Springtime Vehicle Maintenance Tips

While it seemed like winter would never end, the warmer temperatures of late are a welcome reminder that spring has truly arrived.

Even so, motorists who are looking forward to navigating roads that are free of snow, slush and ice need to remember that getting their vehicles properly serviced by licensed professionals is the perfect way to transition to springtime driving from wintertime driving.

Kevin Bavelaar, owner of Toronto, Ontario-based used car dealer Auto Showplace, recently informed carpages.ca that vehicle owners should definitely have their mechanics comb over their cars this spring. But there’s one thing drivers should probably do before making service appointments.

“I would take it to a car wash first with an underneath blaster in it before you take it to a mechanic so that crud can be out of the way so that he can see what he’s looking at, see if there’s any wintertime damage,” said Bavelaar. “It allows him to look over the body nicely. So you want to make sure that your shocks are okay. Change over your winter tires to your summers. Change all of your fluids based on your maintenance schedule. However, if you haven’t done it since the fall, now’s a good time to do that. Have your mechanic check for any wintertime damage.”

When motorists go in for their appointments, their mechanics will be able to check things that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Suspension and wheel alignment;
  • Fluids;
  • Battery;
  • Wires;
  • Plugs;
  • Windshield wipers;
  • Belts and hoses;
  • Braking system;
  • Engine air filter;
  • Headlights;
  • Tire pressure; and
  • Air conditioning.

After getting their cars properly washed and having them serviced this spring, motorists can take things a step further by sprucing up the inside of their vehicles courtesy of thorough detailing process.

“A couple other things that I suggest that people do is get the car cleaned up – take it in and have it detailed or do it yourself in the driveway,” said Bavelaar, who noted that cleanliness is part of overall vehicle maintenance. “Vacuum all of the salt and crud out of the car, wipe the dash down.”

And when preparing for springtime driving, as well as the summertime driving season that will arrive in a few short months, it’s best to leave winter behind. This means that people should ditch the winter-related stuff lurking in their cars as opposed to lugging everything around year-round.

“Get rid of the snow brushes. Get rid of your extra stuff that you carry around in the winter because it’s all weight that adds to the weight of your car that you don’t need to drag around 12 months of the year,” said Bavelaar. “You can be carrying around 20, 30, 40 pounds of stuff in the trunk that’s only going to be used for emergency situations in the winter; you’re not going to use it in the summer.”

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