Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and it is also a great time to perform routine maintenance on your car. Regular maintenance can help keep your car running smoothly and prevent costly repairs down the road. Here are a few of the most common springtime car maintenance items and how they can help save money if done regularly.
- Oil Change
Regular oil changes are one of the least expensive, yet most important maintenance items for your vehicle. Over time, oil breaks down and becomes less effective at lubricating your engine. This leads to increased wear and tear on internal engine parts. Changing your oil in the spring can help remove any contaminants that may have accumulated over the winter and ensure that your engine is properly lubricated. In addition to keeping your engine happy, regular oil changes can also improve fuel efficiency.
- Tire Inspection and Rotation
Winter weather can take a toll on your tires, and it is important to inspect them for damage and wear. Spring is a great time to have your tires inspected and rotated to ensure that they are wearing evenly. Uneven tire wear can reduce their lifespan as well as fuel efficiency. New tires are a big investment for your vehicle. Make sure you’re maximizing that investment with regular inspections and rotations.
- Battery Check
Winter weather can also take a toll on your car's battery. Cold temperatures can reduce battery capacity, making it more difficult to start your car. Having your battery checked in the spring can ensure that it is holding a charge and is ready for the warmer months.
- Brake Inspection
Your brakes are one of the most important safety features of your car, and it is important to have them inspected regularly. Even though we live in the sunny south, winter weather can still take its toll on your braking system. If you wait until you hear grinding and/or squealing from your brakes, you may be in for much more costly repairs.
- Air Filter Replacement
Your car's air filter helps keep dirt and debris from entering your engine. Over time, the filter can become clogged and less effective. Replacing your air filter in the spring can improve engine performance and fuel efficiency, potentially saving you money on fuel.
At JCA, we’ve been proudly serving the Irmo community with honest, reliable car care services for more than 16 years. Call us or schedule an appointment online today to have your spring vehicle maintenance performed by a locally owned and operated shop!