5 Spring Cleaning and Maintenance Tasks You Should Perform on Your Vehicle
A lot of people perform maintenance tasks in order to prepare their vehicles for winter, but many of them ignore the importance of maintenance that should be performed during spring cleaning so that the vehicle is prepared for spring driving. Winter driving takes its toll on the car and when the temperature starts to rise up, some basic maintenance tasks become essential to keep the car in good condition.
Spring cleaning and maintenance tasks for your vehicle should include these 5 things:
One of the most vulnerable areas of a vehicle are its tires, particularly for a vehicle that is driven on icy or wet roads. Thoroughly inspect the tread and tires and make sure that they are in good condition. It would also be a good idea to take the vehicle to a tire shop and have the tires balanced and rotated, even if the treads are in a good condition. Furthermore, make sure that they are inflated to the proper pressure.
The battery of your car works up to 60% harder in cold weather. This means it is prone to a lot more wear and tear and has a higher possibility of being stranded in the spring season. Testing the battery doesn’t take much time. Get the battery tested at an auto parts store if you don’t have a battery tester at your home.
Your vehicle’s suspension gets affected a lot by winter driving. Slippery and wet road conditions can be major factors. Potholes form more often in colder weather and are harder to spot in harsh winter conditions. A damaged suspension can lead to serious problems down the road. That’s why it is recommended that you inspect your vehicle’s suspension once the winter season is ended.
4. Brake System
The brake system is another vital component of your vehicle that you should inspect. Cold weather can wreak havoc on this system. During your maintenance of your vehicle, make sure to check the brake fluid levels, parking brake, lines, hoses, and pads. A low fluid can be a sign of excessive wear or a leak. Lines and hoses that are starting to crack or look brittle should be replaced. Also, replace any pads that are worn.
5. Hoses and Belts
Even the best maintained cars are prone to hoses snapping or belts cracking in very cold temperatures. The material they are made of can become brittle and weak due to cold, and when you start your vehicle you send heat, which makes the issue worse. That’s why it is recommended that you inspect all the hoses and belts for signs of damage or weakness and replace them if they look worn.
In conclusion, seasonal changes affect your vehicle. By performing maintenance tasks at the right time (i.e. before the start of a new season), you can make sure that your vehicle is in good condition and will keep running without issues for many years.
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