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4 Things to Do to Ensure Your Car is Spring Break Ready

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How to Ensure Your Car is Spring Break Ready

While you may be ready for the longer days and warmer temperatures of Spring, your car may be another story. With Spring Break just a few weeks away, there’s no better time than now to make sure your car is Spring Break ready! 

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1. Schedule a Maintenance Appointment

Routine service maintenance is a great way to make sure that your new or used car is functioning properly and ready to hit the road. And as the seasons start to change, there is no better time than now to schedule that appointment. In addition to changing the oil and all fluids, they will also check your filters, belts and hoses, and replace any that need it.

2. Replace your windshield wipers.

Spring may bring flowers, but it also brings thunderstorms and rain. When is the last time you changed your windshield wipers? If it’s been longer than 6 months, then it is most likely time to replace them with a new set. While a good rule of thumb is to change your car’s wipers at least twice a year, at any point you notice your blades smearing the rain rather than removing it, or if you notice any signs of the rubber separating from the metal, you need to replace your wipers. 

3. Check your tires.

The change of the season is another perfect time to check your tires. Why? Because when the temperature changes so does the air pressure in your tires. In colder weather, your air pressure goes down, but in warmer weather it tends to increase. Always check your car manual to find the recommended air pressure level for your particular vehicle. Make sure all four tires have the proper pressure, and be sure to check your spare tire, too.

You also need to check the tire tread, and look for any other signs of wear and tear. Additionally, if it’s been awhile since you have had the tires rotated and aligned, go ahead and have this done as well. 

4. Check Your Battery

Finally, make sure you have your battery’s charge checked. You can have this done at a service station, auto parts store or a repair shop. Some car parts stores will even do it for free.

If you choose to do it yourself, refer to your owner’s manual. You will want to check both the fluid level and for any signs of corrosion on the posts and cables. To check the fluid level on most conventional batteries, you simply remove the plastic caps on the top and check the fluid level. If it’s low, add distilled water. If you have a maintenance free battery, simply check that the window at the top of the battery shows a full charge. If your battery is more than five years old and is showing signs of weakness, it’s best to replace it now before it goes dead.

For those readers in Island City, Oregon, the certified technicians at Legacy Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram can make sure your car is ready to hit the highway! Call today to schedule your appointment.

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