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Are Spring Tune-Ups Necessary?

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After a long and grueling winter drive around Waterloo, your vehicle may have parts that are worn down that could leave you stranded if not addressed. Additionally, your vehicle may also be dirty from all the snow and salt from the roads. This salt can cause damage to your vehicle’s paint and other components. With that being said, it’s likely a good idea to get a spring tune-up on your vehicle when the time comes.

By spring cleaning your car and performing a spring tune-up, you can ensure that it’ll last longer and drive many more miles on the Columbia roads. So yes, we’d recommend you perform a spring tune-up on your vehicle. But, what if you don’t know how to tune your car for the spring? There’s no need to worry as the service experts from Sunset Ford Waterloo are here to help. We’re going to go over some signs your car needs a tune-up and the process of getting a spring tune-up on your vehicle. Learn more today with our team!

Signs Your Car Needs a Tune-Up

Although it’s a good idea to regularly inspect your vehicle and schedule routine maintenance visits, there are some indicators you can look out for that’ll let you know you need a spring tune-up. Not only can performing a spring tune-up have you vehicle lasting longer, it’ll also allow you to enjoy much safer Belleville drives as well. Let’s take a look at some signs your car needs a tune-up:

  • Decreased fuel efficiency
  • Engine running rough
  • Vehicle slow to start
  • Regularly needing a jump-start
  • Constantly losing tire pressure
  • Lowered driving performance

How to Tune Up Your Car for the Spring

If you notice your vehicle just isn’t driving as it used to after a rough winter, it’s likely time for a spring tune-up. Here’s how to tune up your car for the spring:

1. Spring Clean Your Car

By spring cleaning your car, you’re washing off all that snow, salt, and debris that can damage your vehicle’s exterior. Additionally, cleaning your vehicle inside is a good idea after the winter as well. As salt and snow build up on your shoes, it can damage the carpet. If there’s plenty of salt on your vehicle, using baking soda in your wash water can help remove that tough salt buildup.

2. Inspect Your Tires

When temperatures drop, the air pressure in your tires can get lowered and may need to be regularly filled up. As spring comes around and the warmer weather begins to surface, you’ll want to make sure that your tires have the proper air pressure. This will also be a good time to inspect and even rotate your tires if needed.

3. Change Wiper Blades & Replace Wiper Fluids

Similar to cleaning your vehicle, snow and salt can damage your wiper blades so you’ll want to replace them to reduce streaking. You may also use a lot of windshield washer fluid in the winter so you’ll likely want to add more.

4. Inspect Your Battery

Your vehicle’s battery lifespan likely decreases during the winter because of the extreme temperatures. By having your battery inspected when spring comes around, you’ll be able to ensure that you won’t get left stranded on the side of the road unexpectedly.

5. Oil Changes

If you haven’t done so already, it may be a good idea to replace your oil as well. With all the cold starts your vehicle has had to perform, changing your oil can help your vehicle’s engine run smoother for longer.

Schedule a Spring Tune-Up Today at Sunset Ford Waterloo!

We’re dedicated to helping you have your vehicle running drive smoothly on the streets near Waterloo. Our team at Sunset Ford Waterloo has trained technicians and professional experts who will take excellent care of your ride. Contact us today to get your spring tune-up on the calendar!

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