Winter can be rough on your vehicle. Cold temperatures, snow and ice, and salt on the roads can cause havoc on your brakes, tires and suspensions. Now that spring has sprung and we are finally witnessing some warmer temperatures, make sure you vehicle is ready for the warmer weather too. Bring your vehicle into an auto service shop in Bucks County if you think it needs any repairs after checking the below components.
Belts & Hoses
Replacing a belt is a relatively minor repair but a failure can result in vehicle damage and a more costly repair. If you notice any belt squeaking or squealing, it’s important to get your vehicle inspected for any damage. While we have your vehicle in our auto service shop, we will be sure to inspect and replace any worn or cracked drive belts. It’s also as important to inspect hoses that are blistered, brittle or really soft. Usually if belts and hoses are older than five years, they probably need to be replaced.
During winter and colder weather, your battery works extra hard. Have an auto technician test an old or weak battery and replace if necessary, especially if they are more than three years old. Remember it will be cheaper to replace an old battery than to go through the trouble of breaking down and paying to have your vehicle towed.
Brakes can get some serious damage over the cold winter months, but with a proper inspection in spring your vehicle will be ready for the warmer months. Our technicians will inspect your entire brake system including, hoses, lines, parking brake, brake fluid and brake pads. If necessary we will replace any worn-down pads and check for any possible fluid leaks.
Tires & Wheels
Cold weather can reduce tire pressure so it’s important to check all of your tires (including any spares) and make sure they are properly inflated. Bring your vehicle into an auto service shop to make sure your tires are balanced and you wheels are aligned. You can check your owner’s manual, or the inside of your car door to verify what your tire air pressure should be.
It’s also important to check for the following:
- Antifreeze and coolant levels
- Oil and transmission fluid levels
- Quality of windshield wiper blades
- Engine air filter
Just like your home, your vehicle needs a spring cleanup too. It’s important to have all of these in order before you enjoy months of warm weather and road trips. Let the technicians at Suburban Autoworks in Doylestown Pa make any necessary repairs for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!