Check the Tires
One of the most important components of spring car maintenance is checking the tires. This includes checking the air pressure, tread depth, and overall condition. It is important to make sure your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread to provide traction in wet conditions. Additionally, any signs of damage, uneven wear, or bulges should be inspected by a professional.
Change the Oil and Oil Filter
To change the oil and the oil filter on your vehicle, you'll need to:
- Warm up the engine by driving for about 10 minutes.
- Park the car on level ground and allow the engine to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Locate the oil filler cap and remove it, usually located near the top of the engine.
- Place a drain pan under the oil drain plug and unscrew the plug using an adjustable wrench.
- Once the oil has completely drained, clean the plug and the surrounding area with a rag or paper towel.
- Replace the oil drain plug and tighten it with the adjustable wrench.
Alternatively, you can take your vehicle to an auto repair shop.
Check and Top-off All Fluids
It is crucial to ensure all the necessary fluids, such as brake and power steering fluids, are at the proper levels. You should check:
- The coolant level: Locate the coolant reservoir and check the coolant level. Top off the coolant as necessary.
- The power steering fluid level: Locate the power steering reservoir, check the fluid level, and top off the fluid as necessary.
- Brake fluid level: Locate the brake fluid reservoir, check the fluid level, and top off fluid as necessary.
- The transmission fluid level: Locate the transmission fluid dipstick and take it out, wipe it clean with a cloth, re-insert it, and take it out again. Check the fluid level and top off fluid as necessary.
Also, you should check all belts and hoses, batteries, brakes, and the exhaust system as part of your spring maintenance.
If you need to get your vehicle ready for the spring, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Quality Tune Up Car Care Center today!