Spring is here and with it comes pollen. You may be sneezing and coughing and you’ve certainly noticed the yellow haze on your car. Did you know that pollen can affect many of your car’s components? If you haven’t done a simple car checkup this spring, you should and, if you find anything that’s not quite right, call your local mechanic.
Those filters that we often only check during oil changes are likely full of pollen now. Most cars have two air filters – one in the engine and one for the car’s interior. Just like the filters in your home’s air conditioning system, they need replacing. If you’ve been home self-isolating and not driving the normal amount, you may end up going a bit longer between oil changes, which is why you should check your air filters now.
Because it’s not that rainy here in winter and spring, we end up using our wiper fluid to clean off our windows and may realize it’s out. What about your other fluid levels? Have you checked those? It’s easy and when a fluid levels are low, your car can suffer significant damage. If you notice one level is low, move your car and see if there’s an obvious leak. When there is not, you should top them off and check the levels again in a few days. If the level is again low, call your local mechanic and take your car in. Low transmission fluid can lead to expensive repairs. Low brake fluid can lead to an accident. Keep an eye year-round on your fluid levels.
You should be aware of how many miles you have on them so you know when to rotate them, however, that’s the most basic of tire checks. You also need to make sure you have enough tread to safely drive, especially when the roads are wet. Keeping them properly inflated will help them last and keep you safe as well.
Have a friend or spouse help you check the lights on your car. Having operational brake lights keep you safe and your turning indicators let others know your intensions. Of course, your headlights help you see and be seen at night. Not to mention you can be cited for improperly functioning lights.
With summer coming, we’ll be needing windshield wipers that work. Don’t put yourself or others at risk because you can’t see clearly out your window. Although your local mechanic can replace your wipers, this is something you can do with a quick trip to just about any big box or automotive store. All you need to do is use the reference tool to find the size wipers you need and snap them in.
The experienced and local mechanics at Oldsmar Automotive is here to help you with maintenance and repair all year round. If you find that you have a fluid leak, need new tires or just want a professional checkup, call us at (727) 784-3501 or come by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar and let us know what we can do for you.