Ah, spring is in the air! The weather’s warming up, the flowers are starting to bloom and people are starting to get outside. Unfortunately, this also means the negative effects of winter will start to show up and you’ll be facing new challenges with your car.
Here are a few tips to help make sure you’re giving your vehicle the TLC it deserves this spring.
Check Your Tire Pressure
As we mentioned in our winter preparation guide, changing air temperatures can dramatically affect tire pressure. While tire pressure drops in colder weather, it increases in warmer weather.
Overinflated tires can be just as problematic and dangerous as underinflated ones. Driving on overinflated tires makes it more difficult for your car to handle rough road surfaces and curves and will cause uneven and rapid tire wear. It also increases the risk of blowouts.
Wax On, Wash Off
Your car’s paint has just been put through the wringer over the winter. From road salt to debris to just general ickyness, your paint job has a lot of enemies during the winter. Make sure to wash your car thoroughly as the weather begins to warm up in order to keep all that grime from settling in.
It is also a good time to give your car the waxing it deserves. Especially where we’re at in the southeast, areas tend to get blanketed with pollen this time of year. A nice well-applied coat of wax will do wonders in protecting your paint job.
Go See Your Mechanic (Or Check It Yourself!)
Spring is a great time to drop by your local mechanic and get your car checked out. Winter can cause all sorts of issues for vehicles and your mechanic will be able to spot them quickly.
For probably just an hour of labor, you can have a thorough check of your vehicle to see if there are any underlying issues. They will likely spend most of their time looking at your belts and fluids.
Check Those Wipers!
Winter weather does a number on wiper blades. Especially if you dealt with snow, ice or even really heavy frosts this winter, it is likely that at least one of your wiper blades needs to be replaced.
The cold air and changes in humidity are a recipe for a cracked wiper blade. With seasonal rains coming in over the next few months, you will undoubtedly be needing your wipers to be working at full strength.
Get Your Alignment Looked At
It doesn’t take long to do an alignment check. While you should already be getting this checked out every few months anyway, it is especially important to get your alignment looked at after winter, when it’s more likely that you’ve been driving in unfavorable conditions.
Check Your Air Suspension For Trouble
If your vehicle has an aging air suspension (60-70,000 miles) you might be starting to experience some signs of trouble. The cold, dry air of winter can be a serious challenge for the air suspension’s rubber components like the o-rings, hoses or air bags.
Get your mechanic to do a thorough check while you’ve got the car in. If you’d rather do it at home, you can apply some soapy water with a brush to the rubber or plastic components. Bubbles will appear at the site of any air leaks.
If you’re starting to experience some air suspension problems, this is just the beginning. Consider converting to a standard coilover suspension now before you’ve spent potentially thousands trying to fix it. Check our website to look for a kit for your vehicle here, or better yet call us on our hotline at (866) 984-1443.