your connections are clean that they’re securely fastened to your battery.

Got Pressure?

Your tire pressure is ever-changing, mostly because the weather outside is ever-changing. Heat can expand the air in your tires, which increases their pressure, and the cold can have the opposite effect. Make sure all your tires have proper PSI so they can keep you rolling!

If you think your car needs a fall tune-up, visit our Service Center!

Summer Service Guidelines for Your Vehicle

Summer Service Summer can be a great time of the year for you and your family to enjoy! However, your car may not be as appreciative of the summer season. Just like any other season, summer can cause some serious problems for your vehicle. So what can you do? It’s easy! Just be sure to follow these summer service guidelines for your vehicle.

Check the Air Conditioning Unit. If there is one area of your vehicle that you want working at all times during the summer, it would probably have to be your air conditioning. Otherwise, you and your family are going to suffer in the summertime heat. Make sure your air conditioning unit is working properly before the dog days of summer arrive.

Change Your Windshield Wipers. Summertime weather is always unpredictable. Don’t get caught up in a bad storm without a good pair of windshield wipers. Replace the ones you currently haAll Pagesve installed for the best protection against the rain.

Change Your Oil. Planning any long trips this summer? If you are, then you are definitely going to want to consider changing your vehicle’s oil. This routine process will ensure that your car or crossover is in top shape for your trip.

Follow these simple guidelines for summer car servicing and your vehicle will have a great summer season too!

Car Washing Tips and Tricks

Car washing tips

Check out some of these car washing tips to make your car look squeaky clean.

Washing your car by hand may seem like a thing of the past as automated car washes seem to pop up every couple of blocks. There are things an automated wash won’t get off, though, which means you’ll need to do some scrubbing. Don’t know where to start? No worries! We here at Steve Lewis Subaru will help you out with some car washing tricks!

First, make sure you’re using a soap dedicated to cars. Using other soaps and cleaners, like household detergents, can damage your paint over time. Soap dedicated to cars will care for the paint and ensures there won’t be any harm.

The best time to wash your car is when it’s cool out. Usually, the mornings or evenings are best. Washing when the sun is high in the sky and beating down on your vehicle will cause water and soap to dry quickly, meaning you’ll need to wet your car over and over again to rinse and remove water stains. That can turn into some serious time wasted!

No matter what The Karate Kid taught you, “wax on, wax off” is not the way to go when using a sponge on your car. Moving the sponge in circles can create swirl marks, light but still noticeable scratches. Instead, move the sponge up and down for a clean result.

Why it’s Important to Change Your Oil

Routine maintenance is pesky and can sometimes get in the way of the more exciting things in life like spontaneous road trips—but it is still the most important thing you can do for your car. Something like changing the oil can cost you thirty or forty bucks but it can save you a bundle in the long run. In the end, there are many reasons why you need to change your oil on a routine basis.

Car breakdown oil change

She’d be even happier if she knew how important it was to change your oil before problems happen.

Simply put, oil is a lubricant that keeps the metal pieces of a car’s engine from mashing themselves to non-working bits. A car’s engine tends to get hot, but oil carries some of the heat away, allowing the engine to run normally. When oil isn’t replaced, it stops lubricating and carrying heat away. This can cause your car to have some significant, costly issues.

If the oil isn’t changed, the pistons could seize up, the camshafts could be damaged, or carbon and sludge build up could cost you a bundle in an engine cleaning. Replacing piston rings alone is something we wouldn’t wish on any car owner, let alone the pistons themselves. Take the cheap way out – get an oil change.

If you’re in the market for an oil change, think Steve Lewis Subaru and try out our service center!