Did you know that is April is National Car Care Month? It makes a lot of sense when you think about what your car's been through over the winter...
Proper car maintenance extends the life of your vehicle and keeps everyone safe. There are some things you can do yourself and there are some other things that should probably wait for a professional.
After the road salt, the ice, and all of the other muck from winter, your car needs a thorough clean. Failure to give your car a deep clean could mean risking its paint and finish. We're sure you've heard that salt build up causes rust. Make sure you spray the undercarriage of your car really well. If you're not positive you have enough water pressure for a thorough clean, head to a carwash. Check for any rust spots and paint scratches. If you find any, repair them because these small problems can turn into bigger, more expensive ones. After giving your car a good washing, don't forget to add the wax. Waxing protects your car's finish and should make washing your car easier the next time you do it.
2. Check your tires
Checking the pressure on your tires only takes a minute, but it's easy to overlook. Tire pressure changes over time and temperature affects pressure. Don't forget to check the pressure of your spare tire too. You should also examine your tires for uneven wear. If you have all season tires, rotate them. Seasonally rotating your tires makes them last longer.
3. Check your oil and your fluids
When was your oil last changed? You should change your oil every three to five thousand miles. If this isn't something you can do yourself, it's relatively inexpensive to have an expert do it. Check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids. You should also check your windshield washer fluid and your coolant.
4. Replace your wipers
Your wipers likely worked hard this winter. Don't believe us? Buy a new pair, test them out, and see if you notice a difference. If we're wrong, you can always save those wipers for later. We're guessing you'll have a better view with those new wipers though and be ready for spring rain!
Wait for a professional
1. Check the brakes
You want to have your brakes inspected, but this is something that should be done by a pro. Brakes are a crucial part of your vehicle, and you want to be certain your brake pads, calipers, rotors, wheel bearings and brake fluid are all perfect. Overlook this important step, and you could be looking at a much more expensive trip to the shop in the future.
2. Check your steering and suspension
Potholes are common all over New England and they take a toll on your car. If you notice your car is pulling in one direction, your steering wheel vibrates, or your vehicle just isn't riding as smoothly as it usually does, take it in to the pros and have them check your steering and suspension for you.