Proper seasonal maintenance of an automobile can extend its life, increase its resale value, and in some cases, may be required to maintain its warranty status. Essential, easy-to-follow spring checks and maintenance will repeatedly reward owners down the road when conscientiously followed.
- Leaks of motor oil, transmission, brake, and power steering fluids, gasoline, and coolant, as well as unknown leaks, should be addressed.
- Properly functioning shocks and struts are necessary for the safe handling of any vehicle and need to be inspected each season.
- A car's entire braking system, including drums, rotors, and brake pads, should be inspected and repaired as needed each spring.
- Safe tires with sufficient tread might be the most important part of any spring maintenance program. Check that tires are properly inflated and show no deformities. Tread depths can be inspected using readily available gauges.
- Wiper blades should be replaced whenever they chatter, skip, streak, or become worn. Properly functioning windshield wiper blades play a vital part in keeping vision clear and drivers safe.
- The car's body should be inspected for damage. Cracked paint and body damage should be repaired promptly to stop rust and further damage. Spring is the ideal time to apply wax to protect a vehicle's paint.
- Check that headlights and exterior lights are clean and functioning properly.
Engine Bay Essentials
- The temperature fluctuations and weather swings of spring make changing a car's oil and filter a necessity.
- The following should be inspected and filled: transmission, brake, and power steering fluids, coolant, and washer solvent. Coolant should be replaced according to manufacturer specifications. Coolant system issues caught during spring essential checks have saved many hot-summer headaches later.
- Essential engine components should be checked and tuned-up or replaced if necessary, including the battery, starter, alternator, engine, cooling system, and fuel, emission, and ignition controls.
- Belts, hoses, and electrical components should be inspected for cracking and wear and be replaced when necessary.
If you require assistance or have questions about preparing your automobile for the spring driving season, bring your car into our auto repair shop today!