Tips for Back-to-School Auto Maintenance

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School has started for most, which means your schedule is likely crammed with events and activities. However, back-to-school auto maintenance should also be a priority this time of year. The fall is the right time to schedule regular service like oil changes, inspections, and more.

According to Allstate, the first thing you should do this fall is get an oil change. Most cars need an oil change roughly four times a year (3,000 miles or three months), which means fall is the perfect time to bring your car in. You can also check and top off fluid levels, including coolant, oil, transmission fluid, brake and power steering fluid, and washer fluid.

Next, check the tires. Tire pressure decreases in cold weather, which is usually right around the corner by the time school starts. Air pressure decreases at about 1 psi for every 10-degree dip in temperature. This can also cause added wear on the tread—another thing to check. You can test tire tread using the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you see above President Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time for new tires.

Finally, check your lights. This time of year is often darker than early summer, which means it can be hard to see. Plus, the school year brings added pedestrians to sidewalks and cross walks. Have someone help you test your lights to see if they’re all on (including brake and reverse lights).

Stop by Fairground Auto Plaza this fall for your regularly scheduled maintenance.

GMC Adds New Yukon Denali Updates for 2018

Yukon Denali Updates
2018 Yukon Denali Stands Tall

GMC has always catered to fans of upscale luxury with the brand’s range-topping Denali models. For 2018, the GMC Yukon Denali is getting a few upgrades to its already lavish design. Ranging from differences in the powertrain to even more high-end styling cues and touches, the Yukon Denali updates will keep the model on the cutting edge of cool without losing that standard GMC reliability.

New Trims

Updates to the Yukon’s Denali trim level will include a brand-new sculpted grille on the exterior, a cabin featuring a Mastique Ash real wood trim, and a Hydra-Matic 10-speed transmission to go with the Yukon’s 6.2-liter V8 engine for a smoother and quieter driving experience.

Sophisticated Design

Director of Global GMC Exterior Design Matt Noone commented on the styling changes:  “It’s a more exciting and sophisticated design, while remaining instantly recognizable as part of the GMC Denali family.”

More Premium Features

With all the premium features that come both standard and available, the GMC Yukon Denali updates add a bit of extra flair to its already luxurious design. The 2018 Yukon Denali will be available at dealerships in the fall of 2017, at which time you can come to us at Fairground Auto Plaza in Rolla, MO to experience it for yourself!