Spring Maintenance Tips to Get Your Vehicle Up to 100% ahead of El Niño

Every year it’s a good idea to incorporate maintenance on your vehicle as part of your general spring cleaning procedure. Potholes, frost heaves, and cold temperatures can all put your brakes, suspension, tires, and battery to the test. You should always make a point to analyze your vehicle at least once a year to make sure that it’s running in top condition. Doing so can help you avoid a serious issue or being involved in a San Diego car accident. Use the following tips to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance this spring. No one wants to be caught in the heavy El Niño rains with an improperly maintained vehicle!

Tire Pressure

Make sure all your tires have been properly inflated and balanced. This little step goes a long way not just towards minimizing the chances of a flat tire, but it can also improve your gas mileage, too.


Anytime the weather dips, it’s a good idea to look at your brake fluid, parking brake, hoses, and lines. Brake pad changes and a total inspection of the brake system can go a long way towards helping you avoid accidents and serious issues this spring. In heavy rains, you rely on breaks in great shape to help you come to a stop quickly, even on slick surfaces, so don’t skip over this step.

Plugs, Wires and Batteries

These components of your vehicle have to work extra hard when it’s cold outside. Make sure you replace old or weak wires, plugs and batteries. Anything over three years old should be replaced completely.

Wheel Alignment and Suspension

Determine any leaks or wear on your shocks and struts before heading out on the road this spring and summer.

Fluid Levels

Don’t ignore your engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze or windshield washer fluid. The brake fluid flush can also be beneficial.

Engine Filter

When you’re getting your oil change, ask that the engineer filter be looked at carefully to determine whether it needs to be replaced.

Hoses and Belts

If your hoses are cracked, worn, soft, blistered or brittle, you should replace them. Anything over five years should be replaced even if it looks like it’s in relatively good condition.

And finally, make sure you turn on those headlights in heavy rain!

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