spring

Warmer months are ahead and that means more time on the road with your vehicle. While most vehicle owners typically get their vehicle ready for the cold winters, there are important steps to get your vehicle ready for spring. Canadian winters can be hard on your vehicle. Freezing weather conditions, ice, and road salt are just a few of the things that can damage your vehicle. Therefore, it’s important that as the weather conditions warm, you give your vehicle some care and attention to ensure it’s in top driving condition.

Most drivers spend a lot of time thinking about their vehicle’s performance and safety in the winter, but the arrival of spring doesn’t mean you should neglect your vehicle maintenance routine. Getting your vehicle ready for spring in Edmonton is vital so you won’t be left stranded on that next trip or be left on the hook for a heft service bill at a repair shop. Vehicle maintenance is a year-round concern, and spring is a good time to check back in with all the parts of your vehicle that have been working hard for you all winter.

Here are a few things you should do to get your vehicle ready for spring.

Start from the bottom

The first step in freshening up your vehicle for the warm weather conditions is to eliminate salt from the underside of your vehicle. If you’re an active driver during winter, the chances are high that the exterior of your vehicle is coated in salt. Road salt can lead to rusting and other damage to the body and undercarriage of your vehicle. There are two simple methods for doing this, first, connect a garden hose to a spigot; drag the hose out to your car, and reach directly underneath to wash out every exposed area. If the do-it-yourself method sounds unappealing, take your vehicle to a brushless car wash—explicitly one that includes an undercarriage wash.

Deep clean your car’s interior and exterior

Giving your vehicle a full interior/exterior cleaning is a great method for denoting each season change, yet it’s particularly significant in the spring considering the wreck that colder time of year brings. Move any buildup away from your paintwork and give your vehicle a decent wax. Clean those floor mats and empty any additional brushes or winter necessities from your trunk.

Swap your tires

Once the snow is gone and the temperature is consistently above 7°C, it’s time to replace your winter tires. Changing to summer and all-season tires will give you better traction on snow-free roads, making your vehicle more secure to drive. Once you replace your winter tires, make sure to splash or wash them before you store them away. Removing excess salt off your winter tires will prevent corrosion. Make sure to store your winter tires in a cool, dry area to keep them in top condition and ready for next winter.

Rotate your tires

Since you will be switching out your winter tires anyway, it is also good to have your tires rotated. Tire rotation means that your back tires will be placed at the front and vice versa. Rotation is one of the simplest and most effective things to do before spring hits as it can extend the lifespan of your tires while also improving gas mileage.

Get an alignment check

Spring is a great time to get an alignment check. If you find your steering wheel pulling to one side, it’s maybe a sign that your wheel alignment is out of spec. This issue is often the result of a winter spent hitting snow-covered curbs and potholes. So, find time to get an alignment check.

Check your tire pressure

Now that you have swapped your tires out, you will want to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Not only is it good for the longevity of your tires but it also helps with efficient fuel consumption. With gas prices on the rise, efficient fuel consumption is essential.

Inspect your brakes 

Test your brakes. Snow, slush, and salt can take a toll on your braking system. If you hear squeaking noises and grinding sounds, now’s the perfect time to get your car’s brakes checked for safer driving.

Replace your wiper blades

Winter is hard on wiper blades. If you are starting to see them leave streaks on your windshield, it is time to replace them. Replacing your wiper blades every spring and fall is a small investment in making sure you have unobstructed views of the road.

Replace your air filter

Winter driving can do a number on both the engine and cabin air filters. Getting the engine air filter swapped out means better fuel mileage and dropping a clean cabin air filter in if equipped means goodbye to musty odors.

Schedule an oil change

Cold weather is tough on our engines. Anything below -20 degrees Celsius can change the viscosity of oil, depending on the type you use. Thus, be sure to schedule an oil change, which helps remove excess dirt and sludge build-up in your engine. Your engine will run more efficiently with routine oil changes and prevent a costly breakdown. While the oil is being changed, have fluids like power steering, brake, transmission, and engine coolant inspected. If you wait, the damage may be too late.

Look for leaks

Inspect your radiator and its rubber cooling hoses for any indications of cracking and/or swelling that could cause leaks.

Check your battery

To ensure your vehicle’s battery is prepared for the coldest and hottest months of the year, have it tested in the fall and spring. Most batteries last for three to five years, but extreme cold and heat can tax their life expectancy, so have it checked as soon as possible.

Examine your headlights

While salt and gravel help us grip winter roads, they can also wreak havoc on our headlights—causing wires to corrode and cases to crack. Inspect all your lights for signs of damage or other issues.

Following the tips above will get your vehicle in great shape, helping it to run smoothly on all your fair-weather road trips. Get your vehicle ready for spring driving with a little simple maintenance, and it will save you money down the road and keep you safer behind the wheel.

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