Winter’s cold temperatures and salty road grime can damage your car. To keep your car’s exterior in good shape and running at peak efficiency, you need to take some time to un-winterize your car. Here’s how you can get your car ready for spring:
Top Off Your Fluids
Winter road conditions often result in your windshield being coated with another car’s tire off-spray. So, likely you’ve gone through quite a bit of wiper fluid. Now’s the time to refill the reservoir.
And, if you’ve traveled more than 3,000 miles, it’s time to at least check (maybe change or top off) some other vital fluids, including:
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
If you’re not sure how to check your fluids, we can do it for you. No appointment necessary.
Ensure Your Tires Have Adequate Tread
Spring often comes with rain, so you still need to be ready for slick driving conditions. Make sure your tires have adequate tread by doing the penny test. Simply place a penny upside down between tire treads. If you see Lincoln’s head, the tread has worn thin; it’s time to replace your tires.
Whether you need new tires or not, getting your car spring-ready is a great time to:
- Have your alignment checked
- Rotate your tires
- Balance your tires
- Check tire pressure
While tire pressure checking is a DIY job, the rest requires professional service. Contact us for estimates and to schedule alignment services.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
During winter months, your wiper blade probably got quite a workout. To make sure you can effectively remove spring rain, you likely need a new set. It’s a small investment for a big payoff—improved visibility—and most auto parts stores will install them for you.
Wash and Wax Your Car
Salt and debris that coat your car during winter can lead to corrosion. Protect your car by removing all winter road grime with a thorough wash, including the under-body (and the engine and battery case as well). Apply wax to your newly washed vehicle to protect it against increasingly intense UV rays.