Tips for getting your vehicle ready for spring in the Fairview Heights, IL area
You should always perform routine maintenance on your vehicle, 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 Vehicle Maintenance
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.
Your windshield wipers have to do a lot of work during the winter. Not only that, the rainy spring weather will continue to 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 For Your Vehicle
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 On Your Vehicle
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
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.
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