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Spring service tips


Posted on March 30, 2016 by Duncan's Automotive


Spring is almost here and that means relief from the harsh conditions of winter for both you and your car. At the same time, you must remain diligent and proactive about your car's maintenance! In fact, keeping up with the auto repair services your car needs is especially important in the spring. After a long, hard, and bitterly cold winter, your car is due for some much needed auto repair service!

If you think you can't afford servicing your car this spring, think again! Keeping up with auto repair service and engine maintenance can actually save you money in the long run. For example, did you know that you can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 4% with the right tune up? Similarly, your car's gas mileage can improve by as much as 40% after a major repair, such as having an oxygen sensor replaced.

Here are a few auto repair services your vehicle is likely to need after winter.

Removal of leftover salt

Salt is a lifesaver during the winter when it's used to melt ice and snow, but its corrosive properties don't stop there. Road salt can also cause serious damage to your car, especially to its vulnerable undercarriage where metal is most likely to rust. Although it may not be considered an auto repair service, having your car thoroughly washed to remove the salt when spring rolls around is an important measure.

Alignment and suspension

Winter's harsh conditions are tough on roadways and cause potholes, which in turn can do damage to your car's alignment and suspension. If your car pulls to one side or the steering wheel shakes as you drive, you're definitely in need of an alignment.

Rotating your tires and checking air pressure

Tires should always be inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure, and rotated every 6,000 miles in order to ensure uniform tire wear. If worn or damaged, they need to be replaced immediately to ensure the safety of your vehicle.

Change your oil and check your fluids

If your last oil change was before winter, then now is definitely the time to have it done. Considering it's one of the most easily forgotten auto repair services, spring is also a great time to flush your transmission fluid. You should also check your windshield washing fluid levels, as well as your brake and cooling system fluids.

Inspect your brakes

Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your care and making sure they are always functioning properly is necessary for ensuring your car's safety. Brake auto repair service often includes having a technician inspect your brake pads and rotors for possible safety issues. Skipping this service can lead to a costly repair down the road and can affect your car's safety.