Written by: Destination Chrysler, North Vancouver, B.C.
Spring is almost here! Though you may be ready for the warm weather, how ready is your vehicle? Here are three things you should think about in preparing your car for Spring: brakes, tires, and a good car cleanup.
Spring may represent different things to different people, and though vehicle maintenance may not be your top priority, we should not underestimate its importance. In Vancouver, our moderate weather and accessibility to the mountains give us flexibility to choose how we want to experience Winter. And while it may not seem obvious, slight changes in temperature and road conditions can have major effects on your vehicle. Knowing how to keep your car healthy through seasonal changes can help you save a lot of money on service in the long-term.
Here are three ways to get your car ready for Spring.
1. Give your vehicle 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 a great time to do so. Your Destination Chrysler 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. Store away those Winter tires
If you installed snow tires on your vehicle at the start of Winter, remember to switch back to all-season or summer tires. Winter tires are made from a softer rubber compound suited for temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, offering greater flexibility and grip. When temperatures rise above this level, it causes accelerated tire wear, something you can easily avoid by ensuring timely removal. So, once the snow is gone, make sure to change those tires!
3. Get your car detailed
Winter conditions can do significant damage to both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Spring cleaning includes chiseling off those layers of damaging Winter salt. Detailing includes cleaning, polishing, and protecting of the car’s exterior, as well as thorough interior cleaning. You can do some detailing on your own at home, such as vacuuming and cleaning of the trunk; other jobs such as waxing, paint correction, and more importantly, an engine shampoo, should be completed by a professional Service Advisor.
With Spring just around the corner, now is an ideal time to take care of your vehicle. By following the above three tips, you can enhance your vehicle’s safety, improve performance, and make your car look great at the same time!
For more information on how to prepare your vehicle for spring, check out our YouTube video on Spring vehicle maintenance for some advice from one of Destination Chrysler’s trusted Service Advisors. To learn more about our services, visit us at http://www.destinationchrysler.ca