Top 5 Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips

With another winter disappearing out of the rear view mirror, it is time to consider the top 5 Spring vehicle maintenance tips as your car needs to be acclimatized to the changing season. They are: tires; fluid levels; car body; oil changes and filters; all hoses, belts, wiper blades, air conditioning. Contact us for your Spring vehicle maintenance.

 

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Tires

Examine your tires closely for tread wear; cracks and bulges in the walls; and tire pressure. If the tread on your tires is below acceptable levels, then it is time to replace them. Cracks and bulges in the sidewalls are a clear signal that something is seriously wrong with that tire. Don't hesitate, replace it immediately. Maintaining your tires at the correct psi (Pounds per square inch) level is vital as it affects wear, economy, and vehicle handling. If you are wondering when you should replace your tires, read our blog entitled "Replacing Tires - How Often Should They Be Replaced?"

Read our tire blog entitled: Monitor Tire Pressure to Keep Fuel Economy and Tire Grip at Optimum Levels if you are unsure how to check tire pressure.

 

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Fluid Levels

Spring is a great time to check all fluid levels including coolant, oil, braking, washer fluid and power steering levels. Don't forget that low levels can bring you to a stop at the side of the road, or cause significant vehicle damage. Don't just eyeball the levels, use the dipsticks that are provided for some fluids. You can use a summer washer fluid in place of the winter washer fluid that is specifically designed for winter weather. If you suspect that you may losing fluids at a faster rate than normal, contact a reputable automotive repair shop.

Body

Over winter, your car can pick up chips and scratches on the paint that you may not notice.  Use touch up paint if the damage is minor. Take it to a professional auto repair shop if you are concerned the damage might spread. Spring is a great time to give your car a thorough was and waxing. If you want a professional cleaning job, take your vehicle to a recognized car detailer.

Oil Changes and Filters

Oil changes should be made regularly throughout your vehicle's life. However, in the spring time, it is wise to ensure that your oil change takes into account the changing temperatures. Your car should be using an oil with a suitable viscosity for the climate and your engine's specifications. Read our blog entitled "Car Oil Change - What Happens If I Am Past The Limit."

All Hoses, Belts, Wiper Blades, Air Conditioning

Open the hood and take a look at all belts, and hoses. Replace any parts that are cracked or worn. Examine your wiper blades for winter wear and tear. Some owners like to switch from winter to summer wiper blades. If you are unsure how to do these things, then make an appointment with a team of automotive technicians you can trust. 

The  Hansma Professional Touch

We believe in the safety of you and your passengers.. Don't take chances with your vehicle safety, instead take advantage of our professional touch and contact us immediately if you have any concerns regarding your vehicle. Ask us about our free shuttle service. We are located at 88 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener and can usually repair your vehicle in a few hours or less.

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Posted on March 7, 2016 .