As the weather warms are you begin to think of spring and summer activities, you may forget to include getting your vehicle ready. Like the steps we take to prepare our cars for winter, it's just as important to prepare for when the snow melts.
Here are 5 things you should do to get your car ready for spring.
1. Swap Your Tires
As their name implies, there are many tire options available to you depending on your needs and vehicle. If you have Winter and Summer tires, now is the time to book a seasonal tire change appointment. As a CAA Member, you can book an appointment with a CAA Technician online and have your on-rim tires swapped in your driveway or workplace - wherever you are! This contactless service is a convenient way to check this task off your list.
2. Check Your Brakes
Spring is a great time to have your breaks checked. Months of wear and tear including salt that can cause damage can take a tole on your vehicle. You should have your brakes checked every 6 months (or 20,000 km). Visit a CAA Approved Auto Repair Facility to have your vehicle services. Repairs are backed with a one-year, 20,000 km Canada-wide warranty on most parts and services.
3. Clean Your Vehicle
Take spring cleaning outside your home and make it a priority to deep clean your vehicle. Warmer weather makes it easier to undo months-worth of winter buildup. keep your car clean. Plus, you won't freeze while your cleaning!
Tip: Examine your headlights for damage or other issues. A buildup of salt and gravel can cause wires to corrode and cases to crack.
4. Look for Leaks and Damage
Inspect your radiator and its rubber cooling hoses for any signs of cracking and/or swelling that could cause leaks. Inspect your car's battery for signs of wear. Click here to discover the signs of a failing battery.
5. Replace Your Air Filter
Each spring there’s a period just after the snow has melted where months’ worth of dust is thawed, free to enter your car and clog up your air filter. Spring is a great time to check your car's filter to check if you need a new one.