With winter officially at an end, it is time to get your car ready for the warmer months. April is National Car Care Month, a month dedicated to helping you learn how you can get on the road safely in the warmer months. From checking your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers, here is how you can get car care aware for the sunny seasons.
Why Be Car Care Aware?
How prepared is your car for winter to end and spring to begin? April is National Car Care Month because it’s important to make sure that your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and every other part of your car are ready for the spring and summer road trips you plan to take. If any issues arose during the winter, it’s important to get those looked over before you drive long distances and head on vacation. Further, as the popular saying goes, ‘April showers bring May flowers,” so you need to be prepared to drive in all of the rain that comes along with the spring weather.
Be Car Care Aware: Inspect Your Vehicle
Car Care News Service explains that with the millions of people that take to the road to go on trips in the warmer weather, spring is the perfect time of the year to ensure that your car is ready for hotter months. Even if you don’t plan on traveling far, you should be sure that you are having your car inspected to check for potential issues. They provide this checklist to go over before you hit the road next:
- Replace your windshield wipers every six months or when you notice wear and tear. Wiper blades are one of the most important safety aspects on your car.
- Check your tires. A simple way to check your tire tread depth is to place a penny into the tread of the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head sticks out, your tires are showing signs of wear and should be replaced. When you check your tires, also check inflation and for signs of uneven wear — which could signal you need a wheel alignment.
Under the Hood
- A good rule of thumb: a change of season means a change of oil. Changing your car’s oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles (whichever happens first) will help make sure that your car is operating optimally.
- Get a tune up. You should have your battery, charging and starting, engine mechanical, powertrain control, fuel, ignition, and emissions checked.
- Check all fluids. There are a few fluids that require attention, like the engine oil, power steering fluid, brake and transmission fluids, windshield wiper fluid, and antifreeze/coolant.
- Inspect hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, and power steering along with the cooling system.
Beneath the Car
- Check your brake system, rotors and drums.
- Inspect the shocks or struts for signs of physical damage, like leaking, rusting, or dents.
- Look out for fluid puddles or stains underneath your car. If you notice this happening, your car should be taken in to be inspected. Several fluids can leak from under the car including: antifreeze/coolant, battery acid, brake fluid, clear water, diesel fuel, engine oil, gasoline, gear oil, and more.
Be Car Care Aware with Scott’s Auto
At Scott’s Auto, your travel comfort and safety are our top priority. With spring in full swing, be car care aware by bringing your car to Scott’s Auto for a tune up and inspection. With four locations serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Montrose, and Grand Junction communities, our team is here for you. Take advantage of National Car Care Month with us today… drive safe!