Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips

March 24th, 2023 by

It’s that time of year again: spring is here, and with it comes the opportunity to perform seasonal maintenance on your car. Like any other machinery, your vehicle needs regular care and attention to stay safe, operational, and cost-effective. Here are a few easy tips for maintaining your car this spring.

Regular Oil Changes

Changing the oil in your engine is critical to keeping it running smoothly and efficiently. Failing to change your oil regularly can drastically impact your vehicle’s performance and longevity, so it’s essential not to overlook this action. Experts suggest you switch out the old for fresh at least every 5,000 miles or once per year – whichever comes first.

Good quality engine oil lubricates all moving parts, lowers the engine’s temperature, and reduces wear on components, ultimately helping to extend its life. Take your vehicle to Community Buick GMC for cost-effective and efficient service needs. Our expert team will ensure your car is serviced correctly and ready for any adventures ahead!

Replace Air Filter

Keeping your air filter in top shape is essential for your engine’s best performance and fuel efficiency. The air filter stops dust and other debris from entering the engine and damaging components, preventing reduced power output. It’s recommended to replace your air filter every 12,000 miles or once yearly – whichever comes first.

It might be time for a change if you don’t remember when it was last replaced. When you bring your car to Community Buick GMC for an oil change service, our knowledgeable team of experts will perform a thorough check-up and ensure everything is running smoothly with no hidden issues lurking beneath the surface.

Battery Check

Checking the battery is essential to ensuring your car’s electrical system works correctly. Ensure all connections are securely attached and inspect the terminals for corrosion, indicating a failing battery. Measure the voltage with a voltmeter – if it registers below 10 volts, it might be time to replace your battery. A new battery will typically read 12 or higher volts. The battery should also be tested to check its ability to hold a charge, and your car’s alternator should also be checked for proper output. A qualified technician can conduct these checks at Community Buick GMC.

Tire Pressure Check

Tire pressure should always be checked before each trip, as inflation levels can fluctuate rapidly with temperature changes and cause irregular wear on tires. Inspect the tires for any cuts or bulges, as these could indicate that they need replacing sooner rather than later. Most tires have the recommended pressure printed on their sidewall. Maintaining levels according to those specifications is essential.

When you bring your car to Community Buick GMC for an oil change, our knowledgeable team of experts will perform a thorough check-up, including a tire pressure check to make sure everything is running smoothly. A good rule of thumb is to check your tire pressure and tread depth every month. While technology is making this task easier, a manual check will give the most accurate results.

Lights Visual Inspection

Keep your car in optimal condition by regularly checking the lights and indicators. Do this before every journey, especially at night and in areas with low visibility. Doing this will ensure you drive safely, whatever the season or conditions.

Wiper Blades Replacement

Keep your visibility at its best by regularly replacing your wiper blades. The rubber components can become damaged or worn over time, particularly in cold weather. It’s usually a simple process to replace the blades, but if you need help, our technicians are always available. Depending on where you live and how often they are used, they should be replaced every 1-2 years.

With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to get into the habit of regular vehicle maintenance drives — keeping things well-maintained will save money in the long run by ensuring everything works properly and doesn’t lead to avoidable breakdowns further down the line! For any assistance with oil changes or other automotive servicing needs, call Community Buick GMC today — their expert team will ensure your vehicle is ready for whatever adventures await over the coming months!

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