Spring is finally upon us, with longer days and improving weather. For many of us, this means it’s once again time for road trips, as we head into the mountains or down to the beach for weekend getaways and vacations.
If spring means increasing mileage for your vehicle, it’s important to keep on top of maintenance. To get your car, SUV, or truck in tip-top working order, here are a few common repairs and vehicle maintenance tasks to put on your to-do list.
Change your tires
If your tires are nearing the end of their useful life, it’s time to get them replaced with a new set. As tires wear and age, they become more prone to punctures and blowouts; not what you want as you head out of town on vacation.
Luckily, we’ve got a great tire suggestion for many drivers. The Cooper CS5 Grand Touring is a great high-performance tire that’s suitable for both SUVs and passenger vehicles, providing you with better gas mileage and increased tire life.
Cost: While it’s not the cheapest tire that you can buy, this tire will save you money in the long run.
DIY difficulty: 5/5 (Unless you have the equipment to remove and seat tires as well as a balancing machine, you’ll have to take your vehicle to a tire shop.) We can help – check out a list of TireBuyer installers in your area!
Change your Engine oil and oil filter
Keeping on top of oil changes as per your vehicle owner’s manual is paramount to ensuring that you get as much life out of your engine as possible. While the interval for oil changes varies depending on the age and type of vehicle, you should change your oil at least once a year at the absolute minimum, to prevent premature wear on engine components.
Cost: It’s important to buy the correct grade of oil for your vehicle. There’ll be several brands to choose from, and paying more will usually provide you with a high-performance oil that will better protect your engine.
DIY difficulty: 2/5 (Oil changes are very straightforward if you have access to an oil extractor. If you don’t, you’ll need to get underneath your vehicle to access your engine oil sump).
Change your wiper blades
There’s nothing worse than being caught in a downpour with old wiper blades that can’t effectively clear your windshield. They rarely last for more than a year, so be sure to replace them ASAP if you can’t remember when you last changed them. While you’re at it, check to see if your washer reservoir needs a fluid refill.
Cost: Paying more for wiper blades will usually provide you with a longer-lasting, better-performing set.
DIY difficulty: 1/5 (Changing your wiper blades is pretty straightforward. Make sure you buy the right ones for your vehicle and follow the instructions).
Common Vehicle Repairs
There are a few telltale signs that your car needs additional attention. These include:
- Warning lights on the dashboard (usually an engine management light which will need to be investigated).
- Shaking through the steering wheel (usually due to poor wheel alignment which needs to be corrected).
With these common repairs and maintenance tasks complete, you’ll be well on your way to getting the most out of your car throughout spring and into summer. Happy road tripping!