Your spring car care checklist

THORNHILL, ON, May 5 /CNW/ - Your vehicle has survived the harsh winter and with the lure of long weekends, cottage getaways and summer road trips, it's time for a spring tune-up so you don't get left at the side of the road. 

CAA South Central Ontario recommends:

  • Seasonal maintenance check-ups.
  • Give your vehicle a thorough cleaning to remove salt and sand accumulated over the winter. Clean under the hood; shampoo the engine and wheel wells.
  • Check all lights to ensure they are in good working order, including the headlights, brake, reverse, turn indicators, hazard lights and license plate.
  • Remove winter tires and install all-season tires.
  • Make sure your tire pressure is within factory specifications. The vehicle's owner manual will have recommendations and the information can also be found on the drivers' door jam or glove box.
  • Always keep your mirrors and windows clean.
  • Check your wiper blades and replace if they are worn or damaged. Wiper blades are critical for safety, only have a lifespan of about 12 months.
  • Change your oil every 5,000 km or 3 months (whichever comes first) and keep fluids like brake, coolant and windshield washer topped up.

For all your maintenance needs take your vehicle into a CAA Car Care Centre. Until May 31, CAA Car Care Centres are offering great discounts on Spring Maintenance Packages that include a 30-point inspection. To download your coupon, click on http://www.caasco.com/automotive/auto-repair/ccc-spring-savings.jsp.

CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5 million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance. Visit www.caasco.com.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist, jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.


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