Slushy, dirty roads can damage your vehicle’s body, while frigid temperatures make your engine work overtime. Let’s face it, winter is tough on everything. Your car needs more than a spring-cleaning to get it ready for summer road trips. Whether you do it yourself or take your vehicle to a mechanic, our spring maintenance recommendations help you prepare for spring and summer.
- Change and rotate the tires and examine your vehicle’s tires for both general and uneven wear.
- Test the air conditioning to make sure it blows cold air. If not, you may need the refrigerant topped up.
- Don’t forget to check coolant levels. Overheating is a possible cause of breakdowns and vehicle fires, especially in hot summer weather.
- Consider replacing the wiper blades as winter might have worn out your wipers so badly they streak up the windshield.
- Wash and wax your auto as the road salt and sand mixes used to melt winter snow and ice can accumulate on the undersides of your vehicle and trigger corrosion
- Adjust your driving habits to the season as spring and summer can mean heavy rain, windstorms, close encounters with wildlife, and more.
- Beware of potholes and keep your tires properly inflated so they’re more prepared to sustain a bump. If you hit a big pothole, have your tires, wheels, and suspension checked by a mechanic because your vehicle may have endured serious damage.
- Share the road and be cautious of cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Summer also brings increased construction on our roads and highways so be prepared to stop or slow down.