Seasonal Service You Should Consider for Your Car
Whether it’s your daily driver or the wheels for your weekend getaways, keeping your vehicle in good working order is important. Regular maintenance and attending to seasonal or periodic services can help reduce the chances that you’ll end up stranded on the side of the road or paying for an unexpected and unnecessary expense.
Most people know about oil changes and tire rotations, but what else can you do to keep your car running well? Find out about seasonal services you might want to invest in below.
Prepare Your Vehicle for Fall and Winter Seasons
While Madison, TN, and the surrounding area only gets an average of 3 inches of snow a year—much less than the national average—it gets more than its share of rainfall. During cold months, rain can become ice, and even a little snow can cause worsening road conditions. That’s why tires are a must-check vehicle maintenance item before fall and winter seasons. Ensure that your tires have plenty of tread and are in good repair. If they’re not, consider replacing them. It’s also a good idea to get an alignment whether you’re buying new tires or keeping your existing ones.
Other items to attend to before the air turns brisk and cold include:
- Replacing or repairing windshields or windows with cracks. Moisture that gets into small cracks and then freezes can cause cracks to worsen or even break completely.
- Fluid checks. Have all your fluids checked, flushed, or topped off as necessary. Ensure your windshield wiper fluid is filled with the appropriate product for freezing weather if necessary.
- Check your battery. Old batteries may need to be replaced, especially if they’ve been giving you problems lately. An old, worn-out battery is less likely to make it through the winter.
- Have brakes checked and replaced if necessary.
Seasonal Car Maintenance for Spring and Summer Seasons
As winter makes way for warmer months, many people like to head out on adventures or road trips. Even if you’re staying in town, you might be driving more due to increasing social, school, or recreational activities. It’s a good idea to check in on the health of your vehicle before you start racking up mileage during spring or summer.
If you replaced your tires during the fall, they should still be fine for the season. However, it’s a good idea to give them a good once-over and check your tire pressure. You may want to double check tire pressure before you hit the road for any long drive this season, too.
Give your wiper blades a once over and replace them if necessary. It’s common for wiper blades to be damaged by ice during winter months, and that damage can make them less adept at sweeping away rain from spring storms as you’re driving. You might also check your coolant or get fluid flushes and other maintenance done if you didn’t get to it during the fall.
Don’t Think You Have Time for Seasonal Service?
Finding time in a busy schedule to bring your car to the dealership for service can seem impossible. But compare that with the alternative: Do you have time to deal with a breakdown or expensive repair you could have avoided with the right service? Probably you don’t, which is why proactively caring for your car or truck can make a huge difference in your overall enjoyment of the vehicle.
Plus, Greenway Kia of Rivergate makes it easy for you to get the service you need. Our Express Service ensures a Kia Multi-Point inspection, oil and filter change, battery test and tire rotation in under 60 minutes. One hour (or less) with us, and you can leave knowing professional, expert eyes were on your vehicle and important maintenance was handled.