Shake off the dust and get ready for nice weather!
With winter almost over, warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about getting your automobile back into shape. Cold weather and poor road conditions wreak havoc on your vehicle, both inside and out, so here are some helpful suggestions to get you ready for spring.
A thorough exterior and interior cleaning is first on the to-do list. Outside, be sure to give your car, truck or SUV a good wash to remove dirt and debris that has built up over the winter. Pay special attention to the undercarriage, where salt and sand can take its toll on metal parts.
Inside, clean out any winter-specific accessories you are carrying, and be sure to replenish your first-aid and roadside assistance kits. If you carry items like tire chains, bags of sand, or kitty litter in the winter, it can be tempting to just leave them in the trunk or bed until next year…But don’t do it! That extra weight will cost you money at the pump. According to www.fueleconomy.gov, carrying just an extra 100 pounds can reduce your mileage by up to two percent.
Pay special attention to your vehicle’s upholstery and carpet to ensure they are free of dirt, stains and salt residue, and make sure you use products safe for the specific type of cloth, microfiber, suede or leather you have.
Now that winter is almost over, it’s also time to replace your snow tires with your warmer-weather rubber. Make sure there is adequate tread depth on your tires, and look for uneven tread wear that could indicate a balancing or wheel alignment issue. Vibrations felt when driving, and pulling to one side or the other, are also indications that service may be in order. Your brakes have probably been through a lot over the past few months, so having a factory-trained technician take a look at all of the components would be a good idea, too.
Next, check your belts and hoses; fluid levels; battery, air, oil and fuel filters; as well as plugs and wires. Test your air conditioning system to be sure it is blowing cold air, and inspect your wiper blades for winter damage. Check your mileage for a possible change of oil as well.
Regardless of what service you need, call or stop by and have our factory-trained professionals who know your vehicle best do the right work, with the right parts.