How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring
Winter is that time of year where negligence seeps into everyday life. Taking care of yourself might seem like a huge task, let alone keeping your vehicle in top-shape. But now that spring is upon us, let’s check out the ways in which you can make your car fit for spring.
Deep Cleanse the Undercarriage
Underneath your could be damaged from weather beaten roads, and sand, salt and dirt can form layers around the wheel rims. Give the car a deep cleanse at the car wash or do it at home with a garden hose. Reach around to clear all the dirt at inner corners.
The electrical system has to be maintained properly for the vehicle to function ideally. The long, cold weather season might have put a damper on your spirit to drive, so your car might be used less. Sitting idle for a longer period can drain the battery. Clean out the spark plugs if there is corrosion build up. Rust can cause misfiring and the vehicle consumes more fuel than when the battery is in good condition.
Spray lubricant in the cylinders and change the filters. Check the engine and transmission system. Service your battery and charge it fully. Check for any rust formation on the battery cables.
Look for Worn Rubber
Tires get damaged due to regular wear. Check all the belts, hoses and gaskets for any damage or cracks. Check the tire pressure and inflate them fully. If the tires are worn out only on one side, then maybe there is an alignment issue. If the wheels are not aligned properly, there will be an issue while steering around a curve or a slope, which could lead to accidents. Repair and replace as and when required.
Shock Absorbers and Brake Pads
The brake system might be a bit wobbly due to friction on the road during the winters. Make sure the ABS is working properly and check the suspension. If things are squeaking or making strange noises, then it is time for a change.
Considering going for a paint job? You can touch-up with wax and seal the paint or actually give the whole paint a once over. Vacuum the inside of your car. Get rid of unnecessary clutter.
Apart from these, go for a basic maintenance visit and change things like windshield wiper blades, coolant, filters, etc. Be sure to add antifreeze to the coolant and bug repellant to the wiper fluid. Winter is rough on the windshield glass too. Rocks, snow and sand are thrown at the windshield causing some cracks or chips to appear. This can hamper your vision while driving, so make sure to get it inspected.
Check the lights both interior and exterior, including headlights, tail lamps and indicators. Poor lighting is a leading cause of collisions on the road. Change your air filter ahead of the high pollen season. Only by proper preparation can you have a long lasting vehicle. After all, isn’t your car your lifeline?