As the seasons change and transition throughout the year, drivers should pay attention to what their vehicle needs. The summer heat and the winter snow can cause different problems and it’s crucial to stay on top on of it. In this month’s blog, we discuss some preventive maintenance tips that car owners should be aware of during the changing seasons.

1. Tires

The vast majority of vehicles use all-season tires which perform adequately on dry, wet, and snowy roads. They can be considered as the “jack of all trades” when it comes to the different tire types. However, you may want to switch them out depending on your location. In particular, if you live in an area that experiences regular snowfall and ice-slicked roads, then winter tires are an absolute must. They are built to last and perform much better, which allows a much safer drive during the winter season.

Your tires also require regular maintenance in regards to its alignment and rotation. The tread will wear down over time and can cause uneven driving if ignored. Having your local auto shop rotate your tires every once in a while will extend its life and promote a much smoother ride. Not to mention, low tire pressure is common during temperature drops and your mechanic will ensure that it’s at optimal levels.

2. Air Conditioning and Heating

As the weather changes, you depend on your vehicle’s AC and heating system to keep yourself comfortable. You don’t want to be left sweating in the summer heat or freezing during the winter season when it fails on you. During these seasonal changes, it’s a good idea to have the AC and heating system inspected for any leaks or problems with the fluids.

3. Brake Inspection

Your vehicle’s stopping power is not as effective on snow and ice and can lead to very precarious situations in the worst case scenario. Don’t risk yourself and others on the road and have your brakes inspected by a mechanic every once in a while – especially when winter rolls around. If your brake pads are worn down or you’ve been hearing any concerning noises, it’s a good idea to have them replaced as well. You’ll be thankful you remembered to have your brakes inspected when the roads get slick and harder to drive on.

4. Oil Change

Getting an oil change is a common practice every 6 months or every 5,000 to 7,000 miles depending on your car. It helps reduce and remove any excess dirt that can buildup in your engine. During the spring and summer time, there can be an additional buildup of dust and debris in your vehicle from dry roads, rain, and other environmental factors. The heat can also more quickly deplete the fluids, which makes it a good time for an inspection to ensure functionality.

5. Tune-Up

In general, a tune-up involves checking the engine for anything that needs cleaning, fixing, or replacing. During this process, your mechanic will also inspect the filters, spark plugs, fluids, rotors, and so on. Routine tune-ups are important and crucial in maintaining your vehicle’s longevity. If you live in an area that has harsh weather, making sure your car is in tip-top shape is a priority.

Rely on the Professionals

The next time you need an inspection or tune-up, come to H.W. Automotive, Inc. We are proud to provide our services in Mid-Del and Oklahoma City and have 75 years of combined experience. Our team will make sure your car is in top condition for every passing season. Learn more about our services by visiting our website and get a free courtesy check when you drop off your car at our auto shop.