Spring is upon us, and that means it's time to give your car some TLC! We’ve compiled six tips from our Parts, Service, and Detailing Departments to help you get your car ready for the summer season!

1)    Detail your car (or get it detailed at Bustard’s Auto Detailing in Waterloo)!

Spring cleaning isn’t just cleaning your house, your vehicle needs attention as well!

The vicious weather we experienced this year in Waterloo Region caused a lot of temperature variability, and, as a result, a ton of road salt was dumped onto the streets. This road salt residue can eat away at your paint and expose imperfections once the temperatures rises above 0°. With the nice weather approaching,  it’s important to schedule a date with your vehicle one of those sunny days and give it a thorough interior and exterior cleaning, as well as applying a nice new coat of wax or paint sealant on the paint. If you are not the hands-on detailing type, don’t hesitate to give Bustards Auto Detailing department in Waterloo a call at (519) 884-5868  to find out which cleaning package would be best for your vehicle’s needs! You can also check out Bustard's Auto Detailing packages and pricing HERE!

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2)     Get your car undercoated or oil sprayed here at Bustard Chrysler in Waterloo

The majority of people tend to believe that the best time to oil spray your vehicle is in the fall, just before the nasty winter season. However, this is a common misconception. The besttime to do it is in the spring! You might be wondering why that is? Well, there are a few reasons! As mentioned in the detailing section above, road salt begins to damage your vehicle when the temperatures rise above 0°, so getting your vehicle oil sprayed before the temperature rises will completely reduce the negative effects of road salt. The oil spray actually prevents corrosion. Give Bustard’s Auto Detailing in Waterloo a call at (519) 884-5868 for detailed information and pricing on our environmentally-friendly oil spraying/undercoating.

For more info on oil spraying your vehicle check out our blog post on the importance of undercoating HERE.

3)    Check your tire pressure and overall tire condition at Bustard Chrysler Waterloo’s Service Department!

Nowadays, most cars, including the majority of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles for sale at Bustard Chrysler in Waterloo, come equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems! Newer vehicles tend to have more accurate monitoring systems, however older vehicles tend to have more problems and should be regularly monitored. The crazy temperature changes in Waterloo this winter season have significantly affected tire pressures, and so you should always double check your tire pressure to ensure your tire’s longevity and you and your passenger’s safety!

With the better weather on it’s way, you’ll likely swap your winter tires for summer tires. You should make sure to inspect both your winter and summer set for nails, tread depth, and proper tire pressure.  If you are unsure what to look for, give Bustard Chrysler Waterloo’s Service department a call at (519) 884-9570 and we would be happy to help you out! To order new tires, check out our TIRE LOCATOR page. If you don't find what you are looking for, give Bustard Waterloo's Parts Department a ring at (519) 884-5886 and we would be happy to assist you with your order!

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4)    Check, clean, or replace your wiper blades; contact Bustard Waterloo’s Parts Department for availability and pricing!

You may use winter wiper blades, which are great in heavy snowfall and ice conditions, however they do not perform as well during the winter season. It is recommended that you change your winter wiper blade set for the skinner, summer-style blades. Summer blades are ideal compared to winter wipers because of their lightweight frame, which will reduce the blind spots created by thick winter blades. In particular, smaller, skinnier wiper blades are extremely beneficial in heavy rain storms which we all know we get a lot of here in Waterloo Region! Don’t wait until that first rain storm to find out that your wipers are doing more harm than good! Bustard Chrysler Waterloo’s Parts Department offers all varieties of wiper blades for not only your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle, but also vehicles of other makes and models! Just call us at (519) 884-5868 to check availability and place an order if necessary!

5)    Check your engine oil, and get it changed by the service department at Bustard Chrysler Waterloo!

Once winter comes to an end, it is a important to ensure you are up to date on your oil change maintenance. While following the manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals is typically fine, depending on the use of your vehicle it may be important to have your oil changed at the end of the winter season!

We’re all guilty of letting our car idle for 5-10 minutes in those frigid winter mornings (especially those of us with remote start!), but the one thing you should remember is that your car runs rich on the cold starts. It doesn’t burn off properly, causing the fuel to start mixing with the oil. When you check your oil level, give the dipstick a quick whiff. Does it have a strong fuel smell? If so, it’s time to freshen up your oil with an oil change. The more you idle your vehicle, the more potent that fuel smell will be, so it’s always a good idea to change your oil AFTER the winter season. Keeping your engine oil clean offers added insurance that you will keep your motor running great for hundreds of thousands of kilometers!

Give Bustard Chrysler Waterloo’s Service Department a call at (519) 884-9570 to book your oil change today! You can even Book Your Service Appointment Online!

6)    Get your air conditioning system tested and have your cabin air filter tested at Bustard Chrysler in Waterloo!

In the winter season it can be hard to tell whether your air conditioning system is working properly or not. Don’t wait until the temperatures rises to find out your air conditioning system isn’t working! When you bring your car in for your seasonal oil change or tire swap, it’s a good idea to you’re your mechanic  check out the air conditioning system to be sure it’s working as it should!

A cabin air filter? What? My car has one of those?! YES! Most cars are equipped with a filter that ensure the air you breathe through your climate control system is fresh and clean! Do you ever put your air on and get a foul, musky, or unpleasant smell? It’s most likely because the cabin air filter in your car needs to be replaced. Most vehicle’s cabin air filter replacement interval is 2-3 years depending on the use of the vehicle. If your vehicle exhibits some of the symptoms mentioned above it’s a great idea to see whether your car is equipped a replaceable or cleanable unit to ensure you’re breathing fresh air when using your climate control system!

Don't hesitate to contact us at Bustard Chrysler with all your Parts, Service, and Detailing needs in the Waterloo Region. We offer services for vehicles of all makes and models and we would be happy to give your vehicle some TLC!
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