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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR VEHICLE AFTER WINTER

Winter is notorious for being tough on vehicles. On top of the snow, ice and road salt impacting your vehicle’s visual aesthetic, it’s entirely possible winter has done a number on your radiator hoses, battery, and underbody, which is susceptible to rust & corrosion. Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to focus on the areas of your car that may have been ignored during the winter. Post-winter maintenance is ‘spring cleaning’ for your vehicle and here are a few tips on how to care for your vehicle following the winter:

INSPECT FLUIDS

As soon as the winter has concluded, head underneath the hood to inspect your vehicle’s fluids. You can begin by checking your oil – if the consistency is dark and looks like tar, or it feels rough to touch, it’s time for an oil change. Your coolant should look bright and transparent; therefore, if it’s looking a little brown, you’ll need to have it changed. If your power steering fluid is low, be sure to fill it up.

PUMP YOUR TIRES

The temperature changes that winter brings is especially tough on your tires, and there’s a possibility that your tires may have lost some air or nitrogen in the last couple of months. Properly inflated tires are necessary to operate your vehicle efficiently as they help lower your fuel consumption, improve braking responsiveness, and handling capabilities. Be sure to check the placard on the inside of your driver’s side door for tire pressure information as the information listed on your tire are general recommendations and not specific to your vehicle.

GIVE IT A POWER CLEANING

Winter is the worst time of the year for your vehicle’s aesthetic. Driving hundreds of kilometres on roads that are covered with snow, slush, and road salt will do a number on your vehicle’s outer body. Be sure to invest in a car wash for your car, truck or van and be sure to pay a little extra for underbody care & protection. Following the first car wash of the season, drivers will notice scuffs or blemishes that were hidden in the winter grime; this allows drivers to complete a 360° vehicle inspection and address any issues on the vehicle’s exterior.

CHANGE YOUR WIPERS

As a good rule of thumb, following each winter, drivers should replace their windshield wipers. After a long winter of pushing away snow, ice & salt from your windshield, they’ve likely lost their effectiveness. New wipers will improve your driving visibility and ensure that you’re prepared for those treacherous “April showers!’

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to elate; however, as vehicle owners, we can’t forget to take care of our automobiles. For more information, contact Jim Wilson Chevrolet GMC Buick!