Written By: Destination Mazda, Vancouver, B.C.
Spring has almost arrived! You may be ready for the warm weather, but how ready is your Mazda vehicle? Preparing your car for the Spring season should include three things: checking your tires, brakes, and giving your vehicle a good spring cleaning.
As temperatures warm up, vehicle maintenance may not be top of mind for many people. Vancouver’s moderate weather and accessibility to the mountains give us flexibility to choose how and when we want to experience the cold Winter and snowy roads; you may not realize that minor changes in temperature and road conditions can have major effects on your vehicle. Proper vehicle maintenance will allow you to ultimately save money and time in the long-term.
Here are three tips for preparing your vehicle for Spring:
1. Give your car a “brake”
Slush and salt take their toll on many components of your vehicle, and disc brake mechanisms are some of the most critical parts affected. Winter driving can cause corrosion issues inside the braking system – if you haven’t had your car’s brakes checked in the last year, now is the perfect time to do so. Your Destination Mazda Service Advisor can ensure that the brake caliper sliders are moving freely and are well lubricated. If these stick or seize, they can cause a hard brake pedal and accelerated lining wear.
2. Hibernate those Winter tires
If you installed Winter tires on your car a few months back, remember to switch back to all-season or summer tires. Winter tires are composed of a softer rubber compound suited for temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, offering greater flexibility and grip on the road. When temperatures rise above this level, it causes accelerated tire wear, something easily avoidable through timely removal. So, once the snow is gone, stow away those Winter tires!
3. Add the detail
Winter conditions can do significant damage to both the interior and exterior of your vehicle, especially causing a buildup of salt under the vehicle. A good Detailing of your Mazda should include both cleaning of the salt and a good engine shampoo. You can do some detailing conveniently at home, such as vacuuming and cleaning of the trunk; other jobs such as waxing, paint correction, and engine shampooing should be done by a professional Service Advisor.
With Spring just around the corner, now is an ideal time to take care of your Mazda vehicle. By following the above three tips, you can not only enhance your car’s safety and improve performance, but also make it look great at the same time!
For more information on these tips for preparing your car for spring, take a look at our new YouTube video on Spring car maintenance for some advice from one of Destination Mazda’s trusted Service Advisors. To learn more about our services, visit us at http://www.newmazda.ca/.