Winter is taxing on everyone, but even more so on our cars. The damage that the freezing temperatures can dish out is well documented. It’s the worst time of the year for our cars, but thankfully we’re coming out of it.
As spring rolls in, we can think about thawing out and going outside again. It is also a good time to check on your car again. Winter can take a pretty severe toll on your car, so a little check-up isn’t a bad idea. Let’s go over a quick list of everything you should keep in mind when taking a look at your car’s health.
How to De-Winterize Your Car
The first thing you should check on is your tire pressure. It’s one of the easiest and most important things to check on. Changes in the temperature can affect how your tires are doing so a quick check and fill-up will set you right back on track. You’ll also want to get your tires aligned and balanced. The snow and ice can cause uneven, bumpy roads. Those roads will eventually start to knock your tires out of alignment and your car will drift. Once your tires are set and balanced, it’s time to check on the rest of your car.
Another important thing to check on is your oil. It might not be time to change it, but the winter can still negatively impact its performance. If you were using a thinner oil for the winter, then you should think about switching back to a thicker oil. A good wash and wax can also do wonders for your car. Taking the time to get all the salt and dirt off of your car will help keep your paint shiny and your underbody healthy.