Warm weather is here and that means you’ll be driving more. Northeastern Ohio winters can be hard on your vehicle. These car maintenance tips are a good way to make sure your car or truck is ready for warm weather driving.
Wash your car: Start with a thorough cleaning. Dirt, grime and road salt can accumulate on the body and underbody of your vehicle during winter weather. This can not only damage your paint, it can also be unsightly. Give the interior and exterior a thorough cleaning, and seal your fresh wash with a good wax.
Check your tires: For those who have winter tires, it’s time to have them removed and stored until the fall. If you’ve got all-season radials, you’ll want to have them rotated. Check your tire pressure and have all-season or performance tires rotated if they were left on during winter.
Replace wiper blades: Winter weather can be very harsh on wiper blades. Spring is an ideal time to have wiper blades replaced. Make sure your blades are ready for spring and summer rains.
Check your brakes: Road salt, used during winter months to melt snow and keep water from freezing, can cause damage to your brakes over time. Salt can corrode metal, and your brake pads rely on clean, properly lubricated metal frames to work properly. Even if you don’t hear any audible signs that your brakes are failing, you should have a technician inspect and/or replace them if needed.
Change the oil: Warmer weather puts greater demands on your engine. Make sure it’s up to the task by changing the engine oil and filter.
Check for Dents or Scratches: Harsh winter weather, including rain, hail, and snow can leave scratches and dents on your vehicle’s body. Give your vehicle a good once over and repair any dings, dents or scratches before they turn into a bigger eyesore or begin to rust.
Check Tire Alignment: Potholes are often unavoidable and can wreak havoc on your vehicle. An uneven alignment can cause uneven tire wear, stress on your vehicle’s suspension and other potentially dangerous issues, so it’s a good idea to have it checked.
Follow these tips to get your vehicle in great shape and road ready for the warm weather!