7 TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR SPRING
Flowers are blooming and birds are chirping, signs of spring are here! Who doesn’t enjoy driving with the windows down while listening to a good song? Follow these 7 tips to get your vehicle ready for spring:
1) Inspect your cooling system:
- Check for any cracks or leaks in the radiator or hoses
- Make sure all connections are tight
- Be sure the coolant and antifreeze levels are at least half full
As temperatures begin to rise, your vehicle’s coolant could reach up to 250 degrees, causing your vehicle to overheat. That’s why it is important to be sure your cooling system is in good working condition.
2) Inspect your tires:
- Measure your tire’s tread and be sure none of your tires are balding. Proper traction is important for the rainy spring weather ahead.
- Winter conditions are known for causing potholes, which is a common cause for needing a wheel alignment.
- If you were using winter tires, be sure you replace them with all-season or summer tires now.
3) Check your windshield wipers:
Between ice, snow and salt, your windshield wipers are really put to work during the winter months. It is recommended to change your windshield wipers each season, especially as the rainy spring season approaches. Well-functioning windshield wipers will improve visibility and reduce the risk of an accident.
4) Turn on the A/C:
Before the temperatures get too hot, make sure your air conditioning system is working properly. Nothing feels worse than getting into a hot car and not being able to cool it down!
5) Check your battery:
The average car battery lasts 3 to 4 years. Your vehicle’s battery works extra hard during extremely hot and cold weather, and these conditions can drain your battery. Don’t wait for your battery to die at an inconvenient time; be proactive and replace your battery before the hot summer weather arrives.
6) Top off your fluids:
- Windshield Wiper Fluid – During the winter months most drivers are constantly using their windshield wiper fluid to clear their windshield of salt and other winter build up.
- Engine oil- Engine oil protects the engine against wear and tear. Keep your engine oil full so that the engine and its working parts function properly.
- Brake fluid - Brake fluid transfers the pressure from your foot on the pedal to the wheel. If the brakes do not have enough fluid, it will take more time and effort to stop your vehicle.
7) Wash your vehicle:
A shiny, clean car isn’t just for looks. Your vehicle’s paint and undercarriage need to be thoroughly cleaned because salt and other winter chemicals can accumulate and cause rusting and/or grime build up.
Be sure your vehicle is reliable and ready for adventurous road trips, schedule an appointment today!