Spring Car Maintenance Tips

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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.

Increase Your Gas Mileage and Save Money

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Try to increase your gas mileage with these simple tips!

The price of gasoline may be low, but that sure doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t like to save even more, right? Here are some basic tips to increase your gas mileage, and therefore, your savings:

  • Slow down. By reducing your speed can save you multiple miles per gallon, especially on long trips.
  • Whenever possible, avoid idling your car. If you’re waiting to pick someone up or have become stuck behind a train – there’s no point to wasting your car’s energy.
  • Therefore, it’s beneficial not to warm up your car for more than about 30 seconds. Your car will warm up quickly once you start driving.
  • Reduce the weight of your vehicle. If you still have luggage in the back from your last trip, it’s lowering your fuel economy.
  • Lastly, keep your vehicle in good shape! Properly inflated tires, quality engine oil, and a clean air filter will all improve your vehicle’s efficiency.

 

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