As the last of wintry weather disappears and short sleeves reemerge from the back of our closets, one thing is clear: April marks the true beginning of spring, with summer just around the corner. What’s less obvious, for most, is that April is also National Car Care Month.
There’s no better time to conduct routine vehicle maintenance than right now. Not only will this save you unwanted trips to the mechanic, but taking the time to give your car some TLC right now will also save you money down the line.
Simply follow the guide we’ve written below, and you’ll be thankful for it later.
National Car Care Month Tips
Get an oil change
This should be at the top of your list. Getting regular oil changes is the easiest way to extend the lifespan of your car’s engine. Not only will it mitigate unnecessary damage of grinding engine parts caused by poor lubrication, but it also helps other processes in your vehicle run more smoothly. This simple 20-minute task can save you hundreds in unwanted mechanical repairs down the line.
Change the wiper blades
After scraping away sleet and wintry mixes for multiple months, as well as being weighed down by snow and ice during the night, your wiper blades will likely need to be replaced. You can see for yourself if this is the case by inspecting them for cracks, dryness, or dry-rotting. If you notice any of these things, you can get this taken care of easily: at your next oil change (which is soon, hopefully), simply ask the tech if they’ll change your wiper blades for you. That way you kill two birds with one stone.
Inspect your brakes
We tend to ride our brakes during winter, and for good reason: the poor visibility of wintry weather, mixed with slippery road conditions, almost makes liberal brake use a necessity for safe driving. Unfortunately, this can take a toll on our brakes’ health. If you hear a crunching, grinding, or squeaking sound when you press on the brakes, it’s a good sign you need to take your vehicle into a local service center and get them inspected.
Check your tires
Faced with driving through snow, salted roads, and icy conditions, your tires can take a beating during the winter. Luckily, the beginning of spring is the perfect time to make sure your tires are in good health and aren’t beginning to wear out. Luckily, this can be a simple 1-2 process. First, check your tire pressure. Then, check your tread.
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