Spring is here! Make sure your vehicle is up to date and road worthy. Here is your spring maintenance checklist for your vehicle.
Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition for those April showers. Check your wiper blades for any signs of cracking or wear. Damaged wiper blades won’t do you any good when you’re driving in the middle of a spring shower.
Additionally with those spring showers, you also want traction between your tires and the road. As the air temperatures get cooler, tire pressures decrease. However, as air gets warmer again, your tire pressure will increase. If the pressure increases past your manufacturers specification, it can affect your car’s drivability and fuel economy. Check the pressure of all your tires, even your spare. While you’re at it, check the tread for uneven or irregular wear. Take your vehicle in for a tire rotation about every 5,000 miles to keep tread even.
If you live in an area where it snows, spring is a great time to wash off the salt that might have clung to your vehicle. Even if you live in a place that doesn’t snow, like sunny Florida, spring is a good time to clean your vehicle. Washing your car not only makes it look good, but it also helps ward off rust and prevents debris and grime from affecting its paint and finish. A good wash and wax is a great way to keep the body of your vehicle in great shape. And, while you’re cleaning, take some time cleaning your car’s interior. Throw away those papers, trash and other items that may have accrued and vacuum your carpets and seats.
You want to make sure everything on your vehicle is running and working to its optimal condition. Take your vehicle to your local mechanic for a tune up (or your yearly inspection). A mechanic will be able to check things like the battery, lights, belts and hoses, and filters. They will also be able to lubricate any parts that need it. Additionally, not only will they be able to check under the hood, but your mechanic will also be able to see if your suspension and alignment are up to par.
Check the Fluids
If your last oil chance was before winter, then it is a good time to do it. Changing your oil is one of the best ways to keep your engine running trouble free. Neglecting your oil change can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe engine damage. And, while checking your oil, check your other fluids. Check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids; your windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. Top them off if the levels are low and replace them as recommended in your owners manual. If you do not feel comfortable with changing fluids, go to a qualified mechanic.
Breaks are an essential part of your vehicles overall well-being. Have your mechanic check the break pads and rotors to ensure they are in great shape and there are no safety issues. Neglecting them can lead to an expensive repair down the line.
Your mechanic is the best resource for your spring maintenance. Make sure your vehicle is running at its optimum condition by bringing it to the Auto Clinic of Stuart.