The winter is notoriously brutal on your vehicle between the cold air and salted roads. Many vehicles require special maintenance and equipment such as snow tires to be able to function properly during the cold months. Now that spring will be taking hold very soon, it is the perfect time to begin performing some spring cleaning on your vehicle. Mechanics everywhere agree that when spring comes, you should get your car tuned up and get some maintenance work done on it. Here are five tasks to consider.
1. Car Wash
Road salt can be particularly hazardous to your vehicle, especially to the undercarriage. Most of the materials used on roads during the winter are highly corrosive and can lead to rusting. Now that spring has arrived, one of the first things you should do is take your vehicle to a car wash, preferably one with sprayers that clean your undercarriage. It’s a little thing that will help extend the longevity of your vehicle.
2. Oil and Fluid Check
Mechanics recommend having an oil change performed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, so if your vehicle hasn’t had one since before the winter, it’s probably past time to take it in. Neglecting oil changes can lead to a very costly transmission or engine rebuilding project down the road. Your mechanic should also check your windshield wiper fluids and your brake and antifreeze fluid levels as well.
3. Alignment Check
Potholes are everywhere during the winter, so it’s a good idea to have an alignment check done to see if your suspension system held up well after the winter. Problems with your alignment can lead to more serious problems later on if left untreated.
4. Tire Rotation
Tires, especially the front ones, have a rough job during the winter, so it’s worth your while to have them checked and rotated during the spring. Replacing the tires isn’t cheap, but worn down tires can be dangerous with the loss of traction, not to mention they’ll cost you more with lost fuel economy. So have the tires replaced if they need to be.
5. Brake Inspection
Your brakes also do a lot of work during the winter, so have your mechanic inspect the pads and rotors for excessive wear. Any safety issues should be addressed before they lead to more serious problems later on.
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