Spring is here and that means family vacations, camping excursions, and weekend road trips. Regardless of your style, chances are you’re getting ready to hit the road – but is your car in the right shape to get you there safely?
Michigan’s cold winter temperatures and icy conditions have likely been hard on your car and it may be showing some wear and tear signs. Spring is a great time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify and possible issues. How can you keep your car running safely this coming spring and summer?
Change Oil/Oil Filter: You should be changing your oil and oil filter at the recommended intervals in order to keep your engine running trouble free. Neglecting this can cause severe engine damage.
Check Fluids: Be sure to check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids, your windshield washer fluid, and your coolant. If any of them are low, it would be wise to top them off and replace the fluids as recommended in your owner’s manual.
Replace wiper blades: Cracked or torn wiper blades won’t be effective against unrelenting spring showers!
Check your battery: Cold temperatures can affect your battery – spring is a great time to have it tested. Additionally, you should check to ensure your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free.
Get Your Windshield Fixed: Chips, cracks, and other damage to your windshield can decrease the effectiveness of airbags, seatbelts, roof stability, and your personal safety in the event of an accident. You should repair and/or replace your windshield immediately if there is a crack.
Check your tires: Frequently check the pressure of your tires, including the spare, and check the tread for uneven or irregular wear. You should rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles.
Your vehicle maintenance should be a priority to protect yourself, your family, and prolong the life of your vehicle.