Spring Is Here And We Have Some Spring Car Care Tips For You

Spring is finally here!  If you are like me, I am dying to get out of the house and go out and do something fun to celebrate the warm weather that’s coming our way, very soon.  I can feel it!    

Spring is one of the best times of the years to think about auto maintenance.  It is best to prepare now, just in case something happens while on a road trip for Spring Break, a drive out to Grandma’s house for Easter, summer vacation up north, or just cruising around town.  We’ve gathered a list of items to get checked out or replaced this spring.    

  • Check your brakes.  Snow and salt on the roads can lead to corrosion of brake parts.  Warning Signs: pulling to one side when you hit the brakes, squeaking or grinding noises and the brake pedal feeling too soft.
  • Check your battery.  This winter has probably been very harsh on your battery.  Warning Signs: dimming headlights or interior lights and power windows that take longer than usual to go up or down.
  • Check your tires.  Check tire pressure and make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure.  This will result in safer handling, longer tire life and up to 3% better gas mileage.  Do the penny test.  If you put a penny in a tread groove, and it doesn't reach Lincoln’s head, it’s time to get new tires.  If you switched tires for the winter, it’s time to switch back to your all season radial tires.  Winter tires can wear fast when the temperature is above 45 degrees.
  • Check your air conditioner system.  Turn it on full blast and if it takes a while to get cold, bring it in to have it checked out.
  • Check all lights and bulbs and make sure they are all working, if not, replace them
  • Check all fluid levels and top them all off 
  • Have the belts, clamps, and hoses checked for tightness and condition
  • Replace the air and fuel filters
  • Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent to clean windshield from dust and bugs
  • Avoid large puddles of water.  You can hydroplane and splashing water also affects your brakes.
  • Wash your vehicle!  Get all that salt off it and thoroughly clean the under carriage.  You can also do a quick clean of the interior to get that like new feeling on the inside too.    

Here’s a couple fact that you probably didn't know: AAA estimates that it will help more than 9 million stranded motorists during the summer.  2,600 deaths a year occur from neglected vehicle maintenance. So you don’t become a part of either one of these statistics, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained to avoid any unnecessary auto expenses or injury to you or your passenger.      

Add your vehicle to your spring cleaning list and bring it up to Gary Lang Auto’s Service Department for a complete checkup and we’ll make sure you are safe to go wherever you decide to travel this spring and summer.  Gary Lang’s Service Department also has money saving coupons to help you prepare for the spring.  Contact us with any questions or to schedule a service appointment to get any one of these services performed on your vehicle.
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