We wisely listen when we hear about getting our vehicles ready for the onset of winter weather, but how many of us take as much care when it comes to readjusting for the spring? Just because better weather is on the way and that’s going to be easier on your car, spring doesn’t mean you don’t have some important maintenance to take care of. So, here are a few things you need to think about when it comes to preparing your car for the welcome onset of spring and the better weather it brings.
Spring Car Maintenance Tips
Change your oil
Although you obviously can’t see it happening, your oil works extremely hard during winter as it confronts extreme weather. The temperature difference between oil when it’s settled and when it’s doing its job protecting your engine and its components is obviously greater in the cold weather, and that takes a toll on the condition of your oil. Your engine will also have been working harder during winter months, so getting the guys at White River to change it for fresh oil is a seriously smart move to prolong the life of your engine and to prevent breakdowns.
Is your car wearing the right tires?
While you’re at White River getting your oil changed, have them swap your snow tires for all-weather options. You did have them fit a set of proper winter tires on before the bad weather closed in, didn’t you? If you did, you will want to put all-season tires back on. Your winter tires can cope, but why wear them out unnecessarily? You’re going to need them again later in the year so it makes sense to keep them in the best possible condition until then.
Get a wash!
The sludge and snow on the road in winter can put all sorts of nasty filth, debris, and, worst of all, salt all over (and under) your car. Getting your vehicle properly washed and waxed will protect the paint and keep your car looking its best, and it will also work to prevent rust getting hold, especially if you pay plenty of attention to the underneath as well as the bodywork. You might even consider passing up the quick wash and investing in a good, solid detailing job with someone who knows how to restore your vehicle to its pre-winter shine.
Check your alignment
Winter weather conditions aren’t just hard on your car; they can also be tough on the road. Ice wreaks havoc with road surfaces as it expands in cavities to create potholes. These in turn can cause huge problems with your car’s suspension and wheel alignment after constantly driving over them. Unaligned wheels will cause extra and uneven wear on your tires that will lead to you having to replace them earlier than necessary and at considerable cost. So, while you’re at White River getting your oil and tires changed, get your alignment and suspension checked too.
Make sure you can see
Your wiper blades will also have had their work cut out during winter, so this is a quick and easy check that you’ll be glad you did when the spring rains come. Ice and debris during winter could have cause nicks or tears in the rubber, leaving large areas that can’t be cleared. If you check them now, you’ll avoid the annoyance of impaired vision during spring downpours and, even worse, the mud that may splash up from the road and can’t quickly be removed. It’s a relatively small investment with a huge return.