GMC Spring Cleaning

Springtime means getting your home cleaned out and ready for the warmer weather. The same mentality can apply to your car, too! Winter weather can have significant adverse effects on your car. From salt damage to wearing out the battery, your car may be in desperate need of attention by the time the snow melts. Whether you are planning to just use your car for commuting or you're thinking of going on a longer road trip, it's important to keep it going strong. Feel free to call or contact us online when you want to make an appointment to have your car serviced for its important seasonal maintenance.

Tire Rotation and Alignment

According to your local mechanic (or your owner's manual), your car's tires should be rotated about every 5,000 miles, which is when you generally go in for an oil change. But the tires should also be inspected after the winter. After spending a season driving over potholes and ice, your tires may need to be rotated, or even replaced, even if they haven't yet reached their next scheduled service date. The car's alignment should be checked as well. This ensures that one or more tires do not suffer from uneven wear.

Oil Change

Your car's oil should be changed about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or several times a year. If you haven't had the oil checked and changed recently, the spring is a great time to have that done. Keeping up with regular oil changes is important, as it keeps the engine running at its best and prevents dirty fluid from getting into the engine and its components. While your car is in the shop getting the oil changed, ask about getting the other fluids inspected too. This ensures that there are no cracks or leaks and that there is plenty of fluid left for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

Windshield Wiper Evaluation

You may notice that your car windshield wipers leave streaks. They might also make stuttering or chattering sounds when they move over your car's windshield. Either way, it may be time for new windshield wipers. The windshield wipers are prone to damage after battling ice and snow all winter. If cleaning them does not solve the issue, they will need to be replaced.

Air Filter Inspection

The air filter is a small part that you can't see just by looking at your car. Nevertheless, it is vital to making sure that your car continues to run smoothly. The air filter keeps clean air running to the engine. If the filter gets clogged or dirty, less clean air reaches the engine and its components. This causes them to work harder, and it can even damage the engine. You might also notice related negative effects such as the engine running more sluggishly than normal or a reduced fuel economy. A clogged air filter is a much simpler fix than an engine, so it's worth an appointment to have it checked!

Spring's warmer weather is a great time to get out and drive your car around. But before you go anywhere, be sure to get the car inspected. Being vigilant about springtime maintenance ensures that your car moves smoothly into the next season. By attending to problems before they get worse, you can save the time and aggravation associated with major car issues. Don't hesitate to contact us today to ask questions or make an appointment for spring maintenance today.

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