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Spring is Coming: Revive Your Car With These Tips

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Year after year you hear people say they are going to be ‘spring cleaning.’ The warmer weather helps motivate us to clean up our homes that we’ve cozied up in all winter. We think of spring cleaning our home, but we can also use the upcoming spring season to check in on our cars. 

Spring Cleaning For Your Car

After a long winter, it is important to look after your car. Taking the time to check in on your car after the winter months and do things like replacing the filters can help prevent things like corrosion, and lessen the blow of allergies in the spring.

According to Business Insider, other steps to get your car ready for spring include:

Look at your tires

Use the upcoming new season to check your tire pressure. Winter can be rough on tires with the cold, snow, and ice. Now that things are going to start warming up make sure all of your tires are properly inflated. Also look at the condition of your tires for signs of wear and tear, like cracks and degraded tread. This is also a good time to inspect your spare and make sure it’s still usable if you find yourself in an emergency on the side of the road. 

Replace your wiper blades

Your wiper blades work overtime in the winter, but they have to work just as hard when spring showers roll around too. The blades are easy to replace yourself, and we’re offering $5 off wiper blades until March 30th!

Check your brakes

Look for your signs to see if your brake pads need to be replaced. If your brakes have been squealing, have sized down to less than 1/4 inch, or you’ve noticed your warning lights come on, then you should replace your brake pads.

Change the oil

Winter can wreak havoc on engines, so when spring comes it’s a good idea to check your oil to keep your engine running optimally. We recommend you use this time to get all of your car’s fluid levels checked this time of year, just to be safe.

Check your AC

You want to check your car’s AC system prior to hot weather arriving to make sure it’s functioning as it should. You want the cold air to be blowing once the weather starts getting warmer, so if it needs to be fixed, now is a great time.

Check your battery

Without your battery, you won’t be able to get anywhere. With the changing seasons, check your car’s battery. We recommend testing your batter twice a year. If you haven’t checked your battery yet in 2020, do it now as spring arrives.

Update emergency gear

With spring bringing warmer temperatures, it’s a good time to think about what you want to replace your car’s emergency gear with. DKI Services suggests refilling:

  • Food and water
  • Waterproof matches
  • Fuel bottle
  • Emergency flares
  • Tire sealant
  • Duct tape
  • First aid supplies

Then, they suggest replacing:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Flashlight batteries
  • Cell phone chargers

Most winter hazard conditions don’t exist during the heat of summer, so there’s no need to keep the heavy parka in our car. And for the warmer seasons, they suggest bringing in:

  • Extra water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Reflective blanket

Keep Your Car Safe With Our Help

Scott’s Fort Collins Auto and Scott’s Loveland Auto want to make sure that you get home safely each time. If you notice that something’s not right and you need help with your car, call us to make an appointment at one of our two convenient locations – Fort Collins: (970)-682-4202 or Loveland: (970)-541-4404.

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