All of us who live in Chicago know how cold it gets in the winter and it’s such a sigh of relief when spring comes and we start seeing signs of the warmer days ahead of us. Chicago is known to have cold, snowy winters and it really takes a toll on our cars. You’ve heard of spring cleaning, right? Well, I bet nobody ever told you that you need to do spring car maintenance too! Your car has to work extra hard during the winter to drive in the more extreme weather conditions, and spring is the perfect time to give your car the tender loving care it needs to recuperate from the colder months behind us. Follow these tips to properly prepare your vehicle for spring in Chicago!
Out of all the dangerous things we have to worry about in winter, we never really think about salt being another one to add to the list. While salt is what saves you from slipping all over the road all winter, it’s actually very bad for your car. When that wet salty mixture gets all over your car, it sits on the metal components on your car and eventually starts corroding the metal, which could cause extensive damage. If it goes ignored, it could end up costing a lot to replace parts that have been corroded by the salt. To prevent it, just take your car through a car wash and make sure there’s an underbody spray in the car wash so it cleans those hard to reach places.
Like we said earlier, your car works harder in the winter and the cold takes a toll on it. It’s a good idea to check all your fluid levels and make sure they’re good to go. This may also come as a no-brainer to you, but if you haven’t done so, get your oil changed. You can change it yourself or we are happy to change it for you at Spotlight Automotive.
Driving in the snow/ice also gives your tires and wheels quite the beating. Check your tire pressure, and get your wheels realigned. Driving with low pressure and misaligned wheels lowers your gas mileage, costing you more at the gas pump. Save money by fixing these issues!
Just like your tires and wheels, your windshield wiper blades can get pretty beat from working with ice and snow. Spring is typically a rainy season and it’s important to have properly functioning wipers so that you can see during the showers. Change them now, and you have nothing to worry about!
We hope you found these spring maintenance tips useful, be safe out there this spring!