Checking the battery, spark plugs and wires
During the winter, “cold cranking” causes extra wear and tear on electric and ignition components. The battery is the front line of these systems. Make sure the battery fluid levels are good and the terminals are clean. Then, check the spark plugs for excessive use and the wires for damage – including exposure to ice. If there is damage, have these replaced if they cannot be cleaned.
Checking the belts and hoses
These key components are also exposed to the elements year-round. Have them checked for cracks or other exposure damage. If need be, have them replaced.
Checking the tire pressure
Colder road surfaces will cause lower air pressure. The first thing to do is have the tire pressure set to factory standards – air up or down to meet correct PSIs. This may also include inspection of the tire pressure monitoring system to make sure it is reading the right air pressure from each tire.
Checking the brakes
The brakes get a lot of use year-round. Simply get a thorough brake check that includes lines, the master cylinder, rotors and pads. If all is well, a pad change would be the only thing you would need. That way, the car will have healthy brakes when the seasons change.
Checking the wheel alignment and suspension
Because of different road conditions, a thorough inspection of the suspension could expose loose connections or damage. Any loose parts can be tightened up. Damage may require a component replacement. If all is well with the suspension, make sure to have a wheel alignment and tire balance done. That way, the car is corrected for better handling and ride after another tough winter.
Checking the fluid levels and condition of the fluids
This is to make sure that all fluids are at safe levels. If need be, have them topped off. This would also include inspection of fluid consistency and of the windshield wiper nozzles to be unblocked. Engine oil may have been changed for a winter weight. An oil change should be made to get back to a normal weight for the season.
Checking the air filter
The filter will catch of a lot of dust and other particles from the road and could get clogged at any time. This can be done during an oil change to ensure proper breathing of the engine.
Checking the windshield wipers
During those odd moments when Southern Nevada gets snow, the wipers are used to clear snow and ice. This causes extreme wear on the blades and on the wiper arms. An inspection of the arms and motors should be done. Make sure to get the blades changed in time for any rain coming through the area.
Do a thorough cleaning of the car
Considering the snow, ice, salt and sand that the car attracted through the winter, a good deep cleaning – even a full detail – of the car will help remove any residual from it. A clean or detail should also include protection underneath, on the body, and throughout the interior. A clean car means better drivability for any season.
The service department at Lexus of Las Vegas can help get that spring back into your car. Stop by or make an appointment
to get ready for the warmer air, greener grass and a healthier automobile. After all, summer is coming soon!