Saturday, 01 April 2017 20:02

8 Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips Part 2

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In our previous article, we discussed the first four of eight spring vehicle maintenance tips to keep your car running well throughout the year. The first four tips included:

  1. Thoroughly Wash Your Car
  2. Windshields and Windshield Wiper Blades
  3. Make Sure Your Tires are Roadworthy
  4. Check Fluid Levels

In this article, we will continue our list with four additional tips for transitioning your automobile from winter to spring. It is important to remember, it is always wise to have your vehicle inspected and maintained by a professional auto service shop

5) Replace Cracked and Squeaking Belts and Hoses

Belts and hoses will become worn over time, especially after rounds of extreme weather. There are several signs your hoses and/or belts need to be services or replaced:

  • Loud squeaking or squealing upon engine ignition
  • Leaking fluids when your vehicle is parked or moving
  • Failing systems in your vehicle
  • Visible cracks, damage, or leakage

Depending on the systems served by the particular belt or hose, repairs can range from minor to catastrophic when they fail. It is important to make sure your belts are tight, and hoses are well-maintained by a professional auto service shop.

6) Change Your Vehicle’s Oil and Oil Filter

One of the most important maintenance steps for any vehicle is regularly changing the oil and oil filter. Engine oil keeps your car’s components running smoothly, but when it gets old it loses its effectiveness. We always recommend having your oil changed by a professional. At RetroLube, we are capable of applying our oil change and 17 point serve check on any make and model of vehicle in the Asheville area.

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7) Check the Condition of Your Brakes and Rotors

As important as it is to make sure your vehicle can move down the road, it is equally vital to your safety to ensure it will stop effectively. During spring, have your brakes inspected and maintained. Brake pads will wear down and eventually damage your brake rotors, if they are not replaced quickly.

If your brakes or squeaking, or you hear a metal-to-metal grinding as your car comes to a stop, it is vital to have your brakes checked and replaced.

8) Test Your Vehicle’s Air Conditioning

Even if you are the type of driver who enjoys hanging your arm out of the window, it is a good idea to make sure your air conditioning is working before the heat of summer. If you find that it is not blowing air as cold as you expect, have a professional service shop inspect and perform repairs before the mercury rises. We are here to help. Contact RetroLube or stop in any time. 

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