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Nothing makes most Canadians happier than an end to the relentless cold weather and snow that comes with winter in Canada.  Winter really leaves its mark on your car too and it is vital to the longevity of your vehicle to take care of things as the weather starts to warm up.  To make sure that your vehicle is ready for the summer heat and vacation travels, here are 8 tips to help you and your car recover from the winter and get ready for the fair weather of spring.

  1. Clean your car’s undercarriage –  Here in Southern Ontario, your car gets exposed to salt, sand and the grime and gunk that gets sucked up under your car that will eventually lead to corrosion and erosion.  Go to a car wash that offers a complete undercarriage wash or if you prefer the DIY method, take your garden hose with as much pressure as possible to get rid of those awful reminders and the remnants of winter.
  2. Deep clean your car’s interior and exterior – Nothing can make you or your car feel better than having a good scrubbing.  Spring for a full detailing inside and out and revitalize the seats, consoles and trim.  That same grime that got under your car was probably tracked in by your boots all winter long so taking care of if now means less to worry about as the heat of the day starts to warm up the interior.  Get any leftover winter stains and give your car a nice waxing.  Clear out the trunk and back seat of the winter extras (shovel, brushes, scrapers etc) and store them safely because winter is sure to return…just hopefully not too soon.
  3. Take off your winter tires – As the weather warms up, the performance advantages of your winter tires starts to disappear and going back to the smooth ride of your all-season tires will be a welcome change.  The rule of thumb is when the thermometer reads 7 degrees C – and stays there consistently, it is time to switch out your tires.
  4. Check your oil and fluids – After a winter of cold weather starts and long idle times trying to get warm, it is a good idea to have all the fluids in your vehicle given a quick once over.  Brake Fluid, Transmission Fluid, Coolant and Oil all have OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) recommendations but being in Canada, consider all driving to be in the OEM Harsh Conditions scale.
  5. Check your brakes – Road salt and sand doesn’t just cake on to the undercarriage of your vehicle.  Your brake pads  rely on clean and properly lubricated parts to operate properly so save a costly replacement down the road and have a Brake Service completed as part of your Spring Cleaning Ritual.
  6. Check your tire alignment – Potholes are an unwelcome sign that spring has arrived but those deep caverns that at times swallow entire cars wreak havoc on vehicle suspensions and having the alignment checked can save hundreds, if not thousands in repairs and replacement.  If you have chosen to use all-season or all-weather tires, now is a great time to have those tires rotated as well.
  7. Check your tire pressure – While modern cars have TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors) it is never a bad idea to have all 4 tires professionally checked and possibly balanced when taking care of your Spring Cleaning.  Tires tend to lose pressure in the winter and as you prepare for the warmer weather it is time to get ready and reap the benefits of better fuel economy at the same time.
  8. Replace your wiper blades – Over the winter, we ask our wipers to do a lot for us.  From clearing off the morning frost and ice to battling through the slush and road grime thrown up while driving on winter roads.  The small investment of changing your wiper blades both in the spring and in the fall is worth it to ensure an unobstructed view of the road.

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