Spring Car Maintenance Tips
Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions have been hard on your car, so it is likely showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the
perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any minor problems, before they become major ones.
At Sandy Lane Automotive, we recommend our 85 point seasonal inspection during your Spring maintenance service to ensure you are adequately
prepared for the driving seasons ahead.
A few of the services and checks we provide are:
Changing your oil and oil filter. Changing your oil and oil filter at the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual is one of
the best ways to keep the engine running trouble free. Neglecting to replace engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel
consumption and even severe engine damage.
Checking your fluids. When you change your oil and oil filter, you should also check your fluids. Check your power steering, brake, and
transmission fluids; your windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. If the levels are low, top them up, and flush/replace them as
recommended in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that your power steering, brake and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may
indicate a leak.
Checking your wiper blades. If they’re torn or cracked your wiper blades won’t do you much good in the middle of unrelenting spring showers
when visibility is reduced.
Checking your charging system. Cold temperatures can do a number on your battery, so now is a good time to have it tested. You should also
check to make sure that your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free. If your battery is
more than five years old, you should consider having it replaced.
Asses your windshield. In cities where sand and rocks are used on icy roads, motorists often end up with chips and cracks in their
windshields. Although these may not seem like a big deal, any damage to your windshield can decrease the overall effectiveness of airbags,
seatbelts, roof stability, and your personal safety in the event of an accident. If your windshield has a crack, it’s important to have it
repaired or replaced immediately. Sandy Lane can estimate and facilitate any windshield repair or replacement during your maintenance
Checking your lighting. Check all exterior and interior lighting to identify any problems. When your vehicle’s lighting is defective, other
motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.
Lubricating your chassis parts. Many newer cars are “lubed-for-life,” but some still require regular chassis lubrication so check your
owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may also require periodic lubrication.
Checking your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for
damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness,
cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new
belt from slipping.
Checking your filters. Your car has a number of filters that are important to its longevity and should be replaced regularly. Check your
engine air filter, your cabin air filter, and your fuel filter for damage or clogging and replace them if necessary.
Checking your tires. Your tires are the only point of contact between you and road, so it’s important to take care of them. Check the
pressure of all your tires (including the spare) monthly, and maintain the optimal pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Check the
tread for uneven or irregular wear and for cuts or bruises on the sidewalls. Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers, and replace them if
they are worn or damaged.
- Be Car Care Aware