Spring is over, and it's time to get your car ready for warmer weather and more driving. Tough winters can take a toll on a vehicle. Important maintenance can now prevent major, expensive problems from developing as your time on the road increases during the warmer months. The following tips can help you save time and money in the future.
Wash your vehicle thoroughly
Salt and road debris can accumulate on your car during the winter. Take it to a car wash (or do it yourself) and make sure that the chassis is washed together with the outside of the vehicle. Vacuum and clean the interior as well. Salt, mud and moisture can accumulate on the floorboards during the winter months. You must keep your vehicle clean to avoid rust.
Your car's battery works harder in cold temperatures. When winter is over, take it to a car parts store that offers a free battery inspection to check if a new one is needed. If your battery is low or older than four years, spring is a great time to replace it.
Fill the fluids
Check all your vehicle fluids and refill them if they are low. Engine oil protects your engine from wear and tear. Brake fluid allows your car to stay more efficiently. Windscreen wiper fluid is crucial for visibility in all types of driving situations. As the temperature rises, it is even more important to make sure you have enough coolant.
Replace your windshield wipers
Windshield wipers take a hit in the winter. If they become worn or worn, it will reduce visibility during a summer shower and increase the risk of accident. Wipers are cheap items. It makes sense to replace them routinely as part of your spring vehicle maintenance.
Inspecting the brakes
This step is important before a spring or summer trip. If braking makes a noise or if it has become more difficult to stop your vehicle, there is a good chance that you will need new brake pads. Take your car to a reliable brake inspection mechanic and replace the brake pads if they are worn.
Rotating your tires
The spring is the perfect time to inspect your tires for low treads and replace them if necessary. If your tires are still in good condition, keep them balanced and rotated. This can ensure that your tires wear evenly, which extends the life of your tires and makes driving safer for you and your family.
Check under the hood
Lift the hood of your vehicle and look for any cracked or damaged hoses or belts. Have them repaired or replaced if they are worn. This simple step can save many headaches along the way. For example, a busted radiator hose can cause your car to overheat and damage your engine.
Updating your car insurance
It is always a good policy to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Our knowledgeable agent can help ensure that your car insurance provides the protection you need if a car trip leads to an accident.