One of the first things I heard when I moved out to New York concerned the weather. I was told “Don’t like the weather? Just wait.” It wasn’t too clear to someone who came from a region with four discernible seasons, but after a few years I get it. Spring is coming, and it can’t figure out if that means warm or cold. What that means for you, as an auto owner, is that it’s time to make sure your vehicle is in working order.
Pat Dougherty, the VP of Sales at Mopar, put together a list that drivers need to have checked out as the weather warms up. “Vehicles need to be in shape for the summer travel season. Preventive maintenance keeps vehicles on the road longer and save customers money in the long run.”
Here are the parts that need checking:
- Engine, Belts, Hoses, & Fuel Filter:
Replacing belts and hoses on a regular basis helps to avoid a breakdown or engine damage. Replacing the fuel filter will make sure that your engine is running properly and will maximize your fuel economy.
Check the air pressure for all of your tires. That includes the spare. If the pressure is off, that can lead to premature ware. That, in turn, leads to decreasing your fuel mileage.
Brakes are used frequently throughout a single day. Every time the brakes are applied, a thin layer of the pad disintegrates. Make sure you inspect and replace those pads to ensure proper performance.
Make sure your engine oil level is checked often and changed and refilled on a regular basis. If the oil is dirty or too low, you can experience engine problems. Not something you want happening to you in New York summers.
- Air Filter:
Replacing a dirty filter will help protect your engine from airborne contaminants. The car will get better air flow. That helps decrease on fuel consumption.
- Fluid Levels:
Dirty fluids have an impact on the performance of your vehicle and can lead to breakdowns. Make sure you’re checking that everything is filled to the proper levels and on a regular interval.
It’s been a rough winter and that meant some rough cold-morning starts. Make sure there’s no corroded terminals or cracks on the case. It’s never fun to have a battery fail in the middle of the city.
- Shocks & Struts:
A rough winter also hurts the city streets, filling them with numerous pot-holes. Make sure you have a smoother ride by seeing if those bumps caused any damage.
- Wiper Blades:
Spring brings with it plenty of storms. Don’t get caught in the rain with broken wipers. You never want to have to fight to see through a downpour.
- Headlamps, Tail Lamps, Turn Signals, & Hazard Lights:
Always make sure your lights are in proper working order to avoid two things, accidents and the cops pulling you over for a citation.
Bring your vehicle into our service department and we’ll give it the look over to ensure it’s ready to face the on-coming weather. Best to get it out of the way before your vehicle develops problems on a road-side and your great vacation out of state has turned into a few hours waiting for the tow truck.
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