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Spring maintenance for your car

March 31, 2015

Spring cleaning isn't just for your house; it's for your car, too. Winter cold and snow can wreak all sorts of havoc on your automobile, so don't wait until the hot summer months to start working on your car. The sooner you get it in top-working order, the better. Auto insurance rates can increase if you get in an accident, which is more likely to happen if your car isn't running correctly. Now that the snow has melted, here are some quick tips to performing some spring maintenance on your vehicle.

Get your car ready for summer with these spring maintenance tips.

Battery

With the heat blasting during the cold winter season, your efforts to stay warm likely took a toll on your car's battery. Batteries will last for several years, but it's a good idea to get it tested by a technician. This way, you won't worry about being stranded anywhere.

Tires

Check to see if you need to rotate tires or buy new ones. With the approaching abundance of spring showers, you don't want your car hydroplaning over puddles. This might happen if the tread is too worn for adequate traction, and between the icy roads, potholes and salt, your tires are bound to have some evidence of wear and tear.

To check tire tread, stick either a penny or quarter in your tire, with the president's head facing down. If you can still see the top of Lincoln or Washington's head above the tire, then you'll need to replace your tires as the tread is too worn. Additionally, you'll want to fill up your tires with the right amount of air pressure.

Wiper blades

Another issue with spring rain is that visibility can be decreased for drivers, which can cause the roads to be unsafe. Wipers blades can loose their shape from heavy snow piles on your windshield or from freezing over night. To optimize your vision while driving, make sure you replace worn wiper blades.

Brakes

Get your brakes checked as often as needed, especially after winter. The slick ice and the stop-and-go traffic of winter means that your brakes were getting used more than usual. A brake light turning on or brakes making unusual noises are all signs that there's a problem. If this happens before your routine brake check, then you need to schedule an extra visit immediately.

If your car got you through winter safely, treat it well this spring with a little automotive maintenance. Not only will this reduce your chance of getting in an accident, but it can also prolong the life of your vehicle.