Having the vehicle maintained on a regular basis is important. The most common time of the year to have an overall inspection is during the spring. This is after the harsh winter elements, and before any summer travel plans you might have. The winter is tough on the vehicle because of the cold temperatures, snow, and ice. The vehicle can also have corrosion build up from road salt that will stick to the vehicle. There are several parts to inspect on the vehicle. These can help it to run efficiently and effectively through the summer. It will also help to operate at peak performance. Having the vehicle maintained also reduces the chance of any costly repair bills that you might have. It is also important to notice any signs of issues the vehicle has between regular visits. This way you a small issue can be detected and repaired before it turns into a larger problem. This can help to save you on time, money, and stress.
The Battery should be Inspected
An important part to inspect is the battery. As it becomes colder outside, the battery will drain faster. The winter can impact the cranking performance by up to sixty percent. Make sure the battery is tested so it is in the best condition possible. If you notice that the vehicle is slow to start, it could be the battery. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. The terminals should also be inspected and cleaned. This can help to provide a good connection between the battery and your vehicle. Sometimes terminals that are dirty or have a build up of leaves and dirt can cause the battery to operate poorly. With age, the battery will start to wear down naturally. It can then be more cost efficient to purchase a new battery for your vehicle.
Make sure the Brakes are in good working order
Having the vehicle inspected during the spring can also help to improve the brake system. All parts of the brakes like the lines, hoses, brake pads, and brake rotors will be inspected. The brake fluid can also be checked. If there is low brake fluid, it could mean there is a leak somewhere in the system. This can have a poor impact on the braking system of the vehicle.
Tire Maintenance should not be ignored
The tires and wheels should be maintained regularly as well. The air pressure should be inspected frequently. Tires that are under inflated can cause poor fuel efficiency with the vehicle. If the tires are not aligned it can add extra strain and stress to the vehicle as it operates. The correct amount of air pressure can be found on the vehicle owner’s manual. It can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. If you are not sure what the correct air pressure should be, we can advise you on the correct amount. We can also help to inspect the tires to ensure they are aligned properly for when the vehicle operates.