We are a couple of short weeks away from the official start of spring. That means it’s time to get your car up to date on all of its maintenance, clean it up, and hit the road for this season’s first road trip. To make sure your car is ready to go, follow our spring car maintenance checklist.
Check the battery. Car batteries take a beating in the winter. Though we don’t see the cold temperatures the northern states get, it’s still a good idea to have your battery checked. If it’s nearing the end of its life, have it replaced as soon as possible.
Inspect the tires. Tires get worn down over time. Make sure yours are still in good condition using this coin test. If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly, you probably need an alignment. Also make sure that your tire pressure meets the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Check the brakes. Slick roads can be both rough on your brakes – and require that your brakes be in their best condition. Signs that your breaks may need to be checked include: squeaking and grinding noises, a soft brake pedal, or if you notice your car pulling to one side when you brake.
Test your air conditioning. Along with spring comes summer-like temperatures. Make sure that when you blast your air conditioning, it puts out cold air at full power. If you notice something that doesn’t seem right, have a technician you trust check it out.
Check fluids. Make sure to top off your windshield wiper fluid and check your engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze/coolant.
For more tips on springtime car care, visit ase.com.
Here at Carl Hogan Automotive, we recommend scheduling a vehicle inspection. We’ll take a look at all of the above, and more. Call or stop by today!