Time is money, so they say, and nothing could be closer to the truth if you don’t take the time to do regular spring maintenance on your car or SUV. For those that are less mechanically inclined, car maintenance can seem a bit daunting. Here are some basic tips that will help you face your fears AND keep your vehicle running at its best!
First and foremost – the oil change
The oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Nothing will keep your engine running better than a regular oil and filter change. Even if you do NOTHING else, always do this regularly, and your car will thank you. Either learn to DIY or visit a mechanic for your convenience.
Your car is what it breathes!
Air filters keep the gunk outside from getting inside. As it catches more and more dust, dirt, bugs, and other things, the filter will eventually get clogged, which means less air gets through to the engine. This dominoes into harming engine performance and a reduction in gas mileage. Worse gas mileage means you are paying more when you fill up your tank, so it pays to keep your air filter in check by cleaning it as part of your spring maintenance every year.
The wheels on your car go ‘round and ‘round.
If you want them to keep going, there are some things you need to remember. Clean brake dust regularly because that dust consists of a lot of icky nastiness. Long story short, leaving it for too long causes it to stick to your wheels which can cause corrosion if it is left on too long. Clean it easily with clean cold water and a damp sponge.
Just like soda, you don’t want them to go flat!
Another thing you want to keep an eye on is the tire pressure, especially as the seasons change. Different temperatures cause the tire pressure to fluctuate a lot. Check it regularly because tire pressure that is off can actually affect the fuel economy. Once a week is a good rule of thumb. But, if you can remember to do it at least once a month, you’ll be ahead of the game.
Tread – it’s more than just something you do when you swim.
When you’re on the road, the last thing you want is for your tires to be bald because they will slide all over the road in wet weather. Hello, spring! Be sure to check your tread to make sure it isn’t getting too low. If you don’t happen to have a gauge to check the depth, do the penny test. With Lincoln’s head facing the tread, if you can see the top of his head, then you need new tires ASAP! When in doubt, you can always take your car to a mechanic or our dealership, and we’ll be happy to help you, too.
Enjoy the weather as spring makes itself known, but don’t forget to do some basic maintenance and checks before you do. Once your car is in prime shape, you can cruise with confidence knowing that your vehicle is going to be performing as expected.