Spring is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to prepare your car for the warmer months. With the harsh winter in the rearview mirror, we’ve put together some post-winter maintenance tips to keep your car in tip top condition.
Regular maintenance. Take care of any regularly schedule maintenance that’s needed like oil changes and fluids topped off.
Check the tires. Inspect your tires for wear and make sure you have at least the recommended depth of tread. The tire pressure, also known as PSI, should be checked. Tire pressure fluctuates as temperatures change so what may have been correct in the colder months may need to be adjusted for the warmer months. Have your tires rotated and balanced; an alignment may be a good idea as well. Pot holes appear more frequently in the winter months, if you travel regularly on roads infested with potholes, a wheel alignment is a must.
Replace windshield wiper blades. It is recommended that you replace your windshield wiper blades every spring and fall. Don’t wait until it’s too late and you have impaired vision when it’s raining or snowing. Make it a habit to replace at the beginning of each spring and fall to ensure a clear view at all times. It is a fairly inexpensive and easy do-it-yourself maintenance item.
Inspect the brakes. Many places offer free brake inspections. After driving through a season of snow and salt, have your brakes checked for any corrosion or wear. If you hear a squeaking, whistling or other sound when applying the brakes, have them checked as soon as possible. Brakes have a wear indicator, when your brakes wear down to the wear indicator you will hear a squeaking sound as an alert.
Check hoses and belts. Cold temperatures can weaken rubber hoses and belts. As a precaution, do a thorough inspection looking for any cracking or wear. Replace any hoses or belts that show damage.
Test your air conditioning. The last thing on your mind during the winter months is the A/C but you don’t want to be stuck without it once summer hits. Test your air conditioning ahead of time and have it repaired if it doesn’t blow cool air.
Wash your car. Give your car a good wash, don’t neglect the undercarriage that will have its fair share of road salt buildup. Clean the interior as well, vacuuming and/or shampooing the carpets and wiping and cleaning the seats, doors, dashboard and console.
These post-winter car care tips will keep your car running smoothly and help you and your passengers stay safe. It’s the perfect thank you for the car that worked so hard during the harsh winter months. If you have any other recommendations, please share in our comments section.