5 Things to Check on Your Car After the Winter

 In Auto Part Tips, Auto Shop Safety Tips, Car Care Tips, Car Safety Tips, Spring Driving Tips

As the days get longer and just a little bit warmer, it’s time to start getting your car ready for the spring and summer seasons ahead. Between the snow, ice, salt and below-freezing temperatures, winter can sure do a number on your vehicle. So while you’re doing some spring cleaning to make your car look great again, here are some tips to make sure it’s still working well too.

1) Check the suspension & struts (shocks)

If your car ride has felt a little rough over the past few months, your suspension might be in need of repair. The suspension is especially important right after winter is over, because they protect your car against damage from potholes. Other signs of worn suspension include drifting, uneven tire treads, or oily shocks.

2) Assess your tie rods

Take a look under your car and identify the tie rods: the piece of metal connecting your steering rack to the steering knuckle. Bad tie rods can cause your car to turn instead of going straight, and can lead to uneven tire wear or even dangerous shaking at high speeds. If you’re not sure how to identify your tie rods or how to tell if they’re damaged, consult your mechanic.

3) Check the battery

Your car’s battery is exposed to really cold temperatures in the winter, and this can be hard on the starter and alternator. Over the winter, if you noticed your car took a while to start up, now is a great time to test your car’s battery and see if it needs to be replaced.

4) Change your windshield wipers

Are you changing your windshield wipers often enough? Over time, they can start to crack and leave streaks – especially after a cold and snowy winter. Make sure to change your windshield wipers before you go out on the road and get caught in the rain so you’re fully prepared.

5) Get the brakes checked

While this is the last item on the list, it’s arguably the most important piece of spring maintenance for your car. If you have an ABS locking system, it’s probably been working overtime in the winter. Any squeaking or grinding noises when you brake could be a sign that you need new brakes.

And don’t forget to change your winter tires! Find out how – and when – from Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener.

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