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Spring Maintenance Vehicle Tips

Hampden Auto Body, your local Denver auto body collision specialists, hopes you enjoy the beautiful spring weather this weekend.  It is a good time to be thinking about spring vehicle maintenance.  It is important that vehicles are ready for the upcoming travel season.  We have provided some tips for preventive vehicle maintenance to hopefully keep your vehicle on the road longer and save you money.
Check Engine Belts, Hoses and Fuel Filter
Prevent breakdowns or serious engine damage by replacing belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Checking and replacing the fuel filter ensures that the engine is running at an optimal level and maximizes fuel economy.
Check Tires
Check air pressure for all tires, including the spare, as improper pressure leads to premature wear and a decrease in fuel mileage. The entire surface of the tire, both tread and sidewall, should be inspected for uneven or irregular wear. Excessive edge wear, center wear or shoulder wear may be signs that other maintenance is required.
Check Brakes
Brakes are one of the most used and abused components. A thin layer of the brake pad disintegrates every time brakes are applied. Replace pads or shoes before drums or rotors become damaged, and inspect pads, shoes, drums, rotors, calipers, fittings, brake hardware, and the parking brake to ensure proper performance. 
Check Oil
Engine oil level should be checked often and oil should be changed and replenished on a regular basis. Low or dirty oil may have dire consequences on how an engine and its components perform, especially under the extreme conditions of summer driving.
Check Air Filter
The air filter protects the engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow within the engine hinders performance and may lead to greater fuel consumption. Replacing a dirty air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance and a longer life.
Check Fluid Levels
Vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked often and changed at factory-recommended intervals to make sure they're fresh and filled. Dirty fluids and low fluids may affect the performance of a vehicle and lead to breakdowns if not properly monitored and filled.
Check Battery
After a winter full of cold-morning starts, check the battery. Having reserve power to run the air conditioning and other vehicle accessories in the summer is priceless. When checking the battery, look for corroded terminals and inspect for a bulging or cracked case.
Check Shocks and Struts
Following the traditional cold-weather pot-hole season, shocks and struts should be checked. Shocks and struts are vital to a smooth ride and may also affect a number of related parts on a vehicle.
Check Wiper Blades
Properly functioning wiper blades are critical in spring showers and summer storms.
Check Headlamps, Tail Lamps, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights
Properly functioning headlamps and tail lamps are crucial for safe driving, especially at night or in rainy or foggy conditions. Inspect and test all exterior lamps and lights, including turn signals and hazard lights to ensure they are in proper working order and alignment.
Fix damage on your vehicle
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