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The Spring Vehicle Care To-Do List That Could Save You Thousands

Winters are brutal on cars, as are the changing of seasons. To prevent unnecessary repairs and costly expenses down the road, it’s important to perform the annual ritual of spring auto maintenance and inspection. As the spring warmth thaws the remaining ice and snow, small, hidden problems could become a big issue if they aren’t taken care of in a timely matter.

Wash Your Car

This may seem like a minute item on the checklist, but taking your car through the wash is actually a critical auto care step that has a lot more to do with just looking good. In addition to removing any stuck debris, a good car wish can reveal any minor dings and chips that can lead to rust damage down the road.

Patch Chipped Paint

If you do notice any chips, dents, or dings in  your vehicle’s paint, clean out any remaining grime and have the paint patched. If you’re looking for a quick, affordable fix, regular clear nail polish can help to keep the patch from spreading and water droplets from causing rust and corrosion.

Replace Old Wiper Blades

From rain to snow to ice and dirt, wind shield wipers take a beating in the winter. Thawing and freezing can warp wiper blades, causing them to bend and crack. Replace blades once in the fall and once in the spring. Make sure to test any new wiper blades ahead of time before you get caught in a spring rain storm to ensure they are working properly.

Examine Lights and Mirrors

One of the worst feelings is getting pulled over for a tail light that you didn’t even realize was out. Spring is a great time to inspect mirrors for cracks and broken headlights, tail lights, reverse lights, brake lights, parking lights, fog lights, and turn signals. Have a family member or friend walk around the car and do a visual inspection.

Top Off Washer Fluid

Washer fluid both keeps your windshield clean and clear and de-ices any stubborn ice that remains. Flying down the fast lane is not the time to realize your washer fluid is empty. Compromised visibility can be a major safety issue, which is why it’s better to get it taken care of beforehand. Make sure to never add plain water during winter to top off your washer fluid.

Check Tire Pressure

Improper tire pressure can cause safety issues, alignment issues, and uneven tire tread wear. The volatile temperature swings of spring commonly cause a decrease in tire pressure. You can buy a manual tire pressure checker, or swing by a gas station that has an air pump. Check your vehicle’s manual for ideal tire pressure recommended for your specific vehicle. If your tire pressure is reading low, make sure to get it topped off ASAP.

Check The Battery

It’s pretty well known that winter is TOUGH on car batteries and engines. The starter and alternator work over time in the cold months, which can take a pretty significant toll on your electrical systems. If your headlights seem dimmer, your windows roll down slower, or your car has trouble starting, it’s time to get a car battery test at your local mechanic. You can also do a visual inspection. If you see any corrosion around your car battery, it’s important to bring your vehicle in for an inspection asap.

Check Tire Treads

Vehicle tires usually need to be replaced every 1-2 years. Perform the penny test – if the top of Lincoln’s head can still be seen, it’s time to replace the tires. Driving around on tires with low tread can be dangerous, as well as ruin your vehicle’s alignment. We can’t emphasize the important of checking your tire tread enough! If the tread is low, it’s time to get new tires.

Change Your Oil

Most vehicle’s have a factory-recommended interval for oil changes. If this feels too overwhelming, a good rule of thumb is to change your oil every time the seasons changes. This can extend the life of your vehicle by thousands of miles, especially for older cars and engines.

As always, if you are nervous about any noises coming from your vehicle, any chips or dents, any issues with the battery or electrical system, it’s always best to get it checked by a professional. Our trained technicians at Main Street Mechanic can do a thorough diagnosis to make sure your car has no underlying issues. Whatever the issues, Main Street Mechanic is here to help. Schedule an appointment online at or stop by when you need any mechanic services done.




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