10 tips to prepare your car for spring

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We are only a few days away from spring officially beginning and we already have to start preparing the car for this season. While you may be in a hurry to get your vehicle shined, it鈥檚 just as important make sure it鈥檚 ready for warm weather both inside and out.

鈥淭he most critical areas to check after the harsh winter months are engine fluids, radiator hoses, belts, tires and brakes,鈥 says Pat Goss, host of MotorWeek of PBS and Washington auto columnist post. 鈥淧roperly preparing these key areas of your car before the weather heats up will not only keep you safe while driving, it will help avoid costly repairs.鈥

After months of snow, sleet, and icy roads, your vehicle is definitely in need of some serious care.

Therefore, here we have put together a list of 10 tips to prepare your car for spring.

1.- Tire change

Retire your winter tires and rotate the all-season radials. If you have winter tires, it鈥檚 time to put them away. If you don鈥檛 have winter tires, it鈥檚 just as important to rotate your all-season tires or trade them in for new ones.

2.- Brake check

After a scorching winter, be sure to check your brakes. Warning signs include screeching, scratching, or metal-on-metal sounds.

3.- Review of the windshield wipers

Windshield wipers work hard during the winter months, cleaning dirt and debris from the windshield. Change them in the spring before a rain obscures your vision.

4.- Clean the lower part of the body

In addition to washing the exterior, be sure to spray the underside of your vehicle鈥檚 body and under the front and rear bumpers to rinse off any salt buildup, which can lead to erosion and rust. Use a high pressure sprayer or garden hose for best results.

5.- Apply a protector

Any vinyl surface, like the seats and steering wheel, is susceptible to cracking, sun damage, and discoloration, so be sure to apply a protectant early in the season and touch up regularly.

6.- Oil change

It鈥檚 best to use a motor oil that can withstand hot temperatures and protect all metal parts.

7.- Check all the fluids

In the winter months, fluids are easily depleted as your engine works harder in the colder weather. Be sure to check, top up, or replace all fluids, including brake, transmission, coolant, power steering, and windshield washer fluids.

8.- Pressure test

Assesses cooling system pressure, examines belts and hoses for wear or deterioration.

9.- Cleaning the interior

Vacuum and be sure to throw away any trash that has collected under the seats over the winter. Now is also the time to store the winter rugs in the garage.

10.- Wash your car

All vehicles, regardless of finish (clear coat, acrylic, enamel, etc.), require regular washing throughout the year. To preserve your car鈥檚 shine and protect the surface, wax your vehicle once it has dried completely.


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