After a harsh winter, your car needs a little help getting back on its feet, so spring car maintenance is a must. Here are some things you should do when the weather starts to warm up.
First, check your fluids. They’re likely low or even dirty to the point of needing to be changed. Have your battery tested along with your spark plugs—if performance is low or they’re more than three years old, just replace them.
Check your tire pressure since cold weather lowers it, and check to make sure your brake pads, lines, and belts aren’t wearing out. Get new windshield wiper blades—after sweeping snow off your car all winter, your blades are probably too tired to keep up with spring rain.
Check out your wheel alignment and suspension as well. These can easily get knocked out of place when you hit big potholes. If you feel your car vibrating or pulling to one side when you drive, definitely check the alignment and suspension.
Clean, clean, clean, outside and in. Salt and slush that build up under your car can lead to rusting, and you’ll feel much better when your car is clean on the inside.
Today’s vehicles are built to last. While we once aimed to keep our cars running to the 100,000-mile mark, we can (and should) expect more from today’s vehicles. Quality materials, improved technology, and resilient designs all play a role in keeping our cars going for longer. Here are three ways you can help your new car get to 200,000 miles and beyond.
- Preventative maintenance is key. The most important thing you can do to keep your car running at its best for years to come is to stay up-to-date on service. Oil changes, filter replacements, fluid top-offs, alignments, and tire rotations are just a few maintenance items that will keep your car running at its most efficient.
- Keep it clean. Make sure to wash your car regularly, and properly maintain the interior materials. Doing so will keep the exterior paint in tip-top shape, and keep the interior from prematurely wearing or fading. Also clean out built up dirt and leaves under the hood, and clean out sludge and grime from the engine compartment.
- Don’t ignore issues. If something isn’t working correctly, or you notice something doesn’t seem right (including any illuminated dashboard lights), have it looked at right away. Doing so will help you to avoid additional damage, and allow your car to continue to function at its best.
Here are even more ideas on how to get your vehicle to 200,000 miles.
Are you ready to get your car caught up on regular service? Make an appointment at Joe Holland Hyundai today!