Routine Seasonal Maintenance For Your Vehicle
When the seasons change, your vehicle faces different challenges that require regular maintenance to ensure there are no surprises on the road.
Regular maintenance will the skilled team at The Greenway Nissan of Jacksonville ensures you will get the most out of your vehicle by tackling issues that might cause major problems later!
Follow these tips for seasonal service that will help keep your vehicle running smoothly:
1. Rotate and Inspect Tires
The seasonal change in temperature and climate can present particular problems for your tires. Colder seasons make demands on your tires, especially in areas where snow and ice are an issue. In some regions, adding snow tires to your car helps ensure good traction. As temperatures cool, tires can lose air with the drop in degrees. That makes it important to make sure your tires are sufficiently inflated to safely handle the road.
Warmer temperatures also require a close eye to maintain performance. Tires wear over time, making traction less reliable in spring and summer storms, and even causing issues with steering if one side wears more than the other. Make sure you keep your tires rotated to ensure they wear evenly and give the best performance for the longest possible time.
2. Change the Oil
The change in seasons can take a toll on how well your oil serves your engine. The spring and summer seasons can deliver dirt and debris that can build up and turn that all-important lubricant for your engine into a dark, muddy mess. The thick grime that can build up in your engine oil can cause expensive problems in the future. That’s why a regular oil change helps ensure that your vehicle’s engine has the lubrication it requires to perform at top levels, and that your oil level remains sufficient to support engine performance.
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing your engine oil once every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, with some higher-end vehicles requiring changes every 10,000 miles. There’s no better, inexpensive service you can provide for your vehicle regularly to ensure that it operates smoothly no matter the season.
3. Check the Battery
A sudden change in seasons sometimes helps to reveal issues with your battery. Most drivers have experienced the frustration of waking up on a cold morning to a dead battery. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your battery checked by a professional mechanic on a regular basis. That way you avoid the time-consuming frustration of having to get a jump for your car, or even worse, a new battery delivered to your inoperable vehicle.
Your trusted mechanic can check your battery for buildups, leaks and other problems that can leave you stranded at any time of year. You may only need your battery connections cleaned, or you could need a new battery. But better that you discover this before you’re left idle in your driveway or on the side of the road.
4. Inspect the Brakes
The heavy rains of spring and summer, along with the slick roads of the winter season, can test just how well your brakes perform. You rely on your brakes to keep you safe, so it’s best to make sure they’re inspected as part of your routine seasonal maintenance.
Your mechanic will ensure that all components of your brakes, from the brake pads to the drums to the brake fluid, are all ready to perform, regardless of the time of year. The summer heat can challenge your brakes more than you know, and the chilling cold of winter also can take a toll on their ability to keep you safe.
5. Service the A/C, Heater
While safety is a top priority for your vehicle, comfort is also important as you drive it. You want to know that when you need your air conditioning or heater in your vehicle, it will perform as needed. Make sure that you have seasonal maintenance performed on the AC and the heater to ensure that you won’t be caught off guard when the temperatures reach extremes.
Our skilled technicians at The Greenway Nissan of Jacksonville can perform the necessary visual inspections, as well as mechanical and fluid checks, to keep the temperature constant inside your vehicle when it rises and falls outside!