Seven tips for ‘spring cleaning’ your car

(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)

Hot and cold, then rainy and windy — fluctuating temperatures may take a toll on your car, but regular care maintains its longevity and improves its performance.

“A simple check of your tire pressure every month can improve your vehicle’s handling and traction, as well as reduce your fuel consumption,” said Ryan Peterson from CAA SCO.

Here’s a spring car care checklist:

  • Give your vehicle a thorough cleaning to remove all the salt and sand accumulated over the winter months.
  • Change your oil and top up your fluids to help keep your car running trouble free.
  • Replace your wiper blades if they’re worn or damaged.
  • Check all lights to ensure they’re in good working condition.
  • Replace cracked or frayed hoses and belts.
  • Switch back to all-season tires when the temperature consistently reaches 7 C and rotate your tires to prevent uneven wear.
  • Inspect your vehicle’s battery to make sure all connections are clean and dry.

(Source: CAA South Central Ontario)

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