Category Archives: Maintenance & Repair

Is It Time to Change Your Tires?

A vehicle is a thing of beauty and, as with most things of beauty, it requires tender love and care to continue functioning at maximum capacity. When it comes to your car, one act of care you really do not want to skip is the changing of tires. But, how can you tell when it’s time to change your tires?

Here are two basic “tests” you can give your tires to ensure they are road-worthy:

The Quarter Test

Stick a quarter head-first into the tread of your tire at a couple different locations. If you can see the top of Washington’s head more often than not, it’s most likely time to get some new tires, because that set is over-worn.

Age is Just a Number You Definitely Need to Pay Attention to

Even if your tires aren’t displaying evident wear, if they are six years or older, it’s definitely time for a new set. Rubber ages just like we do, folks.

So, you’ve followed those easy steps and have determined it is in fact time to change your tires; now what? That is the easy part! Just give our service experts at Southtowne Hyundai a ring and make an appointment to get a new set of wheels on your beloved car. We are always happy to keep your Hyundai running smoothly and safely!

Car Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is just around the corner, so you might want to get a start on some spring cleaning. Why not start with your car? Here are some car spring cleaning tips for you from us at SouthTowne Hyundai.

Car spring cleaning
Scrub a dub dub!

Wash Lights

Start on the outside by scrubbing those headlights and taillights. They can get foggy and dirty during the winter, so scrubbing them will help your visibility.

Clean Out the Trunk

A lot of things can get haphazardly thrown in the trunk. Take the time to finally donate that bag of clothes or move the ice scraper to the basement.

Wax the Outside

Get a bright and shiny look going into spring by washing and waxing the exterior of your car. Waxing doesn’t just make your car look nice; it also helps seal your paint, protecting it from water spots and wear and tear.


Take that vacuum to the inside of your car. Don’t miss a spot – get under the mats, all the nooks and crannies, and all over the seats.

Clean Underneath

The bottom of your car can get pretty mucky, especially with mud or rain that can come with winter. Take a hose to the underneath or your car to give it a good washing.

How to Wash a Car Properly

how to wash a car

Anyone can throw some dish soap on their car, but if you want to preserve your paint job and leave your car looking shiny and beautiful, you have to have some technique. Here are some easy tips on how to wash a car the right way.

Before you get started, park your car out of direct sunlight so the sun can’t make it dry splotchy. Get your supplies together: a hose, two buckets, your soap, a sponge, and drying cloths.

Fill the bucket with water and then put in the amount of soap specified on the bottle. Fill up another bucket with plain water, and then hook up your hose. Spraying the car helps knock loose some of the dirt.

Pull up the windshield wipers so you can clean under them, and then dip your sponge into the soapy water and start washing. Start at the top of the car and work your way down. Rinse your dirty sponge in the bucket of plain water.

Hose the car off, making sure to keep it wet the entire time you’re cleaning so you it doesn’t start to dry. When the whole car is rinsed, dry it off with your towel, taking care to remove any splotchy areas.

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Car in Winter, The Messiest Time of the Year

Wash Your Car in Winter

During the winter months, your car will likely get dirtier than ever, thanks to the snow, sleet, and salty mush that will splash up on it. Though it may seem futile, don’t ignore your car washing routine, which is more important than ever.

By leaving your car dirty throughout the winter, you’ll be promoting rust and damage to the car’s paint and general exterior. Instead, wash your car regularly, or perhaps even more often than you usually would.

If you plan to wash your car in person, we recommend that you do so far before sundown, so that not only will you be warmer, but also, your car will have more sunshine to promote drying.

And this time of year, don’t forget to clean the bottom of your vehicle and any splash guards, which are likely to take a beating. Don’t forget to pay close attention to your wheels, too, when you wash your car in winter.

Whatever you do this year, don’t neglect your vehicle, and if it’s not too late, consider preparing it ahead of time. For more winter weather tips, or to check out our winter-ready vehicles, visit us anytime at SouthTowne Hyundai.

What Is Hyundai Assurance?

If you’re in the market for a new car, it might be important to note that Hyundai offers America’s very best warranty. It’s all a part of Hyundai Assurance—and it’s the best deal you can get on a new car.

So what does Hyundai Assurance entail? A little bit of everything:

  • A 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty
  • A 7-year anti-perforation warranty, mileage unlimited
  • A 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty
  • A lifetime hybrid battery warranty

But that’s only the beginning. All drivers will also get the following:

  • 5-year 24-hour roadside assistance, unlimited miles
  • 12-month/12,000-mile replacement parts and accessories limited warranty
  • 7-year/70,000-mile California emission controls systems warranty
  • 8-year/80,000-mile federal emission defect & performance warranty

How does this stack up against the competitors? Hyundai’s powertrain warranty duration is double the years of Toyota’s, Honda’s, Nissan’s, and Chevrolet’s. Only Chevrolet offers up to 100,000 miles—the other three only offer up to 60,000. The new vehicle limited warranty is also longer in duration and better in mile limits than the same competitors, and even luxury brand Lexus.

Want to learn more about America’s Best Warranty? Then swing by SouthTowne Hyundai today.

Why Should You Get Your Tires Rotated?

tires rotated

Getting your tires rotated may sound silly if you’re not too technical when it comes to cars. But the phrase “rotating your tires” isn’t the same as what your tires do on the road when you drive. Rotating your tires actually means moving the positions of your tires on your car.

So why should you get your tires rotated, and how often? To answer the first, it allows your tires to wear evenly. When you drive, it is your front tires that wear down more quickly, as they undergo the forces of steering. That means, given a couple years, your front tires would have much less tread than your back tires. So what do you do? You rotate them, bringing front to back and back to front. This allows them to wear evenly.

We recommend rotating your tires every six months, that way you can just pack the chore into your oil change here with us at SouthTowne Hyundai. Have more maintenance questions? Our expert staff will be happy to assist you—just give us a call or bring your questions to your next service visit.

You can also study up with our “Let’s Talk About Your Car” service page. And, while you’re there, see what you can do to improve your fuel economy every day.

What to Do If Your Brakes Fail

Your Brakes Fail

Having your brakes fail can be absolutely horrifying, and while we here at Southtowne Hyundai hope it never happens to you, it’s always good to be prepared. A failed braking system doesn’t always mean a car accident. There are things you can do to greatly improve your chances of making it to a stop without injury or accident. Here are some tips for you if your brakes fail.

  • Remain Calm This alone can make the difference between an accident and making it out of traffic safely. By remaining calm, you’re keeping a clear head that leaves you able to react both faster and better to the situation. Panicking will bring jerky movements and will likely lead to a crash.
  • Try the Brakes Apply consistent pressure to the brakes to try and stop the car. Modern cars have a dual braking system, so the rear and front brakes act independently of each other. While it’s much easier to stop with both brakes, one will do the job, just not as quickly.
  • Turn On Your Emergency Lights Another reason to remain calm, remembering to turn on your emergency lights will let other drivers know something’s wrong. As a result, they may give you more room to maneuver towards the side of the road.