After a gruelling winter in Canada, your car can use some TLC. With the snow, the sleet and the salt that is used on our roads, your car definitely takes a beating during the harsh weather and it’s important to give that car maintenance once the weather starts to get warmer. There are few things that will help keep your car in tip-top shape that you can do at home as well as things that need to be done by a licensed mechanic.
Do it Yourself:
- Vacuum and clean the interior of your car. I don’t know about you but by the time spring rolls around my van is a mess. With big winter boots being walked through the van, I have salt chunks everywhere. I also take this time to use a carpet cleaner on all the carpet in the van to help keep the carpets clean and fresh through spring and summer.
- Wash the exterior. As soon as I know winter is truly over for good, I take my car through a car wash that includes undercarriage cleaning. I do this to help remove all the salt that may be under my car to prevent rust.
- Check your wiper blades for any sign of damage. If they are damaged or coming apart, it’s time to replace them. This is a very easy task to do yourself.
- Check your spare tire. If you haven’t used it, there may be a possibility that it needs to have some air put in it after the temperature changes. There is nothing worse than having a tire blow and not having a properly inflated spare to change to. While you are checking the spare, check your tires as well to make sure they are at optimal levels as well. Temperature changes will affect how much air you have in your tires and tires that are too low will wear down the tread much faster than if they are at the right air pressure.
- Inspect the outside of your vehicle for any dents or scratches and repair them if you can to make sure they don’t rust out.
At the Shop:
- Schedule an oil and filter change. Most shops will also check and top up all your other fluids as well and let you know how much tread you have left on your tires and how your brakes are doing too.
- Have your winter tires taken off once the weather stays above 7 degrees for at least 7 days (if you have winter tires on).
- Have your battery tested and replaced if necessary. There would be nothing worse than going out to start your car and the battery is dead.
- if needed, have any maintenance that needs to be done taken care of. This will prolong the life of any vehicle as regular maintenance maintains all the things that help your car run at its best.
If you follow these simple guidelines for spring car maintenance, you can keep your car running in tip-top shape no matter what mother nature throws at it.