The Essential Spring Service Checklist

Even though we are spending nearly all spring sheltering at home due to COVID-19, we still need to get out for essential items and services.  Especially if you are a first responder or a health care worker, that vehicle is important to you.  As an essential business,  Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers is open to keep you on the road and to help take care of all your car care needs in one quick trip, letting you get in and out and on with life. Here are our top reminders for spring services that every car owner should know.

Air Conditioning Service

The temperature is on the rise and if you are unprepared, your afternoon commute or errand running is about to become a lot less comfortable. Your air conditioning system is made up of a complex series of hoses, tubes, radiators and compressor pumps that actively cool the air and fluids in your vehicle. Much of this cooling is done through refrigerant, which will wear down over time and become much less effective. We can easily fix this issue using our state of the art air conditioning recovery-machine, which filters and cleans the refrigerant in your system while ensuring that you have no holes or leaks in your system. If you have any leaks, cracks, or loose valves in your system, our expert and certified service technicians will be able to quickly diagnose and repair the issue in one quick trip.

Oil & Fluid Change

Most car owners know this, but your engine oil is one of the most vital components for your engine’s overall health. Engine oil works by keeping the moving components of your engine properly lubricated and free of friction. If your engine oil sits for too long or becomes laden with debris or sediment, it cannot only cause your engine to run sluggishly, it can actually lead to massive engine failure. When you take your car or truck to one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers, our expert and certified service technicians help you establish a maintenance plan so that you easily know when to bring your vehicle in for your next oil and fluid change.

Tire Replacement & Alignment

Winter can be brutal and tread helps your tires grip the road and helps your vehicle respond quicker in adverse weather conditions. It is important to check the tread of each tire regularly and replace your tires if the tread has been worn down to 2/32”. Uneven tread wear could also be the sign that your vehicle is out of alignment. Most people would not miss an oil change or other routine maintenance. Getting your alignment checked twice a year should be another part of your car-care schedule. Spring and fall are the two best times to have your alignment checked.

Check Your Brake Pads

If you have noticed any loss in your vehicle’s ability to efficiently stop or hear any screeching and squealing when you apply your brakes, you need to get your brakes checked as soon as possible. These sounds may be a sign of your brake pads wearing down to a dangerous level, and if left unchecked, can cause your brake calipers to warp. This damage can turn a simple fix into a multi-thousand dollar project, so make sure that you are bringing your vehicle in for regular maintenance.

If you want to get these services and more taken care of in one quick trip, come into one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today. Our expert and certified service technicians will take care of all your automotive needs in one stop, letting you get back on the road worry-free.