Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time of year to roll the windows down, turn on the radio, and go for a leisurely drive to take in the fresh air. Before hitting the road, check out our list of 5 Spring Car Care Tips below, to be sure your vehicle is in safe working order before tacking on the additional miles!
1. Check Your Tire Pressures
If the pressure increases past your manufacturer specification, it can seriously affect your car’s drivability and fuel economy. This is an important part of car care, so if you don’t feel comfortable checking your car’s tire pressures by yourself, take it to a licensed mechanic or auto shop, which will usually perform the check for a low price or maybe even for free.
2. Inspect Your Wiper Blades
Check your wiper blades for any signs of cracking or wear. It’s been a rainy “winter” for the islands, so it may be time to replace those blades. Be sure they’re in good working order for the spring rains.
3. Check Under the Hood
Do a thorough check under your hood. Specifically, check belts and hoses to ensure our cooler temperatures haven’t rendered them brittle or heavily worn. If you aren’t comfortable performing these checks on your own, contact a mechanic. While you may get billed for an hour of labor, it’s better than going into the spring with potential issues lurking under your hood.
4. Check Alignment and Suspension
This winter’s heavy rains have been harsh on roads, and that in turn can be harsh on your vehicle. If you find yourself frequently traversing roads with huge potholes or rocks that have emerged from the asphalt, it could ruin your car’s alignment or damage suspension components. Our advice: If you’ve taken your car to a mechanic to check under the hood, ask for a quick suspension and alignment check to make sure nothing is too far outside the manufacturer’s specifications.
5. Wash and Wax
A good, thorough wash and wax is important, too. The wet weather conditions can cause a huge amount of road grime and debris to build up on your car, not to mention the salt from the ocean air. Allowing debris and grime to build up on your car can affect its paint and finish, while allowing salt to build up can lead to rust and other serious problems.