April is National Car Care Month! With warmer weather in sight, now is a great time to head outside and tend to your vehicle. After the wild winter we’ve had, here are a few things you should check to help your car spring to action:
- Tires – Shifts in warm and cold air make your tires expand and contract. Refer to your owner’s manual and make sure your tires have the right amount of pressure. Your manual may tell you how often to have your tires balanced, rotated and checked for wear. You can visually check your tread by using a penny. Insert Abe's head upside-down into the tread of a tire. If his entire head remains visible, you don't have enough tread.
- Battery – Visit your favorite auto parts store and have them check the state of your battery for free. The test will determine how much charge is in your battery, and if you might need to replace it in the near future.
- Wipers and lighting – April showers bring May flowers! The season ahead comes with lots of rain, so make sure your wipers are ready to take on the challenge. You should check your wipers for damage the ice from the winter may have caused. Clean the external housing for your lights on your car as well. Dirt and salt may dim your lights. You can also check to see if your lights are aimed properly, so you don’t blind others on the road.
- Windshield cracks – Have you ignored a small crack in your windshield? Take a hard look at your windshield for signs of cracking or damage. The sooner you have it addressed professionally, the better.
- Fluids – Make sure your oil is changed, your coolant and anti-freeze are at the correct levels and your wiper fluid is topped off. Your car owner’s manual may provide useful information about how to check these on your own.
- Air conditioner – Turn your car’s A/C on to make sure it’s working correctly. Doing so now will give you ample time to fix any problems before the hot weather begins.