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Car Care, by the Season

Taking care of your vehicle is a year-round responsibility. Each season brings its own set of challenges for your car, and being prepared can save you time, money, and headaches down the road. As professional auto maintenance experts, we at Thunderbird Auto wanted to talk about how you can keep your ride in top shape, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.

Spring Cleaning

As the winter chill fades away, it’s time to give your car some much-needed TLC. Start by washing off the grime and salt that accumulated during the colder months. Pay extra attention to the undercarriage, as salt can cause corrosion if left unchecked. While you’re at it, don’t forget to clean the interior too! Vacuuming out the winter debris and wiping down surfaces will make your cabin feel fresh and inviting.

Spring is also the perfect time for a thorough inspection. Check your tires for wear and proper inflation, as fluctuating temperatures can affect tire pressure. Take a look at your windshield wipers and replace them if they’re worn or streaking. And don’t forget to inspect your brakes and fluid levels for optimal performance.

Summer Maintenance

As temperatures rise, so do the demands on your vehicle. Keep your engine running smoothly by checking and changing the oil regularly. High temperatures can put extra strain on your cooling system, so make sure your coolant levels are topped off and that your radiator is free of debris.

With summer road trips on the horizon, now is also a good time to check your battery. Extreme heat can shorten its lifespan, so be proactive and replace it if it’s nearing the end of its life. And don’t forget to keep an eye on your air conditioning system – nobody wants to be stuck in a hot car on a summer day!

Fall Preparations

As the leaves start to change, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your car for the colder months ahead. Check your heater and defroster to make sure they’re working properly, as visibility is crucial during inclement weather. Consider switching to winter tires for added traction and peace of mind on icy roads.

Fall is also a good time to inspect your lights and replace any burnt-out bulbs. With shorter days and longer nights, proper lighting is essential for safe driving. And don’t neglect your windshield – replace any cracked or chipped glass to prevent further damage from cold weather.

Winter Readiness

When the snow starts to fall, it’s important to be prepared. Keep an emergency kit in your car with essentials like blankets, a flashlight, and extra batteries. Consider investing in snow tires for added traction and control in slippery conditions.

Winter also brings unique challenges for your car’s exterior. Regularly wash off road salt and debris to prevent rust and corrosion. And don’t forget to check your battery – cold weather can drain its power, so make sure it’s fully charged and in good condition.

Learn More from an Experienced Auto-Mechanic

No matter the season, proper car care is essential for keeping your vehicle running smoothly and safely. By staying proactive and addressing issues as they arise, you can ensure that your ride is always ready for whatever the road ahead may bring. So take care of your car, and it will take care of you. If you’re looking for more information on how to prepare your vehicle for any time of year, reach out to us at Thunderbird Auto!

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Thunderbird Automotive Specialists will be closed on Friday, October 20th.

During this time, our team will be attending the memorial service for our late General Manager, Brock Lohman.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we gather as a Thunderbird Automotive Specialist family to honor Brock’s life and legacy.

We will be back open to serve you on Monday, October 23rd. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.