There are probably parts of your vehicle that you forget about until a light flashes or something makes a terrible sound… We’ve all been there, right? Well, don’t fret. We’re here to help you understand the parts that are oh-so-important but often forgotten.
The battery in your car is a big deal. It provides electricity to, well, everything including the starter which obviously starts your vehicle. Once the vehicle is started and the engine is running, the alternator takes care of the rest.
During our rough winters, many batteries just give up. They struggle to do their job if they’re completely frozen or nearing the end of their life. So what can you do to keep your battery “healthy” throughout the year in order to prevent premature battery death? Sadly, there’s nothing you really can do, in terms of “maintenance” but you can make sure all accessories are turned off to avoid draining the battery upon startup or our techs can perform conductance tests to monitor the status of your battery and avoid no-start situations.
Batteries naturally wear out over time. Most batteries can last a few years, especially if you take precautions: unusual parasitic drains (like improperly grounded accessories), infrequent startup, and prolonged exposure to excessive heat and cold temperatures. Avoiding these situations will help your battery live long and prosper… in your vehicle.
You know what brakes do, so I’ll skip the formalities.
The thing about brakes is that you know when they need to be replaced. The brakes have indicators built in to make that annoying noise when the brakes are almost worn out. You could hear the noise while applying pressure to the brakes, or not. Either way, you need them replaced ASAP. The indicators are built to make noise with about 2mm of brake pad thickness remaining. So we’re clear: if your brakes are making noise all the time, get them replaced (or at least get them checked out).
Not to make this super confusing, but some brakes will squeal from time to time when there’s excitation from the brake friction process. There’s a lot of time put into eliminating brake squeal, however, some high-performance and track-capable brake systems will be at a higher risk for producing squealing, even when it’s not damaged. If you’re unsure, it’s best to get it checked out. If you have aftermarket brakes that are not original equipment, performance is only guaranteed by the original equipment parts.
Brakes are another part that naturally wears out – constant friction when braking will eventually cause the brakes to deteriorate. They work hard! When you’re selecting new brakes, our experts can help determine the best fit and quality for your vehicle and budget. We stock quality ACDelco parts but we have access to many brands to suit your fancy. We recommend ACDelco brand for GM models because they are engineered to fit GM brands perfectly as original equipment. Plus, we have a brake price match guarantee! If you purchase ACDelco brakes from Capital and then find brakes with a better price within 30 days, we’ll refund the difference.
If you’re like me, you forget to replace your wiper blades until they become problematic. It’s just one of those things that you don’t really think about – unless it’s the middle of winter and you can’t see the road. Wiper blades are a commonly forgotten part that should be changed every 6 months!
Wipers are one of the easiest parts to determine wear. If you’re noticing that your wipers are:
- Leaving streaks or missed sections on your windshield
- Leaving a haze, blurring your line of vision
- Skipping entire parts of your windshield because of a curve in the rubber
- Lifting off because of deterioration of the wiper arm
- Squeaking because of excessive friction from worn blades
- In extreme cases, causing marks in the windshield
You NEED to get them replaced. When you visit Capital GMC with wiper concerns, we make it easy for you. You can pull up to our drive-thru Express Service Lanes and talk to an Advisor, who will be able to talk to you and understand your wiper needs (because there’s more than one type of wiper blade) and even install them right there for you. So you don’t have to deal with removing and reinstalling the wipers.
Wiper Blade Types
Whether you’re looking for a Jack-of-all-trades type of wiper blade or a seasonally-specific wiper blade, we have it. If you don’t know what you need, we can definitely help get the right wipers for your driving habits and needs.
Conventional Wiper Blades
The Advantage All-Season blade is the Jack-of-all-trades wiper blade: they’re good for all-seasons, they’re inexpensive, and are great replacements for standard wiper blades.
If you need a little more oomph, the Performance wiper blade will do the trick. Made from high-strength steel and easy fit assembly, the blades are corrosion-resistant with epoxy coatings and natural rubber.
Both of these blades offer reduced streaking, friction, and noise to keep your windshield clear.
Beam Wiper Blades
These blades have an innovative curve and frameless design to conform to the shape of your windshield, which offers a more uniform swipe. Natural and synthetic rubber are combined to enhance performance and durability, which is a great option for our confusing seasons – you know, when it’s supposed to be spring but 4 feet of snow falls when the day before was +25°C.
Winter Wiper Blades
Winter wipers are available in conventional or beam styles, except the winter specialty includes rubber “boots” to help prevent snow and ice build-up and a riveted steel structure for added strength and durability to combat our challenging winters.
The experts at Capital GMC Service can help you find the right parts for the right price. Stop by, visit us online, or give us a call and talk to us about your service needs. We’re happy to help!