Seasonal Maintenance

        
  
Keep your vehicle in peak condition all year by following these seasonal tips. 

 Time for some post-winter clean up in the Spring! Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic can take a real toll on your vehicle.
Tires 
Make sure you change from your snow or winter tires to regular all season. This is a perfect time to rotate them to extend the life of the set. 
Air Conditioning 
You probably want your a/c to blow cold so if it's not, you'll want this examined at your dealer's service department. 

Wiper Blades
Cold temps are hard on rubber components and when salt comes into the mix, it deteriorates even faster. Make sure you check the wiper fluid, too!
Cooling System 
Would you believe the most common cause of summer breakdowns is overheating? The cooling system should be flushed and refilled with factory approved coolant. The coolant level and condition should be checked at every oil change. Remember - never remove the radiator cap until the engine has cooled.

Examine your Brakes 
Listen for brake noises such as grinding, chatter, or squeals. Even if you don't hear anything, it always helps to have a Mopar certified technician to determine the wear on the pads or drums. We get used to worn down brakes without noticing. 

Oil 
The hot weather can be hard on your oil and engine in addition to the extra summer miles you'll be driving. Make sure you're getting your regular interval scheduled oil changes.
Check all Fluids 
Top off as necessary. Winter driving conditions require your engine to work harder and condensation can cause moisture buildup in the engine and creates wear. Start fresh in the Spring!

Brakes 
Always be inspecting your brakes and feel for any pulsations, grabbing, noises, or increased stopping distances. If you notice anything, make sure you schedule an appointment for your dealer to look at.

 
Here's what we recommend doing for the fall and winter.

Mechanical failure an inconvenience anytime it occurs and can be deadly in winter. Preventative maintenance is a must. 

Heater/Defroster 
The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. If you have any issues, now is the time to get this looked at by your dealer. Stay warm and see out of your windshield.

Battery
Batteries typically last 3-5 years, and winter time failures are common due to increase cold-starting electrical loads. The best way to identify a weak batter is with professional test equipment. Routine care can help make your battery last longer. 

Lights
Winter has less sunlight so your headlights will be on much more often. Inspect all lights and replace and burned out bulbs. 

Wiper Blades
Cold temps are hard on rubber components and when salt comes into the mix, it deteriorates even faster. Make sure you check the wiper fluid, too! Start winter with a fresh set and feel confident that you'll be able to take on the salty slush. 

Carry Emergency Gear 
Gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flashlight. Also keep snacks and water just in case.

 
 

Contact

South County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat

455 Automall Dr
Directions Gilroy, CA 95020

  • Sales: (408) 840-2162
  • Service: (408) 337-6358
  • Parts: (408) 427-9629

Hours

  • Monday 8:30am-9:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:00pm
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:00pm
  • Friday 8:30am-9:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30am-9:00pm
  • Sunday 9:30am-9:00pm