maintenance

Summer is around the corner with warmer temperatures, kids sports, and family BBQs. With our long winters, Minnesotans like you, are ready to hit the road as they drive to sporting events, picnics, and take that family vacation. If spring has gotten away from your schedule, you may be wondering if you really need to take your car in for spring maintenance since it’s almost summer. If you’ve been thinking you can skip it this year, we recommend thinking again. Winter can be hard on your car which is why we’ve got 9 reasons it’s important to get your car in for a spring maintenance check sooner rather than later.

Tire Maintenance

Your tires can take a beating from driving in the winter. From rough snow and ice-packed roads to those early spring potholes, your tires need some attention in spring and summer. You’ll want to check your tire pressure to make sure your tires are properly inflated, and also check your tread for wear and tear that might make your tires unsafe to drive on. While you’re down there checking tread and pressure, you’ll want to inspect your rims – looking for any dents and damage. Spring is a great time to bring your car into your mechanic and get those tires rotated and balanced for an enjoyable and safe ride all summer long.

Belts & Hoses

Our bitterly cold winter temperatures can wreak havoc on those belts & hoses. Ask your mechanic to inspect for any wearing, cracking, or tearing. Left unchecked, your belts & hoses can break while driving causing a roadside breakdown. Save yourself the headache of waiting for a tow and get them inspected now.

Suspension

Snow and ice can cover obstacles in the road, and driving over those bumps and rough roads can take a toll on your suspension system. Some signs that your suspension system has taken a hit include continued bouncing after hitting bumps, unusually bumpy rides, difficulty steering, and pulling to one side after turning corners. To be safe, ask your mechanic to inspect your struts and/or shocks to make sure everything is in working order.

Alignment Maintenance

In addition to your suspension system, your alignment can be impacted by winter driving. Look for signs like squealing tires, pulling to one side while driving, a crooked steering wheel when driving straight, and rapid or uneven tire wear. If you notice any of these signs or it’s been a while since you’ve had your alignment checked, spring is the perfect time to have your mechanic take a look.

Headlights, Taillights, & Turn Signals

Snow and salt can cause your lights to yellow which can be a night time driving hazard. If you notice any yellowing, ask your mechanic to refurbish or replace those affected lights. You’ll also want to check for burnt out bulbs and replace those for safer driving all summer long.

Fluid Levels

It’s probably been a while since you checked your fluid levels so ask your mechanic to check your coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid to make sure they are filled to the proper level.

Cabin Air Filter

Spring is the perfect time to replace your cabin air filter which keeps pollen, mold, and other pollutants out of the inside of your car. Ask your mechanic to check and replace for clean and fresh air as you drive around this summer.

Maintenance and the AC

You’ll want to ask your mechanic to perform an AC output test to ensure your AC is ready to keep you cool when the heat of summer hits.

Wipers

One last thing to check? Your windshield wipers. Our winter elements can dull your wiper blades so ask your mechanic for new ones before those heavy summer rains arrive.

It’s not too late to have these 9 areas of your vehicle checked before you hit the road this summer. Give us a call as our team is ready to help you get your car summer ready.