As winter fades away and the temperatures start to rise, please remember to prioritize your vehicle by keeping it in good shape for the spring season. With the change in weather, several common car problems can arise. Here are some of the most common car problems in the spring and what you can do to prevent them.
- Battery Problems: The cold weather of winter can put a lot of strain on your car battery, and this can cause it to wear out or even fail during the spring season. Be sure to check your battery's charge and connections regularly to ensure it functions properly. If your battery is over three years old, consider replacing it.
- Tire Pressure: Fluctuating temperatures can cause your tire pressure to drop or rise, leading to uneven wear and tear on your tires. Check your tire pressure often and keep it at the manufacturer's recommended levels.
- Brakes: Winter driving can be tough on your brakes, especially if you live in an area with a lot of salt or sand on the roads. Spring is a good time to inspect and service your brakes.
- Suspension: Winter weather can cause potholes and other road damage, which can take a toll on your vehicle's suspension. Check for signs of wear or damage, such as a bumpy ride or uneven tire wear.
- Air Conditioning: As temperatures rise, you'll want to ensure your air conditioning system works properly. Have it inspected and serviced if needed, so you'll be ready for the warmer weather ahead.
- Fluid Levels: Winter weather can cause fluids to thicken or freeze, so check your fluid levels and whether any leaks are present. Your car fluids include engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant levels.
If you're not comfortable performing these checks yourself, be sure to take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic at Tri Star Automotive for a complete vehicle inspection.