Once winter's over, most people often hit the roads to enjoy the warmer weather that accompanies spring and summer. Scheduling a maintenance service around spring can help you avoid car troubles during the upcoming traveling season. Below's a detailed description of the various maintenance solutions that can ensure your vehicle stays in tip-top shape during and after spring.
Visiting a Car Wash
Spring cleaning isn't exclusively recommended for your home only. Winter conditions can also take a toll on your vehicle. Besides the freezing temperatures, salt from the roads can damage your car's paint job, which is why you should immediately visit a professional car wash service provider before the start of spring. If that's not an option, you can add baking soda to the water you'll use to wash your car if it has significant salt buildup to help preserve the integrity of the automobile's paint job.
Checking the Vehicle's Battery
The cold winter weather reduces the rate at which the chemicals inside your car's battery react, forcing it to work harder. That's why before spring kicks in, you should have the battery checked and replaced when necessary. This is because high temperatures may hasten the rate of evaporation of some important battery fluids as well as speed up corrosion. With that in mind, failing to check on your car's battery before could leave you vulnerable to a battery malfunction when you least expect it.
Checking the Tires
Your vehicle's tire pressure should always match the pressure the manufacturer recommends. You should particularly pay attention to the tires before spring since temperature fluctuations can affect tire pressure. Ideally, a tire loses one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature change. Over-inflated and under-inflated ones can be problematic on the road. An under-inflated tire may reduce the surface area that the wheel covers on the tarmac, leaving your vehicle unstable. On the other hand, over-inflated tires pose a significant risk of a tire burst.
Checking the Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are susceptible to wear and tear after months of removing snow and ice from your field of view. Therefore, it's best to have them changed before spring, which also features rainy days.
If you're looking for a spring vehicle inspection service, we invite you to bring your car to our auto shop for professional solutions.