Though you may be ready for those extra rays of sunshine, how ready is your Toyota vehicle? Three tips on getting your car ready for Spring include: check your brakes, change your tires, and a give your vehicle a good cleanup.
As Spring represents different things to different people, vehicle maintenance may not always be top of mind. Vancouver’s moderate winters should not be underestimated; even slight changes in temperature and road conditions can have major effects on your vehicle. Knowing how to keep your car healthy through these changes can help save you money on service in the long-run.
Here are three tips for getting your Toyota ready for Spring:
1. Put your Winter tires into hibernation
If you installed Winter tires on your vehicle at the beginning of the season, make sure to switch them 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 your tires.
2. Pay attention to “detail”
Winter conditions can do significant damage to both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. An important element of your vehicle spring cleaning plan should include ensuring salt is removed from your vehicle. Detailing generally includes cleaning, polishing, and protecting of the car’s exterior, as well as thorough interior cleaning. You can do some detailing conveniently 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.
3. 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 ideal time to do so. Your Destination Toyota 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.
Spring is a great time to take extra 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 car for Spring, check out our YouTube video on Spring vehicle Maintenance for some advice from one of Destination Toyota’s trusted Service Advisors. To learn more about our services, visit us at http://www.destinationtoyota.ca/.