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How To Thursdays – Top 5 Spring Car Maintenance Tips

spring car maintenance tipsAfter a brutal winter, sometimes we feel like spring will never get here. But, if the Groundhog is right, spring is only 3 weeks away. Springtime is a good time to perform maintenance on a vehicle and give it a boost after harsh winter conditions.

All the snow, salt and potholes can be potentially damaging to a vehicle in more ways than one. Keeping your car clean and ready for spring is a huge help for the long term health of your car.

A spring checkup can help uncover any winter damage and ensure that a vehicle is running up to par.


Remove Leftover Salt and Check the Battery

This first one may be obvious, but salt can be very damaging to a vehicle, especially the undercarriage where metal can rust. For the best results of salt removal, take the vehicle to a car wash that has undercarriage cleaning. Also, be sure to check that they have sprayers that will clean the undercarriage.

The winter weather has a significant effect on a vehicle’s battery. Getting a vehicle started in colder weather can take up to twice as much effort that normally would be needed. Testing the battery can help determine if there is a need for replacement. Batteries three years or older should be replaced immediately.


Suspension, Wheel Alignment and Brakes

With the transition from colder to warmer weather also comes the nuisance of potholes. Potholes can cause significant damage to shocks and struts. A vehicle’s erratic movement from one side to the other or a vibrating steering wheel may indicate the vehicle has a problem. An alignment inspection is used to determine any wear or leaks. Having this inspection done can help alleviate bigger issues down the road.

Frequent stopping on snow and ice can really do a number on brakes. Spring is the perfect time to have the brake system thoroughly inspected. This includes checking all components of the brake system for proper levels. Brakes are relied on for our safety, and something as simple as changing a brake pad can make a significant difference in its performance.


Rotate Tires and Check Tire Pressure

Tires can wear out prematurely, especially in rough conditions. Tires are important as they affect the ride, handling, traction and safety of a vehicle. By rotating the tires, tire life can be prolonged. Cold temperatures affect the pressure in tires. Low tire pressure could potentially cause an accident. Tire pressure can easily be checked with a tire pressure gauge. Getting the maximum use out of the tires will save money in the long run.


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