image of a person changing the oil in a vehicleSpring starts next week, which means now is the perfect time to free your vehicle from storage and get it ready to be unleashed on the road!

Here are four spring car maintenance tips to prepare your car for some warm-weather driving.

Four Spring Car Maintenance Tips

1) Have Your Oil Changed

Oil serves a critical role in ensuring your vehicle’s engine runs smoothly, even under the stress of extreme horsepower and torque metrics. Whether you chose to drive your vehicle all winter long, or it’s been sitting in a JP Logistics storage facility, there are two main reasons you should have your oil changed at the start of spring: to ensure all impurities from circulating through your engine all winter long have been removed, and because oil, even when it is not running through an engine, can break down over time. In either of these scenarios, not changing your oil could result in permanent damage to your engine.

2) Check Your Battery Voltage

Your battery is the driving force behind the crank that starts your engine; without it, your car cannot run. Taking into account that prolonged exposure to cold winter air is notorious for killing car batteries all across the nation, spring is the perfect time to have your battery voltage checked by your local mechanic. If you do not have access to a mechanic, you can test your battery yourself by using this quick method.

3) Top Off Your Fluids

Aside from oil, there are many other fluids that attribute to your car’s ongoing health: brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant and even wiper fluid. If any of these fluids are not properly filled, or if they are beginning to lose their effectiveness due to age, your vehicle could be at risk of suffering from mechanical failure. Fortunately, a quick check of your fluids can prevent this from happening.

4) Have Your Vehicle Detailed

A clean car is a happy car, and a happy car is a happy owner. Wash winter’s grime from the inside and outside of your vehicle with a deep clean. By doing so, you ensure that winter road treatments from this past season have no long-term damaging effects on your vehicle’s quality and appearance.

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