Get your car ready for spring
Take your winter tires off
You may be thinking — what's the big deal if you leave them on a little longer than usual? It's not like you're doing that much driving, anyway. But if you leave your winter tires on in the summer, you could also be opening yourself up to risk. Winter tires don’t have the same rigidity that all-season or summer tires have, and this can affect a driver’s ability to maneuver.
When the temperature is consistently above 7 degrees, it’s safe to change your tires from winter tires to all season. We recommend changing your tires once the snow and ice have melted; the springy rubber on winter tires that delivers better traction on ice and snow will wear out faster in warmer conditions.
Before you store your winter tires, hose them down or wash them to remove winter debris and excess salt. Be sure to store them in a cool, dry place — this combo will keep the rubber supple and fresh for the next winter season.
Take your car in for a full inspectionWinter’s sub-zero temperatures and icy road conditions have been hard on your car, even if you’ve only hit the pavement (or slush) once a week. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify emerging issues before they become major problems. A full inspection should include:
Checking fluids, belts, and hoses.Changing your oil and oil filter after winter is recommended to help keep your car’s engine running smoothly. Throughout the season, your car’s fluids continually freeze and thaw. Neglecting to replace engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe engine damage.
Cold weather, salt and debris can also harden or damage rubber so it’s important to check your belts and hoses. They should be replaced ASAP if they’re loose or damaged.