Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow February 2nd, supposedly meaning an early spring and the end of winter. With all of the recent snow we’ve received, though, it would appear Phil may need a new set of glasses. This snow won’t last forever, however, and spring will eventually bring renewal and warmer weather. Just because you’ve been ready for spring since December doesn’t mean your car has; it’s time to get your car ready for the season change.
Here are some important things to get checked when you visit the auto shop to help you get your car ready for spring.
- Tires: Winter salt and ice can be rough on your car’s tires. Make sure to check tread and tire pressure before heading out on any long trips. If the wear on your tire is uneven, it’s most likely time for tire alignment or rotation.
- Fluids: Don’t neglect your car’s fluids. Power steering, transmission, engine oil, and brake fluids should all be checked to ensure your car is running at maximum capacity.
- Belts and Hoses: The belts and hoses in your car can take a lot of punishment during cold months, sometimes becoming brittle and showing signs of wear like cracking and fraying. It’s imperative to keep these parts in working order, as they are responsible for aiding important functions like air conditioning, power steering, and cooling systems.
- Lighting: Make sure to have both the interior and exterior lights checked on your vehicle before taking any long trips. Properly functioning lights are one of the most important aspects of safe driving, especially at night.
Car maintenance is the responsibility of every car owner. Your car takes care of you every day, so make sure you return the favor every so often by giving it the automotive TLC it deserves.