Winter can be harsh on your vehicle. Many drivers face heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and icy roads, all of which can have a serious effect on all sorts of car components. The good news is winter is winding down and spring will be here shortly. To get your vehicle ready for warmer weather, use these maintenance tips from 1-800-Radiator and A/C franchises.
Check Alignment and Suspension
The winter weather can cause potholes to form on roads and rocks to emerge from the asphalt. Driving over one can ruin your car’s alignment or damage suspension components. It’s easy to tell if you have an alignment issue because your car will pull to one side or your steering wheel will vibrate as you drive. A suspension problem is evident if your vehicle has trouble withstanding bumps and it sways or bounces after passing a bump.
Rotate Your Tires and Check Air Pressure
In the winter, your tires will definitely take a beating while keeping you safe on the road. As spring approaches, your tire tread may show wear. To keep the tread wear even and prevent your front tires from wearing out prematurely, rotate your tires. Also, check your tire pressure to ensure they’re properly inflated. Winter weather can deflate your tires and driving on underinflated (or overinflated) tires is dangerous. Properly inflated tires will provide better handling and traction.
Inspect Your Wiper Blades
Ice buildup on your wiper blades can cause them to crack and tear. Check your blades for any signs of damage and have them replaced if need be. Since spring usually brings rain, it’s important to have working wiper blades to ensure your visibility lines stay clear.