Seasonal Maintenance

Keep your vehicle in peak condition all year by following these recommended maintenances for each season’s tips. Our service center has broken down the many different things that you might experience when the seasons change, and it’s not just you that has to adjust! Your vehicle is just as susceptible to the changing of the season. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide of recommended maintenances for each season, which is going to make keeping your vehicle running smooth and healthy for years to come that much more of a reality. You can also schedule service at any time to let our service team handle any Dodge seasonal maintenance needs near Chatham.

SPRING

Time for some post-winter clean-up in the Spring!

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 before hitting the road in Rochester.

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!

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.

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! This is one of the most important Dodge seasonal maintenance tips, as fluid issues can cause serious damage to the inside of your car.

SUMMER

Summer’s heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic can take a real toll on your vehicle. Summer is when your car can get pushed to its most extreme, and only adds to the recommended maintenance for each season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FALL/WINTER

Mechanical failure – an inconvenience anytime it occurs – can be deadly in winter. Preventative maintenance is a must. Here’s what we recommend doing for the fall and winter.

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 wintertime 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 any 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 the unthinkable happens near Decatur.

 

Schedule Service with Green Dodge

Don’t wait until your Dodge seasonal maintenance turns into major repairs with a huge bill! Our team is ready to show you how easy it can be to follow our recommended maintenance for each season, so you can keep yourself and your family, as well as your car, safe for years to come.