Spring has sprung! For many of us here on Vancouver Island this means weekend road trips, family vacations, and camping excursions. Chances are you are getting ready to hit the road. Are you confident that your car is in good enough shape to get you there safely?
After a long winter of cold temperatures and icy conditions that have been hard on your car, it is likely showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car into Cowichan Auto Repair for a full inspection. Here, we will help find any minor problems, before they become major ones.
There are some important things that you can do as well. Here are 10 spring car maintenance tips to keep your car running safely this spring:
1.Check your tires.Check the pressure of all your tires every month, and maintain the pressure that is recommended in your owner’s manual. Also, check the tread for uneven wear and for cuts and bruises along the sides of the tires. Remember to rotate your tires every 10-20,000 kilometers. Have your tires replaced if they are damaged or worn. Safe tires mean safe driving.
2. Change your oil and oil filter.One of the best ways to keep your engine running properly is by changing your oil and oil filter at the recommended times in your vehicle owner’s manual.
3. Check all of your fluids.When you change your oil and oil filter, it’s important to also check your fluids. These fluids include your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids, your windshield washer fluid, and your coolant. If the levels are low, top them up, and flush or replace them as recommended in your owner’s manual.
4. Check your wiper blades.Make sure your wiper blades are ready for April showers. If your wipers are worn or cracked, or if they make that squeaking noise when they streak across your windshield, you should replace your wiper blades with a fresh new pair.
5. Check your charging system.Cold temperatures can be hard on your battery, so now is a good time to have it tested.Make sure that the connections are clean, tight, and free of corrosion. It’s also important to check to make sure that your battery is mounted properly and safely.
6. Check your lighting.It’s important to check all exterior and interior lighting of your vehicle. When your vehicle’s lighting isn’t working properly, other motorists may not understand your intentions to stop or turn. The end result could be detrimental.
7. Lubricate your chassis parts.Not all newer car need this, yet many still require regular chassis lubrication. It’s important to check your owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may also need to be lubricated periodically.
8. Check your belts and hoses.It’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage because cold temperatures can harden and damage the rubber. Check your belts for looseness, cracks and frays. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or any other damage that you can see.
9. Check all of your filters.There are a number of filters that are important to your car’s durability and they should be replaced regularly. Make sure to check your engine air filter, your cabin air filter, and your fuel filter for clogging or damage.
10. Check your brakes. Make sure your brakes are working properly before driving off on any spring road trips. If your braking is rough and noisy, you may need new brake pads. Also, check between the spokes of your wheels to know if those need replacing or not.
This spring, make these vehicle maintenance tips a top priority to keep yourself safe on the road and prolong the life of your vehicle! After a long winter of cold temperatures and icy conditions that have been hard on your car, it is likely showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car into Cowichan Auto Repair for a full inspection. Here, we will help find any minor problems, before they become major ones.