National Car Care Month: General Car Maintenance Tips to Start the Season

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Spring is finally here, and though it may seem that the upcoming months are some of the safest of the year, especially compared to this year’s harsh winter, it’s important to remember that spring has its own challenges.

And although we’ve shared a few of our top tips last month, we thought we’d share a few more spring car maintenance tips in honor of National Car Care Month:

  • Schedule an overall check-up to make sure that nothing was damaged by harsh weather and that all fluid levels are as they should be.
  • Check the tire pressure, an important task that should be completed frequently; always consult the vehicle owner’s manual for details.
  • Evaluate the suspension and wheel alignment, as winter weather frequently causes imbalances and uneven wear on tires.
  • Lastly, give your car a good clean – inside and out – in honor of spring cleaning. Who knows what has accumulated under those seats.

Do you have any spring maintenance tips we have forgotten about? Let us know in the comments, and have a safe spring from all of us at Capital Toyota Scion!

Spring Car Maintenance Tips from Capital Toyota Scion

This winter has been particularly rough, even for those of us here in Tennessee. Wide temperature fluctuations, frost, ice, potholes, dirt, and wind all take their toll on our cars. Luckily, there is an end in sight, and spring is just around the corner. It’s time to say ‘thank you’ to our cars for getting us through the winter, and prepare them for April showers and May flowers.

Here are our spring car maintenance tips.

spring car maintenanceGet a professional checkup. It’s worth your time to have your local shop give your car a once-over. They’ll check everything from the tires to the suspension and alignment, and let you know if anything needs attention.

Check the tires. Check the air pressure and the tread to make sure everything is up to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can find your car’s recommended tire pressure in your door jam or in the user’s manual. To check the tire tread, check out the penny method, which requires only a penny and a minute of your time. If it’s time to replace your tires, its best to do it sooner rather than later.

Test your battery. Cold weather is especially tough on your battery. Follow these simple steps to find out if it’s time to replace yours (or stop by Capital Toyota).

Replace your windshield wipers. Cold weather can cause the rubber on your wipers to crack. These are easy to replace, just stop by your local auto parts shop to find the correct replacements. Windshield wiper blades that don’t work well can be a major hazard in rainy conditions.

Check Fluid levels. Check the oil, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze/coolant.

Give it a good wash. Nothing says spring like a shiny, clean car. Take time to wash, dry and wax the outside, and vacuum, Windex, and wipe down the inside.

 

For help with your vehicle’s maintenance, don’t hesitate to come and see us at Capital Toyota / Scion!