How To: Spring Car Care Checklist

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Your car has taken a beating this winter.  From treacherous, sleet-covered roads to concealed potholes, your car could be damaged and in need of some important repairs. So what should you look out for?  Here’s our top ten tips for maintaining your car this spring:

1) Get an oil change:  Check how many miles your car has racked up since your last oil change.  If it’s between 3,000 and 5,000 miles, you should get an oil change to maximize your car’s fuel economy and to allow it to perform better. If your vehicle uses synthetic oil, you can always ask for the manufacturer’s recommendation.

2) Change worn windshield wipers: Make sure your wipers are in good shape so that you can see clearly during those April showers.

3) Monitor fluid levels: Keep an eye on engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

4) Inspect tires: Look for any bulges or bald spots on your tires, and check the tire pressure and tread. “This winter left us with a lot of potholes, so we suggest getting a 4-wheel alignment to help to prevent any premature tire wear,” advises Ken Alves, Service Advisor for Honda Seekonk.

5) Wash exterior of your car: Clear away all that winter sludge, making sure to clean the undercarriage where salt and grime tend to collect.

6) Clean the interior of your car: It’s time for spring cleaning! Get rid of all those food wrappers, water bottles, etc. hidden underneath your chairs. Wipe down windows and clean away dust on surfaces.

7) Schedule a tune-up: Honda Seekonk can check your engine to make sure it’s still delving out plenty of power while also delivering great fuel economy.

8) Check the steering and suspension system: Shock absorbers, ball joints, and other important parts can take a hit from potholes.  Make sure to check them out for damage.

9) Inspect hoses and belts: Look over hoses and belts for signs of excessive wear, cracks, or fraying.

10) Look over entire braking system: When you go in for your oil change or tune-up, have the technicians look at your brake linings, rotors, and drums to see if they need to be replaced.

Special thanks to the Honda Service Team for helping us out with this article!  If you have any concerns about your car, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Honda Seekonk.

This blog is brought to you by Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk.  We invite you to like, comment, and share! Check out our selection of quality new and used cars. Stop by our full-service dealership for test drives, parts, service, repairs, or just to say hello!

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