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3 Things You Should Do To Your Car Before Spring

3 Things You Should Do To Your Car Before Spring | Yates Automotive

As the cold embrace of winter loosens and the first signs of spring begin to emerge, it's not just your wardrobe that requires a transition but your vehicle as well. Preparing your car for spring is vital to ensure it's in top condition to handle the changing weather and road conditions. 

Give Your Car a Thorough Cleaning

Winter can be harsh on your vehicle. Salt and grime from the roads can accumulate on the exterior, while the interior can suffer from dampness and dirt. 

Washing the exterior not only removes the corrosive materials but also prevents rust. Don’t forget the undercarriage, where salt and sand can linger unseen. Inside, a deep clean of the upholstery and carpets will eliminate any salt and moisture tracked in over the winter months. This is also the perfect time to clear out any clutter that has accumulated over the winter, giving your car a fresh start for spring.

After a thorough wash, applying polish and wax can protect the paintwork and give your car that springtime shine. This not only makes your vehicle look better but also adds a protective layer against the elements.

Check and Replace Fluids

Engine Oil and Coolant Check

After months of cold starts and winter driving, checking and replacing your car’s fluids can keep it running smoothly. Engine oil may need to be changed with a different type or topped up. Winter driving can be tough on your engine, and fresh oil will ensure it’s lubricated for the warmer months ahead.

Brake and Power Steering Fluid

Don’t overlook the brake and power steering fluid. These are critical for your car’s performance and safety. Ensuring they are at the right levels and condition can prevent braking issues and steering problems as the weather warms up.

Windshield Washer Fluid

With spring comes pollen, dust, and rain. Making sure your windshield washer fluid is refilled with a solution suitable for spring conditions will keep your visibility clear through everything the season throws at you.

Tire Maintenance for the Warmer Months

Winter Tire Swap

If you’ve been using winter tires, spring is the time to switch back to all-season or summer tires. Winter tires wear down quickly in warmer conditions, and they don’t provide the same handling and efficiency as all-season tires in dry conditions.

Tire Pressure Check

Temperature changes can affect tire pressure. With the warmer weather, it’s essential to check and adjust your tire pressure to match the manufacturer’s recommended levels. Properly inflated tires ensure optimal contact with the road, better fuel efficiency, and reduce the risk of tire damage.

Alignment and Rotation

Winter potholes and icy conditions can throw your car’s alignment off and cause uneven tire wear. Getting an alignment check and rotating your tires can extend their life and improve your car’s handling.

Other Spring Car Care Tips

Inspect Your Brakes

After the toll of winter driving, a brake inspection is prudent. Check the brake pads, discs, and fluid. Any squealing noises or changes in braking performance should be addressed immediately to ensure your safety on the road.

Battery Health Check

Cold weather can be tough on your car’s battery. A battery that barely made it through winter might not be reliable as temperatures rise. Testing your battery’s charge and inspecting it for corrosion can prevent unexpected breakdowns.

Replace Wiper Blades

Winter ice and snow can damage your wiper blades, leaving them cracked and ineffective. Replacing them in preparation for spring showers is a simple but crucial step in maintaining good visibility during rainy drives.

When spring maintenance is in the conversation, the team at Yates Automotive is more than happy to help! We will take care of all your car's needs.

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