Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to prepare your car for warmer weather. Whether you’ve stored your vehicle for the winter or driven it, there are certain things you need to do to ensure it runs smoothly and safely during the spring.
This article will discuss some services you should take to prepare your car for spring 2023. Bock Auto in Amagansett, NY provides auto maintenance for all types of cars, from classic and European vehicles to hybrids, trucks, and SUVs.
You must ensure your car’s fluids are topped up and changed if necessary.
One fluid that needs to be serviced is the engine oil, especially if you let your vehicle sit all winter long. You should follow your vehicle’s regular oil service schedule if you drive it during the winter.
Even if you don’t need an oil service, you can stop by your mechanic and have them check and change other fluids for you.
We can flush the cooling system and replace the antifreeze. We can flush the transmission fluid and replace it with the transmission filter. We can also top off the power steering, windshield washer, and brake fluids.
Starting and Charging
Another thing you need to check is your car’s battery. As cold weather can take a toll on your battery, it’s essential to ensure it’s holding a charge. If your car battery won’t hold a charge or the alternator isn’t charging, you could end up stranded.
You should take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic to have it checked. Bock Auto can check your car battery and ensure the alternator is charging the battery.
Tires and Wheels
Your car’s tires and wheels also need attention after the winter season.
If you stored your vehicle, your mechanic can check the tires to ensure they are still in good condition. Stored tires, whether on or off the vehicle, could become dry-rotted when they sit for long periods. The techs will also check the tire pressure and the tread.
While you might not need a wheel alignment first thing in the spring, it’s worth checking especially if you put it off last fall.
If you drove your vehicle all winter, it’s a good idea to check the brakes, especially if you haven’t replaced them since the previous spring. Brakes tend to rust if they are just sitting and not doing anything, especially if the storage place is not climate-controlled.
Auto Air Conditioning
While it’s not the most critical safety feature, the air conditioning system is still very important to most people. You don’t want to arrive at your destination all sweaty because you have to use the old-fashioned approach—rolling down the windows.
Bock Auto can check the air conditioning system and top it off if necessary. We have the equipment and tools for auto AC repair if the air conditioner is not working properly.
It wouldn’t do any good to get caught in spring rain and have the wipers not completely clear the windshield.
Thus, when we check the rest of the vehicle, we’ll also check the wipers to ensure they clear the windshield and are not hardened enough to damage it.
Finally, it would be best if you got a car wash for your vehicle. Especially if it sat all winter as it has probably accumulated a lot of dust.
Moreover, if you drive it through the winter, you must clean the salt and chemicals off your car’s underside. Used to keep the roads ice-free, these ice-melting chemicals will damage the paint if you don’t clean it off.
Contact Bock Auto for Your Auto Maintenance Needs This Coming Spring
When it’s time for spring auto maintenance, contact Bock Auto at (631) 267-5631 for an appointment. We are conveniently located at 541 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930.