How Can I Get My Car Ready for Spring in Maine?

The winters in Augusta and the surrounding areas of Wiscasset and Portland can be tough, but now that the snow and ice have thawed and winter is on its way out, it's time to get your vehicle ready for spring and summer. There are some easy things you can to ensure your vehicle performs optimally during the warmer months ahead.

While you probably wash your car periodically throughout the year, it's especially important to wash it when winter is tapering off; the road salt, gravel, and grime that collect on your vehicle during the snowy Maine months can damage your vehicle's paint and finish. Whether you wash and wax yourself or leave the work to a professional, this is an easy first step to getting your vehicle warm-weather ready. This is also a great time to change your wiper blades; spring months usually bring more rain, and fresh wiper blades will ensure that you always have excellent visibility on the road. While you're attending to the windshield wipers, make sure you check your wiper fluid and refill it if necessary.

Winter weather can be really hard on tires, so this is a good time to check your tires (and spare) to make sure they're properly inflated. You may also want to check the condition of your tires to determine if you're ready for a new set before you hit the wet spring roads. Spring is also a good time to swap out your emergency gear; you won't need the hand warmers and blankets, but you should definitely restock bottled water and check flashlight batteries as well as making sure your tire jack and spare are good to go.

These simple steps will ensure that you enjoy a safe, easy spring on the road. If you're ready to prepare your car, truck, or SUV for spring, contact us or visit the Charlie's Subaru service department and we'll get your car ready for the warm months ahead!

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