How to Prepare Your Kia for Spring

Kia Ready For Spring

After being stuck inside all winter, you probably want to get in the car and go when spring arrives. But before you take your Kia on a road trip, it will need some serious attention. The winter season is one of the hardest on a car, especially if you live in a colder climate or your car stays outside during the season. Salt, sleet, sand, slush, and any other elements that come into contact with your vehicle can cause damage such as rust and worn out windshield wipers.

Since these problems can creep up without you realizing, you'll need to bring your vehicle in for an expert's evaluation. When you contact us for springtime maintenance, we'll give your car a thorough evaluation. At a minimum, this is what your car needs for a seasonal inspection.

Get a Tire and Alignment Check

As the first point of contact with the road, your tires can wear out quickly in any season. But winter's cold temperatures, uneven road surfaces, and tough elements like ice and sand make tires wear out especially fast. This is particularly true if you use the tires year-round. On your own, you can check your tires for tread depth to see if they have sufficient life left. If not, or if you're not sure how to check them properly, schedule an appointment with us for service.

When your bring your car in, the tires will be rotated to make sure they wear evenly. Your car will also have an alignment check performed. If you notice symptoms like the car pulling to the left or right when you drive, or if the steering wheel doesn't seem to stay centered, all the more reason to have the alignment checked.

Should You Test Your Battery in the Spring?

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Generally, a battery will last about three to five years before it needs to be replaced. But living in a cold climate can require more frequent battery changes. In cold temperatures, batteries can die after just one or two years! Sometimes, you might notice signs of a dying battery like dim interior lights or an engine that has trouble starting. The “Check Engine” light might also turn on.

Replacing a battery when it's running low is important to keep you from getting stranded by the side of the road somewhere. A battery that has minimal life can also become corroded and damage other components.

Windshield Wiper Inspections

Like the tires, the windshield wipers are one of the parts of your car that get the most exposure to winter's elements. This means they can also be one of the first parts to wear out. The wipers on your car can wear out particularly quickly if they have to scrape ice, salt, and snow from your windshield. Sometimes, thoroughly cleaning the blades is enough to get them working properly again. But if that doesn't help, they will need to be replaced. Keep in mind that spring usually brings rainy weather, which means you'll need to have working windshield wipers!

Come springtime, you're probably quite eager to get in your Kia and drive off. But before you go, you'll need to make sure it is in good working order after enduring a tough winter. At your convenience, we encourage you to contact us and make an appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable mechanics who are looking forward to getting your car safe and sound for warmer weather.

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