After the long winter, you’re probably ready to head out for some exciting trips and enjoy the sunshine. This means family holidays, visits to the mountains, camping trips, and overnight weekend getaways. You’re probably getting ready to hit the road, but are you sure that your car is in good enough condition?
The cold temperatures and snowy conditions of winter have taken a toll on your vehicle. It might not be showing signs of wear and tear, but if you look closely, the signs are there. Spring is an excellent time to have your car inspected thoroughly to find any minor issues before becoming major ones.
Here are some suggestions for keeping your car safe this spring and summer:
1. Replace your oil and air filters.
A good service involves changing the oil and filters. It would help if you did this often as it helps your engine run smoothly. Oil is an essential component that lubricates and cools the many moving parts in your engine. As engine oil gets older, it becomes less efficient at lubricating these parts, leading to increased friction. Failure to change engine oil can result in problems. It increases fuel consumption, reduces engine efficiency, and, the worst-case scenario, severe engine damage or a reduction in engine life.
2. Check the fluids
Take this opportunity to check and change fluids such as coolant, transmission, brake, windshield and steering fluids. These are all vital in running your vehicle, and filling up is cheaper than replacing a damaged component. Fill up any low fluids and flush/replace them as directed in your car’s owner’s manual.
3. Replacing the tires
After a cold winter, the rubber in your tyres will have hardened. This makes the tyres less efficient when you are accelerating or braking. This is the way it is essential to change all your winter tires when conditions get warmer. If your winters are not so cold, the general rule of thumb is changing them every 10,000 kilometres. Ensure you have the correct pressures as per the manufacturer’s instructions and keep an eye on tread wear. Your tyres are the point of contact between your car and the ground. It’s essential to keep them in good condition.
4. Replace the wiper blades on your windshield wipers.
Over the winter, wiper blades will take a beating. Since spring showers will cause reduced visibility in the spring, it’s a good idea to replace them.
5. Make sure your battery is charging.
In cold weather, the battery takes a beating. Spring is the time to get it checked to ensure the installation is secure and that its terminals are corrosion-free. Batteries that have been in use for more than five years will need replacing.
6. Check your hoses and belts
Subzero temperatures can harden and damage the rubber. It’s essential to inspect all of your hoses and belts for damage in the spring. To ensure that the new belt does not slip, it might be necessary to replace the tensioner and pulleys.
7. Examine the lighting
To stay safe on the lane, make sure to check all exterior and interior lighting. It’s vital to clean your exterior lights thoroughly. Defective or dirty lighting can fail to alert other drivers to your intentions to stop or turn, potentially resulting in a collision.
Spring maintenance is an essential part of keeping your vehicle in good condition and performing at its best. Make sure you’re ready to hit the road for the summer driving season. If you can not perform these tasks, visit your nearest garage as soon as possible.