These spring car care tips will help you stay safe and keep your car running smoothly. Every winter, your car is put to the test by cold temperatures, snow and ice, road salt, potholes, frost and more. Most new vehicles have “smart” computer systems that can alert us to problems, but if left untended, these issues can make our vehicles unsafe. Add these five car care tips to your spring cleanup:
1. Batteries, Plugs and Wires: All these components give spark to your vehicle and they work extra hard when it's cold. Winter puts stress on these parts and compromises their performance up to 60 per cent. Test and replace old or weak batteries, plugs and wires, especially those more than three-years-old. This is certainly less expensive than a tow and replacement down the road.
2. Belts and Hoses: Inspect and replace worn or cracked belts, as well as those hoses that are blistered, brittle or too soft. Belts and hoses older than five years in age, even if they look okay, need to be replaced.
3. Brakes: After a season of snow and ice you should have your brake system inspected, including lines, hoses, the parking brake and brake fluid levels. We depend on our brakes and sometimes a simple brake pad being changed or serviced can put an end to worries about safety.
4. Suspension and Wheel Alignment: Potholes aren't friendly to shocks and struts. Your suspension should be inspected to determine wear or leaks. Having your wheels properly aligned after the winter season will help with less wear on your tires and keep you on the road in a safe direction. Your wheels should be aligned yearly.
5. Windshield Wipers: Check them for wear and cracks and replace if necessary. This should be done every spring and fall.
With all these tips in mind, come visit the Car Doctor at Yonge Steeles Ford Lincoln, at 7120 Yonge Street. You can also email the Car Doctor
directly or the through The Dealership