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How to Prepare Your Car for Spring

How to Prepare Your Car for Spring

How to Prepare Your Car for Spring

When spring is approaching, it's essential to prepare your car for warm weather driving. Everything you need to know about spring car care, from detailing the exterior to checking all the nooks and crannies, is below. Our service centre is available to help you with the process here at Chatham Honda in Chatham, Ontario.

1. Spring Car Cleaning

The best way to keep your car in tip-top shape during the spring is to clean it thoroughly. Whether you're cleaning the exterior, interior, or both, the best way to start is with a sponge and some mild soap or car wash. Pay special attention to the car's undercarriage, where rock salt and other de-icing chemicals were splashed on your car in the winter.

2. Swap Your Tires

Summer tires and winter tires not only have different treads for navigating different road conditions, but they also contain different compounds. Winter tires are softer to provide maximum friction in cooler temperatures. On warmer surfaces, these same compounds can wear away quickly. Summer tires are made of more durable material for less deterioration over the warm months on the hot ground. Switching tires seasonally is safer, and it can also extend the lifespan of your tires. It's also an excellent opportunity to check the remaining life on your tires and plan for a new set ahead of time.

3. Examine Your Headlights

Your headlights are essential for visibility. So, before you get too comfortable driving at night, it's important to make sure they're in great shape. Keep an eye on headlight wiring and have them inspected before you start driving at night.

4. Replace Windshield Wiper Blades and Fluid

To keep your windshield clear and free of streaks, one thing you can do is swap out your wiper blades. Good visibility is essential all year long.

5. Change the Oil

Oil changes are recommended based on both time and mileage. Scheduling an oil change with your spring maintenance is a great way to stay on schedule.

6. Check the Battery

Before you head out for a drive, check the battery terminals for corrosion buildup. You can also use a voltmeter to ensure that your battery is still at the maximum charge capacity range.

7. Check Your Brakes

Checking your brake's wear levels is vital to ensure safe braking all year round. Looking over the brake pads every time you get your tires swapped is good practice for knowing when it's time for a brake pad replacement.

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