Your Season-By-Season Guide To Essential Car Maintenance

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Car maintenance is a chore.

Of course, it’s an essential chore, and you know you have to do it, but few people find pleasure in maintaining their car. While it can sometimes be enjoyable to try and improve a vehicle, maintenance doesn’t have the same appeal, it’s just about keeping your vehicle at a bare minimum level, which isn’t quite as exciting.

If you’d rather focus your time on improving your vehicle, or just enjoying actually driving it, then managing your car’s maintenance requirements needs to be streamlined. One of the most effective ways of doing this is to split maintenance into seasonal tasks. While you’ll still have to perform essential steps, such as checking the oil and the depth of your tyre treads, year-round, some maintenance tasks can be separated into seasonal blocks. So, without further ado…

Wiper Maintenance

Spring

  • Spring is infamous for its showers, so now is the perfect time to replace your wiper blades to ensure a streak-free driving experience.
  • It’s also a good idea to inspect your air filter, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies. You can then either clean the filter or, if necessary, replace it.

Summer

  • As the weather heats up, the fluids that keep your car running smoothly are more likely to be depleted.
  • As a result, summer is the perfect time to check (and refill if necessary) your oil, power steering fluid, and most importantly your coolant.
  • If you have air conditioning in your vehicle, taking it to be serviced will ensure that the system is running as efficiently as possible.

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Autumn

  • As the days begin to shorten, you’re going to be using your headlamps more, so a thorough check that these are in good working order is essential.
  • Falling leaves can cause your car to look messy and dirty in record time. If this bothers you, then opting for a wax treatment can keep your car looking pristine for as long as possible. It’s not a total cure, but waxes should last longer than washes with simple soap and water.

Winter

  • Winter is one of the most trying periods of the year for a vehicle, so we’re going to have to issue a cautionary note with this one.
  • Maintenance is so important during the winter months that you’re best to outsource much of this season’s maintenance to the professionals. You could try a Vauxhall Winter Check and Treat deal if you drive a relevant vehicle or check with your car’s manufacturer to see if they offer something similar.
  • While it’s good to maintain your own vehicle, safety is a priority in winter, so DIY options aren’t going to be the safest choice.

Headlamp Maintenance

In conclusion

The above is a useful way of spacing car maintenance out to the times when it is most needed. Supplementing your usual basic safety maintenance steps with the above additions in the relevant months should help to ensure you’re able to enjoy a happy and safe motoring experience all year round.

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