As we say hi to spring and goodbye to winter, it’s now time to assess how much stress your car has been through. All the snow, salt, potholes, and ice surely has taken some toll on your vehicle.
Now, it’s time for some TLC and a good ol’ spring car maintenance.
Eight reasons you need to check your vehicle post-winter
- Tires – You can now swap them back to all-season tires. Take the snow tires out. If you used all-season tires during the winter, you would need to rotate them (since the drive wheels wear out faster in all seasons, even more so during winter). Rotate them (every 5000-7000 miles) regularly to evenly distribute the wear-and-tear and increase tire longevity.
- Tire pressure is one more thing you want to check. Winter’s cold air reduces tire pressure, lowering your traction on the road. Since the temperature has warmed up, tire pressure may have automatically improved, but checking is still optimal. This way you’ll know if a leak or puncture is present.
- Windshield Wiper Blades – It’s not a surprise if your wiper blades have been working overtime in the winter. Also, cold temperature can wear them down. So inspecting them now is recommended. Use a lint-free rag and window cleaner to clean the rubber insert. If they aren’t able to clear water entirely off the windshield, if they squeak or look worn, replace them.
- If your wipers are fine, but the windshield isn’t, you can talk to your car insurance company to learn about glass claims.
- Car Body – Winter roads get a lot of salt, which can cause corrosion for vehicles. Rust forms as a result, particularly in the underbody go to a car wash with under-sprays and high-pressure regular to clear the salt off. Now, you can properly see if there are any bubbles and small pits – which are warning signs of rust formation.
- If you do see rust spots, go to the car shop for repairs. Have it pre-treated with an oil solution under-spray to protect it for the next winter.
- Brakes – During winter, brakes work twice as hard. Assess them in the spring. Take the car to the shop if there are any weird noises. Have them check your brake drums and pads, too – even more so if your car has high mileage. Just because you’re used to the feel of worn brakes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t replace them.
- Fluids – Assess fluid levels, since more fluids were used in the winter. Let an expert assess the coolant, brake, oil, windshield, battery, and transmission fluids. Test the charge of the battery, too, since the cold may have taken a toll on it as well. Some shops offer free battery testing.
- Engine Air Filter – A clean engine air filter = clean, fresh air. It works twice as hard if it’s clogged, reducing your fuel economy. Replace the filter after every 15,000 miles or so.
- Car Interior – Wash the floor liners. Vacuum the dust and dirt. Remove any trash (if any)! Use some protective dressing to your car’s vinyl interiors as an added barrier against the upcoming sunshine you’re going to get in Spring and Summer.
- Alignment – Your car’s alignment may be out of place because of many potholes. If the vehicle pulls in a direction instead of straight ahead, alignment may be knocked out. Get it checked. Ask your local government if they accept pothole claims to be reimbursed for any damages you sustained from state highways or roads.
For insurance needs, always reach out to a professional insurance agent to give you all the information you need.
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