Vehicle Care : Seasonal Maintenance
We believe that following a good maintenance schedule is the key to preserving the exceptional performance of your vehicle. Our seasonal car tips below will help you stay on track.
Not only will sticking to a seasonal schedule provide an easy way to keep up with your routine auto maintenance — it’ll also ensure that your car, truck or SUV is running smoothly whether it’s hot, cold, snowy, rainy or anything in between!
Replace your air filter
It’s beneficial to replace your air filter twice a year, and we can take care of that for you in less than 10 minutes!
How’s that tread wearing?
Summer traveling means driving in the rain at some point. The tread on your tires must be adequate for rainy weather, otherwise you could end up in a ditch, or worse. Checking the tread depth on your tires only takes a minute. While you’re at it, check your tire pressure too.
Are the windshield wipers working properly?
Winter weather can be brutal to your windshield wipers, making them almost useless if you get caught in a summer rain shower. Check to see if they need replacing at the beginning of the summer, and you won’t have to worry.
It’s a good idea to have your brakes inspected twice a year just to be sure everything is up to snuff. We’ll check your brake fluid as well.
Don’t be left stranded!
Corrosion is very likely to build up during winter weather driving, but hot weather is actually harder on your battery than the cold. We will perform a battery test and check your battery posts and cables to ensure you’ll have no starting problems.
Is transmission trouble just around the bend?
Not if you’re keeping it cleaned and maintained! Ask us about the fast and inexpensive transmission services we can perform for you now to avoid trouble down the road.
Breathe easier with a new cabin air filter!
If you change your air filters at home, have you considered your car’s cabin air filter? Most people don’t think about the filter in your car, but it helps protect those with allergies from airborne particles. It also helps keep the interior of your vehicle clean and fresh. And lastly, it purifies the air in your passenger compartment by filtering pollen, dust and other contaminants.
How did your wipers work the last time it rained?
Be clear, be safe. Let us check your wiper blades today.
Is your vehicle about to have a stroke?
Your vehicle’s engine and cooling system are like its heart and arteries! Deposits can build up, restricting the flow of liquids vital to the life of your car. Ask us about our cooling system services to keep your engine running clean, clear and cool.
Do you say a little prayer before you pass?
In a passing situation, you want your engine operating at peak performance. Whether you accelerate smoothly or sputter and strain past that truck depends a lot on a clean fuel system. Ask us about our fast and inexpensive fuel system services.
Does your power steering still have that smooth, easy feel?
Old and dirty fluid or low fluid levels drain the power and make steering hard! For maximum control and driving safety, your power steering system should be kept clean. Ask us to check the condition of your system today.
Check your antifreeze
Your antifreeze (the juice that goes in your radiator) is an essential part of your car’s winter protection. Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50. We will check this mixture for free, or you can buy a tester for around $5. You did remember to perform a radiator flush last spring, didn’t you?
Check your windshield washer fluid
You’ll be using lots of washer fluid as you try to keep your windshield sparkly. *Tip: Don’t fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid, it won’t freeze!
Inspect your spark plug wires
Cracked up plug wires affect performance, gas mileage and general reliability. Be sure yours are in top shape.
The coolant in your radiator doesn’t last forever. Over time it can break down and start to corrode the inside of your radiator. This can lead to cooling problems and radiator repair. A radiator flush once a year is cheap insurance against radiator repairs.
Check your headlights
Sometimes you don’t notice that you have a bulb out. Now’s a good time to take a look to see if you need to replace a headlight bulb. Not only is it unsafe to drive with one headlight, you can get a ticket!
Belts & Hoses
Have belts and hoses checked to ensure that belts are not worn and fittings are tight.