The snow is melting. The birds are chirping. And your car is looking pretty dirty. It can only mean one thing: Spring’s finally around the corner.
After a particularly mean winter, it’s more important than ever to give your vehicle some TLC, and Colonial is here with some spring car care tips to help get your ride back to looking and running as nicely as iced tea on a sunny May afternoon.
And if our tips have you particularly concerned about your vehicle, you can always take your car into any of our Massachusetts car dealerships for service, repairs, or parts.
April is National Car Care Month, so there’s no time like the present to get started on prepping your vehicle for the big thaw.
Let’s start with the basics:
- Tires – Start by doing the classic quarter test on your tires. Put Washington into the grooves of your tires to see if his head disappears into them. If our first president’s head is fully visible, then the tread is dangerously low, and you should consider a new set of tires. Even if the tread is okay, you should check the pressure to make you’re not burning extra gas driving on under-inflated tires.
- Salt – The salt from the roads does more than melt ice; it wears away at the undercarriage and can lead to serious damage if left unchecked after a few winters. The good news is that there’s an easy remedy: a good old fashioned car wash. Take your vehicle in for a thorough cleaning, or do it yourself, but don’t forget to spray down the undercarriage.
- Battery – Cold weather and batteries don’t get along. After a long winter, your battery might not have much juice left, especially if you notice dimming lights or slow power windows.
- Brakes – Just like with your undercarriage, salt can wreak havoc on brakes over time. If you’re hearing grinding noises or a lot of squeaks when you press the brake pedal, it’s probably time to get them checked out and maybe replace the pads.
- Fluids – Finish up with an easy one: top up your washer fluid!
There are a couple of other important items that you’ll want to get checked out, but you’re likely going to need the help of a professional to do it. Check your belts and hoses to make sure that there aren’t any cracks. And get your cooling system flushed to ensure your engine doesn’t overheat and burn out when the summer months roll around.
If checking your belts, hoses, and cooling system sounds intimidating, don’t worry: visit any of Colonial’s dealerships and we’ll take care of it for you!