Seasonal Maintenance: Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter Auto Care
Spring Auto Maintenance
Post-Winter Clean Up
Tires – Make sure you change from your snow or winter tires to regular all season. This is a perfect time to rotate them to extend the life of the set.
Wiper Blades – Cold temps are hard on rubber components and when salt comes into the mix, it deteriorates even faster. Make sure you check the wiper fluid, too!
Examine your brakes – Listen for brake noises such as grinding, chatter, or squeals. Even if you don’t hear anything, it always helps to have a Mopar certified technician to determine the wear on the pads or drums, and check the rotors if you’re asking why your car shakes when coming to a stop. We get used to worn down brakes without noticing.
Check all fluids – Top off as necessary. Winter driving conditions require your engine to work harder and condensation can cause moisture buildup in the engine and creates wear. Start fresh in the Spring!
Summer Auto Maintenance
Prep for heat and a/c
Air Conditioning – You probably want your a/c to blow cold so if it’s not, you’ll want this examined at your dealer’s service department.
Cooling System – Would you believe the most common cause of summer breakdowns is overheating? The cooling system should be flushed and refilled with factory approved coolant. The coolant level and condition should be checked at every oil change. Remember – never remove the radiator cap until the engine has cooled.
Oil – The hot weather can be hard on your oil and engine in addition to the extra summer miles you’ll be driving. Make sure you’re checking your oil level and getting your regular interval scheduled oil changes.
Brakes – Always be inspecting your brakes and feel for any pulsations, grabbing, noises, or increased stopping distances. If you notice anything, make sure you schedule an appointment for your dealer to look at.
Fall and Winter Auto Maintenance
Mechanical failure – an inconvenience anytime it occurs – can be deadly in winter. Preventative maintenance is a must. Here’s what we recommend doing for the fall and winter.
Heater/Defroster – The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. If you have any issues, now is the time to get this looked at by your dealer. Stay warm and see out of your windshield.
Battery – Batteries typically last 3-5 years, and winter time failures are common due to increase cold-starting electrical loads. The best way to identify a weak batter is with professional test equipment. Routine care can help make your battery last longer.
Lights – Winter has less sunlight so your headlights will be on much more often. Inspect all lights and replace and burned out bulbs.
Wiper Blades – Cold temps are hard on rubber components and when salt comes into the mix, it deteriorates even faster. Make sure you check the wiper fluid, too! Start winter with a fresh set and feel confident that you’ll be able to take on the salty slush.
Carry emergency gear – Gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flashlight. Also keep snacks and water just in case.