As the temperature outside starts to warm up, and the snow and ice start to melt, and many drivers become aware of different sounds or vibrations that they may not have noticed before.

Prevent significant repairs or excess costs through seasonal vehicle maintenance. Check the following, along with any service interval maintenance to keep your vehicle in top condition.

Wheel Alignment

Repeated freezing and thawing cycles deteriorate our roads every winter producing rough, potholed pavement. When you switch your winter tires back to All Weather or All Season, ask your service provider to inspect the steering and wheel alignment. Properly aligned wheels have several benefits including a smoother ride, extended tire life, and improved fuel economy, which means savings for you and a more comfortable ride for your passengers.

Cabin Air Filters

As spring rolls around and flowers and trees begin to bloom, allergy or asthma sufferers may want to keep your car windows closed; however, that might not be sufficient if your car cabin filters are clogged. The cabin air filter blocks pollen, dust, and debris from entering the cabin of the vehicle, keeping the air clean. Blocked cabin air filters result in reduced air flow through the vents.

Wipers and Windshield washer fluid

After clearing snow and ice from your windshield, wipers can easily become cracked or torn, resulting in streaking and or hearing squeaking, as they clear your windshield. Swap your torn wipers for improved visibility, and top up washer fluid with a mixture intended for bugs or dirt instead of the cold.

Brakes

Consider a brake inspection and or cleaning after the snow and ice have cleared. Salt and slush can wash away a lot of the lubricant from the brake, resulting in uneven or premature wear. If you can hear grinding, this may be an indication that you need new pads. A brake inspection identifies if your brake pads need to be replaced, or if further maintenance is required.

Scheduled Maintenance

Following the maintenance schedule outlined in your owner’s manual is essential to maintain any vehicle warranties as well as, keep your vehicle running optimally.

Talk to your OK Tire Service Advisor if you have any questions about vehicle maintenance.