Spring Arrives at AllStarr Car Care & Brakes
It is time to review some vehicle maintenance for spring at AllStarr Car Care & Brakes. Hooray, spring is finally here! As we prepare for this wonderful time of year, be sure to put your faith in Jesus. All things are possible, with Him. Your neighbors at AllStarr Car Care & Brakes would like to ask:
Has your vehicle been sitting for months?
Are you starting to run errands or return to in-person work?
Like most of us sitting in one place for months at a time, your vehicle has taken a beating by sitting. We design vehicles with many moving parts. When those parts do not move regularly, problems occur. Let’s take a look at vehicle maintenance for spring, which you may want to do now.
Vehicle Maintenance for Spring Before Your Next Road Trip
Our technicians at AllStarr Car Care & Brakes recommend checking a few things before you take to the road. From an oil change to checking fluids, there may be things that may need some attention. Here is a quick list of seven regular items that may be waiting on your vehicle’s maintenance for spring.
1) Battery and Alternator Testing
The ignition does not work alone. It needs a strong battery and alternator to hold a charge that keeps the engine running. Checking the battery and alternator is a smart way to know that your vehicle will start reliably. Few drivers want to pack up the family for a road trip only to be calling for help. Before making travel plans, make a smart move. Count on the technicians at AllStarr Car Care & Brakes for battery and alternator testing.
2) Oil Change Service
You may be familiar with when to change the oil in your vehicle. It used to be normal to change the oil every 3,000 miles. However, conditions and even the type of oil you use can change this estimate. According to Christian Brothers Automotive, it can be harmful to wait too long:
“In fact, if you wait too long for an oil change, your smooth and clean oil will turn into dirty sludge. When this happens, your engine must work harder to fight through the buildup of muck. It loses its lubrication, and decreases heat absorption. This means that your car will be susceptible to major issues.”
3) Engine Air and Cabin Air Filter Replacements
You may want to take your vehicle out on the road to enjoy a bit of fresh air. Give some thought to the air inside your vehicle. We mention air filters on our blog because they are a vital part of vehicle maintenance for spring and fall. Keep in mind that a car that has been idle for an extended period collects dust. Even if you roll down the windows to avoid using the cabin air, the engine air filter may need attention. Stop into AllStarr Car Care & Brakes for engine air and cabin air filter replacements and one less worry.
4) Tires Rotated
Every driver, novice or seasoned, must know the importance of having tires rotated. If you enjoy having a vehicle that runs smoothly on the road, tire rotation is key. Also, having tires rotated regularly helps the tread to wear evenly. Having good traction is essential after tires sit in one position for very long. Having your tires rotated and checked will get you where you want to go safely.
5) Fluids Checked and Possibly Flushed
As with the air filters and oil, leaving fluids sitting for too long can leave you guessing. Bring your vehicle in for a fluid check to see if any of them need topping off. Depending on how long the vehicle sat, it may be wise to flush the system and replace with fresh fluids.
6) Check Wipers for Damage
Sure, you may not drive your vehicle every day. But the items on the exterior, such as wipers, still take a beating from mother nature. Seasons of sun, rain, snow, and ice take their toll. If you have not changed your wiper blades recently, take a careful look. Give the windshield a spray of wiper fluid and see how they perform. It may be time to replace the blades or even the wipers themselves before you need them while driving.
7) Exterior Lights Working
Last on the list are your vehicle’s all-important exterior lights. Whether you drive by day or at night, make sure to have your exterior lights working. Of course you need to see and be seen when it gets dark. But if your trip takes you through a construction zone or a tunnel, you must use them. Be sure your brake lights and turn signals warn drivers behind you. Stop into AllStarr Car Care & Brakes and we will be happy to get those exterior lights working!
Halleluiah, He is Risen!
Please take time this month to acknowledge the blessings provided in your life. Easter is a wonderful time of the year to focus on the important things. The team at AllStarr Car Care & Brakes wish a Happy Easter to everyone in our community.
Remember, there is no appointment needed at AllStarr Car Care. So when you get ready to venture out, stop in. In fact, make us your first stop for an oil change, brake check, or other vehicle maintenance. Give yourself the peace of mind that your vehicle is ready to get back out there!