The beginning of spring means more than just the first signs of blossoms. It also means that your car is ready for some seasonal maintenance. These do-it-yourself vehicle maintenance tips will help you take charge of caring for your car and ensuring that it’s ready to handle the season ahead.
Change Wiper Blades
You should be changing your wiper blades about every six months, and after being battered by the snow and ice of winter, spring poses a great time to make the switch. Consult your owner’s manual to determine the right size blades for your ride and swap out your old wipers for a new pair.
Check the Tires
Winter also delivers a beating to your tires, both in terms of air pressure and on-road hazards. Once the snow and ice have melted, take the opportunity of a warm day to check your tires’ air pressure and inflate them to the manual-recommended PSI. While you’re at it, check for signs of wear including bulges, cracks, or low tread levels.
Check the Lights
It’s important that your vehicles lights are all in good working order, which is why you should do a quick walkaround to make sure that your headlights, taillights, and brake lights are all illuminating properly. If you notice dulling, you can also wash your headlight and taillight housings using glass cleaner or even toothpaste.
While these three maintenance procedures are all fairly easily performed on your own, it’s just as quick and simple to have them performed by the service technicians at Gossett VW Porsche when you stop in for your seasonal tune-up.
Your windshield wiper blades are imperative for complete visibility when the rain starts coming down in springtime. After a long winter of fending off snow and ice, it may very well be time to swap in a new set of blades. If you’ve noticed signs of aging and want to get up-to-date with a new pair of windshield wipers, here’s what you need to do to replace them.
Find the Right Blades
Every vehicle has specifically sized wiper blades, which means that you have to know what your vehicle requires before making a purchase. This information can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual. You can order blades directly from the manufacturer’s online store, or you can bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Porsche and get the proper pair.
Out with the Old
To remove the old wiper blades, you must first pull the wipers up so that they’re perpendicular with the windshield. Push in the tab where the wiper arm meets the blade, then pull the blade down towards the windshield to remove it.
While you are changing the blades, it’s a good idea to place a towel down on the windshield. That way, if one of the wiper arms snaps down, the windshield will be protected from impact damage.
In with the New
Slide the new wiper blade onto the wiper arm just as you slid the old one off, starting at the base and pulling it upward into position until you hear it snap into place. Gently lower the blades onto the windshield and test to see that they are working properly.
Replacing wiper blades is an easy process, and it’s one that we’re happy to perform for you when you bring your vehicle in for service at Gossett VW Porsche. If you’re due for an appointment and feel like you’re due for new windshield wipers, make sure that you make a note of it when scheduling and we’ll give you what you need.