Once the snow starts melting and the season of potholes and ice is finally over, it’s time you give your car the attention it deserves and prepare it for spring. Some of the things you need to do might require a visit to your mechanic, but there are also those you can do yourself. If you don’t know what needs to be done, have a look at this list, which contains some suggestions, and get your car ready for new challenges.
It’s vital that you give your car a thorough wash, especially because freezing temperatures and road salt can have a detrimental effect on both the paint and bodywork. Make sure you don’t miss a single spot when washing your car if you want your car to be in good shape again.
Check the battery
Your car’s electrical system also deserves your attention. Inspect the battery and make sure it’s still strong enough. You can probably do it for free at a local parts shop, just ask around. If you see that your battery is weak, replace it before it stops working unless you want to be stranded on a not so busy road in Australia.
Check your tyres
It’s a well-known fact that your tyres need to be inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Only then can you count on having a reliable car, which doesn’t consume more gasoline than necessary. It’s quite likely that the cold air and ice had a very bad effect on your tyres, and that they are no longer in the right condition. If you’re living in Sydney, visit the renowned experts for tyres in Blacktown. They will help you inspect if your tyres and make sure everything is in order.
Change your oil
Because of the climate in Australia, it’s important that you regularly check your oil if you want your car to have a long, healthy life. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to the letter when it comes to oil change interval and viscosity. The same attention should be paid to the oil filter. These simple routine checks are provided by all car shops and you might want to find one where you can take care of almost all of your spring maintenance.
Replace wiper blades and fluids
If it was a snowy winter, you might need to change your windshield wipers, especially if you see they are streaking. This is something you can do on your own. Don’t forget to top up your windshield wiper fluid, as well.
It’s probably not necessary to emphasise how important brakes are. Since you want them to be in good shape, the only way to make sure that happens is to pay a visit to a technician, who can inspect the pads and rotors. In case they are not in good shape, replace them immediately.
Alignment and suspension
Potholes can seriously damage your car’s alignment and suspension. So, if you notice that the steering wheel vibrates or that your car pulls to one side, you can be pretty sure you have an alignment problem. Visit a nearby mechanic to fix this issue as soon as possible.
Finally, inspect your engine’s fluids and make sure they are full. Consult the owner’s manual if you can’t locate all the fluid bottles. They either feature a dipstick or a fill line, which can tell you about the amount of fluid in the bottle. Although most fluids should last in between service appointments, except for the windshield fluid, which you probably have to add more often, especially if you are living in a snowy or dusty area.
As you can see, most of the things mentioned here don’t require any specific knowledge or skill, but there are some issues that can only be dealt with by a professional. Your job, as a proud owner of the car, is to make sure you prevent as many problems from occurring in the first place as possible. That’s why regular inspections are necessary.
You need to bear in mind that some problems may still occur, despite all the steps you’ve taken. However, being diligent when it comes to car maintenance will significantly reduce the likelihood of something like that, which means you can enjoy safe and reliable rides in your car throughout the year.