Now that we’re moving from Winter weather to spring we should all take stock of what impact the harsh Michigan winter has had on our cars. I know from experience that our vehicles maintenance issues can change drastically from fall to spring. I had to have my struts warrantied, was it the part or the rough winter conditions? From potholes, ice and snow to frigid temperatures, it can be a dicey game to get through winter without having some suspension or other system failures.
What can we do to minimize unwanted and unexpected vehicle failures?
Here are some tips to keeping your car on the road instead of the back of a tow truck.
- Regular vehicle maintenance is key. From simple tire inflation and fluid checks to alignment and suspension checks, and don't forget to check those charging systems too.
- Simply taking the time to check your fluids and also checking for proper tire inflation can alert you to future problems. Making sure you have proper tire inflation can lead to a better ride and longer tire life. While there, inspect the tire for low tread or irregularities in the tread/tire which can create unsafe driving conditions. Making sure your oil is clean and filled to the proper level will generally lead to a longer engine life.
- Rotate your tires routinely, check your suspension and do routine brake inspections.
All of these relatively inexpensive inspections can give you the knowledge you need to PLAN your repairs instead of forcing you into unexpected breakdowns and repairs.
Really, all year around is a great time for regular maintenance. However, especially with the harsh winter conditions we face in Michigan, it can give you the peace of mind knowing that you and your family are in a vehicle that is safe.