Now that spring is officially here, you may be ready to get on the road and enjoy the beautiful weather. From planning your next family road trip to going for a Sunday drive, you’re ready to get behind the wheel, open those windows, and enjoy the ride. If you were to talk to your auto mechanic, they would tell you “not so fast” when taking that next ride. Winter can be hard on your car, so before you hit the road it’s important to do some quick checks on your car to make sure it’s road ready.
Spring Tire Inspection
Your tires can take a beating from snow, salt, and potholes over the winter. Before you hit the road this spring, it’s important to inspect your tires for tread life. Worn down tires can impact your driving safety and alignment. You’ll also want to check your rims for any dents or other damage that can impact the lifespan of your tires. Lastly, spring is always a great time to rotate and balance your tires so make an appointment with your mechanic for this service.
Spring is also a great time to have your vehicle’s struts and shocks inspected. Just like your tires, winter driving can be hard on your suspension system. Signs of an issue with your suspension include continued bouncing after hitting bumps, drifting to one side after turning corners, one side of a parked car sitting lower than the other side, and unusually bumpy rides. Whether you are experiencing these signs or are just ready to ensure safe driving all spring and summer long, your mechanic can do a quick check and have you on the road in no time.
Winter driving and those nasty spring potholes are your alignment’s worst enemy. It’s important to get your alignment checked and a full season of winter driving. Signs of alignment issues for your vehicle include uneven or rapid tire wear, a steering wheel that is crooked while you are driving straight, and a car that pulls to the right or to the left. Ensuring proper alignment can extend the lifespan of your tires, and ensure safe driving all year long.
We’re guessing that like most drivers in colder temperatures you weren’t hopping outside to check those fluid levels. Now that the weather has warmed up, we recommend checking your coolant, transmission, power steering, brake and in some cases, hydraulic fluids are all filled to the proper level before hitting the road.
Belts & Hoses
Your belts and hoses can take a beating with our bitterly cold winters. Bring your car into your mechanic to have them inspected for wear, cracks, and tears – which can prevent those potential breakdowns on the side of the road.
Headlights, Taillights & Turn Signals
It’s probably been a while since you’ve taken a closer look at these lights. Check for any damage or burned out lights. Salt and snow can cause a yellow haze to form on your headlights and taillights, which can impact your night time visibility. If you’re noticing any of these issues, make an appointment with your mechanic to correct this issue.
Spring and the AC
Bring your car into your mechanic to have an AC output test performed. After all, your AC has been unused for several months and you’ll want it in peak condition for those dog days of summer ahead.
Cabin Air Filter
If your car was manufactured anytime after the year 2000, you most likely have a cabin air filter. Cabin air filters keep the air inside your car clean and protect from mold, pollen, and other pollutants. Spring is always a good time to replace to keep the air inside of your car clean.
Change Wipers this Spring
After a full season of winter snow and ice, your wiper blades can become dull. It’s always a good idea to get these changed out for any spring and summer rains on the horizon.
It’s always important to keep your car well maintained for each season of driving. If it’s been a while since you’ve had these items checked, our team is ready to help. Simply make an appointment for spring maintenance, and we’ll have you safely back on the road in no time.