With the winter season gone and with it the harsh weather, it’s time to prepare your car for the warm months ahead. Spring is finally here and getting your car ready can be done in a single afternoon. Here are a few things you need to do when preparing your car for spring from us here at Bill Walsh Toyota.
Wipers – Ice can do a number on your wiper blades, which is why you should replace them at least once a year. Spring is a great time to do so as you have a full three seasons before winter strikes again. In addition to that, pristine wiper blades will ensure you can drive in heavy spring rains without sacrificing visibility.
Tires – Keeping your tires inflated at the manufacturer-suggested pressure isn’t tough to do. The cold winter weather likely reduced your tire pressure and if you added air to compensate, you need to make sure your tires aren’t over-inflated. Warmer weather will cause tire pressure to increase.
Suspension – Have a mechanic take a look at your suspension and alignment. Winter is hard on roads, often resulting in potholes and rocks that can do a number on your car. Make sure all of your components are up to par to ensure your safety during the warmer months. The last thing you want to do is wait on your car while it’s in for repairs on a nice spring day!
Second to your house, your vehicle is probably your most valuable asset. Just as you do maintenance on your house to help maintain its value, you need to do the same with your vehicle. Here are a few tips to make your vehicle last…
Keep your eyes open and your ears perked!
After you purchase your new vehicle, it won’t take long for you to get used to how it drives, how it sounds, how it feels. If something doesn’t seem right, trust your perception and get it checked out. Waiting when your vehicle needs repair will only make it more expensive and harder on your vehicle.
Keep the routine!
Routine maintenance is arguably the most important thing you can do to ensure that your vehicle lasts a long time. Your owner’s manual is your friend. Use it to establish a good routine. Along with that, find a mechanic that you can trust for these routine maintenance tasks.
Buy a quality vehicle!
The bottom line is that your vehicle is not going to last if it is not designed well and doesn’t feature quality parts.
April is Car Care Month, a time of the year to really pay attention to your car’s needs and make sure everything is running smoothly and effectively. One of the most important parts in any vehicle is that of the engine that keeps it running.
To guide you this month, we’ve put together a short list of battery maintenance tips:
Remember that overcharging, and undercharging can contribute to the battery’s decay over time. Try to avoid these behaviors as much as possible.
Park in a garage over the winter instead of outside, which will keep the engine from getting too cold.
Keep the engine clean by removing the clamps and wiping away grease, dirt and oxidation.
Make sure your battery is secure in its spot by keeping the battery tray clean and occasionally checking up on its position.
And of course – have a professional check out your entire car routinely to spot anything you may have missed.
Do you have any other great car engine maintenance tips? Let us know what you think in the comments.