Spring is in the air, but this year is different, as many of us know by now. We are confined to our homes and have fewer places to go, which means we are doing less driving. On the other hand, it’s also the perfect time to catch up on your to-do list.
On top of spring cleaning your home this year, you may also want to include a list for your car. Here are some spring car maintenance tips that are simple to do and will keep your ride running smooth and looking its best.
The weather is warming up, and there will be more days to spend outside. Right now is a good time to clean your car thoroughly, outside and inside.
Get rid of items you’ve accumulated over time. Clean out your trunk, glove compartment, and check underneath the seats for trash and debris.
A simple check of your car’s battery can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Replacing it, if necessary, is quick and easy.
Many factors can affect your battery performance, including cold weather. Pay attention to the electrical components of your car to see if things seem off. A quick check of your car battery can save you from being stranded on the road and asking for a jumpstart.
Over time, your motor oil picks up impurities and becomes less effective at regulating your car’s engine temperature. This can lead to more serious problems over time. Oil changes are one of the most important parts of routine maintenance. Make sure you are checking your oil levels, as well as all essential fluids, and get an oil change if it’s time.
Your tires are the frontline between your car and the road. When they are worn out, not only do they affect your car’s performance, but they can also compromise your safety. Bald tires are dangerous and can lead to deadly traffic collisions, especially in the rain.
Check your tire pressure. To find out what the right amount is for your car, check your owner’s manual and look for the PSI reading recommendation. Differences in temperature can directly affect your tires’ pressure.
Check how much tread you have left on your tires. You can do a simple penny test where you take a penny and insert it between the grooves. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, it means you have low tread and need to replace your tires.
Your tires aren’t the only ones that wear out over time. Your car’s suspension is designed to absorb the impact from the road. It acts as the barrier between your tires and the rest of your vehicle.
Your suspension also ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. Over time, it can take a beating and result in a rougher ride and cause your steering alignment to be off.
Car suspension repairs can be costly, but a simple adjustment will cost less than replacing shocks and absorbers, which can range between $300 to as much as $5,000 for higher-end vehicles.
Your car’s insides aren’t the only things that need your attention. You should also pay attention to its exterior condition. Check for small dings and dents on your bumper and the rest of the body. Maintaining your car’s exterior not only keeps it looking great, but it also lets it retain its value.
Some dents can be easy to fix with some DIY solutions; however, other types of damage might require more extensive work. Before attempting to fix it yourself, it might be worth considering getting an opinion from a reputable body shop.
Completing a spring maintenance routine on your car keeps it performing well, and it avoids unnecessary costly repairs down the road.
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