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Spring Car Maintenance Checklist: 14 Items that’ll Keep You on the Road This Summer

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Family in convertible car smiling when spring car maintenance is doneIt’s FINALLY spring!  Time to gear up for summer fun: road trips, camping, days at the lake, and all the other exciting parts of summer.  Don’t forget to ready the car or truck that gets you there so you can make sure you get to the fun without a breakdown on the side of the road (and melting in our hot humid weather).

____Get your alignment checked (here’s why you should get your alignment checked in spring).

____Get your snow tires removed (find out when to remove your snow tires here).

____Check your tire pressure (here’s how to check your tire pressure).

____Inspect your tires to see how much tread is left (use this easy test) and for any blistering or hardness.

____Give your car a good wash, especially the underbody (to remove the salt).

____Vacuum and clean the interior.

____Have your battery tested to make sure it can make it through the summer (the truth is that heat is harder on batteries than cold. Read up here.)

____Inspect your brakes to see if your pads or rotors need to be replaced (signs of failing brakes here).

____Check your air filter to see if it’s dirty.

____Make sure your car is up-to-date on oil changes.

____Have your windshield wipers replaced (if needed).

____Check all your headlights and tailights to make sure they work.

____Have your transmission fluid flushed (here’s how to know if you need it).

____Have your spark plugs replaced (know when it’s time with these signs).

If you don’t have the time (or expertise or equipment) to get all the items checked off your spring car maintenance checklist, make an appointment to get your car ready for all the driving that a fun summer requires.