Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Hitting the road this summer is a tradition among many, and we have some car tips for you to keep in mind.
If you want to keep smiling, you better make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.

Taking a summer road trip or vacation has become a tradition among most Americans, but failing to prepare properly could lead to disaster. A breakdown on the road can cause major delays and could potentially ruin an entire vacation. Don’t be a victim of mechanical failure or any other mishap. Here are a few summer car maintenance tips you should take care of, as recommended by our team at Tom Naquin Nissan.

  • TiresYou aren’t going to get far without properly-maintained tires. Make sure you vehicle’s tires have a safe amount of tread in order to provide plenty of traction, no matter the road conditions. Search for any potential problems, like bulges or deep scrapes. Finally, make sure you properly inflate your tires to the manufacturer-suggested pressure before taking any long journeys.


  • Beltsif you hear an odd sound coming from under the hood, a worn belt could be the cause. A worn belt won’t survive a long trip, especially not in hot climates. Take a peak under the hood and examine the belt for cracks or looseness. If something seems wrong, replace the belt. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all.


  • WipersRain isn’t limited to a single season, so make sure your wipers are up to par. Old, worn wipers won’t provide the visibility required to drive safely. New wiper blades are one of the cheapest parts of a car to replace. Plus, you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes.

Head to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens for the Easter Egg-straordinaire

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

Looking for something to do for Easter in Elkhart, Indiana? Tom Naquin Nissan has your back. We scoped out events in the area and would like to recommend that families head over to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens for an Easter event you won’t want to miss. The event is called the Easter Egg-straordinaire and, for two weekends in April, it’s open to the public for free (with additional fees for some activities).


The Easter Egg-straordinaire isn’t just an egg hunt – it’s much more than that. The Linton’s conservatory will feature many animals for families to interact with, such as ducklings, chicks, lambs, baby goats, and even a calf. Cookie decorating and train rides are available on site, and if you bring along canned goods to donate, your family can get professional pictures with the Easter Bunny at the event. This will be a recurring event the weekends of April 8th and 9th, as well as the 14th and 15th.


Linton’s Enchanted Gardens is a stunning Home & Garden Center (and the largest in the state) featuring several shops, beautiful scenery, a conservatory, and even a lake, in addition to the many family-friendly attractions. Stop by soon for the upcoming Easter Egg-straordinaire and enjoy the warm spring weather. We guarantee you and your family won’t be disappointed!