Replace windshield wipers
When to do this:
- Wipers streak across your windshield or make a disconcerting chattering sound against the windshield’s surface.
- Rain-X doesn’t seem to be helping when it rains.
- You don’t remember the last time you replaced them.
How to do this: Your vehicle’s wipers are designed for easy replacement. First, lift off the old ones; most vehicles have a tab for you to pull on to get them started. Be careful not to damage the wiper arm as you remove it. Next, take your new wiper blades out of their packaging and line up the post with the opening in your wiper arm (some manufacturers may refer to this as a hook). Slide the new blade into place until it clicks into place and holds securely against the windshield. Repeat for each side of your vehicle and then test them out by turning on your wipers as if it were still raining outside. Always look at both sides of your car after changing to make sure both wipers are working properly and that there is no damage being done to any part of either wiper blade or arm during use–if there is, take them back off immediately and replace with other brand-new blades instead!
Check battery charge and connections
- If you have a battery tester, use it to check the charge. Most testers are time-saving digital models that provide an exact voltage reading.
- If you don’t have a tester, you can still check the charge visually. This method has its limitations, but will give you a general sense of whether your battery is in good or poor condition. Look at the plates inside each battery cell; they should be covered by liquid and not exposed metal. There should also be no deposits on the plates or build-up on the sides of the cells.
- If your battery is showing signs of corrosion or damage, have it tested by a professional as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that most batteries last just three to five years, which means yours may need replacement if it’s nearing that age range!
Change wiper fluid
As the weather changes, it’s always good to check your windshield washer fluid level. Make sure you use a quality wiper fluid that’s rated for your area. The easiest way to know what you need is to check the owner’s manual of your vehicle and see which type of fluid is recommended for your climate.
Checking your windshield washer reservoir level should be done regularly, and once it’s low add more fluid as needed. If the weather starts to get colder and you experience freezing temperatures, mix up a solution that has anti-freeze in it so you won’t have any issues with freezing during the winter months. These fluids are usually tinted blue or green so they are easy to see when filled up correctly in the reservoir.
Check tire pressure
If you’re not sure which action is taking place, it’s up to you! Just follow what I do and know that there is nothing wrong with checking your tire pressure once every month or so. All the tires on my car are well-inflated, thanks to my annual checkups. And since I just started driving a few weeks ago, it has been easy for me to make sure all the tires are in proper shape.
I guess this is what we have to do in order for everything to work smoothly. When we don’t perform maintenance on our vehicles regularly, the problems pile up later and become more difficult to fix. We can’t always control if our cars break down (sorry about that!), but we can control how often we perform some maintenance tasks like checking tire pressure on a regular basis.
- Rotate the tires
Rotating your tires is crucial in order to avoid uneven wear and tear. Your owner’s manual will likely suggest rotating them every six months or 6,000 miles, but don’t just rely on that advice. Get your car inspected twice a year for maintenance, and have your mechanic rotate the tires and check their air pressure as well.
If you want to try doing it yourself, here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Jack up each corner of the car so that all four wheels are off the ground (you can use the jack that came with your car)
- Remove all lug nuts from each tire except one
- Slide each tire off of its axle
- Move each tire to a new spot on the vehicle: rear left goes where front right was; front right goes where rear right was; etc.
- Replace lug nuts on all four tires
- Re-check that they’re tight before lowering your vehicle back onto them
Have tires inspected for tread wear, cracks and leaks
While it’s important to keep tires in safe condition throughout the year, it’s particularly critical in spring. You’ve just survived an entire winter of extreme temperatures, potholes and plenty of moisture; your tires have done a lot for you and deserve special attention.
To ensure that your tires are safe for spring driving, look for tread wear, cracks and leaks.
- Tread wear: If your treads are worn down to 2/32″, they’re unsafe—but this is easy to check on your own with a penny or even just your finger!
- Cracks: Look at the sidewall of each tire carefully; if there are any cracks, get the tire inspected by a trusted mechanic as soon as possible. Cracks can deteriorate quickly in warm weather with sunlight exposure.
- Leaks: A slow leak will cause a flat sooner or later—and usually when you least expect it!
Look for rust on the underside of the car
It’s time to look for rust on the underside of your car.
First, let’s talk about how to locate and inspect the underbody of your vehicle:
- start with a clean slate
- Head to the car wash
- Put it up on ramps or a lift if you can (don’t do this if you’re not comfortable with it)
- Crawl underneath for some good old-fashioned inspection
If you find rust, an easy solution is to purchase an anti-rust treatment from your local auto parts store. It comes in spray form and is easy to apply. If there are small holes in your body panels where water is leaking in, you’ll want to take care of those as well. Take note that rust can be a sign that water is leaking in somewhere else on the car, so make sure you don’t only fix cosmetic issues when problems are more serious.
