Winter driving can be rough on our vehicles. From snow & salt to those early spring potholes, your car may need some TLC before you hit the roads in the spring. In an effort to save time, some drivers may ignore the warning signs that your car needs some attention. If you’re on the fence about taking time for a spring maintenance check, our 6 signs that your vehicle needs one can help you pick up the phone and make that appointment. 

  1. Worn out tires

Your tires take the hardest hit when it comes to winter driving. From bumps hidden by snow to driving on ice, your tires can become deflated or worn which becomes a driving safety hazard in spring and summer. It’s important to have your tires checked for tread wear, and to check for any damage or dents to your rims. While you’re down there checking the tread, it’s also a good idea to check your tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires put your and your family at risk while driving to your next stop. You’ll also want to have your tires balanced and rotated to extend the life of your tires and keep your family safe wherever you drive. 

  1. A little extra bounce

If you’re noticing a little extra bounce after hitting a bump, then it could be a sign that your suspension and alignment need to be checked. Winter can wreak havoc on both suspension and alignment so it’s important to ask your mechanic to take a look. Signs of a bad suspension include continued bouncing after hitting bumps, drifting to one side after turning, and one side of the car sitting lower than the other while parked. Similarly, signs your alignment is not quite right are pulling to one side while driving, a crooked steering wheel while driving straight, uneven or rapid tire wear, and squealing tires. If you notice any of these signs, your car is letting you know that it’s time for that spring maintenance appointment. 

  1. Difficulty seeing at night

If you’ve been having trouble seeing when you drive at night, then it may be time to visit your mechanic. Winter can cause your headlights, taillights, and turn signal lights to yellow or haze from the elements – which can cause lower visibility. You’ll want to ask your mechanic to refurbish or replace those headlights, taillights, and turn signals. While you’re there, you’ll also want to replace any burnt out bulbs. 

  1. Stuffy feeling inside your car

While we tend to focus on the engine and outside of our cars, the inside comfort of your car is just as important. After a long winter of being closed up, your car cabin can start to feel stuffy and uncomfortable. Spring is a great time to replace your cabin air filter. If your car was manufactured after 1999, your car has one of these. Its job is to keep pollen, mold, and other pollutants out of the inside of your car – and should be replaced at least once a year. While your mechanic is replacing your air filter, you can also ask for an AC output test to ensure your car is ready to keep you comfortable when the heat of summer kicks in. 

  1. Decreased visibility when driving in the rain

This may be a no-brainer, but our winter weather can dull your windshield wiper blades. Spring is a great time to make sure you’re ready for those heavy spring and summer rains. While you have it in the shop, ask your mechanic to replace your windshield wiper blades. 

  1. Indicator lights

We’ve all done it. Our indicator lights go off and we conveniently ignore them and keep driving. If that happens this spring, it’s a good idea to get your car scheduled for your spring maintenance check. Some indicator lights that may be flashing this spring pertain to your fluid levels. You’ll want to make sure all fluid levels are filled to the proper level so ask your mechanic to check your coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. 

If you notice any of these signs while driving around town this spring, our team is ready to perform your spring maintenance check so you can get back out there and enjoy the weather.