Prepping Your Toyota for Spring

January 25th, 2017 by

It’s almost that time of year to consider putting the snow tires away, as winter will be over before we know it. It’s not healthy to keep your snow tires on your Toyota vehicle through the summer, so make sure to switch them back to all seasons or summer tires. Snow tires are made with a rubber compound that is specifically suited for temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius. When snow tires are left on and temperatures rise above 7 degrees Celsius, it can cause accelerated tire wear.

Be sure to check your wheel alignment and your tire tread. With proper wheel alignment, your vehicle will handle driving properly. It is important to also check your tire tread to make sure the wear is even. A simple trick to check your tread is to place the edge of a penny into the tread of each tire near the center. If the tread does not cover the Honest Abe’s head, you more than likely need to put new tires on. If there is any excessive wear on the edge of the tires, you may need an alignment (AutoBlog).

The winter weather can often create significant damage to both the interior and exterior of your Toyota vehicle, such as salt and slush. The salt from the winter season is an essential element you will want to get rid of in preparation for the warmer weather. Cleaning and polishing your vehicle’s exterior will help protect your vehicle’s exterior. As for your interior, simply keeping it clean will help prevent any interior damage. Vacuuming always helps!

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Checking your brakes is another important step in your preparation for the upcoming warmer seasons. The salt and slush from the winter can create corrosion issues within your vehicles braking system. Also, if you notice that your brakes are noisy or rough, you may need new brake pads.

One last tip to prepare your Toyota for the spring is to top off your coolant. You can do this by checking the fluid level underneath your hood. While you’re checking your coolant, you can make sure all of your fluids are topped off. If you are unfamiliar with this, your certified Toyota trained technician can help!

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References

AutoBlog. It’s Time To Start Prepping Your Car For Spring. January 25, 2017.

Destination AutoGroup. Getting Your Car Ready for Spring: Service Tips for Your Toyota Vehicle. January 25, 2017.