Omaha Spring Driving Checklist

By the time Spring arrives your car will have taken a beating from Winter driving. While you’re taking care of your Spring cleaning around the house, you’ll also want to make time for your vehicle. There are some simple checks you can make yourself at home. If you’re too busy or suspect you may have an issue, bring your vehicle into a trusted Omaha auto repair shop.

Tire Check

Anyone can do a tire check with a pressure gauge. If you don’t have a pressure gauge, you can pick one up at most stores for a few dollars. The sidewall of your tire will tell you the recommended PSI. Use the gauge and check your pressure. If you’re low, you can add air at most gas stations. Make sure all four tires have the same amount of air. Check your tire tread while you’re down there. If tread wear is uneven, you might need a wheel alignment adjustment.

Battery Check

Batteries don’t like the cold. Your battery took a lot of stress over the Winter months, especially if you don’t use a garage. Look for tight connections that look clean and corrosion-free. If your battery light is coming on then you better replace your battery.

Fluids and Filters

Did you get your oil changed over the Winter? How are all of your fluids? Engine oil, power steering, brake, and transmission fluids need to be checked and filled to their recommended levels. Windshield washer fluid and coolant levels need to be topped off as well. When is the last time you changed your air filter? Take a look at it and make sure it’s not covered in filth.

Hose & Belt Check

The cold can do a lot of damage to a weak, cracked, or old hose or belt. Loose, cracked, brittle, or frayed belts and hoses need to be replaced. They keep your cooling systems and electrical systems working properly. They can be more tricky to replace and may require special tools. If you suspect you need a hose or belt replaced we can help you out.

Windows and Lights

Although Spring brings warmer weather, it also brings rain and difficult driving conditions. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and replace worn or brittle blades. Check all of your exterior lights and make sure your signals are working. It’s critical that other drivers can see your lights when the weather makes visibility a challenge.

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