Spring Auto Care
While Old Man Winter may still have something to say about it, we’re cautiously excited to usher in Spring. The sun’s beginning to shine, bulbs are poking through Mother Earth, and music is in the air. Whether it’s actual sound produced from musical instruments or laughter and healthy energy coming from our neighborhood youth, we believe you’ll agree that it IS good.
LaughFest is in full swing as this is being published, ArtPrize is soon to follow. Whether these local attractions or ones that take you on the open road are your fancy, we’d like to make sure you arrive (provided you’re driving) safe and sound. To that end, our friends at AAA Michigan recently composed an article involving Spring Auto Care Tips. It was on our schedule to offer a similar theme but it makes little sense to duplicate efforts when they’ve already been laid out nicely for you elsewhere. Here is the entire aforementioned piece, compliments of AAA and Fox News:
While many vehicles are designed to adapt to harsh winter conditions, most are still susceptible to rusting and corrosion caused by being exposed to snow removal substances too long. For this reason alone, it is important that motorists spend the necessary time wiping off snow properly and giving their vehicles a good cleaning.
AAA recommends that motorists do a thorough check under the hood and around in the interior and exterior of their vehicle. Here are a few tips:
• Check the tires – It’s crucial to check your tires after weather changes because tire pressure can fluctuate about 1 pound per square inch for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in temperature.
• Rotate the tires – This should be done roughly every 6,000-7,500 miles and it can extend the life of your tires significantly by reducing wear.
• Check the wiper blades – Windshield wipers take a beating during the winter – clearing away dirt, debris and salt spray. Make sure the blades are making full contact with the windshield and have not dried out.
• Change oil and filter – Keep to the manufacturers’ recommendation and change your oil and filter in accordance with the vehicle owners manual. Usually every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
• Change the air filter – Your car’s air filter prevents dust and other debris from getting into the engine’s running parts, meaning less efficient use of gas and weaker engine performance.
• Check the belts and hoses – Winter weather takes a toll on your car’s belts and hoses making them more likely to break. Visibly inspect them for wear. Replace glazed or frayed belts or bulging hoses.
• Check the coolant level – With a cold engine, the radiator should be completely full and the coolant level in the remote reservoir should be at or above the “cold” level marking. Have the system flushed and refilled with fresh coolant at the interval specified in the vehicle owner’s manual. Always top off the system with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water to avoid altering the antifreeze level.
• Inspect the brake fluid level – If the level has fallen below the “low” mark on the fluid reservoir, it usually indicates major brake wear or a leak somewhere in the system; have the brakes inspected as soon as possible.
• Check battery and plugs – Make sure battery posts and connections are clean. Spark plugs fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles.
• Clean the interior – Residual salt and sand that was brought into the interior of the vehicle can damage floor mats and carpet. Use a hand vacuum to remove dirt and debris from the floor and seats of your vehicle.
• Remove items that may have been used for winter driving – There’s no need to carry sand, shovels and other winter driving “musts” once the snow and ice have melted. Keep your trunk clean to improve gas mileage which can lead to considerable savings at the pump.
• Prepare the interior surfaces and upholstery of your car for more sun exposure – Use a good leather protector to avoid any cracking on leather seats and invest in a product that will help avoid fading cloth interiors.
We’ve recently launched a Spring Auto Care Special that will comprehensively address many of the important items mentioned above. Appointments are booking quickly so you’ll want to take advantage of this offer as soon as you’re able. Specific details are as follows:
SPRING AUTO CARE SPECIAL