Make sure your vehicle is road-ready after the winter thaw – follow these spring car maintenance tips to ensure your ride is fit for the upcoming warmer season.
- Change those winter tires. While these are ideal for winter weather conditions, winter tires actually compromise traction on dry and wet roads.
- Your vehicle will need a thorough cleaning. Give your car a good post-winter-washing, both on the outside and inside — that means washing and waxing, clearing out that built-up clutter, and whipping out the handheld vacuum to pick up all those crumbs.
- Check your battery. If your car battery is more than four years old, you should consider driving down to your local auto parts supplier to get your battery tested, and possibly replaced.
- Check your brakes. Before setting off on any spring road trips, make sure your brakes are in good working order — especially when driving in BC’s mountainous terrain.
- Check your windshield wipers. Snow, sludge and ice can take a toll on your wiper blades in wintertime – make sure they’re ready for April showers, and check for tears or cracks.
- Change your oil and fluids. This is the easiest way to avoid unnecessary high fuel consumption, poor engine performance, and can even prevent severe engine damage.
Taking these simple steps now will go far to eliviate future problems and make that spur-of-the-moment spring get away just that much safer and more enjoyable.