Avoid El Niño Car Breakdowns with a Spring Cleaning Car Checkup


Spring is the time to thank your hardworking vehicle for a great performance over the winter by doing a maintenance overhaul. There are several things you can do yourself and with the help of a mechanic to ensure that your vehicle is prepared for top performance this spring and summer. Use the following tips to manage your vehicle effectively and avoid accidents and expensive maintenance concerns down the road.

Fluid Levels

Keep an eye on your brake fluid, anti-freeze, windshield washer fluid, engine oil and transmission fluid. It’s a good idea to consider a brake fluid flush as well to make sure your brakes are working in top condition.

Wires, Plugs and Batteries

Anything older than three years old should be replaced as should any weak wires, plugs or batteries.

Hoses and Belts

If your belts are soft, brittle, cracked or worn, consider replacing them. Anything older than five years old should also be replaced.

Tire Pressure

Make sure that all of your vehicle’s tires, including the spare, are properly balanced and inflated. Making this a habit will decrease the chances that you’ll find yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire.


A brake pad change and an inspection for the brake system can work miracles for your San Diego vehicle. This is especially true if heavy rains are anticipated, because you’ll rely on the braking system performing at 100%.

Engine Filter

It’s a good time to replace your engine filter as you head into the spring, as it’s likely that there has been a lot of build up over the winter months.

Wheel Alignment and Suspension

Any time you hit major potholes, you can do significant damage to your struts and shocks. Make sure you ask your mechanic to conduct an inspection to avoid bigger and more expensive problems down the road. After a season of tough conditions, it’s a good idea to have your wheels aligned properly.

Following these tips can minimize your maintenance costs overall as well as decrease the chances of you being involved in an accident as a result of poor vehicle maintenance.

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