Spring Car Maintenance

Spring is a crucial time for car maintenance as it follows the harsh conditions of winter and prepares your vehicle for warmer weather and summer road trips. Here are some essential car maintenance tips for spring:

  • Check and Change the Oil: As temperatures rise, it’s a good idea to check your oil level and determine if it’s time to get an oil change. Fresh oil helps keep your engine running smoothly, especially after the strain of winter driving. If you aren’t sure if you need an oil change or not you can contact the Carolina Quick Lube team!
  • Inspect and Rotate Tires: Check your tire pressure, tread depth, and overall condition. Rotate your tires, or have a professional do so, to ensure even wear and improve longevity. Warmer temperatures can cause tire pressure to increase, so adjust as needed.
  • Replace Wiper Blades: Winter weather can wear down wiper blades, leading to streaking and reduced visibility. Replace them in spring to ensure clear vision during spring showers.
  • Check Fluid Levels: Inspect all fluid levels including coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Top up or replace fluids as needed to ensure proper vehicle operation.
  • Inspect Belts and Hoses: Cold temperatures can cause belts and hoses to become brittle and prone to cracking. Inspect them for signs of wear and replace if necessary to prevent breakdowns.
  • Test the Battery: Winter weather can take a toll on car batteries. Test your battery’s charge and inspect for corrosion on terminals. Clean terminals and tighten connections if needed, or replace the battery if it’s old or weak.
  • Inspect Brakes: Ensure your brakes are in good condition by checking brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid. Address any signs of wear or brake performance issues promptly to maintain safety on the road.
  • Check Air Filters: Clean or replace air filters to improve engine performance and fuel efficiency. Pollen and debris can accumulate in spring, so it’s essential to ensure proper airflow to the engine.
  • Clean Exterior and Interior: Give your car a thorough wash and wax to remove road salt, grime, and debris accumulated during winter. Clean the interior to remove salt stains, dirt, and clutter.
  • Test Lights and Signals: Check all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights. Replace any bulbs that are dim or burnt out to ensure visibility and safety.


By following these spring car maintenance tips, you can help keep your vehicle in optimal condition for the warmer months ahead and minimize the risk of breakdowns or accidents on the road. If you are unsure of how to handle any of the above tasks to prepare your car for spring – you can always bring your vehicle in to Carolina Quick Lube in Garner and we can help!