Prepare Your Car for Changing Seasons in Alabama
Anybody who lives in the Southern USA fully understands that the seasons do change bringing different challenges to you and your car, truck, or SUV. How can you keep your ride running smoothly while facing tropical storm systems, months of mud, and summers of searing heat?
Mud Season: Test Your Tires
Once those tropical downpours begin, those backcountry roads start to look more like minefields with muddy ruts in all directions. Take a good look at the tread on your tires. Now is the time to upgrade to a set of all-terrain tires to maintain traction when exploring the Tuskegee National Forest on your weekend escape.
Surviving Pothole Hits: Inspect Your Brakes and Alignment
Once the frost heaves in the mountains subside, the pavement on rural roads starts to crumble. Is your ride pulling to the side after you hit a particularly nasty pothole? A front-end or four-wheel alignment will have you pointed in the right direction again. If you skip the service, you can end up wearing out your tires prematurely.
The second system to take a good look at are your brakes. Stopping on slick roads demands new pads to help you maintain control. You should expect to have them changed out every two years or 30,000 miles.
Checking Your Air Conditioning Before the Summer Heat Wave
Is your car older than three years? The coolant in your A/C system loses its ability to fight bright sunshine and triple-digit temperatures over time. We can test the climate control system for function and recharge the coolant. This basic service only takes about an hour and will bring back a more comfortable afternoon commute.
Windshield Wipers, Headlights, and Heated Side Mirrors
Are you struggling to see when a black thundercloud lets lose during your morning drive? A new set of windshield wipers is one of the most affordable upgrades you can do that will significantly improve your vision during a downpour. Also, make sure that your heated side mirrors are still working. Sometimes it only takes changing out a fuse to bring back function, and they do a great job at melting away the mist. On older vehicles, we also suggest changing your headlight bulbs to LED or having the lenses polished to bring back improved visibility on dark country roads.
Replacing Your Coolant to Keep Your Engine Running
Finally, your radiator works hard to keep your engine from overheating even during the hottest Alabama summers. Like your A/C system, its coolant loses its ability to exchange heat over time. Check with our Service Center or your owner’s manual for the proper service interval to have the fluid changed or a complete flush. This can also help prevent leaks as you remove any dust and debris that may get into the coolant system.
What About Getting Ready for Winter?
While we do see some frost and maybe an inch or two of snow every year, most of our customers really don’t need a set of snow tires. We always recommend that you keep an ice scraper in the car and only drive on freezing mornings after the roads have been declared safe. During your fall oil change, have your heat tested, so you won’t be shivering during daily errands.
Schedule Your Seasonal Service Online with a Simple Click
Whether you work or live in the Opelika, AL area, the Service Center at Opelika Ford and Opelika Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is fully staffed and stocked to handle all of your routine and seasonal maintenance needs. Located at 801 Columbus Highway, drop off your ride early Monday through Saturday and pick it up on your way home. Then you can crank up the functioning A/C, hit the brakes, and power your way through sudden storms with total confidence.