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Ah Spring. The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and the weather is unpredictable as, well, spring weather. It’s time to pack away the heavy winter coats and bring out the shorts.
Just like your wardrobe and your home, cars have unique needs to spring. Here’s a list of all you’ll need to do to keep your car in top shape for the warm weather.
Remove winter tires (if needed) and chains – Studded tires, chains and heavy traction tires need to be removed as soon as snowfall starts slowing down. These types of tires can do serious damage to asphalt. Each state has its own deadline, typically in early (Washington) to late April (Idaho, Alaska).
Check tread – Check your tires to make sure you have enough for the next 3 months. Here’s a cool link to checking tread with spare change.
Rotate tires – Rotating your tires properly can extend the life of your front tires dramatically. Tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles, and before you start those many spring and summer road trips.
Check wiper blades – April showers bring May flowers. In sub-tropical climates like Alabama and Florida, this translates into April, May and June showers. Check wiper blades before heavy spring rainfall starts. Don’t wait until you’re on the interstate in a heavy storm!
Check brakes – Drive without the stereo turned up for a few trips. If you hear any squeaking, squealing or, heaven forbid, grinding, take it in to one of our fantastic mechanics.
Change oil – Switch out to your normal thicker oil for the warmer weather (if you use thinner oil for winter). Change that oil filter while you’re at it. Gunk builds up over winter.
Check fluids – While you’re changing the oil, or having it changed, check transmission, windshield wiper, coolant, brake and power steering to make sure levels haven’t been depleted over the winter. If so, get the fluids topped off.
Clean the undercarriage – All that nasty dirt and salt can ruin your car’s undercarriage, reducing the value of your car. Make sure to get under the car and pressure wash all of that loose.
Clean and protect interior surfaces – If you’re driving an older car, use a vinyl protectant on all vinyl surfaces. For any car with leather seats, regardless of age, use a leather conditioner to protect seats.
Clean and protect exterier – Wash theÂ exteriorÂ carefully with products specifically made for cars. Don’t use kitchen soap or lint covered towels! These can strip your surface of all wax and leave lint over your entire finish. Finish it off with the annual buff and wax. You can do this yourself or pay a professional to detail and buff your car out.
There you Â have it! Â A complete checklist to prepare you for the bliss of driving with the windows open, top down and ZZ Top at full volume. With these items completed, you’ll get better gas mileage and be ready for road trips!
Running out of gas is one of those things that we all hope as drivers weâ€™re never going to do. But, no driver is perfect. There comes a time where drivers decide to push it to the next gas station on a road trip, leave home in a rush only to discover the last driver left the tank low, or in some cases, even find that the gas gauge was deceiving. The gas light is never a welcome sign as no matter what the reason.
So what do you do when the unthinkable happens and you find yourself stranded on the side of the road after running out of gas? Donâ€™t bang your head on the steering wheel in frustration…follow these steps instead. Read more
The upside to families visiting that favorite vacation spot, be it Grandma and Grandpaâ€™s house or a to-die-for cabana on the Pacific near Mazatlan, is that gas prices remain well below 2008â€™s astronomical $4 a gallon or more.
These prices, which are also sparking a renewed interest in bigger vehicles (think crew-cab trucks and family-sized SUVs like the Ford Flex reviewed on Roadtripsforfamilies.com), average $2.72, offering hope that the family road trip is not a thing of the past (we werenâ€™t all that fond of staycations anyway, were we?). Read more
You want better fuel efficiency, but don’t want to buy a hybrid. You want to reduce your fuel costs, but aren’t keen on the idea of riding your bike to work.
Here are 20 easy, affordable tips you can can implement next time you hop in your car.