Vehicle Spring Maintenance Checklist

In the winter months, you are more worried about driving safely on slippery and icy roads. However, don’t forget that spring is round the corner and you will have to prep it up. This way, you will be able to enjoy the warmer weather and take advantage of the travel season without worries. CarPros has a few tips to ensure optimal vehicle maintenance to get your vehicle spring-ready.

1) Windshield Wipers

Check the windshield wiper blades. The cold weather may have caused the blades to crack or tear. If the wipers are cracked, cut or torn, or leaving streaks on the windshield glass, it is time to replace them right away. Do not delay as these blades ensure optimal visibility while driving.

2) Inspect the Tires

More vehicle owners are transitioning to all-weather tires. If you are using snow tires, remember to replace the tires for spring. CarPros recommends that all car owners should check the treads of the tires. If the treads are showing signs of wear and tear, the tires should be replaced. If the treads have worn out unevenly, it means the car requires wheel alignment. This is also the right time to ensure that the tires are properly inflated as it can affect fuel economy and tire wear.

3) Wash and Wax the Car

To get your car ready for spring, wash and wax the car. Wash it well to get rid of the salt and sand. Focus on the undercarriage, as it will have deposits of both. Remember to wash the tires and wheels before you wash the car body. Spring is the perfect time to wax the car. It will protect the finish of the paint and also make it easier to wash the vehicle.

4) Change the Fluids and Filters

To get ready for a change of season, change the oil and filter. If you cannot do it, the experts at CarPros would be more than happy to do it for you. This is also the right time to change the coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid. It will help to keep the car functioning optimally during spring.

5) Get the Car Tuned

Get the professionals at CarPros to tune up your vehicle. The experts will inspect the charging and starting, powertrain control, fuel, ignition, emissions, battery, and the engine. The pros will also check the hoses and belts. It is prudent to remember that belt failure can adversely affect the cooling system, air conditioning, power steering and electrical system of the vehicle. During the tuning, if there are issues, Car Pros will let you know and do the necessary repairs.

6) Check Under the Vehicle

Just under the hood and inside the car is not sufficient to get it ready for spring. You should also check under the vehicle, in particular, the brakes and brake lining, drums and rotors. Also, inspect the struts and if you find the car rolling or swaying while taking turns, it is time to replace them.

7) Check the Emergency Kit

You should always have an emergency kit in your car. Remove all items that you have in the kit for winter. Check the items to ensure they are working properly and are not expired. Replace anything that is out of date.

These are a few maintenance tips to prepare your car for the spring. If you cannot do it yourself, get in touch with CarPros and the experts there will ensure your car is all ready to welcome spring.

CarPros is a used car dealership in Pueblo , CO. We also have an in-house car service center.

      

Car Pros Top 10 Car Care Tips

Car Pros Top Ten Car Care Tips
Content Provided by KBB.com
What you can do yourself to keep your car on the road?
If everything on TV were true, then keeping a vehicle running great, looking good, and lasting a long time would be the easiest thing ever. Advertising will tell us over and over that all we really need to do to keep that car or truck running forever and looking brand new for years is to pour some bottles of miracle liquid into the crankcase, sprinkle magic dust on the paint, or spray some sort of ionized wonder water on the interior. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Following the old adage that "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is" comes the news that regular, proper care and maintenance are what really keep vehicles going into the high six-figure mileage ranges. Miracle cures, magic fairy dust, mystery polymers and the like are all fine and good for infomercials, but most likely won't do much good for your vehicle.

Regularly scheduled maintenance and lubrication using the manufacturers recommended type and formulation of oil, grease and liquids is what will do the trick. Replacing normal wear-and-tear parts such as timing belts before they break is also a good path to follow on the road to long vehicle life. Taking good care of your vehicle can make the difference between being the proud owner of a good looking, long lasting, reliable machine, and saying goodbye to a rusty, faded-paint jalopy that fell apart or broke down long before it was designed to.


  • TIP 1: Check and change the oil. No single step will help an engine last more than regular oil and filter changes will. Conversely, nothing will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes.
  • TIP 2: Flush the cooling system and change coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system.
  • TIP 3: Change out transmission and differential oils. While not requiring frequent service, these fluids must be changed according to service intervals. Always use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity.
  • TIP 4: Keep it clean. While washing the outside of the vehicle is obvious, most everything the vehicle ran over can also get stuck to the underside. Hosing off winter salt and road grime is a good idea.
  • TIP 5: Everything with moving parts needs grease to survive. This ball joint went into early retirement due to poor lubrication.
  • TIP 6: Nothing keeps paint looking good and protected like a coat of quality wax. Apply wax at least every six months.
  • TIP 7: Driveline components such as u-joints also require regular lubrication. The driveline may have to be removed to access the zerk grease fitting.
  • TIP 8: Protect the interior plastic by parking the vehicle in the shade, using a window deflector screen, and applying a UV protectant to prevent the plastic and vinyl from drying out.
  • TIP 9: Inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals. Wheel bearings and grease are inexpensive compared to spindle and hub replacement, or liberated wheels rolling down the road ahead of you.
  • TIP 10: Brake fluid is hygroscopic. This means it is adept at attracting moisture. Moisture causes components to corrode and fail. Replace fluid and bleed system once a year. Brake fluid is cheap. Calipers, hoses, and sensors are expensive.

Original Source: KBB.com, Mike Bumbek
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