You don’t have to spend tons of money on dealership car maintenance. There are plenty of DIY car maintenance tasks you really can learn to do, no matter what level of car knowledge you have. With the amount of auto DIY tutorials on YouTube and the many auto-related websites out there, learning this stuff is easy.
First of all: oil changes. Doing an oil and filter change may take you a while to do the first time, but once you figure out where the drain plug is and practice jacking your car up, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it goes.
Replacing your battery is another task that you’d be amazed at how easy it is. Besides some cleaning, it’s really just a matter of lifting the battery out and putting a new one in.
You can also check your cabin air filter and put in a new one on your own. All you have to do is find where it’s located in your owner’s manual and it’s a snap to replace it.
Windshield wipers! These are a piece of cake. So is putting in new spark plugs. Follow any of these links for a quick and easy guide to these simple maintenance tasks!
As the weather starts to get colder, you’ll probably notice your fuel economy going down. Cold weather impacts your car’s efficiency in a lot of ways—the engine has to work harder, the tire pressure is low, and maybe some parts aren’t running as efficiently as they could be thanks to the harshness of the cold. Here are some things you can do to get better fuel economy in winter.
First, check your tire pressure regularly. Not only does low tire pressure make it harder for your car to go forward, it also reduces your tire traction, which can be dangerous in the wintertime. Checking your tire pressure once every couple of weeks and adding air when necessary is safer and more efficient.
Before winter starts, get an oil change. The dirtier your oil is, the less efficiently your engine is running and the more fuel it uses. This goes for your filters as well—a dirty cabin air filter can reduce fuel economy by up to 10%.
You should also avoid parking outside when you can and stick to garages. The colder the car is, the longer it takes for your engine to warm up and the more fuel you use. Don’t let your car idle for twenty minutes to let it warm up—cars get warm the fastest when they’re already moving, so it’s just a waste of gas to try to warm it up before you get in.
There are lots of things you can do to improve fuel economy—find more here!
It still feels like summer outside, but cold weather is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your car ready for winter. There are some maintenance tasks you can do you at home and some things you should have your dealer check in preparation for winter.
You should be getting an oil change about twice a year depending on how many miles you drive, and right before winter is the perfect time to do it. Winter is hard on your vehicle’s fluids, which are much colder and thus move slower, so starting the season with clean multi-grade oil is the way to go.
Check your owner’s manual and make sure you’re up to date on all your scheduled maintenance. You should also check all your fluids and top off the coolant, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid as needed. Look at your air and fuel filters and replace if they’re very dirty, and get new windshield wipers, especially if they’re squeaking or leaving streaks.
You probably haven’t used your heater and defrost in a few months, so test them to make sure they’re working properly. Check your lights and bulbs for anything that’s dull or out, check your tire pressure, and have your battery and brakes inspected. Regularly check your tire pressure to make sure your tires are still full. Winter is the last time you want these things to give out.
Finally, assemble a winter emergency kit before those fist snowflakes fall to make sure that you’re ready if you were to be snowed in or have a break down.
At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held last month, Cadillac unveiled its new Escala Concept. This elegant design is not just for show. Cadillac says this concept represents the future of the brand and previews a new design language along with technological advances.
“Escala is a concept with two clear objectives,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac. “First, Escala is a statement of intent for the next iteration of the Cadillac design language, and also technical concepts in development for future Cadillac models. Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”
With this concept, Cadillac sets its sights on more elegance. Escala, which is Spanish for “scale,” is a good representation of this direction and is larger and more elite than the new CT6 range-topping sedan. The Escala was created to represent an indulgent flagship with its liftback design on a large scale.
Cadillac says we should begin seeing production models that incorporate design cues from the Escala soon. These features should include a new vertical lighting design. On the Escala these lights are organic light emitting diodes (OLED) that are deep set within the fascia for an intense stare any time of the day.
Here at Heritage Cadillac, we can’t wait to see the production models that stem from the Escala concept.
Look. If you are going to go to the trouble of blocking off your afternoon and dressing in rags to get your vehicle clean, why not do it right? Here are some tips to detail your car like a pro…
# 1 – It’s not just about how your vehicle looks, having a truly clean car is also about having a car that smells good. The trick to doing that is getting a small, portable air compressor and using it to blow out the dust and buildup from your ducts and vent grilles.
# 2 – Of course, that air compressor is going to come in handy in a lot of ways. Another thing you can do is use it to blow the dirt and debris from all of those hard to get places in your interior. Try to blow towards an open area where you can vacuum it all up.
# 3 – Always hand wash your vehicle, as opposed to taking it to an automatic wash facility. Also, never use dishwashing liquid. It removes the wax coating, making the finish vulnerable to scratches.
# 4 – Unless you consider yourself a trained professional, the best way to remove contaminants from your finish is to use a clay bar. Lubricate it with cleaner wax and rub it trouble spots.
The benefits of having a vehicle that is properly detailed on a regular basis are countless. At the very least, it’s nice to drive a car that doesn’t smell like a fuming pile of dirty clothes, right?
