Warm weather, sunshine, birds singing—it must be spring! Before you hit the road with the windows down, make sure your car is ready for the sunny skies by checking on just a few things.
These four maintenance items are pretty easy to take care of yourself if you know how, but there are also a few things that are much easier to let us take care of. Go ahead—set up your spring service appointment.
Your car may look clean on the outside, but we still recommend a car wash so that you can get any leftover road salt washed off of the undercarriage and wheel wells of your car. That way you can prevent rust from starting to build up on the outside of your vehicle.
While you’re at it, you may as well give the inside of your vehicle a bath too. Chances are that you’ve tracked road salt and plenty of dirt into your vehicle over the winter, and those elements are hard on your car’s carpets. Get them cleaned and not only will your car smell fantastic, it will look great too.
Driving in the winter can be really tough on your tires, so treat them to a little love by rotating and aligning all four of them. This helps make sure your tires are being used evenly. Pro tip: a tire rotation is also a great time to get your tires aired up properly. That way, all of your safety features are able to function at their best.
If your tires are all properly aired to the same amount, then your car’s safety features (especially the anti-lock break features) will work a lot better. Air them up and re-align them and you'll extend the life of your tires!
The first thing to check when you pop the hood on your car is the air filters. If they’re not clean or need to be replaced, then your air conditioning won’t work as well, and that's not a fun summertime surprise!
While you’re looking under the hood, it’s worth taking a look at your engine’s belts and hoses. If they’re cracked or damaged in any way, now’s the best time to get them replaced.
Over the winter, you probably used a lot of windshield wiper fluid, so that’s the first thing you should replace if you need to. After all, there's still a pretty good chance that you'll come across dirty roads, and without windshield wiper fluid, you're not going to be able to clean your windshield. And that's not very safe, so top that windshield wiper fluid off.
After that, take a look at your oil and brake fluid. If they’re low, make sure to get them topped off. Both are incredibly important to the life and health of your engine, because clean oil keeps your engine from overheating and brake fluid keeps your brakes working well—and keeps you safer out there on the road!
These maintenance items are easy enough to implement if you have us do it! You can do some of these updates yourself, but if you’d rather save time and headache, we can take care of it for you. Just give our service department a call and get your maintenance appointment scheduled today!