Spring Car Maintenance
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Can you picture it: long drives, windows down, wind-blown hair? Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner, and it’s time to make sure your car is as ready as you are for warmer weather. Winter weather can be tough on your ride, but some simple spring car maintenance will keep your car running smoothly.
- Wheel alignment. Potholes can be rough on alignment, which can cause your tires to wear out prematurely. Anytime you notice your car pulling to one side or the other is a good indication you may need to have the alignment checked.
- Tire tread and pressure. One way to check tire tread on your own is to use a penny – place the edge of the penny into the tread of each tire. If the tread doesn’t cover any part of Abraham Lincoln’s head, it’s likely time for new tires. Cold weather can reduce tire pressure. Check the inside of your door to find out what your proper air pressure should be.
- Batteries, plugs, and wires. Cold weather can be particularly rough on these components. If your battery is more than a few years old or has trouble starting your car right away, have your battery, plugs, and wires tested and replaced if necessary.
- Fluid levels. Check your engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze/coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Take it one step further and flush your radiator and brake fluid.
- Windshield Wipers. Changing weather conditions can be a nightmare if your windshield wipers are worn. Make sure you get a new set if you need them.
- Lights. Check all your lights and replace any burnt out bulbs.
- Brakes. Make sure to have your brakes checked at your manual’s recommended interval, or sooner if you notice rough or noisy braking.
- Engine air filter. This is something you can easily change on your own, or have a technician do it while you get your oil changed.
- Spring clean! Nothing feels better than getting into a clean car. Show your car a little love and vacuum and wipe down the interior.
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Spring car maintenance doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Do these nine steps over a few weekends, and you’ll be ready for spring! For the record, you don’t have to rely on spring to do these checks—we recommend doing them with every changing season and you’ll keep your car in tip–top shape throughout the year.