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Six-Point Spring Car Maintenance Checklist

The cold temperatures and wicked winds of winter can wreak havoc on the proper operation of the automobile you have invested so much in. Stop the damage caused by constantly changing seasons in its tracks.

1. Check Your Brake System

A properly functioning brake system is essential to the safe operation of any car. Any spring automobile maintenance program must include checking brake pads, rotors, calipers, lines, and fluid levels. Leaks around the brake pedal or wheels or a loss of braking power can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.

2. Test Your Battery

The cold winter nights of winter cause the chemical composition of batteries to deteriorate, increasing the chance that you might find that, suddenly, your car will not start. Stop this before it occurs by testing your car's battery and replacing it if necessary.

3. Change Your Motor Oil And Filter

As motor oil lubricates and cools an engine, it accumulates fine dust and debris. Combined with changes in the environment during spring, motor oil can begin to break down, no longer serving its intended purpose. Fresh motor oil and a new filter are essential to maintaining a vehicle's peak performance.

4. Check Your Windshield Cleaning System

Top off windshield wiper fluid and check that wiper blades move smoothly across the windshield, without leaving streaks or skipping. Replace cracked, worn, and loose wiper blades before they become hazards on the road.

5. Check Your Tires

Properly inflated tires with sufficient tread are paramount to any safe motoring. Check that tires are inflated to the pressure indicated by the tire manufacturer and check the depth of the treads with gauges available from any auto parts dealer. Be mindful that tire pressure increases with higher temperatures.

6. Replace Your Headlights

Many drivers are amazed at the improvement in their night vision by simply replacing their headlights. Cleaning existing lights can also work wonders. Check that brake, signal, and running lights are working correctly at the same time.

Bring your car into Thom's Four Wheel Drive and Auto Service, Inc and let us prepare it for spring today!

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