Top 5 Spring Maintenance Tips
The long winter is drawing to a close, and your car has gotten you through lots of treacherous conditions. It’s a good idea to take a little time and make sure everything is in tip-top shape for your vehicle, and there’s no better time to do so than when the snow begins to melt.
If you’re pressed for time or don’t like being bogged down under a list of long and complex tasks, here are 5 quick tips that go a long way in prepping your car for spring after everything winter weather has thrown at it:
• Remove leftover salt: the salts used to melt snow and ice on the roads are known to cause serious damage to cars—particularly the undercarriage where there’s lots of metal that can rust. Bring your car or truck through your local car wash and make sure to choose options for undercarriage sprayers and cleaning.
• Check suspension and alignment: everyone knows that this is the season for potholes, and sometimes they can’t be avoided. If you’re noticing your car pulls to one side or the steering wheel is vibrating, you’ll want to head to your local auto shop for an alignment check. These generally run between $25 to $40.
• Check fluids and change oil: winter typically lasts 3 months, so now is a good time for an oil change. While there, having the transmission fluid flushed will be a great way to avoid more costly repairs come summer. Checking coolant, wiper, and brake fluids can easily be done at this time.
• Tires: with temperatures getting warmer, now would be the perfect time to check the pressure in all your tires, including the spare. Getting the tires rotated will also be important if it’s been 5,000 miles or more since your last one.
• Check the brakes: bringing your car or truck in to have the brake pads and rotors checked is one of the most important things to do. Neglecting these can lead to more expensive repairs in the future, or worse – an accident.
All of these tasks can be checked off in a day or two, simply by making an appointment to bring your car in to your local shop. At minimal costs (compared to that which could come from your wallet if these steps are neglected), you can have your car in prime condition for the upcoming summer!