Spring vehicle maintenance checklist:

Act now before car trouble strikes.

Spring vehicle maintenance checklist: get your car ready for the change of season with this helpful preventative maintenance checklist.

Just as spring cleaning is a good idea for your home, spring maintenance is a smart idea for your car.

Depending on where you live, winter can cause your vehicle to take a beating, both externally and inside your engine. Now is the perfect time to see what should be addressed, and prepare for summer driving -- before the heat of summer comes!

Not sure where to begin? Then follow this practical vehicle maintenance checklist. And, if you need any quality auto parts to complete a task, shop online at Advance Auto Parts or stop by one of our auto parts stores.

Spring vehicle maintenance checklist: be prepared!

  1. Inspect your windshield wipers. The chilly temperatures of winter can cause the rubber blades to lose their effectiveness. If you need new blades, you might opt for blades optimized for summer conditions. When you buy windshield wipers from Advance Auto Parts, we’ll install them for free.
  2. Check the condition and level of your oil. If it’s been over 3,000 miles since your last oil change, it’s probably best just to do an oil and lube. The searing heat caused by summer driving is unkind to motor oils. If you live in a mild climate or will be towing a trailer, a higher viscosity oil might be necessary.
  3. Evaluate your battery. Did you know that summer can actually be tougher on your battery than winter? Bring your battery in to one of our auto parts stores. We’ll inspect it for free, and install a new one for no charge.
  4. See if your engine needs more coolant, and check its condition, too. You may need to add coolant or have a flush-and-fill performed. Trying to make it through summer with inadequate coolant is a recipe for a vehicle breakdown.
  5. Speaking of keeping cool, test your air conditioning system. If it’s not providing enough cool air, you may need more refrigerant. Or, you might have a clogged condenser, leak, or loose drive belt. Regardless, it’s smart to fix this situation in spring before the peak heat of summer arrives.
  6. Check your tire pressure. Wide temperature variations are common with changes of season and can cause your tires to lose pressure more quickly. Under-inflated tires don’t perform as well as properly inflated tires. Also, be sure to rotate your tires according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  7. Monitor the tread on your tires. If they look worn, replace your tires before the heavy rains and reduced traction of summer comes along.
  8. Determine if you need to replace any belts or hoses. Look for cracks, swelling, fraying or leakage. If something looks borderline, you should replace the belt or hose because summer’s heat and humidity will likely cause it to fail. When you stop by one of our auto parts stores, we can take a quick look at your belts and hoses, and recommend replacements as necessary.

Need help with your preventative maintenance checklist?

You should find most of these items fairly easy to complete on your own.

But, if you have questions about any of these steps, please stop by any of our auto parts stores for knowledgeable advice and the quality auto parts for the job.

Be proactive. Complete your vehicle maintenance checklist now so you can fully enjoy the carefree days of summer.