We both understand that the cold winter weather can be brutal on vehicles. The weather conditions experienced during winter are usually unfriendly for healthy cars. We usually experience a rough driving season hence the need to give our vehicles a little extra attention in spring. Spring is characterized by warm weather which makes it easier and more enjoyable to clean and inspect your vehicle and ensure it functions as it should.
Why should I do this in spring, you may ask? By taking some proactive auto maintenance steps on your vehicle, you’ll not only keep yourself safer when driving but also prevent potentially more costly damage down the road. Neglecting your vehicle always means huge expenses in repairs in the long run. You can save money and ensure optimal performance of your vehicle by being proactive in taking care and maintaining your vehicle. Here are some guidelines to help you maintain and look after your car as you get to spring.
Wash and Wax your Vehicle
The first and most important thing you can do with your vehicle in spring is cleaning it thoroughly and waxing it. During winter, your vehicle is bound to have a huge amount of salt build up, debris and road grime. Your focus should be to get rid of all these materials as spring starts. You don’t want to allow grime and debris to continue building up on your vehicle as this may affect its finish and paint. The salt, if not cleaned off the vehicle, could result in serious problems such as rusting. Don’t forget to clean the inside of your vehicle as well.
Inspect your Tires
If you had installed winter tire, this is the time to replace them for better performance in the starting season. Winter is usually characterized by temperature fluctuations which tend to affect tire pressure. You should, therefore, inspect the tire pressure including the spare tire. Make necessary adjustments. Ensure your vehicle has a good tire thread. Note that car tires are essential for your safety. Consider rotating your car tires at least every five thousand miles. This ensures even tread wear.
Check Alignment and Suspension
You agree to the fact that the winter season is often harsh on roads. Throughout this season you’ve been traversing and moving across huge potholes which could have affected your vehicle’s alignment or damaged its suspension. Consider taking your vehicle to a reputable auto shop for a quick suspension and alignment inspection. Make sure everything is working fine and if every problem fixed.
Inspect Wiper Blades and Brakes
You need to be sure if your wiper blades are working properly. As the temperatures start warming up, inspect your vehicle’s wiper blades for any signs of damage or wear. The ice buildup in the cold weather can cause this part of your vehicle to wear of crack. They play a very important role when it comes to spring rains.
Take your vehicle to an auto mechanic for an inspection on its brake system. Sometimes the cold weather can cause the brake pads and rotors to wear or get damaged. Brakes are very important for your safety when driving. Make sure they are working fine even as spring starts.