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Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Car 

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After many of us suffered through an unusually long, harsh winter, we now eagerly anticipate spring. The winter hasn’t only taken its toll on our backs from shoveling snow, but our vehicles have paid a price as well. As we look forward to warm-weather driving free of ice and snow, it’s time to check our cars to prepare them for the coming season of relaxed cruising. Here are some steps you can take to get your car ready for the new season:

Inspect the Brakes

Because you often need to slow down in inclement winter weather, your car’s brake pads and rotors quickly suffer wear and tear. The decreased friction in the system causes the worn brake to work less efficiently. In turn, you need to apply more pressure to the brake, which then endures more heat. Higher pressure or heat can also cause the rotors to bend or warp.

Does it feel strange when you step on the brake, or do you hear odd noises when doing so? If so, it’s a good time to have a professional mechanic check the brakes. At Creech Import Repair, our skilled technicians can thoroughly inspect your brake system and diagnose and repair any problems to ensure your braking system is safe. We use a high-end machine to repair the rotors while they’re on the vehicle. This specialized machine eliminates vibration, which then increases braking power and performance. As a result, your brakes experience less wear and tear.

Inspect the Suspension

One of the most common complaints drivers have during the late winter and early spring is pothole damage, which usually affects the vehicle’s suspension and alignment. Does your steering wheel vibrate, or does your vehicle pull to one side or simply doesn’t handle well? The issue might be with the suspension or alignment. Icy or snow-covered roads treated with salt can also be a strain on the alignment.

Change the Oil

As seasons change, so do temperatures, which have an impact on the engine’s oil. That’s why it’s a good idea to change the oil every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Each time you change the oil, you should also replace the filter.

Replace the Windshield Wipers

Winter weather can literally destroy your car’s windshield wipers. Think of all the dirt, snow, road salt and ice they deal with, but ice is especially hard on the rubber blades. Do your wipers squeak when they’re working? If so, they’ve probably met their match over the winter, and it’s time to replace them.

Check the Battery

Your car’s battery experiences a lot of strain in the cold weather. Low temperatures slow down the chemical reactions that generate electricity, causing the battery to work harder. Most car batteries have a life span of three to five years, but that life can be shortened by the cold temperatures. If you’re not sure your battery is still in ideal condition, we at Creech Import Repair have the equipment needed to test its voltage and general health.

Check the Tires

Your tires have suffered wear and tear during the rough winter. Inspect the treads and look for bald areas and bulges. If you insert a penny in the tread and can see Lincoln’s head, replace the tire. It’s also a good time to check the condition of the spare. At Creech Import Repair, we carry a wide variety of popular tire brands and can conveniently install your tires within minutes.

Give Your Car a Good Wash and Wax

Winter grime and road salt not only alter your car’s beauty but can lead to discolored paint and corroded metal. Erase the build-up with a good wash. Before you wash the body, scrub and use a separate cloth or mitt for the tires and wheels. While you’re at it, don’t forget to hose off the underside of your car where there’s plenty of grime and salt build-up as well. It doesn’t hurt to repeat the process; then apply a good coat of wax to the newly-washed paint to preserve the shine and protect the finish.

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