The Cadillac House opening recently drew attention from both the fashion and the auto industry. Cadillac constructed a space in conjunction with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to host the recent New York Fashion Week: Men’s event. With a runway and exhibit space, the venue was created to support artists from around the globe.
According to Cadillac, Cadillac House is just one more way the automaker is helping to support the arts. In mid-July, the brand hosted some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, and it later launched the Retail Lab. The Retail Lab is a new initiative that lets a new designer come in every quarter and take over valuable retail space in New York.
“Cadillac is redefining what it means to be a ‘patron of the arts,’ and our partnership with the CFDA has emphasized that commitment in fashion,” said Melody Lee, Cadillac director of Brand Marketing. “Cadillac House is meant to be a place that our community and partners can make their own dynamic experiences within. We’re proud Cadillac House is now an official runaway venue for NYFW: Men’s.”
Cadillac is known for its support of the arts, as well as the high-level of importance it places on styling. Cadillac models are made to be luxurious and one-of-a-kind, something other automakers just can’t compete with. If you want an inspired design that can’t be found elsewhere, check out the latest lineup of Cadillac models.
Who really needs an excuse to enjoy some delicious, creamy ice cream in the summer? But, to maybe justify an extra trip or two, or three, remember that July is National Ice Cream Month. Here are some of the best local ice cream stops in and around Lombard, Illinois.
- Uncle Harry’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Coffee. This small ice cream shop serves rich, homemade ice cream along with freshly-brewed coffee. It is located at 48 W. Lake St. in Addison.
- Brain Freeze. This family-owned shop in Elmhurst serves a wide range of ice cream flavors along with Italian Ice, milk shakes, vegan soy ice cream, Nana Crème Allergen Free ice cream, and more.
- Dairy Queen. While this may be a chain store, it has such a great community atmosphere, it just can’t be beat. Visit the Dairy Queen at 205 S. Main St. for an old-school walk-up ice cream shop experience.
- Skinnysweet Frozen Yogurt. Choose from six to eight flavors and add in your choice of mix-ins for a deliciously sweet experience.
- This sweet shop serves not only amazing ice cream, but creamy fudge, caramel apples, hand-crafted chocolates, and more.
What is your favorite local stop for a cool summertime treat?
In Cadillac’s new flagship model, the CT6, owners will find a host of standard and available features that will take the driving experience to the next level. The CT6’s technology includes an industry-first surround-vision video recording system and a state-of-the-art rear seat infotainment system.
With the video recording system, drivers can gain enhanced security and situational awareness. While driving, the cameras can aid in maneuvering through tight spaces by providing a 360-degree birds-eye view of everything around the CT6. Drivers also have the option to record events such as a beautiful drive or when the vehicle is being tampered with. In fact, when the vehicle security system is armed, the cameras will automatically activate when the vehicle has been disturbed.
The recorded information is stored on an SD card in the trunk. Owners can then save the information on the SD card and view the files on a personal computer.
For passengers riding the back seat, the available rear seat infotainment system will be a great addition. It features dual 10-inch HD screens that slide in and out of the back of the front seats. The screens are equipped with both HDMI and USB ports to maximize the types of media that can be played, including internet streaming through the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
To see these fantastic high-tech features for yourself, come check out the all-new Cadillac CT6 today at Heritage Cadillac.
Summer is the time for road trips, whether it’s to visit family or to the beach. And if you’re making the trek, you’ll want these road trip essentials.
A GPS is great, thanks to modern technology. We can navigate from our phones or even from our cars themselves. But you’ll always want a physical map, whether it’s for emergencies or for fun.
Maps & apps? All hail technology! Download the latest travel apps and gas apps. Travel apps can help you with weather and traffic, while gas apps can help you save money on gas throughout your trip.
You don’t want to be fiddling around with your phone, and taking your eyes off the road. A smartphone dock will mount your phone directly in your sight, so accessing it will be much easier.
Tolls roads can be annoying, especially when you’re searching for loose change and singles to give the attendant. An E-ZPass sticks to the top of your car and simply bills you later.
Sometimes we get scatterbrained on road trips, so it’s always smart to have a set a spare keys that you keep in your pocket or somewhere else on you.
Cadillac storefronts will be seeing a change soon. The luxury automaker has three times as many stores as other luxury car companies, but sells only about half as many. This means that Cadillac is itching for a change, and this change will come in the form of a virtual dealership.
Some of Cadillac’s stores will be transformed into this virtual storefront, which will benefit Cadillac in low overhead costs and will allow them to use their top technology.
It will also benefit Cadillac lovers, who can access services and look at cars without leaving the comfort of their home. You can learn about vehicles by listening to virtual reality headsets.
While virtual dealerships offer some benefits, the drawback is that you won’t be able to drive off the lot with a car like you can from an in-person dealership. However, the virtual dealerships do offer showrooms in which you can explore the vehicles, and get a taste for what you like. If you’re sure about a car, you can then place an order through the dealership and receive it at a later point.
You might be seeing some of these virtual dealerships pop up on the web, but we’re always here at Heritage Cadillac to help you in person!