Spring Car Maintenance Checklist
Brace Yourself, Spring is Coming!
Everyone knows that to help your car survive winter, certain tasks are necessary. Switching wiper fluid to a low-temperature version, putting on snow tires, checking tire treads, checking defrosters… but what about getting your car ready for spring?
Here in Colorado, our springs are unpredictable at best; one day may bring snow, the next hail, and later in the day we may get 70 degrees and sunshine! Since we’ll never know what the weather may bring, it’s important to ensure your car is ready for anything. This infographic illustrates our spring maintenance tips to prepare your vehicle for the spring season.
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Our Spring Maintenance Checklist
- Check Your Bulbs: Winter’s frigid temperatures are a frequent contributor to burned out or dimmed head and tail lights. Ensure all your exterior lights are functioning at full brightness to keep yourself visible and safe during everything from thunderstorms to foggy mornings.
- Check Your Battery and Plugs: Cold weather wears out plugs and batteries faster than warmer weather. Check and replace your plugs as needed, and consider a voltage test on your battery to make sure it’s ready for another year of smooth sailing.
- Change Your Oil: Your engine has greater demands placed on it during warmer weather, so make sure it’s ready to go by getting the oil and filter changed.
- Change Your Cabin Filter: Spring means pollen and allergen season, so get your filter swapped out to keep your cabin air clean and allergen free.
- Test Your Air Conditioning: Make sure your A/C is in tip-top shape before you really need it.
- Check Your Wiper Blades: Spring means precipitation in a variety of forms. Avoid driving with poor visibility during a spring shower or blizzard by ensuring your wipers are in the best shape possible.
- Check Your Tires: Driving in the winter means pressure fluctuates with the temperature. Check your tire pressure and tread, and swap out to all seasons if you had winter tires on. It’s also worth getting your alignment checked as potholes and icy roads may have impacted it.
- Wash Your Car: It’s hard to motivate yourself to get a car wash when another snow storm is around the corner. Now that it’s getting a little warmer, though, it’s time to make sure all of the grime and de-icing agents are washed off your vehicle.
- Vacuum and Clean Your Interior: Road salt and grime will wear down your carpet if left for too long. Extend your spring cleaning to your vehicle to ensure the interior is ready for the new season.
Most Importantly: Catch Up On Maintenance
It’s easy to ignore check engine lights, warning lights, or other routine maintenance items in the cold. Take advantage of the warmer weather by having your brakes checked, getting fluid top-offs, and having any warning lights checked. It’s easy to become complacent on factory recommended maintenance, but if you wait until your vehicle breaks down when you need it most, you and your wallet will regret it. Spring weather in Colorado is incredibly unpredictable and can even be dangerous with heavy rains, hail, and snow storms. Stop by your local Colorado auto repair center and we will help you get your car back into tip top shape for the spring season!