The sun is beginning to rise a little earlier and stay out a little later, you can hear the birds chirping again, and soon enough it will be nice and warm again. You’ve successfully made it through another winter of driving through the ice and snow, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid a little vehicle maintenance. Just like you should prepare your car for winter, you should prepare your car for spring as well.
One of the first things you should do is wash your car. Try to visit a carwash that will clean underneath your vehicle, as well as the exterior. The bottom of your car is where all of the road salt builds up and wears on your vehicle. Cleaning this off will help you avoid rust and unwanted build up.
Take your car in to have your tires rotated and aligned. Driving in ice and snow is very hard on your tires. If you take them in to get them rotated and aligned, it is one of the best ways to ensure you will get the best life out of your tires. Be sure to measure your tire treads as well. You will need adequate traction for the rainy days that lie ahead, so make sure that your tires aren’t balding.
Speaking of rain, you will want to ensure that your windshield wipers are in top shape. Winter is incredibly rough on windshield wipers. Sometimes it’s best to replace them in order to improve visibility and reduce the risk of a car accident.
Lastly, it’s time to get under the hood. The batter in your car has to work extra hard during the winter, so be sure to stop by your local auto part store and have one of the employees conduct a free battery inspection. Make sure that you top off all your fluids – especially windshield wiper fluid, since it empties quickly during the winter in order to constantly remove grime from the windshield. Inspect your vehicle’s belts, hoses, and air filters to verify that they aren’t cracked or damaged. If they are cracked, it is important to get them fixed right away.
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