Top 5 Spring Car Maintenance Tips

 


We made it out of the doldrums of winter! Spring is officially here! And you know what that means. Road trips, long car rides enjoying the nice weather, and general happiness. But wait….your car isn’t ready for the fun it’s going to have now that the weather has turned warmer? Here are our top 5 tips for making sure your car is in tip top shape!

 

Wash Your Car

Thanks to both the grime of winter and the cooler temperatures making you not want to head to a car wash, your car probably needs a bath. Now is the perfect time to do it, as a good wash and wax is one of the most important things you should do now that winter is over. Allowing debris and grime to build up on your car can affect both the paint, as well as your vehicle’s finish.

Clean the Inside

While you’re cleaning the outside, you probably want to give the inside a good cleaning too. Vacuum all the grossness off your carpets, clear out and trash and various paper products you’ve collected, take any winter apparel into the house, and dust off the dash and the console. Again, the warmer weather makes it much easier to do these things, especially when you’ve been putting it off for so long.

Check Your Tire Pressure

With the colder temps during the winter months, your vehicle’s tire pressure probably decreased, meaning you probably filled up your tires during the winter months. But now that the air is getting warmer again, your tire pressures can increase. This can be problematic if the pressure increases past your manufacturer specification (due to you adding pressure in the winter) and it can seriously affect your car's drivability and fuel economy.  

Inspect Your Windshield Wipers

Now that spring is here, you know what that means? Rain. Check to see if your wiper blades are cracking or have any wear. Replace them if you find those things. You should also replace them if you notice any streaking making it difficult to see out of your windshield when it does start raining.

Check Your Alignment and Suspension

One thing that happens in the winter is potholes. And you’ve likely driven over a few, which has likely ruined your car’s alignment or damaged its suspension. Have both of these checked to make sure that everything looks as though it should.

Need to give your car a good spring cleaning or once over now that the weather has turned warmer? Schedule an appointment at Courtesy Palm Harbor Honda today.


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