Spring in to get your car ready for summer
The spring season is upon us, and with the snow gone and warmer temperatures on the horizon, there’s a lot to look forward to for car owners. One of the first spring rituals is washing all the winter salt and grime off your car, followed by giving the interior a thorough cleaning. Looking ahead to summer, there are weekend getaways, road trips, and trips to the beach that will put a lot of miles and stress on your car.
Aside from a thorough wash, there are a few things to check on the exterior of your vehicle. The winter can be particularly tough on your wiper blades, tires, and paint job. If your wiper blades appear warped or cracked, it’s time to replace them before a minor rain shower becomes a major visibility hazard.
Varying temperatures can take a toll on your tire pressure, and the ice and snow can wear down tread on your tires more than normal. If your tires are low on tread and don’t hold pressure, it’s time to look at repairing or replacing them. Lastly, you’ll want to do a complete inspection of your paint job; filling any chips or cracks in your paint now can prevent the problem from spreading and save your vehicle from rusting.
As a standard rule, a change in seasons means it’s time for another oil change. A good oil change will also include a check and fill of all fluids under the hood. Much like winter can take a toll on your wipers, the colder temperatures can impact all your hoses and belts; check them for cracks or warping now, as a replacement is much less expensive than future problems that failure could lead to.
On the other end of the weather spectrum, you can prepare for hot summer days by checking your air conditioning system now. Hot temperatures can also be worse for your car’s battery than the winter. Monitoring your power system can keep your car starting easily the first time all summer long.
Along with these seasonal checks, you should stick to the maintenance schedule based on your car’s mileage. This includes regular maintenance on brakes, transmission, spark plugs, and more.
As a family-owned dealership, our team at Ballas Buick GMC knows firsthand the wear and tear a car can endure over the course of a summer. As a full-service dealership, we work with families for the lifetime of their vehicles and know how checking a few key spots every spring can keep you on the road through summer and save time and money in the long run.
If you are looking for a new complete car care partner for your vehicle, it’s best to consider a family-owned center that understands your needs and can also keep your car running in optimum condition. You can make a service appointment online today, and be ready for your summer trips without worrying about surprise issues ruining your adventure.