Now that you and your car have made it through another winter together, it’s a good time to see what kind of toll the cold weather took on your vehicle. Here are a few car care tips you can follow yourself or with the help of an auto body professional to make sure your care is ready for the road this spring.
Check Your Tire Pressure
The cold weather can cause your tires to lose pressure. With the weather turning warmer, it’s time to make sure your tires are properly inflated. The proper air pressure for your tires is written on the inside of your car door, or on the tire itself.
Replenish Your Car’s Fluids
Even a car needs to stay properly hydrated. While performing or having these maintenance checks performed, be sure to top up on engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and of course windshield washer fluid.
Replace Your Wipers
Living in the Vancouver and Richmond areas means you’re a driver who is no stranger to precipitation. That means you know how important it is to have windshield wipers that are in proper working order. If you see any cracks or rust forming on your wipers, now is the time to replace them yourself or have them replaced at your local auto body shop.
Check Your Battery and Electrical
Wintertime is usually the hardest time on a car’s electrical systems. If you noticed any difficulty starting your engine over the winter, you may want to replace your car’s battery and spark plug. In addition to this, it is a good idea to have your car’s electrical systems professionally inspected after the winter, since many of the wires in your car can become compromised after being exposed to the cold.
Spring Car Cleaning
Your house isn’t the only thing that needs a nice cleaning this time of year. Now is a good time to clean out any clutter from inside your car, and more importantly it’s a good time to give the outside of your car a thorough washing. Be sure to clear out any buildup of salt or sediment from the wheel wells and undercarriage. Left unattended these buildups can cause rust and corrosion.
Like most of your car’s components, the brake system can deteriorate due to cold weather. For the safety of yourself and your passengers, it is advisable to get your brakes inspected by an auto repair specialist.
A thorough vehicle inspection this spring will help keep your car safe and dependable and help you avoid much higher costs down the road. These tips should ensure your car keeps running smoothly and you enjoy driving this spring.