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Springing into warmer weather and saying goodbye to those winter months is always an exciting time of year. It is also an essential time to go through a brief checklist for your vehicle to be best prepared for any traveling. After all, spring is the prime vacation season. Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for spring.

Treat Your Car to a Detailed Cleaning

When you’re driving during the colder months, any winter road treatments can wreak havoc on your car's surfaces. It's not uncommon to overlook car washes and routine interior cleanings during the winter but spring brings an opportunity to start a regular wash schedule.

Automatic car washes are a great option unless you're feeling extra ambitious and want to go with DIY cleanings. Whether you do it yourself or use other methods to keep vehicles clean, use the proper products inside and out to ensure an effective and detailed job. Keep up with regular car washes throughout the year, especially during spring pollen season. Whether you opt for the auto wash or DIY, it helps to set a certain day to dedicate to getting this task accomplished.

Check All Fluids, Oil, and Brakes

Spring is the perfect time to check and top off all essential fluids, including coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Proper fluid levels are crucial for optimal vehicle performance and safety. Regular oil changes and routine maintenance are essential to keep your car running optimally. Schedule an oil change if you haven't done so recently or if you don't recall when it was last changed, and don't forget to replace the oil filter. Fresh oil will help improve engine performance and fuel efficiency.

Your brakes are one of the most critical safety components of your vehicle. Stay vigilant and alert to any brake issue warning signs such as squealing sounds or any brake light alerts on your panel. If you have any mechanical concerns get them inspected by a professional to ensure you are operating with safe brakes. Signs of worn pads or rotors should be addressed promptly to prevent brake failure.

Have Your Battery Tested and Check Under the Hood

Cold temperatures can take a toll on your car's battery. Test its charge and inspect the terminals for corrosion. If your battery has been in your vehicle for several years or showing signs of weakness, consider replacing it to avoid getting stranded unexpectedly.

Inspect the engine belts and hoses for signs of wear, cracks, or leaks. Replace any damaged components to prevent breakdowns and costly repairs down the road.

Test Your Air Conditioning System

As temperatures rise, you'll rely on your car's air conditioning system to keep you cool and comfortable. Have it inspected for leaks and proper functioning, and recharge the refrigerant as needed.

The air conditioning in your vehicle also works to help keep your auto glass free from fogging up. If you notice that your auto glass and windshield are staying foggy it could be a sign that your AC isn't functioning properly or your auto glass needs replacement.


Check the Exterior and Don't Forget the Mirrors and Glass

Take a close look at your vehicle's exterior for any signs of damage or wear. Check the windshield for cracks or chips, inspect the tires for uneven wear and adequate tread depth, and ensure that all lights are working properly. Check wiper blades to make sure they are working properly and aren't showing wear and tear. Wiper blades can become worn quickly if you have a harsh winter of snow and ice.

Be sure to check those mirrors too! Safe driving depends a lot on your mirrors being intact and functioning properly. If any damage is present or obvious visual clarity is impeded our auto glass specialists can inspect and replace mirrors as necessary.

By following these essential steps, you can ensure that your vehicle is in top condition and ready to tackle the adventures of spring. Taking the time to perform regular maintenance will not only prolong the life of your car but also contribute to a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. A quick visit to your auto dealer or local shop is a good option if you aren't comfortable doing these checks yourself. So, spring into action and give your vehicle the care it deserves

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The experts at Smiley’s Glass will ensure you receive the highest quality service for your vehicles. Consider our mobile installation, providing the convenience you deserve to fit your busy schedule. Give us a call today at (804) 320-7172 or visit us online for a free quote.

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