• Spring Cleaning Your Car: Essential Maintenance Tips

Spring Cleaning Your Car: Essential Maintenance Tips

As the winter months come to an end and spring arrives, it's time to give your car the attention it deserves. Just like your home, your vehicle needs a thorough spring cleaning and maintenance check to ensure it's ready for the road ahead. At West Motors, we understand the importance of regular car servicing and maintenance, especially after the harsh winter season.


In this article, we'll highlight the key areas to focus on and explain how regular servicing can extend the life of your vehicle and improve its performance.

1. Check Your Tyres

Your car's tyres are the only point of contact with the road, so it's crucial to ensure they are in good condition. Start by checking the tyre pressure, as under-inflated tyres can lead to poor fuel efficiency and handling. Don't forget to inspect the tread depth as well, as worn tyres can be dangerous, especially in wet conditions. If you notice any signs of damage or uneven wear, it's time to replace your tyres.

2. Change Your Oil and Filter

After a long winter, your car's oil may have become dirty and less effective at lubricating the engine. Changing your oil and filter is one of the most important steps in spring cleaning your car. Fresh oil helps to keep your engine running smoothly, improves fuel efficiency, and extends the life of your engine. At West Motors, our experienced technicians can help you choose the right oil for your vehicle and perform the oil change quickly and efficiently.

3. Inspect Your Brakes

Your car's brakes are essential for your safety on the road, so it's important to check them regularly. Signs that your brakes may need attention include squeaking or grinding noises, a spongy brake pedal, or pulling to one side when braking. Our technicians at West Motors can inspect your brakes and recommend any necessary repairs or replacements to ensure your safety on the road.

4. Check Your Battery

Cold winter temperatures can be tough on your car's battery, so it's important to check it as part of your spring maintenance routine. Look for signs of corrosion on the battery terminals and clean them if necessary. If your battery is more than three years old, it may be time to consider a replacement to avoid being stranded with a dead battery.

5. Replace Your Wiper Blades

Winter weather can take a toll on your wiper blades, leaving them cracked and ineffective. As spring brings rain showers, it's important to have clear visibility on the road. Replacing your wiper blades is a quick and easy way to improve your visibility and ensure your safety on the road.

6. Flush Your Coolant System

Your car's coolant system works hard to keep your engine at the right temperature, but over time, the coolant can become contaminated and less effective. Spring is a great time to flush your coolant system and replace the coolant to ensure your engine stays cool and runs efficiently. 

7. Check Your Air Filter

Your car's air filter helps to keep dirt and debris out of your engine, but over time, it can become clogged and restrict air flow. A dirty air filter can lead to poor fuel efficiency and reduced engine performance. As part of your spring maintenance routine, have your air filter checked and replaced if necessary to ensure your engine is getting the clean air it needs to run efficiently.

8. Inspect Your Belts and Hoses

Your car's belts and hoses play a crucial role in keeping your engine running smoothly, but they can become worn and brittle over time. Spring is a great time to have your belts and hoses inspected for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or fraying. Catching and replacing worn belts and hoses early can prevent more serious and expensive repairs down the road.

9. Check Your Alignment and Suspension

Winter potholes and rough roads can take a toll on your car's alignment and suspension, leading to uneven tire wear and poor handling. As part of your spring maintenance routine, have your alignment and suspension checked by a professional. At West Motors, our technicians can perform a thorough inspection and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your car handles smoothly and safely on the road.

10. Schedule Regular Servicing

While spring cleaning your car is important, regular servicing throughout the year is essential for keeping your vehicle in top condition. At West Motors, we recommend following your car manufacturer's recommended service schedule, which typically includes regular oil changes, tire rotations, and other important maintenance tasks. By staying on top of regular servicing, you can extend the life of your vehicle, improve its performance, and avoid costly repairs down the road.

In conclusion, spring cleaning your car is an important step in ensuring your vehicle is ready for the road ahead. By focusing on key areas such as tires, brakes, oil, and coolant, and by scheduling regular servicing with a trusted mechanic like those at West Motors, you can keep your car running smoothly and safely for years to come. Don't neglect your car's maintenance needs - schedule your spring cleaning and servicing today and enjoy a smooth ride all season long.

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  1. Retail customers pay £199.
  2. Repeat customers purchasing a 2nd car within 12 months of the original invoice date £0
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