As winter begins winding down across the United States, car owners must begin planning their spring car-care strategy. For many, nicer weather means trips to the beach, family vacations, weekend road trips, and camping excursions. Whatever your plans for spring and summer, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is ready to hit the road. Here are some must-do Spring Car Care Tips tips:
Belt and Hose Examination
Cold temperatures damage and harden rubber. Once the “great thaw” of spring comes around, make sure to have the belts and hoses checked. The car maintenance team looks for leaking, blistering, cracks, hardening, softening, and other visual damage. Belts are inspected for cracks, glazing, frays, and looseness.
Charging System Analysis
Cold winter temperatures can severely impact a car battery, so the March & April are the best times to have it checked. Also make sure the battery is securely mounted with corrosion-free, tight, and clean connections.
Newer cars are said to have lifelong lubrication, but many still require regular chassis lubrication, so check your owner’s manual for the requirements. The most common components that require occasional oiling are steering and suspension. Our team is happy to figure this out for you during a maintenance check.
The car maintenance experts will check and change your oil, as well as check all fluids such as brake, power steering, transmission, and washer fluids. If levels are low, they top them off. This is especially important for near-future excursions.
Long drives may include inclement weather and darkness, so your lighting system must be functioning properly. During a spring maintenance check, the team can check the interior and exterior lighting including headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and all interior lights.
Oil and Filter Change
Follow the owner’s manual for the recommended oil and oil filter mileage. This ensures the engine is running trouble-free and smoothly. While you shouldn’t wait until the spring to do this, it is important to have car maintenance professionals perform an oil change before going on any long road trip.
Since tires are the only point of contact for the road, it is crucial to ensure they are well-maintained. Have the tire pressure checked, review the tread for irregular wear, and rotate the tires every 6,000 miles. This will ensure you’re ready for a spring road trip.
Many cities use sand and rock combined with salt for icy roads. You’re at-risk for windshield cracks and chips if the rocks fly off the road. Don’t wait until the end of the snowy season to have the windshield evaluated for damage. Small chips and cracks can become a larger problem and even impact the effectiveness of seatbelts, airbags, and roof stability.
Wiper Blade Replacement
Cracked or torn wiper blades won’t help in the middle of a severe spring downpour. Although your own visual inspection helps, always have them double-checked by a team of car maintenance professionals.
Make vehicle maintenance a priority this upcoming spring to protect yourself and your loved ones. While these spring car care tips are applicable year-round and should be followed according to the owner’s manual, spring is an excellent time to have the car checked!