The long cold months of winter can wreak havoc on your vehicle both inside and outside. Freezing, then thawing temperatures can weaken the car’s joint, while road salt mixed with snow melt can eat through your quarter panels. The cold weather also affects your engine oil and other fluids, especially if you live in the northeast. They don’t flow around the various moving pieces of your motor as efficiently until they warm up meaning extra wear and tear.
Now that the warmer months are coming you want to make sure your vehicle is road ready for the spring and summer. Here are 3 things you can do to get your road warrior back in fighting shape for the spring.
Visit a Car Wash
Road salt can wreak havoc on not only your paint job, but the very foundation of your car as well. We all know how water plus iron equals rust, well salt speeds up the oxidation process exponentially. Salt is an electrolyte and so if you have iron in salt water along with pieces of aluminum you effectively get a battery which will eat holes in your car’s body and joints. All in all its much better and cheaper to wash the salt away before it becomes a problem
Check Your Tires
It’s amazing just how much money you can save by keeping your tires properly inflated. Temperature affects tire pressure. When it’s cold gasses contract and reduce your pressure, while in hot temperatures gasses expand and can over inflate your tires. Proper tire inflation increases your fuel efficiency which saves your wallet in the long run. Also driving on under inflated tires can take tens of thousands of miles off of their useful lifetime, so keeping things at suggested manufacturer levels saves you money on new tires as well
Check Your Battery
Batteries don’t like the cold. Freezing temperatures can make the liquid inside the cores thicker meaning that the battery has to do more work to maintain the same power levels. Many parts shops will check your battery for free so you can find out just how much life it has left. If your battery is getting weak you can prevent future problems before they start.
Getting your car ready for spring is a relatively simple process. If winterizing is about making sure things stay warm in the cold, then you can think of spring readiness as making sure things won’t get to hot as things heat up outside.