The April showers are washing away the dirt and grime of winter. May flowers will be heralding sunshiny days. And April is National Car Care Month…for very good reason. Just as you spring clean your house, there are a few easy steps of spring car maintenance that will get you ready for the warmer weather. This car care checklist will keep you road-ready for the pleasant months ahead.
Step 1: Maintain Your Engine with an Oil Change
The oil in your engine not only keeps it lubricated but filtered by removing impurities. The older the oil is, the less effective it is. And the oil has worked hard all winter long. Make your engine happy and keep it healthier longer by changing the oil and filter at the beginning of the spring.
Step 2: Maintain Your Battery
Nothing spoils a perfect spring weekend like a dead battery. So don’t let it happen! This is a basic form of auto care but often neglected until it becomes a problem. Batteries are something you can easily be proactive in preventing. Cold temperatures make the battery work harder. You don’t want a road trip to come to a screeching halt from a battery that was unknowingly on its last leg. Get your battery tested and, if necessary, replace it. It costs practically nothing to have a battery tested. (In fact, in many auto shops they’re free.) If your battery is in good shape, go with confidence. If it’s old or worn out, it’s much better to replace it on your terms and timeline than letting it die unexpectedly.
Step 3: Maintain Your Tires
Hopefully, you’re beginning to sense a trend…a preventive and proactive mindset saves a lot of headaches and heartaches down the road. And while you’re on that road, make sure your tires are positioned to serve you well. Check the air pressure first thing in the morning. Tire pressure changes with the temperatures, and the cooler winter temps could have reduced the PSI in your tires. Under-inflated tires can cause issues (as can over-inflated tires). Be sure to go by the auto manual for the PSI level to which you fill your tires. (The number on the tire is the max, NOT the recommended.)
Step 4: Maintain Your Windshield Wipers
You’ve probably used your wiper blades to sweep off snow, slush, or ice this winter. Maybe you know you shouldn’t, but it’s easier and warmer than scraping. Fine. What’s done is done…but now you should consider replacing them. Wiper blades are a relatively inexpensive and easy way to stay safe this spring. If your windshield wipers are smearing, stuttering, loud, or just plain not working, clean them. If the problem still exists, change them. And top off your wiper fluid while you’re at it. It will make facing April showers much easier.
Step 5: Maintain Your Headlights
Yes, it stays lighter much longer than it used to. But driving at night or in compromised weather conditions means you need to see––and see well. Headlights get grimy, dingy, and cloudy, which can substantially affect their ability to highlight your surroundings. Polish the lights with a soft toothbrush, baking soda, and water to restore their brightness. If that doesn’t bring the shine back, replace the bulbs. (Again, an inexpensive and easy DIY.)
Maintain Your Car for Spring Fun
These five little steps can greatly increase your safety and fun this season. Dust off the cobwebs and get ready for great adventures. And if things get a little too adventurous, contact European Collision Repair for your luxury vehicle bodywork. We will get you back to fun in the sun as quickly and safely as possible. Featuring specially trained and certified technicians, European Collision Repair is committed to keeping your luxury vehicle body in top condition. Call to schedule an appointment or use our online or phone feature to start your free estimate now.