With the unpredictable Maryland weather, you never know how much your car will have to endure. This year has been unusually temperate, but Spring isn’t quite around the corner. Whether your vehicle is fully geared up for winter or some winter weather took you by surprise, it’s important to know what care steps to take. Here is a guideline for getting your car ready for the next season, no matter what the rest of winter has in store.
Check Your Tires and Brakes
Any time the weather takes a turn for the worse, your car’s tires are the first thing directly affected. If you have snow tires, then you should change them out in March. If not, then once Spring arrives, it’s a good idea to take your car to the mechanic and have your tires rotated. Likewise, brakes take on more wear and tear in winter because of being worked harder. Many people don’t realize how much their brakes have worn down, so even if they feel fine to you, it’s better to have your brake pads checked just in case. Overall, it’s a good idea to have your tires and brakes looked at to make sure they haven’t been damaged.
Another part of your car that works hard in rough weather is the windshield wipers. Heavy precipitation, ice, and frequent use wear them down quickly. You can tell when your wipers squeak a lot, or they don’t seem to be working as well that it’s time to replace them before Spring showers come.
Fluids and Alignment
As a whole, your car will probably use a lot more fluids in the winter. From antifreeze to power steering and wiper fluid, you should have all of your fluid levels checked and refilled as needed. The alignment of your vehicle’s suspension is also something that can be compromised over the winter. It can be from driving over lumps of compacted snow or from the additional potholes that the snowplow inadvertently carved out. Once you are out of a season of snowfall, it’s important to address anything that your car might need fixing.
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