As we approach spring and (hopefully) the weather starts to improve and become warmer, vehicle maintenance may be the last thing on your mind. However, the change in weather from cold to warmer can have a serious effect on your vehicle. We’ve outlined our top tips for getting your vehicle ready for the new season:
Clean under your car
While it hasn’t been the harshest winter in terms of snow, ice and gritters, your vehicle’s undercarriage is still likely to have picked up a layer of salt and grime. For some basic, but effective vehicle maintenance, get the garden hose out or take your vehicle to a car wash and remove all that potentially corrosive wintry residue.
Unless your wheels are aligned properly, your vehicle won’t handle properly and your tyres will wear out more quickly. If your car pulls to one side or doesn't move in a straight line have your wheels re-aligned. The cost will be much less than having to replace your tyres prematurely.
Winter can prompt the loss of tyre pressure more quickly than other seasons. As such, be sure to carry out some basic car maintenance and check your tyre pressure – and keep doing so regularly.
Batteries can deteriorate quickly in cold temperatures, so it’s important yours is working well. If it takes a few extra seconds to start your motor, or if your battery is more than four years old, consider getting it tested and if needs to be replaced.
Brake pads need to be clean to operate properly and after a long winter picking up grit and salt, they may not be at peak performance. It's a good idea to have your brakes checked by a professional.
Call Birch Service Centre today to arrange your check-up.