As the temperatures get a bit warmer and your car wash seems to be lasting a bit longer, it’s a good idea to do some simple visual inspections on your vehicle to make sure the effects of the past winter were minimal.
Spring has Sprung…..
- As your wipers froze and thawed and froze and thawed on your windshield, they may have become torn or cracked in that process. As they are relatively inexpensive and very easy to replace, as the spring showers approach, now may be a good time to replace them.
- Now would also be a good time to check your fluid levels. It’s a pretty safe bet that your windshield wiper fluid could use a top up. You should also check your motor oil.
- Check your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
- After a carwash is a good opportunity to take a slow walk around your vehicle to do a detailed visual inspection to make sure all that salt wasn’t hiding any new scrapes or dents.
- Finally, if you’re like most people these days, you’re using a separate set of winter tires. When you go to your dealer or mechanic, to get your summer tires put on, ask them to do a quick check of some of the more complicated items you may not know how to check such as power steering, brake, transmission fluids and coolant levels. Most dealers have a “Spring Inspection” promo.