Winter can be a harsh time for your car so when spring rolls around, it is a good idea to get some preventative maintenance and a checkup performed by a certified technician. During the winter, your ride is subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, road salt, bad potholes, and all around tough conditions. A lot of drivers go for trips and longer drives in the summer too, so it is a good idea to get everything sorted. Here are a few recommendations from our service department at Cumberland Chrysler.
Check Your Tires & Brakes
With temperature and weather fluctuations, your tires can lose pressure. Be sure to make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended PSI and check the tread-wear while you’re at it! In fact, it’s a good idea to make sure your brakes are in good condition too. Be sure that the rotors aren’t warped or severely grooved. Also, check to see that your brake pads are not worn out. (Normally they should be replaced with about 3mm of thickness remaining.)
Replace Your Wiper Blades
Winter can be tough on your wiper blades. The cold, dry air combined with ice can really dry them out and make them less effective. With spring showers and summer storms on the horizon it’s best to replace them now than wait until it is raining heavily. Don’t forget to replace the windshield washer fluid as well if it needs more.
Check All Your Vehicle Lights & Fluids
Do a quick visual inspection of your vehicle including fluid levels and lights. Turn on your hazard lights, blinkers, headlights, high-beams, brakes, and reverse lights one by one. (This is much easier if you make it a two-person job.) While you’re at it, open up the hood and make sure you check fluid levels. Most fluids will have a clear viewing container that makes it easy to see if there are any leaks. Check your oil too and be sure it isn’t very dark and in need of replacement.
Check Your Shocks & Struts
In the winter, roads are usually at their worst and covered in potholes. This can be a real strain on your cars suspension setup so make sure your shocks and struts are good. A simple test is to push down on the corner of your car and let up quickly. If the corner bounces more than 2-3 times it might be time for more struts. Don’t neglect these, they are crucial to ride comfort and handling and can really cut down on wear to other components if you keep them in working order.