Winters in the UK can be short lived and unpredictable. Ice, snow, and salt take a toll on your vehicle’s appearance and its engine. With spring just around the corner, many car owners are eager to get out on the road and enjoy the warm(er) sunshine. Before heading out, make sure your car is ready to take you where you want to go. Giving it proper care and attention now will help avoid larger repairs down the road and keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.
Here is a regular spring vehicle maintenance checklist to keep in mind:
- Fluids: Monitor your car’s fluids. This includes power steering, transmission, suspension, screen wash, and brake fluids, as well as coolant and oil levels. Some fluids can become contaminated and break down over time. Consult your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations on when to replace or flush fluids; a mechanic will tell you if the levels need to be topped off.
- Brakes: Even if you’ve checked the brake fluid levels, look at the entire braking system as well. Salt and corrosion can build up and break down the lubricants that brakes need to work effectively. Brakes are vital to safe driving; have them thoroughly inspected and replaced if necessary.
- Tyres: Change winter tyres for all-season tyres however, inspect them for cracks and tread depth. Have your all-season tyres rotated to prevent uneven wear and make sure they are installed with the proper tire pressure. Have Barrowford MOT look at the wheel alignment, balance, and suspension to ensure a smooth spring ride.
- Battery: Cold weather and freezing temperatures can be tough on your car’s battery, and spring is a good time to have it tested. Make sure the connections are free from corrosion and tightly secured, and that the battery itself is securely mounted.
- Windscreen: That chip in the windscreen that started off small last year has grown through the winter to a full-size crack. Moisture and dirt can get into marks in the glass and expand with the freezing temperatures, causing them to spread. Chips and cracks in your windscreen can effect the safety and stability of your entire vehicle; have them fixed or repaired right away.
- Oil Change: Oil becomes less effective over time and can cause excess wear on your engine if it’s not changed regularly. Regular oil changes prevent the engine from overheating, clean out impurities, and help to keep your vehicle performing at its best.
For help with spring car maintenance, call Barrowford MOT and we will happily book your car into the garage to get it Spring ready!