March 28, 2012 1:16 PM
Spring has sprung just a bit early this year. It's already time to
clean off the salt stains and change out the snow tires. To help
prepare you for the warm weather driving months and make sure that
your vehicle is in tip-top shape, Mopar has prepared a Spring
Vehicle Maintenance Checklist in honor of April being National Car
Here are 10 tips from the Mopar team that you might not always
think about when caring for your car:
Brakes are one of the most used (and often abused) components. A
thin layer of the brake pad disintegrates every time the brakes are
applied. It’s vital to replace pads or shoes before drums or
rotors become damaged. Check pads, shoes, drums, rotors, calipers,
fittings, brake hardware and parking brake to prevent problems.
A smooth and safe ride starts when the rubber meets the road. Check
air pressure on all tires, including the spare, as improper tire
pressure leads to premature wear and a decrease in fuel mileage.
The entire surface of the tire, both tread and sidewall, should be
inspected for uneven or irregular wear. Excessive edge wear, center
wear and shoulder wear may be signs that other maintenance is
Check Wiper Blades
Be prepared for spring showers and summer storms. Properly
functioning wiper blades increase visibility in all conditions.
Mopar all-season wiper blades are made from an all-metal
superstructure that provides durability and reliable performance,
featuring an innovative wear indicator that gradually turns from
black to green to yellow as the blades wear.
Check Headlamps, Tail Lamps, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights
Properly functioning headlamps and tail lamps play an important
role in safe driving, especially at nighttime, or in rainy or foggy
conditions. Inspect and test all exterior lamps and lights,
including turn signals and hazard lights to ensure they are in
proper working order and alignment.
Check Air Filter
The air filter is one of the unsung heroes of a vehicle, as it
protects the engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow
within the engine hinders performance and can lead to greater fuel
consumption. Replacing a dirty air filter allows clean,
unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper
performance and longer life.
Oil is the lifeblood of the engine. Engine oil level should be
checked often, with the oil being changed and replenished
regularly. Low or dirty oil may have dire consequences on how the
engine and its components perform, especially under the extreme
heat and conditions of summer driving.
Check All Fluid Levels
With the increase in miles driven during warm-weather months,
vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked often and changed
at factory-recommended intervals to make sure they're fresh and
filled. Dirty fluids and low fluids may affect the performance of a
vehicle and can lead to breakdowns if not properly monitored and
Check Engine Belts, Hoses and Fuel Filter
Belts and hoses under the hood play an important part in the proper
function and performance of the engine. Prevent breakdowns or
serious engine damage by replacing belts and hoses at recommended
intervals. Quality-tested Mopar belts and hoses offer precision
fit, optimal service life and original-equipment performance.
Checking and replacing the fuel filter is also key to ensuring that
the engine is running at its optimal level and maximizes fuel
Following a winter full of cold-morning starts, definitely check
the battery. Having reserve power to run the air conditioning and
other vehicle accessories in the summer is priceless. When checking
the battery, be sure to look for corroded terminals, and inspect
for a bulging or cracked case.
Check Shocks & Struts
Following the traditional cold-weather pothole season, shocks and
struts should be checked. Shocks and struts are vital to a smooth
ride and may also affect a number of related parts on your vehicle.
Mopar shocks and struts optimize vehicle handling, tire life and
keep vehicles riding smoothly.
For more information, visit Mopar.com/service or the Mopar Facebook Service Tab for coupons!