Preparing your car for spring is key for maintenance and retaining resale value. From basic service to cleaning, there are a range of easy things you can do to greet the warmer weather.
First, check the tires. Look for bulging, cracking, and bald
spots, each of which is a sign you need new tires. Check the tread as well.
Take a penny, flip it upside down, and place it in the middle of the tread. If
you can see above Abe’s head, you need new tires. While you’re at it, check the
tire pressure, too.
Next, give your vehicle a good cleaning. It’s always
important to remove clutter that’s built up over the winter. Be sure to vacuum
to preserve the upholstery and carpet. If you have leather, condition it once
the weather is warmer.
Top off fluids in the spring as well. You’ll want to get an
oil change, but, in addition to that, check the coolant, brake fluid, power
steering, and transmission oil. Your local auto parts store should have all the
fluids your car needs.
Finally, check your wheel alignment. Most garages will check
it when you get an oil change, but you’ll also want to be sure they do a
thorough job centering everything. If your vehicle pulls to one side as you
drive, it may be a sign of bad alignment — and the spring is a good time to fix
If you are in need of some spring maintenance, give us a call or visit our website to schedule your service appointment today!
Whether your car is brand new or has been on the road for years, it’s always to make a habit of performing routine maintenance before any problems arise. Are you making any of these common car maintenance mistakes? If so, changing your habits could save you a lot of money down the road.
Most drivers know they should regularly change their car’s oil, but many drivers never think about the importance of changing their car’s air filter. Doing once or twice a year is an inexpensive way to keep your car in good shape.
For a lot of drivers, if a tire isn’t flat, it’s fine. But driving with improperly inflated tires can also cause a number of issues, such as uneven tire wear and reduced fuel economy and overall performance.
Your car relies on several crucial fluids for optimal performance. You should regularly check on and replace coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid to keep your car’s engine in good shape.
Finally, it’s best not to ignore any dashboard warning lights that illuminate in your car. Often, these lights signal the beginning of a problem that is easy to fix right away, but difficult and costly if addressed later on.
For more information about how to keep your car running in top condition, contact our service department at Midwest Superstore.
Tires are perhaps the most essential part of any vehicle, but you would be amazed by how many folks come into our service center at Midwest Superstore with an absolutely abused set of wheels. Many drivers need new tires but have no idea. Here, we’ll help you to check the road-worthiness of your current set of tires.
The Penny Test
This is an easy trick, and all you need is a penny to get it done. Stick a penny head-first into the tread of one of your tires. If you cannot see most of the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is deep enough and your tires are good-to-go. But, if you can see most of Honest Abe’s dashing haircut, you probably need new tires because this set is worn. Repeat this test with each tire.
The Wear Bar
All modern tires are built with something called a “wear bar.” This is a horizontal ridge that runs underneath your tread. When the tread becomes too worn down, the wear bar starts to show. If you can see the wear bar on any of your tires, they should be changed promptly.
Not sure if you need new tires? Stop in at Midwest Superstore and ask one of our experienced service technicians; they’re always happy to help!
Now that spring is finally here, you probably feel like freshening up your house. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. With just a little bit of time, you can make your car look and feel like new again. Read these tips on how to spring clean your car.
- Clean your vents. It can be hard to reach all the dust inside your air vents. Use a foam craft brush to get in between all the slats. You can even blast the vents with some compressed air to knock the dust loose.
- Shine your headlights. Over time, plastic headlight covers can get cloudy. Cover them in toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it away to reveal clear, bright headlights again.
- Wash your floor mats. Winter can leave your floor mats looking rough. Spray them down with a cleaning solution and either throw them in your washer or hose them down with a power washer to get out most of the grime.
- Clean the crevices. All the folded lines and crevices in your car are perfect places for dirt to settle. Use an old toothbrush to scrub away the muck. You can even wrap a cloth around the end of a flathead screwdriver to scrape away tough layers.
To make sure your car not only looks good for spring but runs as well as it should, schedule a maintenance appointment with our service department here at Midwest Superstore.