This year winter has been especially hard in many parts of the country. The freezing temperatures and the huge snowfalls have caused the occasional scare or problem in the road network. Now, with spring it is just around the corner, many would think that the worst is over and you can relax but not at all since this time is treacherous in the weather. You must perform a series of maintenance tasks to avoid more expensive problems in the future.
If you notice that your car tends to go to the side, then the tires may not have the proper pressure. You should already know
Be very careful, because the consequences of having circulated with insufficient pressure can be maintained even after correcting them. For example, if internal damage to the structure occurred due to overheating or if the tread has worn irregularly.
Checking the tire tread is something you should do several times a year. It is important to ensure that the wear is uniform and check the depth of the drawing. For this, a trick you can perform is to introduce a 1 euro coin into the tread. If you can see the stars have engraved on the face of the coin, you should go to a workshop.
Also, you can opt for other, more reliable methods such as wear indicators, which are small studs located in the tread grooves. So that when the drawing of the tire reaches that indicator, it is a sign that the tire has reached the legal limit of use of 1.6 millimeters or depth meters or depth meters. There are different types and can purchase at car shops or specialized replacement stores.
Change the pollen filter
Traffic raises a huge amount of suspended particles of dust, pollen, worn-out tire debris, brake pad dust, mites, bugs that accumulate over time in the pollen filter (also known as the filter of the cabin ). Hence the importance of changing it even if you are not allergic. It not only prevents dust or other particles from entering the interior of the car but also helps keep the air conditioning ducts clean. Thus prevent the proliferation of mites and bacteria. It is key, above all, for whom
Look at the level of the antifreeze liquid
As temperatures rise, it is important to make sure that the car’s engine is cooling properly. If the warning light comes on or the coolant level has not checked in a while, it is advisable to open the hood and check the liquid level. Most cars have an antifreeze level meter.
If it is finally necessary to add some coolant, always do it when the car is cold and located on a flat surface. The opposite can be very dangerous.
Check brushes and windshield washer fluid
It is not a trivial matter. Some studies indicate that 7% of the time your car spends running will be with the brushes running. If we take into account that 18% of fatal accidents occur when it rains, it is clear that there is no need to skimp on the brushes, keys for proper visibility in case of rain.
Today there are wiper blades on the market with a wear indicator that indicates, without fear of being wrong, the time to replace them with others. If they do not have it, the time will vary depending on where you live, how much you use them, if the car sleeps in a garage or, on the contrary, it suffers in the street the inclement weather (the sun cracks them quickly). There are four clear symptoms to detect when brushes can put the driver’s safety at risk:
- Stretch marks.
- Jumps and noise.
- Uncleaned areas remain.
It is also important that you check the level of the windshield washer fluid. It is a solution that can get us out of a hurry, fill with water, but the continued use of tap water with a lot of lime can clog the outlet injectors. Some people fill with water with dishwashing soap. Still, these products usually attack the rubber and produce a lot of foam, even affecting the pumping system and thereby the injection into the glass. Other products, such as certain household glass cleaners, include ammonia in their formula, which is fatal to the life of the cleaners.
For this reason, it is advisable to use specific products for windshield wipers. They usually carry antifreeze (some alcohol because the bottle indicates that it is flammable). That prevents it from freezing in winter.
Check the brakes
Before taking a long trip, you must check the condition of the brakes. If you notice that the brake pedal is harder than normal, that the car takes longer to stop or if the brake light has come on, there is a good chance that you need some new pads or discs. You can expand the information in our article
- It is important to check the height and regulation of the lights. In this way, we will avoid dazzling those who cross with us on the road at night and guarantee optimum visibility. You can do it “old-fashioned,” against a wall, but the best option, without a doubt, is to do it in the workshop, where they will use a telescope.
- Remember that it is advisable to change the car lights in pairs, to ensure optimal operation of the system.
Exterior car cleaning
It is of little value to have perfect headlights if a layer of dirt covers later the crystals and headlights.
Do not forget to bring the necessary spare parts: a spare wheel with the necessary pressure, a set of lights, two approved triangles, and the reflective vest. If the destination is a mountain area, there is no more an ice scraper (even if it already springs it can still freeze), chains, and gloves for installation.