After the long winter, you’re ready to stop hibernating and hit the roads for some fun and sunshine. Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions can be hard on your vehicle, causing wear and tear, so before you leave on your roadtrip, you need to perform a full spring inspection on your vehicle to ensure that it is running smoothly, and to identify any minor concerns before they become major problems. If your vehicle is requiring further maintenance, take it down to Belleville Toyota today and our expert Service Staff will be happy to take care of all your vehicle needs.
It is recommended to change your oil and oil filter at regular intervals, usually every 3 months or 5,000 kilometers. Neglecting to replace the oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption, and even severe engine damage, so changing the oil is one of the best ways to keep the engine running smoothly.
The oil is not the only fluid that needs to be regularly checked. Also take a look at power steering, brake, and transmission fluids, as well as windshield washer fluid and coolant. Top up as needed, and flush them out as recommended in the owner’s manual.
Cold Canadian winters can take their toll on the belts and hoses under the hood, so every spring you should check them for damage. Look for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, and other visible damage, and check the belts for looseness, crack, frays, or glazing. If there is extensive damage you will likely need to take your vehicle to a mechanic to ensure there is not an underlying cause.
After you finish under the hood, you also need to check the exterior of the vehicle. Your wiper blades will need to be changed if they are torn or cracked so that your visibility does not suffer in the spring showers. If your windshield has suffered any cracks or chips over the winter, have it repaired to increase your personal safety in the event of an accident.
It is important to take care of your tires. In the spring, check the pressure of each tire (including the spare), and check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and tear. If you put on winter tires, change them back to summer tires so that you don’t wear out your winter tires. Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers, and replace if they are worn or damaged.