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After a long winter, you’re probably itching to get out and enjoy the some spring sunshine. This time of the year is perfect for adventuring and exploring, whether you’re on a family vacation or a solo roadtrip. But whatever your travel plans are this spring, one thing is certain: spring is a time for cleaning both your home and your car, too.
Winter’s harsh conditions have likely taken a toll on your car, which is probably showing some signs of wear and tear. Therefore, there’s no better time to give your car a full inspection and clear up any minor issues before they become major ones. Here are some car maintenance tips to help keep yours running safely this spring.
Changing your oil and filter at your vehicle’s recommended intervals is one of the best ways to keep its engine running smoothly. Neglecting your engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe long-term damage. Here’s a step-by-step:
When you change your oil and oil filter, you should also check your fluids. Specifically, check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids, your windshield washer fluid and your coolant. If their levels are low, top them up, and flush/replace them as recommended in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that your power steering, brake and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may indicate a leak.
Cold temperatures can do a number on your battery, so now is a good time to have it tested. You should also check to make sure that your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. If your battery is more than five years old, you should consider having it replaced.
Check all exterior and interior lighting to identify any problems. When your vehicle’s lighting is defective, other motorists cannot anticipate your next move on the road. This could potentially cause a serious accident.
Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
Your tyres are the only point of contact between you and the road, so it’s important to take care of them. Check the pressure of all your tyres (including the spare) monthly, and maintain the optimal pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and for cuts or bruises on the sidewalls. Rotate your tyres every 10,000 kilometres, and replace them if they are worn or damaged.
Make vehicle maintenance a priority this spring to protect yourself and prolong the lifespan of your vehicle.
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