How to Prepare Your Car for the Spring and Summer

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How to Prepare Your Car for the Spring and Summer

Drivers are often hung up on how to prepare their vehicles for the winter, but they don't always think about what they should do during the spring and summer. Vehicles tend to take a beating during the winter and they often require at least some maintenance when Springtime rolls around.To keep your vehicle in good working order, here are some car maintenance tips for warmer weather.

Wash Your Car

Road salt is everywhere in the winter, and while it does serve an important purpose, it can do a lot of damage to a vehicle. Once the ice and snow start to melt from the roads and the weather has gotten warmer, take some time to clean your car. This could mean hitting a car wash and making sure your vehicle is nearly spotless, but it will also mean clearing out the salt and grime from your undercarriage. Take a garden hose to the bottom of your car to make sure it is clear of road salt and other debris.

Check and Rotate Your Tires

Tire pressure changes about one pound per square inch for every ten-degree change in temperature. It decreases when it gets colder and increases when it gets warmer. Higher tire pressure will give you better steering and gas mileage, but it will wear your treads out faster. Lower tire pressure gives you a smoother ride, but you end up using more fuel since your vehicle will need to work harder to maintain consistent speeds. Check your vehicle's owner's manual to learn its ideal tire pressure, and try to keep your tires inflated to that level as often as you can. You should also be rotating your tires to preserve their tread.

Check Your Windshield Wipers

Even though you won't need your windshield wipers as much in the spring and summer, you should still check to make sure that the blades are in good working order. Spring is the perfect time to replace them if you need to.

Check Your Battery

Much like the rest of your vehicle, your battery may have had to work harder during the winter. You hopefully won't need to replace the battery on your car altogether, but you should still check it to make sure it's in good working order.

Clean Out the Cabin

A vehicle's interior can be just as messy in the summer as it is in the winter, but you should still take a vacuum to the floors and seats to remove the dirt and road salt that may have settled in during the winter.

For more information about how to prepare your car for the spring or to have it serviced once the weather starts to improve, contact us in Lincoln today.

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