Spring Tune-Up Tips
Spring Tune Up Tips at Eastside Dodge
Canadian winters can be rough on your vehicle, from freezing temperatures and potholes to the gravel and salt on the roads. Spring is a great time to tune up your car and give it a little extra love and care after the winter season. Here are some helpful tips from Eastside Dodge to get your car in tip top shape again for the Spring and Summer seasons.
Check Your Tires
Tire pressure changes with the temperature, so make sure to check the tire pressure on all of your tires, including the spare. Tires can be expensive to replace, so it's important to check them for any wear and tear or obvious signs of damage. Mechanics also suggest to have tires rotated to prolong their life. If you have been using winter tires, start considering switching back to summer tires since different season tires perform optimally at different road temperatures.
You may not think about them much, but wiper blades are integral to your safety by ensuring visibility under poor driving conditions. Inspect your wiper blades for any damage or drying and that they are maintaining full contact with the windshield. We suggest that your wiper blades are changed every 6 months for your safety, so spring might be a good time to do so. Also make sure that you have enough wiper fluid and always keep an extra reservoir in your vehicle in case of emergency.
Oil and Filter Change
Fall and spring are great times to change your engine oil and filter, so if you haven't changed your oil since before winter now is the perfect opportunity. If you switched to thinner oil for the winter, you should ensure that you swap back to more viscous oil for the warmer weather. Neglecting to change your oil regularly results in poor engine performance, decreased fuel efficiency, and even costly engine damage. Keeping on top of oil changes is one of the easiest ways to keep your car healthy, so if you are unsure of anything it is a good idea to check with your local auto dealer.
Check Your Battery
Your car battery also takes a beating over the winter months since more strain is put on the battery to start in below-zero temperatures. You can visually inspect your battery plugs for signs of corrosion or buildup and clean the battery posts if necessary. Of course, if you have any concerns it is always best to contact your local dealer.
Schedule a Service
Proper and regular maintenance of your vehicle not only prolongs its life expectancy and ensures your safety, it can also save you money on future costly repairs. To find out more about spring car tune-ups or have your car inspected for any issues, visit Eastside Dodge at 815 36 Street NE Calgary AB T2A 4W3 or simply give us a call to set up an appointment at (403) 273-7755.