Spring is in the air and with spring comes getting out there on the road and enjoying that beautiful Minnesota weather. Drivers are planning for more driving this spring – like driving to your kid’s sporting events or that family road trip for a weekend getaway. But before you hop in the car and get too far from home, it’s important to know that winter can be hard on your car. So we recommend having these 9 things checked and inspected.
Your tires are one of the most important parts of your car when it comes to driving safety. Winter weather, salt on the roads, and those pesky potholes can all cause wear and tear to your tires that could make them unsafe to drive on. Before you hit the road, be sure to inspect your tires for tread life, and any dents or damage to your rims. In addition, it’s always a good idea to have your tires rotated and balanced to keep you safe while driving in every season.
Plan on having your struts and/or shocks inspected this spring. Winter driving can impact your suspension system so take your car to the mechanic for this inspection. Some signs that your suspension may be off include continued bouncing after hitting bumps, pulling to one side after turning corners, one side of a parked car sitting lower than the other side, and unusually bumpy rides.
Just like your suspension, your alignment may be thrown off by the winter elements. Signs your alignment is not right include uneven or rapid tire wear, a crooked steering wheel when you are driving straight, pulling to one side while driving, and squealing tires. If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to get your car into your mechanic.
Fluid levels can get depleted over the winter, so before you hit the road it’s always a good idea to make sure your coolant, transmission, power steering, brake, and hydraulic fluid (if needed) are checked and filled to the proper levels.
You more than likely haven’t used your AC in a while, so it’s a good idea to have your AC output tested and inspected. You’ll want to make sure it’s in good working order and prepared for the heat of summer.
Winter weather like snow and ice tends to dull your wiper blades. Spring is the perfect time to trade in your worn out wipers for brand new ones as you prepare for spring and summer rains.
Belts & Hoses
Your vehicle’s belts and hoses take a hit from our bitterly cold temperatures all winter long. Ask your mechanic to inspect your belts and hoses for any wearing, cracking, and tearing. Having your belts & hoses inspected can save you the headache of a roadside breakdown later this spring.
Cabin Air Filter
If you have a 2000 or newer car, it’s more than likely that your car has a cabin air filter. Cabin air filters keep the inside air of your car clean and free from pollen, mold, and other pollutants. Spring is a great time to install a new cabin air filter for a pleasant drive all year long.
Winter can cause wear and tear on your headlights, taillights, and turn signals. Check for any burnt out lights, and have them replaced. Salt and snow can also cause a yellow haze to form your headlight and taillights. This can be a night time driving hazard.
We know keeping your car maintained as the seasons change can be challenging. Our team is ready to help inspect these 9 items and get you back to enjoy spring and summer on the road.