Why You Should Have Your Car Inspected This Spring!

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With springtime almost here, you’ll want to get your car cleaned up and tuned up for summer use. Removing salt from your car is not the only thing that you should be worried about after a long, harsh winter. While salt can cause serious damage to your car, there are many other ways winter can harm your vehicle. Here are a few things we suggest to have inspected before hitting the road this spring.

Tire Rotation

Rotating your tires helps maintain an even amount of tread-wear on all four tires, causing them to last longer. Depending on if you have rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, the wearing down of your tires can differ, especially due to the snow and ice. If you have put winter tires on your car, it’s a good idea to take them off as soon as you don’t need them anymore in order to extend their lifespan.

Brake Inspection

Brakes often wear thin in the winter because people tend to “ride the brakes” when the weather is bad. Brakes that make a squealing noise usually mean that the brake pads are wearing thin, while brakes that make a grinding noise usually mean that they’ve worn down past the pads, all the way to the rotors.

Wheel Alignment

Massachusetts suffers severely from winter weather. Plows are constantly ripping up the road and creating major potholes that can sometimes be impossible to avoid. These potholes can cause a considerable amount of damage to your tire and axle alignment. If your car is pulling to one side or your steering wheel is constantly shaking, you’ll want to get a tire alignment as soon as possible.

Check Fluids

Have you ever been late for work in the dead of the winter, and instead of waiting for your windshield to defrost, you just spray an abundance of windshield wiper fluid? We’ve all been there. This, however, uses a lot of windshield wiper fluid, which is a very important fluid in your car. Without this, it could impair your driving if your windshield should get dirty. You’ll want to make sure all of your car’s fluids are full after a long winter, including oil, brake, radiator, transmission, power steering fluid and A.C. coolant.

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