Ahhh.... Spring Time. There is an ease in the air and a newness in our minds.
The birds are chirping, the air is starting to smell sweet with the smell of new growth. You are feeling at ease as you begin to plan for and have excitement for getting outside and enjoying nature. The fresh air, the sweet lush scenery, the birds, the flowers, the landscape. All the wonderful things that springtime brings. And, with all these delightful new indulgences we are also reminded of spring cleanup and servicing our vehicles. But, does this have to be a headache, or can it be as carefree and easy as the true meaning of spring? Why, yes it can. Let me explain...
Your vehicle is your lifeline. It gets you where you need to be when you need to be there. It keeps you sheltered from the outside weather and keeps you comfortable with thermostat climate control and lush ergonomically correct seats with adjustable lumbar supports. It also safely transports your groceries, your shopping items, and all of your life's belongings. Such an important item also requires to be cared for just as you and I need to be cared for. But, unlike you and I, fortunately our vehicles do not require much fussing.
Springtime service should include the basics such as changing the oil to ensure your car is running at optimal temperatures and running smoothly and efficiently. Checking your tire pressure to ensure you are receiving the optimal gas mileage. Check the tread on your tires to make sure you are prepared for the frequent raining during April Showers. Bring your vehicle into a service center and have the tires balanced and aligned if the potholes of the winter roads put a damper on your travels.
Simple do-it-yourself spring time car work includes changing wiper blades, topping off windshield washer fluid with bug repellant or Rain-X fluid, cleaning the undercarriage of the vehicle to remove winter's salt and brine residues.
More complex and detailed service work for you vehicle may include scheduling an appointment at an auto mechanic shop for tire rotation and alignment. Scheduling an appointment to have spark plugs changed, cabin filters changed, air conditioner coolant checked and topped off are all part of a more comprehensive springtime vehicle service visit.
Winter tires may have to be removed from the rims and replaced with regular driving tires. Studded tires will be exchanged with more fuel efficient tires for regular driving conditions. If planning for long trips during the spring ensure your tires air pressure is set to the standards recommended by the vehicle and/or the tire manufacturer's guidelines.
Spring is a time to renew and start again. Ensure your vehicle is serviced properly and cared for and you will extend the life of your vehicle and will have less surprise visits to a mechanic or auto body shop for unplanned issues with your vehicle. Proper preparation is key to maintaining your vehicles longevity.