Once winter comes to an end and the spring season starts, your hibernation also comes to a halt. You look forward to road trips and picnics with your family and friends. Before you hit the road, you wonder whether or not your car is in suitable condition to travel in. The cool winter weather may have caused wear and tear to your car. It is at this point that you need to get your car inspected. Small issues need to be sorted out before they turn into major problems.
Here are some post-winter car maintenance tips that you need to follow:
Change Oil and Oil Filter
Always make sure that you get your oil and oil filter changed. This has to be done in accordance with your vehicle’s instruction manual. If the oil and oil filter is not changed at the proper time, the car will consume more fuel than required. It can also result in poor car performance and engine getting damaged.
Visibility is a key factor to consider as you drive. Never drive with wipers that are worn or damaged. Change your wiper blades periodically. It can be dangerous to drive in the spring rain if you do not have proper wipers to clean the windscreen with.
Check Your Fluids
In order to keep your car running smoothly, keep a check on your car’s fluids. This includes keeping a close eye on the break oil, power steering, windshield washer fluids and engine oil. Also, pay attention to the coolant that you put in. Keep an eye on the fluid levels. Constant low fluid levels may indicate that there is a leakage.
Check the Windshield
It is not uncommon for motorists to end up with broken or cracked windshields. It may seem like a minor issue but it can affect the performance of your car. A broken windshield can affect the timely opening of the airbags, just in case an accident happens. It can also affect the stability of your car’s roof. The moment you notice cracks, get them fixed right away.
Check the Tires
The tires are the most crucial component of any vehicle. They connect the vehicle to the road. There are two things that you need to take care of with your tires. Number one, the air pressure and number two, bruises and cuts. Always keep a spare tire in the trunk of your car. After every 10,000 kilometers driven, replace your tires and check for any cuts and bruises.
The cold weather can affect your car’s battery. When you get your battery checked, make sure that the connections are placed correctly. Also check, whether or not the battery has been mounted properly. If there is any corrosion, it needs to fixed right away. To keep your car healthy and running, change the battery, every five years.
If you are worried about the effects of cold weather on your car, make sure you follow the above mentioned steps promptly. For more information on maintaining your vehicle this spring, give Car Guys Auto Center a call! We can be reached at (586) 285-4444. Car Guys Auto Center is located in Fraser, Michigan.