It's time to welcome sunnier days and fairer weather with a well-serviced car. GlocknerHonda would like to help you welcome the season of growth and renewal with these spring vehicle maintenance tips.

Take Care of the Body

With snow, ice, rain, and other rough weather, winter can prove hard for the exterior of the car. So you can start your cleaning from the outside. Give the body a good going over either at home or at your local carwash. Don't neglect the wheel wells and the undercarriage because road salts and other harmful ice melting chemicals may accumulate in these areas and cause damage to the body and components. To protect your finish for the hot months and make it shine, give the exterior a good coat of wax.

Cleanthe Interior

It's normal during the cold season to have all kinds of things pile up inside your car including warm clothing, children's toys, and the remains of snacks and beverages. Start by removing everything from the interior so you can give the upholstery and carpets a good vacuuming. If necessary, wipe the dashboard, headliner, and door panels with an appropriate automotive cleaner. Don't forget the inside of the sunroof, windshield, and windows to give you a clear view of your surroundings.

Adjust Your Emergency Kit

Your winter emergency kit most likely contains an ice scraper, a snow brush, tire chains, extra warm clothes, and a bag of either sand or kitty litter for extra traction on ice and snow. Since you will no longer use these items during warmer weather, take them out and store them outside the vehicle until next winter.

Swap them out for sunscreen, extra sunglasses, a sun hat, bug spray, and extra beach or lake gear such as a swimsuit, towels, and swim goggles. Things like a first aid kit, jumper cables, an extra battery charger for your smart devices, a flashlight, spare money, snacks, and bottled water should remain in your kit year-round.

Look Out for the Tires

For a smoother ride and a better grip on dry roads, swap out your winter tires for all-weather ones. If you've driven a lot over snow or rough terrain or your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you want to go straight, your wheels may be off-balance and may need professional alignment.

Have your wheels rotated if it's been six months or more since you did it last. This allows your tires to wear evenly. Check the tire treads by putting a penny upside down into the groove. If the top of Lincoln's head is showing, your treads are warned and you need new tires. Finally, check your tire pressure, which is listed in your owner's manual or on the driver's side door. Fill it to the recommended number to maximize tire life and fuel economy.

Check under the Hood

If you've never looked under the hood of your car before, give your owner's manual the once over. This useful document can tell you where all the essential components, such as the fluid reservoirs, are located.

Check the oil and filter using the intervals recommended by your owner's manual. If needed, fill or replace this essential fluid. Neglecting to do this can cause severe engine damage.

Inspect the reservoirs for your brake, power steering, transmission, and windshield washer fluids as well as your coolant. Fill these as necessary. If your brake, power steering, and cooling compartments are low, you may have a leak because these fluids circulate in a closed system. A professional inspection is the only way to detect and repair this problem.

Check that your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are tight and free of corrosion. If you have trouble starting in the morning, you may need to get your battery tested. If your battery is over five years old, it may need to be replaced.

Get It Done

We can do all of these chores for you except for cleaning and prepping your emergency kit. If you take your car into the Service Department at Glockner Honda in Portsmouth, OH, you'll save time and effort. And these tasks will be taken care of by factory-certified automotive techs who depend on OEM parts to prep your vehicle for spring.