When the snow starts to melt and spring is in the air, you probably have a lot on your to-do list.  From yard clean-up to taking that much needed drive with all your windows down, we’re ready to get outside and breath the fresh air after a long winter.  Before you start checking off your spring-time bucket list, it’s a good idea to get your car a spring-time inspection to make sure everything is in working order before those spring and summer months.

If you’re wondering what you should have inspected in addition to your regular oil change during your spring tune-up, we’ve got you covered with our Comprehensive Inspection Checklist.

1. Tires & Rims

Make sure you get those tires and rims inspected.  Your mechanic should rotate and balance your tires, as well as inspect your tires for tread life and your rims for any damage.

2. Suspension

Ask your mechanic to inspect your vehicle struts and/or shocks to prevent future damage and ensure a smooth ride.

3. Alignment

Winter snow can hide many obstacles on the road from damage in parking lots to spring potholes that can quickly impact your alignment. Proper alignment can extend your tire life and provide safer handling while driving.

4. Fluid Levels

Fluid levels can affect wear and tear on your vehicle.  Make sure your coolant, transmission, power steering, brake, and in some cases hydraulic fluids are filled to the proper level.  Proper fluid levels can ensure long life for your vehicle.

5. Air Conditioning

If you live in Minnesota, your vehicle’s A/C is something you haven’t used in a while. It’s best to ensure your A/C is in proper working order in Spring before you need it for those dog days of summer

6. Windshield Wipers

Winter can dull your wiper blades. We highly recommend getting new wiper blades before those spring rains arrive

7. Lights

Winter weather and all that salt from snowplows can wear down your lights’ effectiveness and can impact your nighttime visibility.  Check to make sure headlights, taillights, and turn signal lights haven’t yellowed or hazed over, and that your bulbs are in working order.

8. Cabin Air Filter

If your vehicle was made in the year 2000 of after, you probably have a cabin air filter. After a long winter, your cabin air filter will need replacing to keep that air inside your vehicle fresh and healthy.

9. Belts & Hoses

Our winter cold snaps are tough on your vehicle’s belts and hoses – and a broken belt while you are driving is an experience you don’t want to have on the side of the road.  Make sure your mechanic inspects your belts and hoses for cracks and tears before you hit the road this spring.

Regardless of the age of your vehicle, it’s always a good idea to take your car in for a Spring Comprehensive Inspection.  When you do make an appointment, ask your mechanic to inspect these nine checklist items for a safe and smooth driving experience this spring & summer.