Spring is now upon us, and with it comes the excitement of greeting the warmer weather by hitting the open road. But before you do that, you need to make sure your vehicle is ready.
Once you’ve completed the following spring car maintenance tips, you’ll feel more at ease as you buckle up and put the cold weather and long dark hours of a typical Utah winter in the rear-view mirror.
Have Your Steering and Suspension Inspected
The regular freeze/thaw cycles of winter add to the common occurrence of potholes. If you’re unlucky enough to hit one, the impact can negatively impact your vehicle’s steering and suspension.
If you find that your steering pulls to one side, it could be that your vehicle is out of alignment. If your car is riding rough, suspension problems could be the culprit.
If you believe that your vehicle may have a steering or suspension problem, give us a call at Aposhian Garage. Our trusted mechanics will be able to determine the problem and get you back out on the road in no time!
Check Your Air-conditioning System
With the onset of spring comes warmer weather. You want to make sure that your air-conditioning system is good and ready for the months ahead. This doesn’t mean checking to see if the fans blow out nice, cool air. You also want your fans to be blowing strong at all speeds.
If there is anything wrong with either of these two components, Aposhian Garage is here to help. Give us a call, and we’ll inspect and recharge your air-conditioning system until it is back in working order.
Repair Dings and Dents
Another common occurrence during winter is the fender-bender. Now that spring is here; it’s time to repair any dents and dings your car may have accumulated during winter.
Thanks to paintless dent repair, you’ll be able to save some money if you decide to bring your vehicle to a body shop. Once those minor repairs are finished, your vehicle will look good as new while retaining its value, which you’d want if you ever decide to sell or trade it in.
Assess Your Emergency Kit
Spring is a great time to take an inventory of what’s in your emergency road kit. Now that winter is over, it’s time to remove the items that were necessary during those cold, snowy months, including tire chains, winter clothing, and kitty litter.
Then, you’ll want to ensure you have everything you need for the months ahead. The following are especially important:
· Make sure your spare tire is inflated correctly to the manufacturer’s specifications.
· Your jumper cables should be ready to be used with no worn or cracked wires.
· Extra bottles of water are essential not only for you but also in the event your vehicle overheats.
· Make sure your flashlight has extra batteries.
It’s never fun to find yourself stranded on the side of the road. If you find yourself in this situation, following the steps listed above will help you stay one step ahead.
Clean Your Car Inside and Out
If you thought spring cleaning only applied to your house, you might want to think again. Consider your undercarriage. Thanks to the snowy winters Utah is known for; your undercarriage has gone through the wringer. And that’s not mentioning the salty roads you had to drive on to get anywhere.
That’s why a trip to the car wash should be one of your first priorities now that spring is here. Not only will the outside and the undercarriage of your vehicle benefit from having that winter grime washed away. But you can also take full advantage of any additional interior cleaning services that your local car wash may have.
Make sure to spray down your floor mats. By the end of winter, they are undoubtedly caked with salt, snow, and dried mud, you name it. While you’re at it, give the rest of the interior a good vacuum—even those hard-to-reach areas—and make sure to use upholstery cleaner to remove stains.
Lastly, give the exterior of your vehicle a fresh coat of wax. Before you know it, you’ll be riding in style in a car looking like it just came off the lot.
Make the most of spring by getting your vehicle season-ready as soon as possible. Because old man winter is only nine months away…
When using Aposhian Garage, you have not only had your vehicle properly maintained, but you have also found your car repair “home.”
We look forward to getting to know you and your vehicle!