Auto Care East

Spring Car Care Tips

The warm, sunny days of spring present the perfect opportunity to give your car a good once-over to assess your maintenance needs. Road salt & sand, potholes, and fluctuations in temperature can lead to rust, grime accumulation, alignment issues, and tire issues. We’ve put together a list of some items to check while you’re performing your usual spring car cleaning.

1.       Check your plugs & battery
Cold weather forces your vehicle to strain to start and keep running. This can wear down plugs and battery life. Replacing these is a quick and easy way to ensure you won’t be left stranded with a car that wont start.

2.       Clean the undercarriage

Road grime and sand builds up on your car's undercarriage and can cause rust, which then leads to bigger issues. Find a car wash that offers undercarriage cleaning to make quick and easy work of it.

3.       Check tire pressure

A tire will lose 1-2 pounds of air pressure for every 10 degrees of temperature drop. Make sure you check your tire pressure as the weather starts to warm up to ensure you’re not driving around with low pressure.

4.       Check your alignment

Winter potholes can wreak havoc on your car’s alignment. Have your tires rotated and aligned and check the treads while you’re at it.

5.       Replace wiper blades

Snow, ice, and ice scrapers are unkind to windshield wiper blades. Install a fresh pair so you can be sure you’ll be ready for spring showers.

If the winter road conditions have left your car dinged, rusty, or in any other way damaged, give the car care experts at Auto Care East a call. We can take care of everything from collision damage to auto body paint.