Spring is coming around! In light of the recent situation with COVID-19 and stay at home orders, you might think it’s not the best time to be doing maintenance on your car. On the contrary, it’s a great time to make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for the rest of the year’s challenges. How do we do that? With regular maintenance, of course. We’ve got a small list of ways you can keep your car on the road and out of the shop for the long term—ensuring that you can get to where you’re going safely and quickly, especially in the case of any emergencies.
Check your tires and tire pressure
We like to do this task once a week, but since you probably aren’t driving as much as normal, you might be able to afford to postpone it to a biweekly errand. However, there’s really no downside to doing it weekly, as it only takes a couple of minutes to do. Some vehicles even have tire pressure monitoring systems preinstalled, making this even easier. Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you exactly what tire pressure you need.
Get your tires rotated and check your alignment
The balance if your tires is one of the most important things for your car’s handling and fuel efficiency, both of which will heavily affect your day-to-day usage of your vehicle. Getting your tires rotated and balanced and your alignment checked is critical every couple of months. We like to do it twice a year, so if you can’t remember the last time you had it done then now’s the time. Your manual will tell you any particulars you’ll need to know and communicate to your mechanic.
Check your coolant
Spring is in full bloom but Summer is just around the corner, so your car will be even more vulnerable to heat than ever before. If you run low on coolant then the heat from your engine can’t be dumped out into the outside air and you’ll have an overheating car. We like to do this once a month, keeping an eye on rapidly dropping levels—the hoses that carry the coolant can get damaged easily as they transport high-pressure fluid. Your manual will tell you where and what to look for, and the appropriate level of coolant for your vehicle.
Get new spark plugs
You may have noticed trouble starting your car or experienced engine misfires during the winter and passed it off as the cold having an adverse effect on your engine. But now that warmer weather’s come around, it’s still happening. It could be a simple case of old or malfunctioning spark plugs—this is an easy fix, and neglecting this is the cause of many headaches. Older types of spark plugs need to be replaced roughly every 30,000 miles, but newer models can reach up to 100,000 miles. Once again, your owner’s manual if your best friend. It’s not all that difficult to replace your spark plugs and your manual will have a diagram for how to do it.
Being proactive instead of reactive means you can rest easy in the knowledge that your car is ready to go whenever you are. Most of these tasks can be done at home, but if you aren’t confident in your mechanical skills or simply don’t have the time to do all the maintenance, we at King Brothers are more than ready to help you out and get your vehicle in tip top condition. If you’re hearing any strange sounds or knocking, lack of acceleration, or even weird smells from your air conditioning—basically any kind of odd behavior from your car—you just have to give us a call.
Our expert auto body specialists are ready to make sure your car is in the best possible condition. Reach us at 313-534-8090 (Redford) or 734-744-8557 (Livonia), or feel free to request for a quote here.