Spring Car Care Tips: Get Your Car Summer Ready
7 Essential Spring Car Care Tips
As the season of sunshine and warmer temperatures arrive, it’s time to give your car the attention it deserves. Spring is a great time for getting your car into shape after months of cold weather and harsh conditions.
Taking a few simple steps now can save you money in the long run by preventing more costly repairs later on down the road. Keep reading for essential spring car care tips that will help keep your vehicle in top condition all season long!
Check Your Oil and Oil Filter
Checking your oil is important because it helps ensure that your engine is running as efficiently as possible. It also helps to prevent damage to the engine caused by lack of lubrication and protects against sludge buildup, which can lead to decreased performance and increased fuel consumption.
Regularly changing your oil and oil filter can extend the life of your vehicle significantly. Generally speaking, it’s recommended to change your oil every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. Additionally, it’s important to have a functional oil filter to prevent particles and debris from damaging the engine. If you’re searching for a trustworthy service, book an appointment for an oil change service at Beaverton Honda.
Check Your Tire Pressure and Tread
Your tires are your car’s only connection to the road, so it is important to make sure they are properly inflated. Low tire pressure can lead to decreased fuel efficiency and uneven tread wear. Make sure you check your owner’s manual or the sticker on the door jamb for the correct tire pressure for your vehicle and adjust as needed.
To check your tire tread, you should use a penny or a tire tread depth gauge. To use a penny to check the tread, place it upside down in the tread with Lincoln’s head facing inward. If you can see all of his head, then your tires are too worn and need to be replaced. If the top of his head is covered by the tread, then your tires are sufficiently inflated. If you’re in need of new tires, check out our Honda tire store.
Check Your Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are often overlooked but they play an important role in keeping visibility clear when driving in rainy weather. With spring showers upon us, it is especially important to ensure that your windshield wipers are in good condition. Check your wiper blades for any signs of damage or wear and replace them if necessary.
Consider installing blades that are designed specifically for warm weather. These blades have a higher melting point than traditional winter blades, so they won’t wear down or bow as quickly in hot temperatures.
Test Your Battery
Cold weather can take a toll on your car’s battery, so giving it a test is important when the temperature warms up. You can visit our service center where our team will conduct a load test to ensure that it’s in good working condition. If needed, we can also replace the battery.
Check All Fluid Levels
Regularly check all fluid levels, including oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid to ensure that they are topped off. Also, inspect your windshield washer reservoir for any debris or cracks that may have occurred during the winter months.
Wash and Wax Your Car
Washing and waxing your car can help protect it from the harmful UV rays of the sun. While washing, make sure to use a gentle soap that won’t damage the wax. In spring and summer, it’s a good idea to use high-quality wax on your car. This will protect it from bugs and dirt on the road, create a layer of protection, and help maintain its shine.
Get your SUV, Truck, or Car Inspected
Finally, for added peace of mind, consider having a professional inspect your vehicle for potential issues before taking long trips this upcoming summer season. Our team of experienced technicians is available to inspect your vehicle and identify any required maintenance. Additionally, we offer service and parts specials, as well as flexible payment plans to prioritize your maintenance needs without straining your budget.
If you need any help with the above spring car maintenance tasks, visit our dealership in Beaverton, OR or schedule a service appointment online today!