Buick Invicta: Springtime Maintenance Tips to Get Rid of Winter Grits
The Buick Invicta was a full-size performance model when it was introduced in 1959. It had the all swoppy style that's well-known in Buick cars and features fins that started at the hood ornament and swept all the way to the round taillights. It was a sight to behold. It still is, for a vintage car. And if you're one of the owners of the Invicta and still loves to drive it around town and live in an area that gets inches of snow in winter, you might want to know the secret for keeping vehicles in top shape even after battling winter weather. Here are some tips on how to do car maintenance in spring to get rid of grit and road salt:
- Follow recommended service schedules.
The first thing to do after winter is really not that hard. You just have to get that owner's manual out of your study drawer and follow what's written on it. Specifically, the recommended service schedules that you need to perform after winter has passed or the intervals for mileage-based repairs or replacements. Check on how to clean your car properly to get rid of road salts; the salt, if not removed, can cause corrosion to your car. You should also check both for minor and major services.
- Correct any drivability issues before the hot weather sets in.
Difficult starting and rough idling are just two of the drivability problems that you will encounter after a few months of driving on harsh weather conditions. And they will only get worse once the hot weather comes in. Hence, you have to take care of these problems as soon as you're able. For example, if the car starts when cold but idles rough, it's an indication that there's a problem with the engine temperature sensor. You might need a replacement for this. On the other hand, a no-start problem could be caused by a dead battery. It's better to spot this problem so you don't get stuck on the road because the battery is out of juice. Battery is most likely to die during the cold weather because ofincreased loads — lights, blowers, wipers, heated seats and rear-screen heater are all used during these times.
- Check the cooling system.
Of all the parts in your Buick Invicta, the cooling system is the most sensitive to the weather — whether it's the summer or winter. The cooling system will either roll with whatever the weather has in store or it will get knocked out. Thus, it is important to be prepared for the summer and check on your car's cooling system before problems even start manifesting. The first thing to do is to check for leaks. You can't be driving in hot weather with your coolant level below the required amount; it will cause the engine to overheat. You should also check the other parts like the thermostat and the serpentine belt.
The tire pressure, like the cooling system, is also affected by the changes in weather. You lose about one pound of pressure during the cold weather. And since running a vehicle with under inflated tires is not good for handling or gas mileage, you have to check and make sure they have the correct PSI level. On the other hand, during the hot summer days, the heated air inside the tires expands and the pressure is increased. It could result to tire blowout so you have to reduce the pressure accordingly.