As driving conditions change from overcast skies and icy roads to sunshine and showers, it’s time to give your vehicle a little TLC. Learning how to prepare your car for spring ensures safe travel no matter what the weather and road conditions bring your way. Keep your vehicle in peak condition with these tips from the automotive service team at RJ’s Tire Pros & Auto Experts.

Wash Your Car

Break out a bucket and soap, or treat your vehicle to a drive through the local car wash. Don’t forget to hose off underneath your vehicle and clean door jambs and seals. Washing away dirt, salt, and roadway chemicals protects your paint and undercarriage from corrosion. Also clean the interior, vacuuming or wiping down the dash, storage compartments, seats, and carpets. If your car smells funny, change your cabin air filter, too.

Check Your Tires

Once freezing weather is in the rearview, swap your snow tires for all season tires. Stow snow tires safely away. Air pressure impacts gas mileage, handling, and tire wear, so be sure to check inflation levels on newly installed tires. Inspect tires for signs of wear, replacing those showing low tread and bald spots, which reduce traction and braking response. Schedule an alignment if you notice uneven wear patterns or your vehicle pulls to one side or wanders while driving. Good traction and smooth, straight acceleration ensure safety in rainy spring weather.

Change Worn Wiper Blades

Abuse from rain, sleet, snow, and ice has likely worn down your winter wipers. Improve visibility and reduce accident risk with a new set of quality windshield wipers.

Make Sure Your Car’s AC is Working Properly

Addressing auto AC repair issues in spring helps you avoid the summer rush and ensure cool, comfortable travels.

Inspect Your Battery

Carefully remove any corrosion surrounding battery terminals with a toothbrush and a mixture of baking soda and water. Then, have your battery tested at our auto repair shop to ensure it's charging properly. Regular battery maintenance helps you avoid parking lot breakdowns.

Check Fluid Levels

Verify adequate windshield washer fluid, oil, coolant, power steering, and brake fluid levels. Many chemicals are industry-specific, so if you're unsure what formulations to use, we recommend heading to our auto repair shop for a vehicle inspection.

Examine Your Cooling System

Check your radiator and hoses for cracks and leaks, tightening any loose connections. Verify adequate refrigerant levels. A well-functioning cooling system prevents your vehicle from overheating and damaging the engine.

Change Your Oil

Many vehicle manufacturers recommend a different oil viscosity for peak performance in warmer weather. Seasonal oil changes in the spring and fall prepare your vehicle for weather extremes.

Schedule a Vehicle Inspection or Auto Service

Prepare your car for spring driving adventures in Yakima, Selah, Naches, Union Gap, West Valley, and East Valley. With help from RJ's Tire Pros & Auto Experts you’ll enjoy safe, reliable vehicle operation in warmer, wetter weather. Contact us at 509-453-8170 to schedule service at our local car repair and maintenance center today.

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