Spring has sprung, and we’ve had some gorgeous sunny days this week. For drivers, the change in weather is the perfect prompt to take a good look at one of your most prized possessions — your vehicle. After enduring winter’s road conditions, cars can perform at their best once again with a comprehensive spring tune-up. In this article, tailored for Kamloops drivers, we’ll walk you through the three most critical aspects of spring vehicle maintenance to ensure a smooth transition into the milder months and keep you safe on the road.

1. Check Your Tires

Your tires are the only point of contact between your car and the road – their proper care is paramount.
Kamloops winters can be brutal on your tires, from navigating through snow and slush to encountering potholes that have developed due to the freeze-thaw cycle. Checking your tires now can save you from headaches and hazards later. Inspect your tire pressure as temperature fluctuations can lead to under- or over-inflation, affecting performance and fuel efficiency. Use a reliable gauge and refer to your vehicle manual for the correct psi (pounds per square inch) values. Adequate tread depth is crucial for maintaining traction, especially during the occasional spring snowfall. An easy test involves using the quarter method. Insert a quarter upside down into a groove. If the top of the Washington’s head is exposed, it may be time to replace your tires. Winter conditions may have caused misalignment or wheel imbalance. Look for uneven tire wear, and if you notice any, it’s a sign to schedule an alignment check. Imbalance can also be detected by steering wheel vibration. Rectify both to improve handling and extend tire life.

2. Fluids and Filters

Your car is a complex machine that requires various fluids to operate and filters to keep those fluids clean. Ensuring these are in good condition can prevent significant mechanical issues. Regular oil changes are pivotal for lubrication and engine health. Consistent cold starts and short trips common in winter can lead to oil degradation, so a spring oil change is often recommended. Be sure to also replace the oil filter. Inspect the coolant level and condition. Over time, it can become acidic and less effective in preventing corrosion and overheating. Check for leaks and top up with the manufacturer-recommended mixture of coolant and water. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water over time. This can lead to reduced braking performance, particularly in challenging weather conditions. A brake fluid flush and replenishment can rectify this issue. It’s essential to replace the air filter when clogged, as it can impact your engine’s performance. A clean air filter allows for optimal fuel-air mixture, enhancing fuel efficiency and power output.

3. Inspection and Maintenance

Properly functioning vehicle components are critical for your safety and that of others on the road. Spring is an excellent time to ensure all parts are in good working order. Have your brakes inspected, as winter weather can be particularly tough on them. Squeaking, grinding, or a soft brake pedal are signs of potential issues that should not be ignored. Visibility is important year-round, but the longer days of spring may reveal bulbs that have burned out over the winter. Check and replace headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and interior lights as needed. A professional battery check can determine if it’s operating at full capacity. Extreme temperatures, like those experienced in Kamloops, can lead to a dying battery. Your wiper blades have likely worked extensively during winter, often against heavy snow and slush. Cracked or damaged blades should be replaced to ensure a clear field of vision during spring showers and summer storms.
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In a city like Kamloops, where weather can vary and road conditions can be unpredictable, a spring tune-up isn’t just an option — it’s essential. With these spring tune-ups by our pro-team at Advance Auto Service, you’re well on your way to enjoying a season of smooth driving adventures in the beautiful landscapes around Kamloops.

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From the team at Advance Auto Service in Kamloops