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Spring Vehicle Maintenance: Tips for Peace of Mind on the Road

In partnership with TOYOTA - Spring Vehicle Maintenance (EN)

Friday, April 16th 2021, 2:45 pm - Winter is rough on certain moving parts under the hood. The abrupt changes in temperature in winter months can cause damage, and the humidity in the air increases the risk of corrosion. What’s more, calcium and winter abrasives pose a risk to the vehicle’s mechanical parts.

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Winter damage

Winter is rough on certain moving parts under the hood. The abrupt changes in temperature in winter months can cause damage, and the humidity in the air increases the risk of corrosion. What’s more, calcium and winter abrasives pose a risk to the vehicle’s mechanical parts. We all know you need to change the oil and oil filter, but the air filter needs to be replaced as well. Not only does this precaution improve your fuel economy, it prevents unpleasant smells from circulating in the cabin. The drive belts don’t have it easy when facing the rigours of winter either. They’re tough but not everlasting; they can crack and even break with time. A simple inspection can prevent major inconveniences.

Avoid unexpected repairs

According to Michel Gélinas, General Manager of a Toyota dealership in Quebec, this maintenance also prevents the need for costly repairs down the line. “Firstly, you absolutely need to have the tires and vehicle alignment checked,” he says. “If we see antifreeze on the ground, it may mean a leak has developed as a result of temperature fluctuations. When the weather warms up, an overheated engine can be an expensive fix.”

Don’t forget the fluids!

In fact, all of the car’s fluids require your attention. Spring maintenance includes checking the steering fluid, brake fluid, and coolant levels. Replacing these fluids can prevent breakdowns, damage and any need for repairs. “Don’t forget that we drive more in spring and summer,” Gélinas adds. “That’s all the more reason for keeping your vehicle in top condition.” Don’t forget to check the wiper fluid either, as you go through it faster in winter. That said, make sure not to be too hasty replacing fluids designed for winter with ones made for summer when there’s still a risk of frost.

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