Spring is In The Air
The weather is finally starting to warm up. With spring on its way, it’s time to give your car a good checkup from your local mechanic. Car repair and maintenance is a constant process and one you can’t ignore. So, here are a few things you should do to keep your car in top working order this spring.
1. Check the Coolant
No matter how hot the weather is outside, your car’s engine always runs a little bit hotter. During the winter, everything is colder, so your car might not need coolant as much as it does during other times of the year. This is especially true if you live at very high altitudes or are up north. In the summer, though, the temperatures can get very warm and if your engine doesn’t have adequate cooling, just a few degrees is all it takes to fry your engine.
Before the heat waves start rolling in, check with a mechanic and get your coolant systems inspected.
2. Check Your Fluids
Weathering is a natural phenomenon where going from hot to cold and back stresses solids and can cause them to develop cracks. During the winter, when the weather is cold, your engine is constantly heating up and cooling down as you turn it on and off and drive it around. So, come spring, as the weather starts to warm, you want to have a mechanic check up on your fluids to make sure none of them are leaking.
While he’s in there, have him see if any of them need replacing. Moisture, salt, and other substances can get into your fluid pipes during winter and as the weather warms up, they can expand and cause very significant problems to your system.
3. Refill Your Tires
Tire pressure fluctuates with temperature. The cold weather can often mean tires need less air in them to keep their pressure up. It’s a good idea to check your tires in the spring to make sure they have adequate pressure. This is an easy one to do yourself, as any gas station should have the equipment to check and refill your tires.
4. Inspect Your Air Conditioning System
You probably didn’t use your air conditioning during the winter. To make sure the long break hasn’t caused anything to go wrong, you should run your AC for 10-15 minutes to let it clear the air. After you’ve done this, you shouldn’t have any strange odors coming from your air vents and everything should work properly. If you do smell something off, or if anything else seems to not be working, check with a mechanic and get it fixed up.
Wax is used to protect the paint coating on your car. The outer layers of your car are hard to damage (barring an accident), but are harder to replace. A layer of wax gives you some additional protection and will extend the life of your car’s paint job.
However, wax doesn’t last forever. Exactly how long a coat of wax lasts varies depending on the brand, how much you drive, where you park your car, and what kind of usage it sees, but a good rule of thumb is to wax your car at least once per season.
Check With Your Mechanic
While you’re doing these regular updates with your mechanic, consider getting a safety inspection. While safety inspections are no longer mandatory, it’s a good idea to have one anyway. They can identify problems well before they turn into disasters and that saves lives.
If you live in Logan and need a good mechanic, don’t hesitate to drop by our office for a checkup. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We’ll help you with whatever you need.