3 Tips for Spring Car Maintenance
March 21, 2019
By Sanel NAPA
Finally, Spring is near and with it comes a laundry list of Spring cleaning. While it’s easy to get lost in the cobwebs organizing cluttered basements, it’s important that drivers perform necessary spring maintenance on their cars to keep them running smoothly as temperatures rise and snow melts.
After several long months of constant salt, sand, and bumpy rides down pot-hole and frost heave covered roads, your car is likely in need of a little TLC this Spring. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things to check as you get your car ready for the warmer weather ahead.
1.) Check Wheel Alignment
Proper alignment keeps your car driving straight and ensures that all four of your tires are parallel. Misalignment is not uncommon for cars that are driven through cold winters and difficult driving conditions. If left unchecked, misalignment will cause your wheels to wear faster and unevenly which has a direct impact on traction and your car’s handling ability.
Below are several easy ways to identify that your tires need realignment.
- Your steering wheel vibrates
- Your car pulls left or right when driving “straight”
- Uneven tire wear
- Squealing tires
While there are ways to DIY your alignment, we recommend having your car worked on by certified technicians to ensure your car leaves the shop driving straight and true.
Your car’s suspension is responsible for your steering and keeping all four tires in contact with the road, essentially guaranteeing a smooth ride for you and your passengers. While routine suspension service is recommended, harsh driving conditions may have altered your steering and suspension systems. Like wheel alignment, if left unchecked, your car’s ability to handle, turn, and drive smoothly is greatly impaired.
Below are some ways to identify suspension issues.
- Your car nose-dives when stopping
- Your car feels rough and bounces
- The steering feels hard/difficult
- Heavy tipping during turns
If your car is experiencing any of the above issues, we recommend that you have your suspension serviced as soon as possible to guarantee safe driving and a comfortable ride.
3.) Tire Rotation and Air Pressure
Whether you’re replacing your winter tires or rolling with the same four from the winter, rotating your tires and checking their air pressure are essential to Spring car maintenance. Where the colder weather had a direct impact on your tires’ pressure, so too does warmer weather. We recommend ensuring that all of your tires are at the optimal psi as indicated by your car’s manual or sidewall to prolong their lifespan.
We also recommend rotating your tires to different corners of the car if they haven’t been moved since the fall. This will also prolong the lifespan of your tires by ensuring they wear evenly based on different locations around the car.
For additional information and parts needed to get your car ready this Spring, contact or visit the knowledgeable employees and technicians at Sanel NAPA today!
About Sanel NAPA
Since 1920, Sanel NAPA has been a leading auto parts, heavy-duty truck parts, and body shop supplies distributor with over 42 store locations throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. We deliver quality car parts, heavy-duty truck parts, automotive paint and body supplies, and tools and equipment that are durable, dependable, and long-lasting in order to provide our clientele with the best products and services possible. For more information, call (603) 225-4000 or click to find a store near you.