Winter is rough on your car, so springtime maintenance is all about helping your car recover from the harsh winter months while getting it ready for the unique weather of April. Here are some easy tips for getting your car ready for spring.
One important step to leaving winter behind—literally—is thoroughly washing your car, inside and out. During the winter your car gets coated in mud and road salt, which can rust the underside of your car. You also track in all kinds of grime, so it’s essential to give your car a good clean to keep it healthy and make it more comfortable for you.
You also need to do tire maintenance. If you have winter tires on, take them off as soon as the weather starts to warm up. Winter tires are not made for warm temperatures. If you’re putting old all-season tires back on, or you’ve had them on all winter, check the tread and tire pressure to make sure they’re still in good shape. Look for bulging and cracks—if you see these, it’s probably time for new tires.
Get new wiper blades! Whether you’ve worn out your all-season blades or you have winter blades on, it’s time to replace them with fresh blades that can stand up to the abundant rain of spring. Little maintenance tasks like this are necessary to keep your car safe and in good shape—you should also make sure all your lights are working and your air conditioning is putting out cold air.
You should always get an oil change at the beginning of each season, but it’s especially important at the beginning of spring since the cold weather makes your engine work so hard. While you’re at it, check all your fluids, including wiper fluid and coolant, to keep your engine compartment at its best performance.
Of course, to be absolutely safe, you can always bring your vehicle to the professional technicians at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi — we will make sure that your ride is in perfect shape.