With winter coming to a close, it’s time to consider spring maintenance on your vehicle. Winter ushers in many vehicle mishaps from hazardous road conditions to temperature fluctuation. Potholes in roads can cause damage to your alignment along with worn tires and brakes. Fluid levels suffer during poor weather conditions, as does your heating system. Now is the time to let Master Tech service your car to ensure that you are safe on the roads as we go from the ice of winter to the rains of spring.
Be sure to check your tire pressure regularly as freezing temperatures begin rise. Low pressure is damaging to tires and can effect the reliability of your steering system due to misalignment. Wiper blades also suffer during the winter months as they are often needed during snow storms and poor driving conditions. As winter snow turns to rain, ineffectual wiper blades can become dangerous to safe driving. Early spring is the best time to replace wiper blades and top off windshield wiper fluid. Salt from roads may also do damage to both the exterior and underside of your vehicle.
Battery life may also take a hit in the winter months. Seeking preventative maintenance may diagnose this before it becomes a problem. No one wants to be stranded due to a dead battery. Using all of the necessary accessories like the defroster, heat, speakers, and seat warmers for the majority of the winter months can cut a vehicle’s battery life in half. Corrosion may also occur during the winter months. This can prevent a car from starting, as it is caused by a faulty connection between the battery case and post. Debris and extreme temperatures often bring on corrosion and regular battery inspection and cleaning may prevent a break down. At Master Tech Automotive, we pride ourselves on diagnosing weather related repairs with speed and accuracy. Catching any issues early may lead to a cost savings over time.
Given the need for frequent braking in the winter months, brake pads may wear unevenly, causing grinding and misalignment. Brake fluid levels often dip in the winter, as well. Squeaking, grinding, or a general unusual feeling when you apply the brakes are cause for concern. If the steering wheel is shaking or the pedal sinks when the car is at a full stop, it’s time for a service appointment. It is important to have these checked as the weather eases into spring to ensure that the brakes – a most critical element of your car – work up to standard. Keeping both you and your family safe is our goal here at Master Tech Automotive. Contact us today to set up an appointment for preventative maintenance today!