Early spring is ideal for getting your car prepared for road trips, more frequent driving, or even that epic summer vacation that’s only a few months away. In Ohio, our spring seems to be struggling to bloom, but we know it will be here soon.
Wash and wax. After winter’s assault on your car with road salt, sand, slush, ice and snow, give your car a clean sweep, especially on the underside.
Fluid checks. After winter, we are all looking forward to the easier breezier warmer spring days, but wait…bring in spring season with fluid checks. Make sure your coolant, brake fluid, oil and transmission fluid are all at optimal capacity. Keeping fluids at the correct levels can save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary repair bills. And save your road trips, no one wants to be calling a tow truck when you are supposed to be having fun.
Change windshield wipers. Your wiper blades take a beating from the winter as well, and you’ll also need those wipers to be in top shape for the springtime showers…or deluges! Spring is the perfect tie for new wiper blades.
Battery voltage check. After surfing the winter, it is to check the battery again before your road trips. Many retailers with auto supplies offer a quick, free battery test. Or we can check your battery when you are in for an oil change or service.
Inspect air filter. A clogged air filter will impact your engine’s performance. Changing your air filter is simple (takes about 5 minutes) and inexpensive (costs around $10 – $25). A dirty air filter can reduce gas mileage up to 10%. A general rule for changing this filter is roughly every three months, in areas where you encounter more dirt, pollution or road construction, you might have to change it more often.
Tire maintenance. Keep your tires in their recommended pressure range, typically 30-32 psi. But, be sure to check your tires for specifics. All tires lose air and leak naturally, ASE reports most tires loose one to two pounds of air per month, so their inflation needs to be frequently checked. They also suggest you check air pressure when the tires are cool for a more reliable reading. Next, do a monthly visual inspection of your tires checking for wear, cracks, slipped belts, bulges or other abnormalities. This can be done while you are pumping gas, and could save you from a blow-out on the interstate. Under inflated tires can reduce your fuel mileage by as much as 15%, and significantly reduce the life of your tires. Under inflation can lead to handling and maneuverability problems that could cause an accident.
Oil Changes Protect the lifeblood of your engines. Through the last few decades, engines have changed and so has the required timing of oil changes. What used to be a standard 3,000 mile oil change may be a 5,000 miles change today, depending on the make, model and engine in your vehicle. So we recommend you consult your owner’s manual for details. Also, there are different grades, viscosity or weight of oil and in some diesel engines they require more oil than gas engines. There is research that shows using synthetic oil can reduce fuel consumption, extend engine life and reduce carbon emissions. Consider using it at your next oil change or ask us if it could be used in your vehicle.
Don’t forget the interior. Winter road salt is corrosive and can erode your car from the inside out, not just from the outside in. Make sure to vacuum, and possible even steam clean your carpets.
Oxford Automotive has 2 locations to help you keep your car running well to save you time &money….Delaware and Powell