Snowstorms and slippery roads, as well as the buildup of salt and fluids over the winter, take their toll on any vehicle. To survive as long as necessary and safeguard your investment, autos need both external and interior upkeep. If you don't take the necessary procedures each season, the expense of repairs and upkeep may add up quickly. It's important to do your homework after a long winter to ensure that car expenditures don't sneak up on you, even when the weather improves.
Here are five important spring car care tips to maintain a steady transition into warmer weather for your vehicles.
1. Change Fluids
It's a good idea to refill your car's important fluids in the spring. There are other fluids to consider in addition to changing your oil and keeping your windshield washer fluid full.
Check the fluids in your power steering, brakes, and gearbox. When the levels are low, fill them up and flush/replace them according to your owner's manual's instructions. Remember that your steering system, brake, and gearbox fluids are closed systems, so low levels might suggest a leak.
Lastly, an oil change is a must not only as the calendar turns to spring, but at any time during the year. Inspect your coolants too to make sure no leaks have occurred.
2. Do a thorough spring cleaning
Spring is a perfect time to clean up your home and tidy up the clutter that has accumulated over the winter. That advice is applicable to both the inside and outside of your vehicle. You should make sure you thoroughly wash your automobile to remove the salt that has caused damage to the body of your vehicle throughout the winter. A vehicle's look is enhanced when it's attractive and shining on the inside and out, in addition to the need of keeping it clean.
3. Check belts and hoses
Winter is tough on hoses and belts. Ice and cold temperatures may harden or damage rubber, therefore it's vital to inspect. Inspect and repair worn or damaged belts, hoses, and hose clamps. Belts and hoses normally last five years; always be cautious. If your belts require replacing, you might also have to repair the tensioner and pulleys.
4. Prep your tires
Whether you have all-season tires or snow tires, they've probably taken a beating over the winter. Prep your tires for the spring. Your fleet's tires should be properly inflated (pounds per square inch). Potholes and rough roads degrade tires. Tires that are properly inflated and balanced will benefit your fleet.
5. Check alignment
Winter conditions may cause wheels to become misaligned, which can lead to more serious issues. While certain alignment specifications are simple to verify, it may be preferable to leave it to the specialists. Have a mechanic check that all wheels are aligned to each other and perpendicular to the ground.
Bring your car to J & F Motors Ltd now if you need assistance getting your vehicle ready for the spring months.