Car care this year will be more involved because of bad roads


As we’re heading into warm weather, your car will need some quick maintenance to be ready for not only the higher temperatures but also the potentially long delays in traffic due to road work.

Larry Witzberger, owner of ASAP Auto Care in Wheeling, says the first order of business is to check your antifreeze.

“Make sure your car is not going to overheat if you sit in traffic for too long,” Witzberger said. “Sitting in gridlock for half an hour is really hard on your car’s cooling system.”

He said you’ll need to make sure you don’t have any coolant leaks and that your antifreeze is up to par.

He also said to make sure you have enough freon in your car’s air conditioning system.

And tires are not just a priority in the winter.

Witzberger says low tread is just as dangerous in a rainstorm as it is in the snow.

And with all the potholes, he says your car’s suspension may have been compromised.

“We’ve changed more springs, struts, and shocks this year than we ever have in the history of our company,” he said. “And we’ve been around for 30 years. Anybody who tells you he hasn’t hit a pothole is lying! There’s no way you can avoid them. It’s very hard on the suspension, very hard on the alignment of the car. My advice is to get an alignment once a year if not twice.”

In his words, “These roads are really, really bad.”

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