7 Spring Car Maintenance Tips
As summer nears, make sure your ride is ready for all the adventures ahead! Spring is a great time to wash away the winter build-up and fine tune your car's maintenance profile. With this spring maintenance checklist, your car will run at its best performance.
1. Wash Your Car
During the winter months, your car collects grime, dirt, and chemicals in the undercarriage. When you drive on treated roads, harmful chemicals can spray onto your vehicle. Left unchecked, this can cause corrosion and degradation of internal parts. To protect your car, wash away the build-up in the spring.
2. Don't Forget to Wax
After giving your vehicle a good wash, it’s also a good idea to wax the exterior. Not only does a wax give your car shine, it also helps protect and preserve your car’s paint. Wax protects your car from weathering damage, corrosion, water spots and more.
3. Inspect Your Windshield Wiper Blades
Throughout the colder seasons, your car’s windshield wipers can become cracked and damaged. Now is a good time to inspect your wiper blades and replace them if necessary, so your vision stays clear throughout the spring and summer seasons.
4. Check and Replace Fluids
Check all of your fluids and change any if needed.
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Air conditioning coolant
- Radiator fluid
- Power steering fluid
5. Get an Oil Change
For optimal performance, change your oil at the prescribed intervals specific to your travel patterns and vehicle. Springtime maintenance give you a great opportunity to check your oil and change it if necessary.
6. Check Your Battery
Changing temperatures can affect the life of your car’s battery. Spring is a great time to check and replace your battery if needed to prepare your vehicle for summer’s heat.
7. Check and Align Your Tires
Spring is a good time to check and realign your tires to help avoid a flat. Ensure that they are holding air well and refill them if necessary. Fluctuating temperatures can affect your tire pressure and drag down your vehicle’s performance. Ensure that your treads are in good shape.
Contact Custom Complete Automotive
At Custom Complete Automotive, our expert mechanics are ready to help with all of your springtime auto maintenance needs. If your ride is in need of any auto services, contact us today for friendly, reliable service you can trust!
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.