Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Car

March 14th, 2018 by

Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Car

With spring almost in sight, it’s time to start getting our vehicles in shape for the warm weather. While we may still be a few months off from exciting summer road trips, we can do things to take care of our cars now to ensure they’re ready to go when we are. At Lebanon Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership, we know cars and we use the following spring maintenance tips to help keep ours in perfect shape:

  • Check and Change Fluids: While most car owners are aware of the need to check and change the oil, you will also want to manage your fluids for:
    • Power steering
    • Brakes
    • Transmission fluids
    • Windshield washer fluid
    • Coolant

Make sure to top off any that are low and, if your steering, brake or coolant fluids are low, take the time to check for a leak. These are closed systems, so a low level is a likely indicator that you’re losing fluid.

  • Change Wiper Blades: wipers are only intended to last for six months to a year. If you can’t remember when you last changed them, spring is a good time because you will need these in top shape to handle the wet and rainy weather coming.
  • Give Belts and Hoses a Check-Up: It’s always important to have these parts working properly, but after a harsh winter it’s especially good to check on them since freezing temperatures increase the likelihood of cracks and stress damage.
  • Check All Your Filters: While you likely check and change your oil filter when you check your oil levels, the other filters in your car are more likely to be overlooked. Make a habit of checking them in the spring (and fall) to ensure they’re clean and working properly. Filters to check include:
    • Engine air filter
    • Cabin air filter
    • Fuel filter
  • Check Tire Pressure: Ideally, you should check your tire pressure monthly, but after cold weather is an especially important time to check as the temperatures can affect the pressure. Take this time to also look for any uneven wear and tear and to rotate your tires if you haven’t done so in more than 8,000 miles.

Is your car worse for wear after the snow and ice of winter? Salt on roads, freezing temperatures and regular use, all take a major toll on our vehicles which means the best thing you can do in spring is get a new car. With a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles available, Lebanon Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership has the perfect car or truck to fit your budget, schedule and needs. Come in or call, 513-409-2612 for fast, friendly service.

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