Spring Car Care Checklist

Happy National Car Care Month! Minnesota winters are rough for just about everyone and everything, and your car is no exception. With the warmer weather quickly approaching, this month is the perfect time to treat your car to a little spring maintenance and TLC.

Wiper Maintenance

Maybe the rubber is torn up from trying to scrape away ice with the wiper blade, or maybe the arm is belt where you tried to unstick it from your frozen windshield (both of which you shouldn’t be doing if you’re trying to make your blades last, by the way). Whatever the problem, you’ll want them working correctly when the April showers start. Replacements are fairly easy to install yourself, or you can always trust your local professional auto care center.

Test Your Battery

During the winter, your battery gets weaker and has to work harder in the colder temperatures. Especially if your battery is older—3-5 years—it’s a good idea to get it checked to make sure it doesn’t die at an inopportune time.

Wash and Wax

While you technically should get car washes in winter, let’s be real—most people, especially in Minnesota, don’t, and it’s easy to see why. With slush and road salt a constant threat, who wants to spend the time or money on a wash?

However, that means your vehicle’s spring car wash is even more important. Not only does removing the grime help your car look nicer, but road salt buildup can also cause corrosion and rust. After your wash, consider getting a wax to protect your newly shined paint from the sun and tree sap.

Check Your Suspension System

If you spent some time in the winter wincing all the icy potholes you hit, you might want to get your suspension checked, especially if you notice your wheel is off-center or your car seems to drift to one side. Get your suspension damage assessed and addressed sooner rather than later, as the system helps keep your whole vehicle in a safe and drivable condition.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Spring is a great time to check your tire pressure, especially if you added air in the winter to compensate for the drop in pressure. As temperatures rise outside, your tire pressure rises, too, even if you haven’t added air lately. Keep your tires at the recommended pressure listed in your owner’s manual—driving on over- or under-inflated tires can seriously affect your gas mileage.

While you’re down near the tires, you might as well check the tread depth to make sure your rubber hasn’t gone bald over the winter. Not sure how? Check out our post for a quick and easy way to tell if you need new tires.

Whether you’re looking for wiper blade installations, battery replacement, or suspension service, Advanced Repair is your one-stop shop for all your vehicle’s spring maintenance needs. Make your appointment today!

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