It’s been a long winter and you’re probably ready for some adventure and warm weather. For many this might include; family vacations, road trips with friends, camping excursions, or a drive to the mountains. With Spring in the air, chances are you’re getting ready to hit the road soon for one of these adventures. Winter conditions were hard on your car, and spring is a good time to get your car checked out to identify any minor problems, before they become big ones. We gave you some tips to make sure your car was ready for Winter, now that Spring has arrived, we are going to give you some tips to make sure your car is running safely through the Spring and Summer months.
1.Get Your Oil & Filter Changed
We recommended doing this for winter as well, but it’s probably time to do it again. To keep your engine running trouble free you should always change your oil and oil filter based on the recommendation out of your vehicles owner manual. Neglecting to change your oil can cause higher fuel consumption, poor engine performance, or in the worst case, serious engine damage.
2.Get Your Fluids Checked
This can be done when you get your oil and oil filter changed. Check the following fluids to make sure they are at the right level; power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer, and coolant. If the levels are low, top them off, making sure not to add more than needed. You should also keep up with getting fluids flushed/replaced based on the recommendation in your owner’s manual. A couple fluids to really watch are; power steering, brake, and coolant. These are all closed systems, so if fluid levels are low it could indicate a leak.
3.Replace Windshield Wiper Blades
If your wiper blades are torn or cracked they won’t do you much good when you get in the middle of a spring shower and your visibility is reduced. If you’ve noticed your wipers not performing as well as they could, get some new ones. Windshield wipers are typically pretty cheap and easy to install. Most of the time if you ask for new wipers at an oil change they will install them for you.
4.Check Your Battery
Cold temperatures have been known to affect your vehicles battery. Spring is a good time to get it tested. Another thing to check is if your battery is securely in place and that all connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free. You can take your battery to a local auto parts store to have your battery tested. Keep in mind if your battery is more than five years old, you should consider replacing it.
5.Check Your Tires
Your tires are very important, as they are the only contact between you and the road. We also recommended checking the pressure of your tires for winter, but you should continue to do this monthly, including your spare tire you never know when you might need it. You should always try to maintain the pressure that your owner’s manual recommends. Make sure to check the tread on your tires. Look for uneven or irregular wear, and cuts or bubbles on the sidewalls. It is recommended to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, and of course replace them if they are worn or damaged.
Follow these helpful tips this Spring to protect yourself and prolong the life of your vehicle. Feel free to comment or email us with any other helpful tips you may have.