Retro grunge poster. CarApril is National Car Care Month, the time of year to focus on taking better care of your vehicle after this awful winter we had. Most individuals cannot afford a new vehicle every few years so keeping our vehicle reliable becomes  very important. Keeping our vehicles up to date takes time, patience and money but far less than a new car. By keeping good care of your vehicle can add years of reliable life to your vehicle. Here are 10 easy things you can do this spring to help you maintain the vehicle to keep it running well for years to come.


Check Fluids:  including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

Check Hoses and Belts:  Make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.

Check Battery: Replace if necessary and look for a clean connection and free of corrosion.

Check Brakes:  Annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.

Inspect Exhaust System: Make sure there are no  leaks, damage and broken supports. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.

Check Heating and Air Conditioning: Sweating makes for a miserable drive during those summer months.

Inspect Steering and Suspension System: Check shocks, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends.

Check Tires: Make sure tire pressure, tread are good and free of bulges and bald spots. Bad tires increases your chances of having flat tires and even blow outs on highways which are very dangerous.

Check Wipers: Replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during rainy periods.

Check Lighting: You want to be seen during foggy and night drives. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly

Whether you visit a professional service technician or do it yourself, a thorough vehicle inspection this spring can help keep your car safe and dependable and help you avoid much higher costs down the road in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value.