All-Season Maintenance Tips for Your Saturn LS
Marketed as GM's answer to the demand for a reliable mid-sized sedan, the Saturn LS was more than just an average-sedan—it stood toe-to-toe with cars such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. GM didn't pull any punches with the LS' dent-resistant shell, cozy interior, a reliable straight-4 engine, and a firm chassis. It was a cheaper alternative compared to its competitors and delivered a solid performance. GM's vehicle went beyond average and earned its reputation as a worthy addition to the mid-sized sedan niche market. If you're an LS owner who wants to preserve its impressive performance, here are some all-season maintenance tips you should remember.
- Clean or change the cabin filter.
Spring is the best time to have your sedan inspected for possible issues. The first step in maintaining it for all seasons is to have the air conditioning cabin filters cleaned or changed. Cabin filters are designed to trap allergens and airborne particles from triggering allergies. They also help purify the air inside the cabin by filtering dust and harmful pollen. Have your car's cabin filter cleaned or changed to keep the cabin fresh and clean.
- Have your sedan's under chassis washed.
A high-pressure spray wash can help clean your sedan's under chassis. It gets rid of road salts and other corrosive materials from attracting rust. Its front and rear bumpers should be cleaned thoroughly. After giving the entire underbody a good spraying, inspect it for signs of corrosion. Pay special attention to its wheel wells and pillars. If you see signs of rust, have these areas fixed immediately to stop rust from spreading. Applying an undercoat is also a good way of rust-proofing your sedan.
- Check its engine, cooling, and electrical system.
Periodic maintenance is the best way to keep your car fit for all seasons. During the summer season, check the engine's performance and look out for possible problems such as stalling, hard starting, and rough idling. This is a good time to replace dirty air and fuel filters. Inspect the spark plugs for deposits and the tension wires for signs of wear. Overheating is the main concern during the summer months, thus checking the cooling system is important. Flush the radiator and replace its antifreeze or coolant. Inspect the driving belts, clamps, and rubber hoses while working on its radiator. Replace worn-out parts to ensure proper cooling. Corrosion build-up on the battery terminals may cause electrical problems while on the road. Clean them and check the cables for wear. If your car's battery is more than three years old, have it checked by a professional. It may need immediate replacement. Burnt-out headlight and taillight bulbs also need to be replaced.
- Inspect your car's exhaust, air conditioning system, and tires.
Fall is the best season to prepare your car for the winter months. Start by inspecting your sedan's exhaust system. Check your car's floor boards and trunk for holes where deadly exhaust fumes can enter the passenger cabin. Patch them up to prevent engine fumes from entering the cabin. The air conditioning system should also be checked for leaks and low antifreeze levels. It doesn't just cool the cabin—it also helps keep the temperature comfortable while driving. But aside from the A/C system, you must also pay attention to your tires. Since tires are responsible for keeping your car in constant contact with the road, check its tire pressure and make sure it's within recommended limits. The tire's depth should be at optimum levels and inspect it for signs of wear. Have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles, and replace them if they're already worn-out.
You don't need to worry about driving your Saturn LS in any weather condition. Proper maintenance is all you need to keep it all-season proof.