Spring Cleaning: Preparing Your Vehicle For The Changing Seasons
As the weather warms up, it’s time to think about spring cleaning your car after a long winter. This is more than just taking out the garbage, dusting off the dashboard, and vacuuming the carpets. A thorough spring clean of your vehicle should include preventative maintenance and other services that will help ensure you have a safe ride all year-round. Let’s take a look at some of the essential services that you should consider for your car this spring.
What is Preventative Maintenance, and is it necessary?
Preventative maintenance helps keep your car running smoothly by addressing potential issues before they become major problems. As the name entails, we are trying to prevent bad things from happening through regularly scheduled service.
It typically involves inspecting key systems such as brakes, filters, spark plugs, and timing belt & water pump to ensure everything is in good working order. Prevention always costs less than fixing a problem after it occurs. And depending on the age of your vehicle, your state may even require certain preventative maintenance to keep your warranty valid. That’s why it’s so important to check with your trusted auto repair center of choice concerning which preventative maintenance services we recommend for your particular vehicle.
Las Vegas & Henderson are hard on your vehicle filters; it’s a problem we often see at Frank’s European Service. Your car filters need regular service & replacement if they are clogged or damaged due to wear and tear or exposure to extreme temperatures or road conditions during winter weather. Air filters are especially important since they help remove dirt, dust, pollen, and other airborne particles from entering the engine, where they can cause damage or impede performance. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in some cases as well.
Winter roads are harsh on brakes; salt and sand shorten their lifespan, making them less effective when stopping quickly or taking sharp corners. Make sure you get them inspected annually so any necessary repairs can be done promptly before small issues become bigger ones down the line! You should also check for signs of leakage around brake lines or cylinders, as this could indicate a leak or blockage in one of these components that needs attention ASAP!
Spark plugs are essential components for proper engine function—they create sparks that ignite fuel in order for combustion to occur within an engine cylinder—so it’s important that these remain clean, free of debris buildup or corrosion over time due to prolonged exposure in cold temperatures during winter months!
If left unchecked, spark plugs can become less efficient at creating these sparks leading to decreased engine performance overall! Periodically checking & cleaning them will ensure optimal performance all year round!
Timing Belt & Water Pump
Your vehicle’s timing belt connects two parts inside an engine—the crankshaft and camshaft—and helps keep these two parts running together synchronously so valves open/close properly when needed during combustion events inside cylinder walls, otherwise known as “valve timing.”
Additionally, water pumps push coolant throughout an engine’s cooling system, helping regulate temperature levels during operation (especially under load). Both parts require regular inspections, especially after exposure to cold temperatures/harsh road conditions during winter so any potential issues could be addressed before becoming major problems later down the road!
Taking care of your car is essential for maintaining its safety and reliability over time regardless of what type of driving conditions you encounter throughout the year—but particularly following winter weather, where harsh conditions can take a bigger toll on vehicles than usual!
That’s why it’s so important to get regular inspections/maintenance done by qualified automotive technicians who know how to best service your particular make/model.
So, visit Frank’s European Service, and we’ll help you prepare your vehicle for the year to come. Schedule an appointment today, and meet our incredible ASE-Certified auto mechanics team. We are honored to serve generations of Las Vegas and Henderson area drivers and strive to provide the best possible customer service experience. Let us show you what top-shelf customer service feels like for you and your vehicle.