Spring is an important time of year. Things outside are starting to regrow, there is a lot of rain to help bring frozen ground back to life, and your vehicle survived another chilly winter. In order to help bring new life back to your vehicle, it is important that you take good care of it properly. Rid your vehicle of the debris from the winter season, and allow it to feel new again. Here are six of the top maintenance tips to help your vehicle get ready for the rest of the year.
1 – Clean It Up
Winter does a number on the outsides of vehicles. Even if you didn’t see any snow at all this year, the dirt and debris from the ground can quickly and easily find its way to your vehicle’s paint and burrow its way in. This can cause short-term damage in being unsightly and show up as scratches to your paint’s finish, and long-term damage by working its way into the paint and potentially causing rust. Take your vehicle somewhere to get it cleaned really well, ideally detailed, too. Get all of the gunk off, and let your car look as good as it did the day you bought it.
2 – Change and Top Off Fluids
Once spring hits, you want to make sure you are checking the engine’s fluid levels. You likely haven’t had an oil change in the last three months, so do that while you are in there. Anything else that looks dirty should be changed as well. Top off your transmission fluid, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluid. That way, you are ready for whatever road trip comes up next!
3 – Check the Alignment
The bumpy roads most people face during cold weather can do a lot to the alignment of your vehicle. Little changes over time can give you bigger problems later. If you want to check your own alignment, then look at your tires while someone else is driving, or go out to an empty parking lot and drive slowly without holding the wheel. If your vehicle pulls to one side or the other, you need your alignment to be corrected.
4 – Make Sure Your Brakes Are In Good Working Order
The last thing you want to do is be driving down the road and start to have issues with your brakes. That’s why spring is the best time to check them. Look at your pads, rotors, and calipers, and make sure they all have enough life left in them to be safe. If they don’t, replace them know while the weather is nice, before heading back out for either work or play.
5 – Rotate and Inflate Your Tires
Tires often wear unevenly all year round, but they seem to do it even more during the winter. By rotating your tires, you give them the longest life possible. While you are switching them around, make sure you check your tire pressure, too. Tires that are not inflated properly can be dangerous, and even cost you mileage while you are driving.
6 – Change Your Wiper Blades
Wiper blades often only last around six months of regular use. If you used them a lot this winter, make sure you change them now. With all of the rain that often signals spring, it is better to be prepared and not need it, then it is to need it and not be prepared.
For any of these auto parts, come in and see the folks at Oakley Napa. They are the place you want to go for all of your Florence auto parts this spring, and the rest of the year!
OakleyNAPA is an independently operated dealer of NAPA, heavy duty and small engine equipment, parts and supplies. In addition to NAPA’s standard automotive parts, we have much to offer agricultural, heavy duty and industrial customers. We carry products from independent companies, like Trux Accessories‘ lighting and chrome parts for trucks, PAI Industries’catalog and Mahindra tractor parts. OakleyNAPA also carries Gates hoses and Martin Senour paint, making us a one-stop shop for your needs.
We have several trained mechanics on staff to work on any problems you may encounter, from warranty issues to routine maintenance, and carry parts for most yard equipment, including tillers, mowers and chainsaws.
We serve the following Lauderdale County, AL communities, but not limited to:
- St. Florian
- Zip City