Your Vehicle’s Spring Maintenance Checklist

Believe it or not, we are getting close to the end of these cold winter months. So it is important to look ahead and to get your vehicle ready with some after-winter maintenance. Here is a check-list for your vehicle’s care going into spring:

performance-truck-auto-serviceGet a radiator flush

Your antifreeze mixture had a long winter. Spring time is a good time to get a radiator flush.

Get your tires inspected:

Driving through all the snow and ice put some serious wear and tear on your tires. Get them inspected so they’re ready to go for spring. Getting a tire rotation will help extend the life of your tires. Make sure you check out your air pressure as well, as cold weather usually will adjust your tire pressure.

Wiper Blades

Replace your wipers now! After all, they’ve had a hard winter, too, going through all of that ice and snow and salt put on the roads.

Fluids

Winter driving conditions makes your engine work harder than ever. It is a good idea to come in, get an oil change and get your fluids topped.

Battery

Your battery gets it pretty rough in the winter, too. So make sure you get it checked out now. The cold weather can make it harder for it to work which can sometimes cause it to fail. Keep an eye out for dimmed lights (headlights or interior). This usually implies a weak battery.

Test the A/C.

Yeah, it is cold out still… but that doesn’t your air conditioner isn’t having an issue. You might not notice it until it is the first hot day of the year and you’ll be dying to have your A/C back again.

Underbody

Salt buildup can take a toll on your car’s parts underneath your vehicle. Make sure you get it properly cleaned before you head into the spring!

Taking these steps and getting a spring maintenance check will help keep your car in proper condition and give you peace of mind while on the road. It could also help with your fuel mileage or save you money by avoiding a summer breakdown.

For more information on care care and our services, contact us at Performance Truck and Auto Service and set an appointment today!

Need to get your vehicle ready for the spring? Call Performance Truck and Auto Services today at (334) 245-6600

Radiator Service: Coolant Tips

Radiator service is an essential part of car care. In spite of this, many car owners get stuck focusing on maintaining only the larger components of a car. The radiator, however, is an equally important part of your car. Without a properly functioning radiator, your car’s engine will be compromised. Fortunately, it just takes some basic radiator service to protect your car. Want to know some of the basics? Performance Truck & Automotive Repair has the details about the most critical aspects of radiator service.

Coolant

  • Proper Mix – your radiator is responsible for cooling your car’s engine and preventing it from overheating. Think of coolant, the magical mixture of water and antifreeze, as the vital fluid that hydrates your car’s radiator. And just like water, not all coolant is the same. It takes the right proportions of water, antifreeze, and additives to prevent the overheating of your car’s engine and corrosion of its coolant system. Knowing the type and grade of antifreeze your car uses is a radiator service must! Our advice: use the correct kind of antifreeze and keep it fresh.

 Why is freshness important? “Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion. As these additives become stale and depleted over time, they can’t protect the radiator and other parts from rust, scaling and corrosion in a degraded state. Old coolant may still keep your engine cool, but it won’t protect it from corrosion.” It’s simple. Fresh, quality antifreeze will keep your engine fully functioning and in good health.

  • Purchase– coolant is a gas station staple, so if you’re in a bind, go ahead and purchase coolant here. The key? Make sure you purchase the correct type of coolant for your car. And when in doubt, opt to purchase coolant from your local auto repair shop, where you’re sure to receive reliable radiator service.
  • Replenish – paying attention to you car’s internal gages is part of being a responsible car owner, and your engine temperature gage is no exception. If it’s getting dangerously hot, try to add antifreeze to your radiator tank as soon as possible. And if you’re unable to do so, add some water and head to your local auto shop for radiator service. When adding fluids to your radiator, remember to always allow your car’s engine to cool off a bit. Opening the radiator cap when your engine is hot puts you at risk for getting scalded by hot radiator fluid, and nobody wants that!

So, if your engine is overheating or a radiator engine light appears, it’s time for some radiator service.  Don’t postpone important car care! For radiator service, call us at (334) 245-6600 today.

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