Get Ready for Spring – 5 tips to make sure you’re on the road this season from Car Direct USA
More often than not, people focus is on preparing their car for winter, however, it is equally as important to focus on getting your car ready for spring! Here are some useful tips that you can use to give your car some spring TLC.
For starters, take your car to the car wash and get a nice undercarriage wash. If there were ever a time to splurge and get the supreme wash, this would be the best time for it. Driving on salted roads causes build up and an undercarriage wash will remove that salt caked under wheel wells and on all of the metal under your car. Salt build-up will eat away at the undercarriage like termites in a dead tree and leave your car prone to rusting. If you really want to go the extra mile, go to a car wash that sprays a rust inhibitor. And, while you’re there, bring a few quarters and take five minutes to vacuum the winter crud out your car!
With the changing of the temperature, it’s important to check the air pressure in your tires. Whether you kept them nice and full during winter, or you’ve slacked off and they’ve gotten a bit flat, chances are the pressure could use some adjusting. Also, check the tread – is it time for new tires or a rotation?
Dry hands and lips aren’t the only things that crack in the winter cold. Check all of the belts and hoses under the hood for cracks. If you don’t know how to diagnose a belt, come on by our service center and we’ll be happy to help you out. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that a cracked belt or hose spells bad news. A snapped belt can kill your car.
While you’ve got the hood up check your car’s fluids. By simply topping off your fluids you can prevent serious problems from happening down the road. The more that you love your car the more it will love you.
After clearing all the snow, frost, sleet, etc. it’s probably time to replace your windshield wipers. After all it’s April showers that bring May flowers… changing your blades now will prevent you from getting stuck in a spring rain storm with frayed windshield wipers. There’s nothing worse than listening to old blades scrape on glass, it’s like listening to a three-year-old play violin. And you’ll not want to pay the $200 to replace the glass.
Give your service center a call if you find anything out of place, a mechanic will cover a checklist of important things. After that, the only thing that you’ll have to do is pick out a new air freshener.
After all, that’s what your car is going to feel like when it’s ready to hit the road for the spring and summer months, Piña Colada anyone?