End of Winter Auto Maintenance Tips

A technician inspecting the powertrain system of a vehicle
As winter starts to lose its snowy and icy grip and spring is finally here, now is the perfect time to pay some attention to your vehicles for end-of-season maintenance services. From the powertrain system to the battery, everything works differently in winter. Unfortunately, you can’t run your car the same way during the new season without preparation for the warm months. In winter, you need snow tires for maximum traction on slippery and sloppy road surfaces; you need to switch back to your all-season or summer tires to get through heated road conditions smoothly as well. Continue reading to learn expert-recommended tips and know-how for end of winter auto maintenance to prepare your car for summer adventures. 

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Top 5 Expert-Recommended Auto Maintenance Tips 

  1. Change Air Filters: Spend some time with your car’s air filter, as well as the cabin filter, to clear off any residues, dirt and dust. Clogged air filters may affect the functioning and efficiency of your car’s air conditioning system. Moreover, it can also limit the airflow to the engine, which can result in poor engine performance. 
  2. Swap to Your All-Season or Summer Tires: When the temperatures start to hover around 7°C or above, it’s your cue to switch back to your all-season or summer tires. Make sure to look for any tread wear or damage on the tires to replace them with new ones. 
  3. Inspect the Battery: Car batteries work harder in winter, mainly because they lose their charge quickly in dropping temperatures. Moreover, they also become susceptible to corrosion and rust due to winter salt accumulation and moisture. To avoid last minute hiccups on your spring/summer adventures, make sure to check your battery. Clean it thoroughly, fix the connections and use a battery-protectant spray to protect it against corrosion. 
  4. Check the Engine: Driving in extreme winter conditions can damage your engine’s rubber hoses and belts, meaning you need to check them before the start of the spring or summer season. Inspect the engine belts for any cracks, loosening or fraying; similarly, check the rubber hoses for leaks and any damages. 
  5. Check the Fluid Levels: Winter is generally exhaustive for the powertrain system, mainly because it remains exposed to winter salt build-up and moisture accumulation, affecting its functionality. As part of your end of winter auto maintenance, you must always check the fluid levels of your vehicle’s transmission system, power steering, engine, air conditioning system, etc. and make sure they are at their proper levels.

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