Springtime! How to Prepare Your Car

Springtime with Mazda

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to give your vehicle a little attention. The goal is to make sure it’s ready for the warmer weather and will provide excellent performance in the year to come. Even if the engine got a thorough tune-up last fall, there are things you want to check right now. Here are some examples that should be at the top of your list.

Check All Fluids and Filters

Many owners do an excellent job of checking the oil on a regular basis. That’s only one of the fluids that your car or truck needs to run properly. Spring is a great time to check all of the fluids and replace the filters if necessary.

Along with an oil and filter change, check the radiator. Your goal is to make sure the coolant is not discolored and that the radiator is full. It also helps to check the reservoir and make sure the coolant is in good shape. If not, you may want to consider a radiator flush.

Don’t overlook the transmission fluid and filter. If the fluid is progressing from red to brown and you see what appear to be metal flecks in it, you need to have the fluid flushed and replaced. The filter should be changed as well.

Check the brake fluid as well as the wiper fluid to ensure everything is in order. If you’ve noticed that your gas mileage is down a little, have one of our pros check the condition of the gas filter. If it’s deteriorated or partially blocked, replacing it will do a lot to help your mileage.

Take a Look at the Windshield Wipers

Mazda Spring Prep

Winter can be rough on windshield wipers. Have you noticed that they tend to streak a little? It may be time to replace those worn wipers with new ones. This process takes literally seconds to manage and will ensure the wipers work better when it rains.

Rotate, Balance, and Align the Tires

Spring is a good time to have the wheels balanced and rotated. If the car is out of alignment, have that corrected too. Ask our team to check the age of the tires. If they are getting close to the five-year mark, they should be replaced. Even though the tread may look fine, deterioration within the tire will increase the potential for a flat.

Don’t Forget the Battery

Along with checking the water level in the battery, let one of our professionals check the power capacity. If it’s below a certain level, it may be time for a new one. Remember that a failing battery is all it takes to leave you by the side of the road.

Check All Belts

Every belt under the hood should be checked for signs of wear. No belt should slip or be frayed to the point that it could break. Belts that are in good condition reduce wear and tear on the engine. That translates into less potential for some type of mechanical problem.

Depending on the make, model and year of your vehicle, there may be additional items to add to your springtime checklist. Call us or drop by today to set up an appointment for a full vehicle check. We’ll go over the car thoroughly, let you know what needs to be done, and ensure the car is ready to take you anywhere that you want to go.

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