Did you know that over 2,500 deaths occur per year because of poor vehicle maintenance? As winter serves a major blow to your car from potholes, salt, cold temperatures and icy roads, the warmer weather means it’s time to assess your vehicle and make repairs. What should you look for?


Check Your Battery

Winter is said to impact your battery’s performance as much as 60 percent, especially if it’s at least six years old. So you’re not stranded with a car that won’t start, test and replace an old battery, as well as any plugs and wires.

Look at Your Tires

Cold weather decreases your tires’ pressure and potholes can throw off the suspension, leading to uneven wear. Now that the roads are starting to be repaired from winter damage, check your tires’ wear and have them inflated and balanced.

Check Your Belts and Hoses

Belts and hoses are also affected by the cold, cracking, blistering or becoming otherwise worn. Damage is especially apparent if these components are more than five years old. If you haven’t needed to replace them over that period, now is the time to do so.

Suspension and Alignment

Adding to one of the points above, potholes throw off your car’s suspension system and alignment, which could later lead to wear and leaks. Clear signs that indicate maintenance is an absolute necessity include your car having a tendency to pull more to one side when you drive or the steering wheel vibrating.

Replace the Windshield Wipers

Colder temperatures also cause windshield wipers to crack and experience wear. If you’re seeing streaks rather than clean glass while driving in the rain, have your set replaced.

Clean Out the Interior

Many drivers do not realize that items you stored in your car during winter add weight, which in turn decreases your car’s mileage per gallon. To conserve gas, take an inventory of everything that’s necessary to keep inside your car and what can be removed.

Wash the Exterior

While salt is a necessity to prepare the roads before a storm, it sticks to the bottom of your car and can corrode the metal underneath. To avoid your car experiencing premature damage or rust, schedule time in early spring to have all the salt washed off, especially from the undercarriage.

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