Spring Car Care Tips

Spring time is here and you need to get ready for the season. Here is a quick spring checklist of things that should be done to preserve your vehicle and keep it working at its best.

  • Remove Winter Tires – If you don’t have winter tires, it’s still a good idea to have your tires rotated or replaced.
  • Check your Brakes – Listen for signs of brake wear like squealing or screeching.
  • Check Your Belts and Hoses – A slipping belt will affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Exterior Clean – Wash your car and apply wax after it’s dried to preserve your vehicle’s shine. Also, make sure the underbody of your vehicle is clean. Get rid of salt build up which can lead to erosion and rust.
  • Interior Clean – Vacuum the inside of your vehicle and store away your winter mats. * Change your oil according to manufacturers’ specifications.
  • Top up all fluids – Windshield washer, anti-freeze, oil, power steering & transmission fluids.
  • Apply Protectant – The sun can damage or crack any vinyl surface that you have in your car (dashboard, steering wheel, seats). Make sure you apply a protectant to keep this from happening.
  • Have your battery tested. Make sure it still holds a charge.
  • Wiper Blades – During the rainy season it’s important to make sure your wiper blades are working properly.
  • Alternator – Test the alternator output to make sure the charging system is working well.