Winter is finally coming to an end, the weather keeps getting warmer signaling that spring is just around the corner. If you are cautious about your car’s maintenance, you probably prepared your car for the winter season. Thus, it should be coming out of the coldwinter months with little or no damages. However, your vehicle is still not out of the woods, yet. Cars can receive a beating from the spring season as well, so you must get your car ready to handle the weather elements in spring.
There are simple precautionary measures that you can do by yourself to prepare your car for the upcoming season. However, there are others that will require the services of a professional,but today we are going to share with those you can do on your own:
Your car undercarriage collects salt from the road during winter, which slowly corrodes the undercarriage if left to build up over time. You need to get rid of this road salt as soon as it start collecting. You can remove them using a garden hose and applying as much water pressure as your system can produce to loosen the winter grime and salt.
Winter can have a pretty severe toll on the tires, especially when driving on roads with potholes. To be on the safe side, it is prudent that you have your tire alignment checked before spring sets in. Majority of car owners will also have their tires rotated; a significantly simple car care procedure that will increase the lifespan of the treads on the tires. The tire rotations should be carried outafter 5,000-10,000 miles.
The elements of weather can significantlyaffectthe tire pressure. Hence, you need to ensure that you adjust the tire pressure accordingly as we move the cold season to the warm season. Study show that for every 10 degrees change in outside temperature, the tire pressure changes by about 1 pound per square inch. The best way to approach thisis by first reading the manufacturer’s manual and following the instructions on the recommended tire pressure.
During winter, you often find yourself using wipers more often to clear the snow and ice from the windshield. All that snow and ice causes significant wear and tear on the wiper blades. As we come out of the winter season, ensure that your wiper blades are in good conditions and are ready for the spring rains. As a general rule of thumb, check to see if the wiper blades are making full contact with the windshield. You should also change them after six to twelve months in service.
Some car manufacturers recommend theuse of heavyweight engine oil during the hot seasons. You should change the oil filter whenever you change the engine oil. Replacing dirty oil with clean oil yet you left a dirty filter does little good to the engine system that requires both the oil and its filter to be clean.