It’s Spring in Colorado and we all know that means it’s time for spring cleaning and preparations for summer fun. After months of snow storms and freezing temperatures, it’s also time to take your car in for post-winter maintenance, which is a must if you want your car running well and ready for warm-weather travel. Spring car maintenance is especially necessary in Colorado, where the pot holes have gained widespread notoriety for their size and destructive prowess.
As you prepare to take your car in for maintenance this spring, here are five of the most important items to have inspected and repaired:
According to industry leading car maintenance experts, your car’s brakes are one of the top things to have inspected in the spring, since cold weather and slush can impact the function of your brake pads and rotors. Inspecting and repairing a car’s brakes each spring will help prevent safety issues and reduce the likelihood of more expensive repairs in the future.
- Alignment and Suspension
Have you noticed your steering wheel vibrating? Does your car drift to the right or left while you drive? These issues are linked to alignment and suspension damage. In Colorado, suspension and alignment issues are particularly common due to the prevalence of car-mangling pot holes. An alignment inspection is an affordable and necessary part of spring car maintenance.
With the arrival of spring, the Car Care Council also recommends inspecting your car’s shocks or struts, which are similarly vulnerable to pothole damage. Physical damage, from dents to rust, can lead to a wide range of performance problems, including poor directional handling for quick stops and vehicle sway during turns.
Top auto repair experts recommend inspecting your car’s tires each spring, as they impact safety, traction, handling, and ride quality. At minimum, check the pressure of your four tires and the spare, while keeping in mind that mechanics also suggest tire rotation every 5,000 miles for even tread wear. Following winter weather, it’s common to see more wearing of the front tires and Autos.com reports that rotating tires regularly can make them last longer.
- Oils and Fluids
After each change of season, it’s good to get an oil and filter change to ensure maximum car efficiency, according to the Car Care Council. Along with a basic oil here change, check on the rest of your car’s fluids, such as the power steering fluid, engine oil, cooling system fluids, windshield washer solvent, and brake fluids.
Post-winter is also the perfect time for a transmission fluid change, a maintenance practice that is among the most neglected of all car services. By properly maintaining transmission fluids, you can help prevent costly transmission issues down the line.
- The Exterior
The return of warm weather also means that it’s time to head to the car wash and focus on the exterior of your car. Around Colorado, road crews apply various combinations of products to icy roads, including liquid solutions and a sand/salt mixture that can damage both the paint and undercarriage of your car.
Car care experts recommend an exceptionally thorough clean in the spring, but make sure you regularly wash these substances off your car throughout the winter. The Car Care Council also suggests waxing your car in the spring to protect the finish and improve the ease of future washing. Whether you prefer to go through a traditional car wash and vacuum facility, do it yourself at home, or pay for body and interior detailing services, make sure to get your car back to that pre-winter shine and avoid future damage caused by winter road and de-icing agents.
You’ll be off enjoying those beautiful Colorado roads and warm weather before you know it! Still not sure what mechanical maintenance your car might need? Schedule an appointment with an ASE Certified Technician today.