Car Maintenance Tasks to Check Off Your List This Spring
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We’ve been craving spring weather all winter long, and now the season is upon us! That means it’s time for a refresh in your home and in your vehicle.
Neglecting spring car maintenance is a disservice to you and to your investment, so be sure to get your car, truck, or SUV ready for all the warmer-weather driving you’re about to do by following these car maintenance tips.
Have Your Brakes Checked
A seasonal brake inspection is an inherently good idea. There’s no debating that those are important for safe driving. During the winter, your brakes are far more stressed than they are during all the other times you drive on dry roadways.
If you’re hearing any new noises from your brakes, like squeaking or squealing, or if you are experiencing a grinding sensation when you apply them, it’s time for a technician at Zeck Ford near Oklahoma City to take a look at them! They’ll also do it during any regular car maintenance service at our service center.
Swap Your Snow Tires at Zeck Ford
While your brakes are being checked over, let us change out your snow tires and put your all-season tires back on your vehicle.
Winter tires aren’t made to handle warmer temperatures, nor are they designed for longevity. You’ll wear them out much faster than normal if you drive on them past winter, because the rubber compounds they’re made of are more pliable than your all-season tires.
Putting your regular tires back on your vehicle is also a reprieve from the lowered fuel economy you experienced in the winter; these tires have a lower rolling resistance, so you’ll drive farther on a single tank of gas.
Have your tires swapped out by making an appointment at our Norman, Oklahoma car service center at Zeck Ford.
Get New Windshield Wiper Blades
Winter is a tough time for windshield wiper blades. Accumulating ice and using them to clear salt and other build-up from your windshield takes their toll. Luckily, they’re one of the easiest and least expensive parts to replace on your vehicle.
Inspect your wiper blades monthly for any signs of wear, and replace them in the spring if necessary.
Get a Thorough Car Wash
The salt and ice-melt compounds used on the roads during winter do a great job of preventing ice, but they do a number on the underbody of your vehicle. This build-up speeds up the erosion and rusting process underneath your vehicle, in its wheel wells, and even on body panels.
A thorough cleaning of the exterior of your vehicle removes this damaging crust. Visit your favorite local full-service car wash, and learn which wash package includes an underbody rinse. The cost is absolutely worth it for extending the life and looks of your vehicle.
And Don’t Forget the Inside, Too
“Spring cleaning” isn’t limited to just your house! Your car’s interior is practically begging for attention after a long winter.
If you even so much as walked outdoors in a parking lot before getting into your vehicle, then you’ve tracked in the same salt and compounds that erode your car’s exterior.
To keep your vehicle in good condition, you’ll want to clean your floor mats, vacuum and clean your carpets, and apply a protective cleaning product to your dashboard, console and door panels. This will prevent fading and cracking in the summer sun.
Replace or Change Your Fluids
Check over all the fluids in your vehicle as part of your spring car maintenance routine. Because your engine had to work harder in the winter, causing extra wear, it’s important to ensure you aren’t low on anything – oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and more.
During the winter, your oil was likely changed to one of an appropriate viscosity for colder temperatures. Now’s the time to have it switched back to an oil more suitable for spring and summer months.
If you’re not sure how to perform these maintenance tasks, the technicians and service advisers at Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma, are always happy to help, and even explain why it’s important to complete them.
Make a Service Center Appointment at Zeck Ford
Factory-trained service technicians use top-of-the-line equipment at the best service center near Oklahoma City: Zeck Ford. They’ll keep your car, truck, or SUV running like new – no matter the make or model.