Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips

In March we turn over a new leaf by “springing ahead” and starting to clear out our winter gear, but that care is rarely extended to our vehicles. The snow, ice, and chilly temperatures of Canadian winters are tough on our cars, so they’re likely to be showing signs of wear and tear by now. Spring vehicle maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your beloved vehicle.

Spring is a great time to get your vehicle in check and ready for the warmer seasons to come!

  • Replace your wiper blades. Chances are they’re torn or cracked from the ice and heavy snow. Rain is coming! Get those blades in working order.
  • Check your oil & oil filter. It’s important to always check your oil and oil filter based on your vehicle’s needs, but a new season is a great opportunity to remember this. Neglecting engine oil can result in poor engine performance and higher fuel consumption.
  • Check your fluids. This includes power steering, brake, and transmission fluids; windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. Top them up or flush/replace as recommended based on your make and model!
  • Check your battery. Negative temps don’t do much to help your battery (as we all know), so it’s important to have it tested now that the worst is over. If your battery is more than 5 years old, consider getting it replaced.
  • Check your tires. This is especially important if you weren’t using winter tires the last couple of months. Check the tread for uneven wear, and top up the pressure based on your owner’s manual. Rotate your tires every 10,000 km and replace them if they’re worn or damaged!

Stay safe this spring, and get your car in tip-top shape for summer cruisin’!

Mar 19th, 2018