Seasonal maintenance is a key element in extending the life of your vehicle, and each season has its own unique effects. Thankfully, as a car owner, it’s easy to manage these issues just by staying out in front of them.
The harsh winter weather and swings in temperature as we move into spring can quickly drain your battery, decrease tire pressure, impact fluid viscosity, and more. AAA Car Care has these preventative maintenance tips to keep your car in peak condition.
Essential Preventative Maintenance Tips for Spring
Get Your Battery Tested
Winter is rough on batteries, draining power more quickly than usual. With the temperature rising, now is the time to get your battery checked to ensure you’re starting the season off right. Stop by a AAA Car Care center for a free digital vehicle inspection, which includes a battery check and, if needed, we can install a new battery.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
We’ve had no shortage of rain already this year, which means your wiper blades have likely been getting a workout. On average they should be changed every six months or whenever you begin to notice streaking, skipping, bending, or wearing and tearing. Fully-functional wiper blades are essential for safe driving so be sure to check yours.
Check Your Engine Air Filter
The engine air filter prevents dust, dirt, and other harmful debris from entering the engine compartment, which it does less effectively as it gets older. Replacing your filter can help protect your engine components from wear, improve your acceleration, and potentially increase your fuel efficiency.
Inspect Your Tires
Ensuring your tires have enough tread – ideally at least 4/32” – will give you maximum control over your vehicle and help prevent hydroplaning. Cold weather and lack of driving can cause tires to lose pressure, so check that they are properly inflated. Also, consider rotating your tires so they wear evenly. If it’s time for new tires, the AAA Tire Store offers a wide range of brands, makes, and sizes.
Top Off or Change Vehicle Fluids
Fluids play a major role in keeping your vehicle running well. They transfer heat, lubricate parts, and act as a cleansing agent. Each has a different recommended frequency at which they should be changed, so consult your manual or talk to a service consultant to stay on top of your fluid maintenance.
Check Your Air Conditioning
You’ll definitely want your A/C in peak condition when the temperatures start to rise. Being comfortable in the cabin isn’t just a luxury – it helps keep you focused. Make sure the cabin air filters are clean and functioning properly and your air conditioning is ready to keep you cool as the temperatures rise.
Clean Your Car
Dirt, mud, and road grit build up in the winter and can cause rust and corrosion on your car’s exterior. Drivers in the Carolinas also contend with spring pollen, which can be as damaging to your paint as it is unappealing to your eye. AAA Members get discounts at our Fins Car Wash locations in select areas.
Has Your Vehicle Been Sitting Idle?
Many people are now driving less frequently and logging fewer miles. The time spent sitting idle can cause numerous issues for your car, making the preventative maintenance above even more important.
Our 30+ AAA Car Care locations across the Carolinas are here to serve both AAA Members and Non-Members for all of their car care needs. Our Members save on select repairs and labor costs, including a 2 year/24,000-mile warranty and a 10% discount on repair labor (up to $100). Reserve an appointment for any of your car repair or maintenance needs today.