As the days get longer and winter slowly starts to fade away, car owners rush to get their vehicles ready for the warmer, lighter days that come with spring. In order to help you make sure everything is in order with your car, we compiled a checklist that you can follow.
Make your spring car maintenance as easy as possible with these easy tips.
1) Give Your Car a Nice Scrub
You want to start out by addressing the dirt, salt, and grit that’s accumulated on your car during the long and cold winter months. Make sure to use high-quality car wash soap and avoid washing your car in direct sunlight.
While it might be tempting to wash your car during the middle of the day, exposing your paint job to high temperatures is a bad idea. The water will evaporate more quickly, leaving behind the deposits of soap that could damage the paint of your car. You can choose to wash your car either early in the morning or later in the day, depending on when you have the time for it.
Alternatively, you could park your vehicle in a well-shaded area and wash it there. Pay special attention to space under your fenders and wheel wells. Clean your rims and your tires thoroughly to really get rid of all the accumulated dirt.
2) Check Your Car Fluids
If your car has been garaged for an extended period of time, you’ll want to make sure to check the fluid levels and replace them accordingly. Change your oil to avoid unnecessary damage to the engine and check the oil filters as well.
Don’t overlook the fluids in the brakes. Brake fluid should be replaced on a regular basis, especially after a long winter. Power steering and transmission fluids are also something you should look into. Lastly, don’t forget about your windshield washer fluid and your coolant.
3) Switch to Summer Tires and Check the Pressure
Winter tires are designed to keep you on the road during cold weather, but we do not recommend using them as temperatures start to rise. Because of how winter tires are softer than regular ones, they tend to wear rapidly if used on hot pavement. Instead, you should switch to your summer tires as soon as spring comes around.
Another thing you should do is check the tire pressure. If your summer tires have been stored away in a cold garage or shed, they are probably underinflated due to how cold air temperatures affects tire pressure. Poor tire pressure will affect the lifespan of your tires, as well as the gas mileage.
4) Check the Suspension
Cold weather during winter can really have a substantial effect on the roads, subsequently affecting your vehicle. Roads full of gravel or even small pieces of asphalt can be harsh on your car’s struts and suspension overall. In order to make sure your vehicle is in perfect driving condition for spring, we suggest a routine suspension check.
5) Check Your Windshield Wipers
Snow and ice buildup can really hurt your windshield wipers, so giving them a quick check is also advisable. Spring rains are very unpredictable and can really affect the visibility on the road. Having functional windshield wipers is not just a safety precaution, but an absolute must to ensure you stay safe on the road.
That rounds up our list of top 5 spring car care tips. If you have a suggestion for keeping your car in pristine condition, please leave it in the comments below. For similar articles related to car maintenance, road safety or general tips on driving and towing – read our other articles.