Spring Checkup List For Your Vehicle
Do you have a spring checkup list for your vehicle? We may not think about it, but inspecting your car is key to keeping it running smoothly.
It’s time to bid winter farewell and welcome some warmer weather. While we’re all excited about spring, you may want to take the time to inspect your vehicle. (Winter can be tough on your car too.) Needless to say, spring is an excellent time for a thorough checkup of your vehicle.
From checking your tires and fluids to checking for leaks, there are several tasks to ensure your car is running smoothly and safely. It’s essential to make sure to conduct regular maintenance to keep your car running properly and to help avoid costly repairs down the road.
So what do you need to check for? Let’s dive in and see.
What to include in your spring checkup list
First, start by checking your tires. Once you’ve put on your summer tires, make sure the tire pressure is at the recommended level, as this can help increase fuel efficiency. Check the tread for any signs of wear. It’s also a good idea to rotate the tires to ensure even wear on all four tires. From there, it’s time to look at your brakes and suspension. You can check the brake pads when switching your tires. Alternatively, you rest the brakes by driving slowly and make sure the car stops in a straight line. Also, check the suspension system to make sure it is functioning properly and make sure there are no squeaking or grinding noises.
Next, check all of your fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering, and brake fluid. Make sure they are all filled to the proper levels. You should also check the hoses and belts to ensure they are tight and in good condition. Additionally, it’s also essential to check for any fluid leaks. Keep an eye out for any puddles or spots on the ground that could indicate a leak. This can be because of several issues, including a cracked hose or a loose fitting.
You should also inspect the battery and spark plugs. After a hard winter, you may see some serious wear and tear. Make sure the battery is secure, and the cables are clean and free of corrosion. Check the spark plugs to ensure they are in good condition as they are responsible for igniting the fuel in your engine.
Finally, check the lights and the windshield wipers. With the constant freezing and defrosting, your windshield wipers may require changing. Ensure all the lights are working properly, including the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights. Check the windshield wipers for any signs of wear and replace them if necessary.
Wrapping things up
Going through your Spring checkup list for your vehicle can help you save money, reduce the damage your car takes and keep you safe on the road. You can always do it yourself. Although, not everyone knows their way around a car. For those who need help, you can always turn to a professional. Knibbe Automotive Repair can ensure that your vehicle works proficiently at a price you can afford.