You should perform routine maintenance on your car every spring.
- It’s a good time to do it. Spring is a great time to perform routine maintenance on your car since the extreme weather conditions of winter and summer have passed. In the spring, you don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures or overheating your car while working on it. The springtime weather also makes it easier for your mechanic to diagnose any issues with your vehicle and perform any needed repairs thanks to the more moderate temperature.
- The changing weather of summer can cause problems for your car too. The change from cold to hot outside causes parts of your vehicle, like rubber hoses and belts, that are brittle from winter’s frigid temperatures to become dry and even break under the pressure when exposed to hotter temperatures in spring. Performing routine inspections and maintenance in the spring helps reduce the risk that these kinds of failure will happen during those warmer months when you may be driving longer distances.
It’s spring! Time to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in. Put away the heavy sweaters and pull out the t-shirts. Break out the grill and get ready for barbecues with friends.
But first, before you do all that, it’s time to perform your spring car maintenance. If you want your vehicle to be reliable all summer long, you should take a few minutes now to perform some simple but important maintenance tasks.
It’s not difficult, and we’ll walk you through it step by step.
Spring is FINALLY here, and that means it’s time to start performing your spring car maintenance. We’ve got you covered with a step-by-step guide for spring car care:
1. Wash away winter’s dirt and salt.
2. Get a fresh oil change, new filters, and an engine tune-up.
3. Clean the interior of the car, especially any carpets or upholstery affected by winter rain or snow.
4. Check the tires and brakes to ensure they’re in good condition, and make sure your spare tire is ready to go if needed!
5. Refresh your emergency kit with road flares, flashlights, extra batteries, water bottles, and non-perishable snacks in case of emergencies (like getting stuck on a long drive with nothing but country music stations).
We know, we know: You’re busy, and your spring car maintenance might not be top-of-mind. But it’s time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your vehicle running smoothly this season, so here’s a quick rundown of what you should be doing.
First of all, make sure you check your tire pressure regularly. This is especially important as temperatures fluctuate between cold and warm—underinflated tires can cause fuel economy to decrease significantly, which will cost you more money than you need to spend.
Make sure that your windshield wiper blades are in good shape and able to wipe away all types of precipitation from the front of your car. If they’re streaky or worn, replace them with new ones so that you’ll be able to see the road clearly when it’s raining or snowing this spring.
Change out your cabin air filter if it’s dirty or clogged; otherwise, pollen and dust will continue to circulate through your interior ventilation system every time you turn on the heat or AC. You may also want to wash and wax the outside of your vehicle if it has not been recently cleaned. This will help prevent damage from any rainstorms that occur this spring by making water bead up instead of se
We’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is, you’ve made it through the winter. The bad news is, that means it’s time for spring car maintenance. If your car has sat in a garage all winter, you’ll want to get it up and running again before you head off on your summer road trips and beach excursions.
And your first step should be to schedule a complete inspection of your vehicle. The folks at [company name] can give you a thorough look-through and make sure everything is ready to go before you start driving regularly again.
If they find any problems while they’re looking at your vehicle, they’ll let you know so you can fix them immediately and get back on the road. After all, the last thing that anyone wants is to break down as they’re driving along a country road on their way out of town, right?
It’s time to drive away the winter blues by performing some easy car maintenance and ensuring you’re in great shape for spring.
Whether you live in a place that experiences harsh winters or mild winters, your car probably needs a little TLC. And now that spring is on its way, it’s time to get started!
Here are some great tips for making sure your car is running smoothly and safely:
It’s springtime, and you know what that means: time to get your car ready for the open road!
After all, it’s been through a lot in the last few months. Between slushy roads and icy winds, this winter has been rough on all of us (and our cars), and it’s time for some much-needed TLC.
We’ve put together a short list of things you can do to make sure your car is ready for the wide-open highways (and byways) of spring.
* Check your tires and make sure they’re properly inflated. If you’re not sure how much pressure to give them, refer to your owner’s manual.
* Check your windshield wipers and replace them if necessary. You don’t want to be caught in a sudden spring rainstorm without some wipers that work!
* Have your car washed at least once a week during the spring months to keep dust, pollen, and other debris from working their way into the engine or other parts of your vehicle.
* Vacuum and wash out the inside of your car at least once a month. This will help prevent mold or mildew buildup, as well as keep down allergens like pollen and pet dander that could make
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