Auto Maintenance Tips for the Spring

HEY Dundas guess what!? Spring 2019 is finally right around the corner! This means it's time to start thinking about getting your vehicle ready for the warmer weather. The winter can be hard on your car, and this year was especially bad. The frigid temperatures and harsh road conditions usually take a serious toll on your vehicle. Therefore, it's important to take care of some basic maintenance issues before they turn into expensive and dangerous problems. Follow these tips to prepare your vehicle for the Spring. In the case you uncover any major issues, don’t hesitate to call Eccles Auto Service right away.

Make sure your wheels are aligned

spring is usually synonymous with pothole season. Potholes can severely damage your suspension and alignment, so if you notice that your car is pulling to the right or left after hitting a pothole, stop into Eccles Auto Service in Dundas to get it looked at. Proper wheel alignment allows your car to steer properly. It also means that your tires won't wear out prematurely.

Replace your wiper blades

Dirty, rain-stained windshields during winter mean your wipers have likely been working overtime. Ice and snow can damage the rubber on the blades making them less effective. If your wipers make that loud, squeaky noise as they wipe their way across the glass then you know it’s time to replace them with ones that will be effective during the rainy spring months. Replacing the wipers is inexpensive and easy, and while you’re at it, you should also top off the windshield washer fluid.

Inspect your brakes

Being able to stop during the icy season is very important to the safety of you and your family, but all that extra braking during the winter season takes a toll on your brakes. If you hear a grinding or squeaking noise while you’re braking, you’ll want to bring your car into Eccles Auto Service immediately to make sure your car is safe to drive.

Check your battery

Cold weather can be particularly harmful to car batteries. Your battery can deteriorate fairly quickly during a harsh Canadian winter, becoming less reliable as a result. The chemicals that are placed inside to generate electricity slow down at lower temperatures, and there is more strain placed on the battery when igniting in a cold environment. If your battery is more than four years old and sometimes takes a few seconds to start your motor, you should bring it into Eccles Auto Service to get tested and, if necessary, replaced.

Clean your car

Clean and vacuum the inside of your car. Cold weather has likely led to a buildup of junk and assorted items that you promised you'd clean once the weather got nicer. That time has come. Use your vacuum to give the interior a nice spring cleaning.

Finally, bring your car into Eccles Auto Service to make sure you didn’t miss anything and that your vehicle is ready for the Spring!

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