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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Spring Car Care

When spring finally arrives you will want to take time out for some auto maintenance. The first ride to the car wash may feel great but there is so much that needs done. To ensure that your your summer driving goes as smoothly as you desire there are some prep steps to take now.

Start with changing your oil and oil filter. First take a look in your vehicle's owner's manual to see how often to do this. Changing the car's oil is one of the best ways to keep the engine running trouble free. Not changing the engine oil in timely manner can result in poor engine performance, high fuel consumption and even severe engine damage.

At the same time you change your oil and oil filter is also a great time to check other fluids. Power steering, brake and transmission fluids as well as windshield washer fluid and coolant are all fluids that need care from time to time. Be sure to check your car owner manual to ensure this is done correctly.

Replacing your wiper blades is also recommended during spring time. Winter can be rough on wiper blades and cracked or torn blades wont do much good during those spring showers that normally happen leaving it hard for you to see out the windshield.

Have the battery checked is almost something that has to be done. Cold temps can be hard on the car battery so it should be tested before heading off on those long summer rides. Ensure your battery is securely mounted and connections are clean, tight and corrosion free. Batteries that are 5 or more years old should possibly be replaced.

Are your lights working properly?? All exterior and interior lights should be checked and issues noted. If other drivers do not know if you are turning or not, or stopping then a disaster may occur.

All belts and hoses on your car should be checked. Like your battery cold temps can damage or harden rubber. Any damage noted needs taken care of. Damage could include hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering or other visual damage. Belts should be checked to make sure they are not loose, cracked, frayed or glazed.

The air filter, cabin air filter and fuel filter are important to the longevity of your car. They should be replaced regularly. Filters should be checked for clogging and replaced as needed.

Tires are the only thing between the car and road. Taking care of them is a must. Pressure of all of your tires should be pressure checked monthly. The pressure should be maintained to ensure the tires are at optimal pressure as stated in the your owner's manual. The tread of the tire for uneven or irregular wear, cuts or bruises on the sidewalls. Tires should be rotated every 10,000 kilometers. Replace tires if they are worn or damaged

Preparing your car for spring will not only give you a good ride this spring and summer but is needed to take care of your car.

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