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Prepare Your Car For Spring

Winter is on its way out. Check out our tips on how to get your car in tip-top shape for the warmer weather.

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Cold temperatures, snow and ice – plus all the chemicals used to treat slippery roads – hammer your car all winter. Here are some things you can do to help your vehicle once we roll past the worst of the wintry weather.

Kick the Tires

Tires lose air pressure as the temperature drops. Check the air pressure and inspect tires for bulges, cracks and bruises on the sidewall, which could lead to a blowout. You can find the recommended levels on the doorjamb sticker or in the owner’s manual.

Wash Me!

Wash your car regularly to get rid of road salt and other chemicals that cling to the undercarriage and cause rust. If the rubber on your vehicle’s wiper blades leaves streaks behind, replace them.

Go with the Flow

Take some time to get to know where the fluid reservoirs are in your car. Check the owner’s manual. While you’re there, fill up the washer fluid and learn how to check the level of other ones like coolant and motor oil.

Go Undercover

Get under the car and see if anything has damaged the exhaust system or other major parts. If you suspect serious damage, consult a professional.

Get more tips on how to spring clean your car. AAA.com/CarsTrucks

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