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Get your vehicle ready for spring in the Fairview Heights, IL area

Tips for vehicle Spring cleaning in Fairview Heights, IL!

You should always perform routine maintenance on your car, but it's especially important to make sure you prepare it for each coming season. Your car has different needs as the weather and road conditions change, and it's up to you to make sure it's ready to meet those needs. Here's what you can do.

Routine Maintenance

routine maintenance oil check

No matter what season you're entering, it's important to do some regular maintenance on your car. This maintenance is often neglected, especially when it's not convenient during the cold, wet winter months.

This routine maintenance includes an oil change and a new oil filter, checking your tire pressure, tire rotation, tire balancing and alignment, and getting new tires if necessary. You should also check the various fluid levels in your car, including power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid and automatic transmission fluid.

Wiper Blades

routine maintenance wiper blades

Your windshield wipers have to do a lot of work during the winter. Not only that, the rainy spring weather will continue to be put a lot of stress on your wipers. Because of this, it's a good idea to inspect (and possibly replace) your wiper blades at the start of spring. Wiper blades should be replaced between every six months and every year.

Battery Check

car battery routine maintenance

Because the winter weather takes a toll on your battery, it's a good idea to make sure your battery is in working order for the spring. You can have it tested at a parts shop or simply use a multimeter to test it at home.

A Fresh Start

routine maintenance car wash

As spring rolls around, it's also important to wash your car. The cold weather and the salt that's used to neutralize ice during the winter can do a number on your car, and washing it thoroughly at the end of the season can help protect your paint job for longer. You can also opt for a wax coating if you want to protect your car from the pollen that fills the air in spring.

Make It Easy

routine maintenance auto service

You don't want to skip out on preparing your car for spring, but you may not want to perform the maintenance yourself. If you need a bit of help getting your car ready for the new season, give Hotz Auto Service a call at (618) 416-8457. We'll make sure your car has everything it needs to tackle spring in Fairview Heights, IL.