We’ve said goodbye to winter and hello to spring. During the winter our vehicles are doused with road salt, #1 leader in rust and corrosion, and spring brings out the potholes. The switch to warmer weather puts additional stress on your vehicle, but our MCC Service Department has a few helpful maintenance tips that will get your vehicle ready for those warm weather road trips.

  1. Remove All the Salt - Take your vehicle to a car wash that sprays and cleans the undercarriage of your vehicle. The bottom of your car is mostly metal and is exposed the most to the winter elements and road salt. This salt will begin to eat away at the undercarriage of vehicles causing serious corrosion that is very difficult to repair. Make a car wash part of your spring cleaning and you can avoid the rust building up over the years.

  2. Do a Brake Inspection - Ice and snow create slicker roads and for some drivers, more braking than usual. Nothing is more important that making certain your vehicle’s brake pads will help you avoid a collision.

  3. Check your Alignment and Suspension - Potholes can throw a vehicle’s alignment off, this can increase the wear of your tires and put unneeded stress on your suspension. If you notice a pull or vibration in your steering wheel, it could be your alignment. Extend the life of your tires and engine by having your alignment and suspension checked by a certified mechanic.

  4. Rotate Tires and Check Air Pressure - During the colder months, tire pressure fluxuates causing a slight difference in wear on all your vehicle's tires. Make certain to ask your certified technician to check the wear on your tires and rotate the best to the front, if needed.

  5. Inspect All Fluids - Check your oil sticker, it is possible the last time your vehicle had an oil change was before winter hit. It is possible that is also the last time your vehicle’s fluids were checked. Think about having your transmission flushed. Since most drivers put more miles on their vehicle in the warmer months, it’s important to be certain your vehicle is ready for the spring/summer roads.

Call us to schedule your vehicle’s spring check up, 217.586.1942, ask for the MCC Spring Inspection to receive a discount.