How to Tune Your Car for Spring

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Is your Acura car or SUV due for a spring tune-up? Spring-cleaning your car can save you a lot of headaches later in the year. It can even save you money!

Knowing how to tune your car for spring will prepare you for a summer filled with long drives around Boulder and vacations out past Westminster. Whether you’re heading to the beach or your child’s ball game, you’ll be glad you took the time to prepare your new Acura or pre-owned vehicle for spring. Find out everything you need to know about how to tune your car for spring, as well as the tell-tale signs your car needs a tune-up, with the team at Fisher Acura!

1. Visit a Car Wash

Spring cleaning isn’t only for your house — it’s also important to spring-clean your car. Winters around Denver especially can be tough on cars. Freezing temperatures and salt from the Aurora roads can do real damage to your paint job, so make sure to start the season with a car wash. If you go to a car wash, spring for premium, because you won’t want to miss any nooks or crannies. If you do it yourself, make sure to add baking soda to the wash water if your car has a strong salt buildup. This will help neutralize the salt and save your paint job.

2. Check Your Tires

Did you know you can save money on gas by making sure your tires are filled up to the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure? Just by keeping the pressure regulated, your car is better able to distribute and conserve gasoline. The cold air and ice can be rough on the air pressure in your tires, so the Spring is a great time to check those tires. Make sure your tires are rotated regularly and don’t wait until you have a visible flat to fill them up. Check your tires for worn tread and make sure to replace your tires when the treading becomes too worn.

3. Replace Wiper Blades and Fluids

Snow can damage and wear on your windshield wipers. One of the most common signs your car needs a tune-up is windshield wiper streaks. If your wipers are streaking, replace them. New wiper blades are inexpensive and simple to replace, so you won’t even need to pay someone to do it for you. You should also make sure to top off your windshield wiper fluid and reapply any needed windshield treatments to repel water and rain.

4. Check Your Battery

At the end of a long winter, you’ll want to ensure that an evaluation of your car’s electrical system is part of your spring tune-up. Many parts shops have free battery checks where you can find out just how strong your battery is. If your battery is getting weak, you can prevent future problems by replacing it before it stops working. That way, you won’t be left stranded with a dead battery.

5. Change Your Oil

Regular oil changes can make all the difference in making sure your car has a long, healthy life. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for oil change intervals and oil viscosity, and make sure to change the oil filter as well. Some car shops offer fluid top-offs, tire checks, battery checks, and even tire rotation including in their oil change prices, so you can take care of almost all of your spring maintenance in just one stop.

Get Expert Auto Repairs at Fisher Acura!

Let the certified service technicians at Fisher Acura bring your car up to speed for the journeys ahead. If you have service-related questions about signs your Acura needs a tune-up, we can help! Contact us online or give us a call at (303) 998-6295, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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