Put the Spring back into your ve­hi­cle

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Af­ter a long hard Win­ter, not only your soul needs re­ju­ve­nat­ing -so does your ve­hi­cle! It's im­por­tant to get your car back in tip-top shape af­ter a sea­son of cold and snow and get it pre­pared for the warm sum­mer months ahead! Here are some car care tips to help you out.

Car Care Tips

A good hand wash of your ve­hi­cle is very valu­able in the spring. Take the time to check out the con­di­tion of your paint while you're wash­ing and make note of any chips or scratches.

If you do find some mi­nor dam­age to your paint job, buy some touch-up paint as soon as pos­si­ble. It's im­por­tant to do any­thing and ev­ery­thing to pre­vent rust from form­ing!

Spray the salt and dirt out of your wheel wells (a favourite hid­ing spot for rust) and re­pair any rust if nec­es­sary. A good wax­ing is great for your paint job af­ter win­ter. Check the wind­shield for stone chips or cracks. It of­ten isn't nec­es­sary to re­place the en­tire wind­shield, just re­pair the chips.

This is also a good time to re­place worn out wiper blades.

In­te­rior

If the car­pet in your ve­hi­cle is sub­jected to a lot of salty wa­ter over the win­ter, rust could be form­ing where you can't even see it, un­der­neath the car­pet. A good rug sham­poo, ei­ther a do-it-your­self project or pro­fes­sion­ally done, will help re­move the salt from the car­pet fi­bres. Make sure to clean the up­hol­stery, too.

Give the vinyl in your car a good clean­ing with a vinyl treat­ment prod­uct to help pro­tect against dry­ing and crack­ing. Clean your win­dows, inside and out-it will in­crease vis­i­bil­ity. Change the en­gine oil and fil­ter if needed, ev­ery three months or 5,000 kilo­me­tres.

Get a tune-up if nec­es­sary. Check ve­hi­cle owner's man­ual for fre­quency.

In­spect cool­ing sys­tem hoses for leaks and drive belts for cracks. Have your an­tifreeze tested. It pre­vents your coolant from boil­ing in the sum­mer.

Check your tires

Check your tire pres­sure. Tem­per­a­ture changes can af­fect it. Hav­ing the proper tire pres­sure will max­i­mize your gas mileage and save wear and tear on your tires. Check the con­di­tion of your tires. Did they sus­tain any dam­age? Is there any­thing vis­i­bly wrong like cuts or bulges in the side­walls? If so, have them checked.

Keep cool dur­ing the sum­mer months

As we head to­wards the Sum­mer months, keep­ing cool is im­por­tant – both un­der the hood and in your ve­hi­cle. CAA's Emer­gency Road­side Ser­vice teams have no­ticed that on cer­tain days in the sum­mer they han­dle just as many calls as on stormy win­ter days. Why? Over­heat­ing!

Be­fore the tem­per­a­tures start to rise, it's a good idea to check your ve­hi­cle's cool­ing sys­tem. Have your anti-freeze tested to make sure it's up to strength – it pre­vents your car from over­heat­ing. Check that your ra­di­a­tor pres­sure cap is in good con­di­tion.

Your main­te­nance sched­ule should also be up to date to en­sure smooth sail­ing through­out the sum­mer.

There's noth­ing bet­ter than a cool, com­fort­able drive when it's swel­ter­ing out­side. So make sure your car's air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem is also in tip top shape. You don't want to find out in mid-July, when it's 90 de­grees in the shade that the air con­di­tion­ing isn't work­ing. Newer model ve­hi­cles are equipped with a tire pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem (TPMS) to warn driv­ers that at least one of their tires is un­der­in­flated. The dash­board light looks like an ex­cla­ma­tion point inside of a horse­shoe and, if il­lu­mi­nated, should be ad­dressed im­me­di­ately, says the non­profit Car Care Coun­cil. When the TPMS light goes on, it should not be ig­nored. Driv­ing on un­der­in­flated tires can lead to an ac­ci­dent or cause dam­age to your ve­hi­cle.

RAD UN­DER PRES­SURE: Read the warn­ing la­bel and do not re­move the cap when the ra­di­a­tor is hot.

VI­TAL FLU­IDS: A check of the level of vi­tal flu­ids can help you steer clear of trou­ble.

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