When Should I Start Spring Vehicle Maintenance?
If you’re asking yourself about spring vehicle maintenance, congratulations! You’re already a step ahead of your average car driver.
Many think that they just need to worry about oil changes and tire rotations until something goes wrong with their car, but keeping up regular maintenance with the changing of the seasons is one of the best way to prevent much more extensive (and expensive!) damage in the future.
Undoing the Damage of Winter
Winter is tough on cars everywhere, especially the many places that get feet of snow, near-constant below-freezing temperatures, and streets coated in salt. If you had to be outside in all of that, you’d need a spring tune-up too.
There is no definitive answer for when you should start your spring auto maintenance, but we recommend considering it when you’ve had at least a few consistent days of warmer, above-freezing weather. It might dip back down into the cold again, but you’re probably out of the way of winter by this point.
What Can I Do?
So, you know that you should be starting your maintenance when the weather has finally moved away from bitter cold and snow, but what can you do?
We’ve got some tips for you:
- Clean out your car—You might be surprised at just how many people let receipts or cups pile up in the winter. A nice quick cleaning and vacuuming can help get the remnants of winter out from your car.
- Wash your car—Clean it inside and out. If you’re anywhere that salts the roads, you’ll need to make sure you get that corrosive gunk off of your vehicle. Don’t forget to wash the wheel wells!
- Check your fluids—It’s much easier to notice when something leaks during the warmer months. The shrinking and expanding due to weather could cause a leak and have you dripping oil, coolant, or worse.
- Replace your wipers—Spring usually means rain, and there’s a good chance your wipers’ rubber is cracked and broken from the cold.
- Check your tires—Like the rubber in your wipers, tires can stretch and shrink a bit, but you’ll want to make sure they’re in decent shape.
This is just the start of a list; ask your local mechanic what else they think you should be doing. They’ll know your environment and its effects on vehicles far better than anyone else.