April is National Car Care Month, a good reminder that many of us just do the bare minimum when it comes to keeping our trusty vehicles running. The truth is, by taking better care of our cars throughout the year, they will not only run more efficiently but save us money on costly repairs down the road. Here are five things you can do this month to jumpstart better car care habits, and prepare your car for summer driving.
Check the fluids. Fluids are an integral part of your car’s ability to function (and do so efficiently). Check the engine oil; the brake, transmission, windshield washer, and power steering fluids; and antifreeze. Top off or replace each one as needed. If you have questions, stop by MY Chevrolet!
Check the battery. Winter can be especially rough on car batteries, so we suggest testing your battery’s life before heading into the hot summer months. Also look for corrosion on the connections. When it’s time to replace your battery, do so sooner rather than later.
Check the tires and windshield wipers. Make sure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated. Also take the time to replace your windshield wipers if they don’t appropriately clear your windshield. Here in California, we are hoping for rain, so make sure you’re prepared in the event we get some much-needed moisture. Bald or under- or over-inflated tires pose a serious threat on a slick roads.
Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Before temperatures begin to soar as the summer months approach, make sure the air in your car is flowing correctly, especially the air conditioning system.
Check the hoses and belts. Look for hoses and belts that show any signs of excessive wear–like cracks, tears, or fraying. Also keep an eye out for loose belts or hoses that aren’t properly fitted. If you find anything that doesn’t look right, be sure to show your trusted technician.
For more information and tips on keeping your car in tip-top condition, check out the free Car Care Guide from carcare.org!