Any seasoned car owner would know that with every new season, the way you care for your care changes. When the first of winter snows and cooler temperatures started to drift in, winter tires and periodic battery checkups were on the to-do list. Now that the snow has started to melt and the temperatures are starting to rise once again, it’s time to re-visit the care tips for your car and tailor fit it for spring.
Today, we’ll be listing some care tips for your vehicle for the spring season!
First off, pop out your winter tires
Winter tires are a must for the winter season. It keeps our cars on the road with some extra grip. Although, a lot of people often don’t switch out still durable winter tires when spring arrives. That’s a pretty big shame, to be honest–and can be a safety risk.
Winter tires can actually compromise your car’s traction when used on dry roads. It’s best to wash your winter tires thoroughly when you swap them out. It’s important to remove any stubborn grains of salt and dirt before you dry them up and store them in a cool and dry place.
If you happen to be using all-season tires…
You don’t have to switch those out. Instead, make sure that their pressure and tread are still viable for use. If there’s any uneven wear, chances are you need to get them re-aligned. If your tires are looking a little worn out, it’s best to pop those out in favor of new ones. It is an expense that can literally save your life.
Next, check your battery’s charge
It’s a pretty common occurrence during winter that the car’s battery gets used more than usual. So when it’s time for spring, its important to make sure that your car battery is still in good condition. Car batteries are especially susceptible to cold weather which can mean faster deterioration when it’s super cold.
The general rule to remember is that if your car battery is reaching the ripe old age of four, it’s time to drive down to your favored local auto parts supplier and get your battery tested and possibly replaced.
Change your oil and inspect the other fluids
A car needs different liquids to run well. Oil is not the only car fluid that needs your attention, after all. Be sure to check your power steering fluid (if your vehicle uses it), your windshield washer solvent, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.
Inspect your brakes
Spring brings about the temptation of road trips! So before you launch on an adventure, take some time to check up on your brakes. Spring often brings about unexpected showers so make sure that your brakes can withstand some surprise lubrication.
Take a peek between the spokes of your wheels to figure out if your brakes need to be replaced. If you can’t tell the difference, go visit your trusted mechanic to do an inspection.
The the time to inspect your wiper blades and lighting
Wiper blades have extra duty during the winter months. They need to push away snow, sludge, and ice–this means that they may be a little worse for wear come the spring months. If your wiper blades look worn out or make those high-pitched squeaking noise, it’s time to replace them.
A good practice is to measure your wiper blades before buying new ones. The last thing you need is to spend money on something you can’t use effectively.
Your car’s interior and exterior lighting needs to be checked as well. Faulty or dim headlights can cause disaster while on the road. Your signal lights need to work properly to help avoid incidents.
Lastly, do some spring cleaning
Give your car a much needed wash and wax session. Winter months aren’t exactly conducive for that activity so when springs rolls around, it’s best to take advantage of that.
Clear out any clutter that you’ve built up during the winter months. People tend to accumulate coffee cups during the winter months. It’s best to remove any unnecessary clutter. If you have any salt-stained mats, it’s best to clean that out.
Ensure the glove compartment and pockets contain only what you need. Include your car’s registration and proof of insurance, up-to-date maps, flashlights, a copy of any road side assistance card you might have, and emergency contact information.