When snow and ice are still on the ground and you are cold the second you walk outside, the last thing you may be thinking about is spring. However, before you know it, winter will be over and spring will be here. Now is the perfect time to get a head start and schedule a spring service appointment for your car. Winter can be brutal on cars and can damage or affect many different parts in and on your car. Having your car inspected when it warms up helps you to catch any of the damage done and repair it before the issue causes more damage or leaves you stranded. Here are three different parts that need to be carefully inspected after winter is over.
Freezing winter temperatures and the road salt that is used to melt ice on the roadways can both have a negative impact on your battery. They may leave your battery corroded or weakened. An auto repair and maintenance shop can inspect your battery for signs that it is damaged and needs to be replaced. They can also test your battery, determining how much life is left in it. If the winter was more than your older battery could handle, it may be time to replace the battery before you find yourself stranded one day because your car won't start.
Belts and Hoses
Another part of your car that needs to be inspected after winter is over is the belts and hoses in your car. Cold winter weather can cause belts and hoses to freeze and snap. Unfortunately, your car relies on the belts and hoses to operate your car properly and ensure all of the parts carry their load and do their job. In some cases, your car will not run with a broken belt or hose. In other cases, your car will run, but it can place undue strain on other belts or hoses or the part of the car the belt or hose is connected to. Inspecting the belts and hoses and repairing them if needed helps to ensure other parts don't wear out faster than they should.
Your Fluid Levels
The last part of your car that needs to be inspected after the winter months is your fluid levels. It is important to always have your fluid levels checked, or to check them yourself, but especially after winter. Many of the fluids in your car help to keep your car from overheating. As the temperatures warm up, you want to ensure you have enough coolant, radiator fluid and other fluids so your car does not overheat and become damaged.
Maintaining your car is one of the best ways to help your car last longer and to prevent unneeded repairs. While it may still be cold out, now is the perfect time to start thinking about warmer weather. Take the time to schedule your appointment for a spring auto check-up to have your car inspected after cold winter weather has affected your vehicle. For more help, contact a company like Valley Express Auto RepairShare