How to Tune Your Car for the Spring Season

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As the weather warms up in Normal, there’s nothing like a spring tune-up to bring out the best in your car. Whether you’re prepping your car for family road trips or solo adventures in the sunshine, the service team at Leman's Chevrolet City Llc can make sure your car is ready for the beautiful weather ahead. Get to know the signs that your car needs a tune up, and learn how to spring clean your car efficiently.



1. Visit a Car Wash

The winter weather can be hard on a vehicle, so it’s a great idea to spring clean your car for the upcoming season. This allows you to wash away all the salts and debris from the winter roads and start fresh. While you can schedule a professional detailing service, you can also take matters into your own hands. Head to a car wash and make sure to spray under your car, or enjoy the warmer temperatures and wash your car at home. If your car has a lot of salty buildup, consider adding baking soda to your wash water to neutralize the salt and save your paint.

2. Check Your Tires

Winter weather can cause the air pressure to change rapidly in your tires, and poorly inflated tires are less efficient and less safe on the Decatur roads. Check your tire pressure with either a handheld gauge or your car’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and add or remove air if necessary. You can also check your tire tread levels with a ruler or even a penny to make sure your car can grip the road properly. This is also a good time to consider scheduling your tire rotations and alignments.

3. Replace Wiper Blades & Fluids

Ice and snow can wear away the rubber strip on your windshield wipers, and you should change them out when they show signs of damage. If your wipers are streaking during a downpour, that’s one of the signs your car needs a tune-up. Visit our parts department to find the right windshield wipers for your make and model, and you can even install your new set in a few minutes. While you work on making your car rain-ready, be sure to top off your windshield wiper fluid and reapply any windshield waterproofing treatments if you use them.

4.Check Your Battery

Batteries can also undergo wear and tear during extreme weather conditions, so consider a battery check. Many shops offer them for free, and our service center can also bundle your battery check into your spring tune up maintenance visit. This helps to ensure that your battery is strong and reliable, so you don’t have to worry about jump starting a dead battery on a busy morning.

5. Change Your Oil

Your motor oil plays a huge role in the performance, safety, and even fuel economy of your car. Many people like to schedule an oil change after the worst of the winter is over, along with services like tire rotations and battery checks. We also recommend checking your owner’s manual to see what types of maintenance are suggested at what intervals, but our service center is also happy to offer personalized advice based on your particular needs.

Schedule a Spring Tune-Up at Leman's Chevrolet City Llc

If you’ve noticed the signs your car needs a tune-up, feel free to visit our talented technicians at Leman's Chevrolet City Llc. Our team can take care of all the hard work for you, so you can get back on the Springfield roads in no time. Contact us or schedule an appointment today!


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