Spring arrives this week and although it may not be time to put on your all-season or summer tires quite yet, it is time to start some spring maintenance on your ride.
1) Check your air filter and air conditioning (HVAC) system
Throughout the winter, a lot of road spray gets sucked up into an engine’s air intake as you drive, often clogging the filter. A blocked filter results in restricted air flow and reduced performance and mileage. Spring is a great time to have your air filter checked and replaced, and of course you want to make sure the AC system is working too.
2) Have your oil changed
It is recommended that you change your oil every 5,000 kilometres or every 3 months. Many drivers don’t follow these guidelines or simply forget, so spring is the perfect time to have your oil changed.
3) Check lights and wipers
Make sure all interior and exterior lights are working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving in rainy and muddy conditions.
4) Change your tires/align your wheels
Remove your winter tires as soon as it’s safe to do so as driving on winter tires late into the spring will ruin them. Winter road conditions can be super tough on your vehicle and can throw its wheel alignment out of whack. Have your wheels realigned and your tires balanced to put your vehicle back on track.
5) Clear out your trunk
Having unnecessary weight in your vehicle’s trunk or truck bed can reduce fuel efficiency. Clear out your trunk or truck bed of winter items, such as sand bags, to lighten the load and make room for fun summer items.
6) Clean up your ride
Salt, sand and gravel from roads in the winter can seriously corrode your vehicle. Make sure to give your vehicle, especially its undercarriage, a good wash. Clean your vehicle’s interior as well, including washing the floor mats and vacuuming.