Spring is on its way, and Kia of South Austin has all the tips you need to keep your vehicle looking and running great. Be sure to check these vehicle components so you can drive into the spring season with confidence.
It’s always helpful to get a check-up after winter weather, and your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. If you notice that your car pulls to one side or veers slightly when the steering wheel is centered, schedule an appointment with our service team for a tire alignment and avoid having to purchase a new set of tires before you need to.
Since we’re on the topic of tires, it’s also important to take a look at the tread of each tire. We all know the penny trick: place the edge of a penny into the center tread of each tire, and if you can still see Abraham Lincoln’s head, it’s time to start looking for a new set of wheels.
Cold weather is no friend to your vehicle’s battery, and it can deteriorate quickly in harsh conditions. If your battery is more than a few years old or takes a few tries to fire up, bring it in for a quick diagnostic test and replacement, if necessary.
It’s easy to forget about in the winter, but with rising temperatures, it’s important to make sure your engine is getting cooled. Haven’t checked your coolant levels in a while? Pop the hood and make sure the fluid is at a healthy level by consulting your owner’s manual. Remember: only open the coolant cap when your car is cool!
Spring weather makes us all want to take a road trip and feel the wind in our hair, but be sure that you hit the road with your brakes in good shape. If your vehicle shudders or squeals when braking, it’s probably time for new brake pads.
These five things are just a few of the items that should be checked before your hit the road after cold weather. If you have any questions about your vehicle’s tires, battery, brakes, or other components, our team can help get you back on the road in no time. Contact our service department for an appointment today.