If you haven’t noticed, spring is in the air in Minnesota. The snow is melting, potholes are forming, and trees & flowers are starting to bud.  Before we get out there and enjoy the spring weather, there’s a few things we should check off our to-do list. One of the most important to-do’s on that list is scheduling your car for its spring maintenance check. Your car takes a beating from the snow and bitterly cold temperatures of winter, so before you hit the road this spring – check out our 8 maintenance checks every Minnesota driver needs.

1. Tires & Rims

Winter snow can hide obstacles on roads which can create some issues for your car.  Ask your mechanic to not only rotate and balance your tires, but also inspect your tires for tread life and your rims for dents and other damage. While we’re talking about tires, you’ll want to have your alignment checked. If you’ve noticed that your car pulls to one side, it’s a sure sign that something is up with your alignment.  While rotating and balancing, your mechanic can check on the alignment which will extend the life of your tires and provide a safe driving experience all year long.

2. In the Spring, check the Suspension

Winter is not only rough on your tires, it’s also rough on your suspension. Signs of suspension issues include pulling to one side while driving straight, shaking at high speeds, a steering wheel that becomes more difficult to turn, and nose diving when coming to a stop. Whether you see these signs or not, it’s always a good idea to have your mechanic check your shocks & struts to make sure everything is in working order.

3. Belts & Hoses

Our bitterly cold temperatures can be an issue for your belts and hoses. Ask your mechanic to check for tears, cracks, and wear. Tears and cracks can deepen as you drive and leave you stranded on the side of the road waiting for AAA. Avoid the headache of a breakdown by getting those belts & hoses checked.

4. Fluid Levels

If we haven’t checked these over the winter, it’s always a good idea to make sure these are filled. Ask your mechanic to check your coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and if needed, hydraulic fluid levels. Ensuring these are all filled to the proper level can ensure a smooth ride all spring and summer long.

5. Cabin Air Filter

The job of your cabin air filter is to prevent allergens and pollutants from getting inside your car. If you haven’t checked this lately, spring is a great time to replace this filter. Changing your cabin air filter can keep you comfortable wherever the road may take you this spring.

6. Air Conditioner during the Spring Season

One thing that hasn’t been used all winter?  Your AC. Spring is a good time to have your AC output tested so your car is ready to go during the dog days of summer.

7. Headlights, Taillights, & Turn Signals

Winter is not only harsh on your engine, but can impact your lights as well. Snow and salt can make your headlights and taillights start to yellow or haze which is a nighttime driving hazard. Ask your mechanic to change out any yellowing or hazing lights. And while you’re there, make sure they check for any burnt out bulbs. Simple replacement of your lights can go a long way in keeping you safe as you drive this spring.

8. Windshield Wipers this Spring

Last, but not least, it’s always a good idea to replace your windshield wiper blades in spring. Winter can dull your blades leaving you with less than ideal visibility when those spring rains hit. Replacing your wiper blades in spring will ensure clear visibility day or night.

These 8 maintenance checks are just what your car needs to keep you safe and extend the life of your car this spring. Give us a call to schedule your spring maintenance check so we can get you on the road and enjoying the warmer weather in no time.