With the snow melting in much of Bucks County, it is possible to see the harbingers of spring, even if freezing temperatures may still be possible. While many people think of spring cleaning as a way to declutter homes and apartments, making an appointment at an auto service center in March or April can play a major role in ensuring that your car operates smoothly as the temperatures rise.
Winter Threats for Vehicles
Most cars, trucks, and SUVs in southeastern Pennsylvania seem to develop a new exterior detail: the gray spatter and stripes that come from wheels kicking up road salt, grime and other debris. Since its wet at the start, it coats the exterior, but stays even as it dries. All of these materials are corrosive and can damage the clear coat that protects a vehicle’s paint. In addition, it can also damage wheels and even the underside of a vehicle.
Yet many people are also quick to forget, maybe because the jarring is so painful, that road imperfections often worsen during the winter. As anyone who has driven on River Road alongside the Delaware can attest, potholes are almost a given in many parts of Bucks County. Even one jarring bump can knock your wheels slightly out of alignment or damage a suspension component like a strut or shock. And slight differences in the angle of the wheels can quickly become costly as tires can wear unevenly and handling worsens, leading to major safety concerns.
Things That You Can Check
You can get a head start on maintenance by looking at fluid levels and other indicators yourself. Your owner’s manual should include information on where to check your oil levels and the color of the fluid, which should be brown and not black. Other fluids to check include coolant, among others.
You can also check the tire pressures yourself. While your car may have a monitoring system, this only notes severely low levels and usually does not indicate which tire has the issue. You’ll also want to check the tread depth. Use a penny and stick it into each groove; Lincoln’s head should be partially covered. You can also eyeball the tread to see if one tire seems to be more worn down than others.
Ears also play a big role in figuring out what kind of maintenance you might need. If your car’s engine sounds rough even after frequent driving in warmer temperatures, something may have happened to the oil or perhaps an oxygen sensor. Rolling and hopping over smooth road surfaces may also be a sign of suspension issues or wheels that have gone out of alignment.
Maintenance to Leave to An Auto Service Center
One general rule for maintenance is that you can’t generally do repairs on things you can’t see, things you cannot see may be better left to a professional mechanic. For example if you think that you may have suspension or wheel alignment issues, you should take it to a repair center where they put your vehicle on a lift and see whether or not there are any concerns or things that can be easily fixed.
That can also include checking belts and hoses. The belts can affect electronics while the hoses can get gummed up and impact the function of your brakes. If you have concerns about clunks and/or ride quality, you will want to see a mechanic. Certified ones can also ensure that your vehicle will pass inspection and identify any concerns that might not show up during a quick visual inspection. Moreover, they have the ability to check alternators, starter systems, and air conditioning so that drivers do not have to worry about the heat in the months ahead.
Get Your Spring Cleaning Check Up at Suburban Autoworks
You wouldn’t leave a major household repair to an amateur and your car, truck, it SUV should be no different. Make sure it’s ready for the warm weather and heavy driving with an auto service appointment with the experienced mechanics at Suburban Autoworks. Use the scheduling form above to get a guaranteed slot. Our staff will perform an all-points inspection and outline a plan to get your car in tip-top shape. Don’t drive an unsafe vehicle, schedule your service today.