Getting Your Car Ready for Spring

As winter transitions into spring, it’s time for many people to break out their automotive pride and joy. Whether it’s a rag-top Miata, a blue Subaru WRX, or a turbocharged BMW M3, you are itching to get your gorgeous import back on the road. But before you can feel the wind in your hair, JB Import Auto Repair has a few steps that must be taken to get your baby on the road again.

  1. Lube, Oil and Filter (LOF)

Lube, Oil and Filter (LOF) is the industry term for a simple oil change. Most cars use slight thinner oil for the winter months versus the summer months. The reason is thinner oils flow more easily during winter months and help make it easier to start a car when it’s cold. Thicker oils are better at maintaining film strength and oil pressure at higher temperatures.

Even if you didn’t drive your car during the winter, your old oil may already have 3,000 to 5,000 miles on it. It’s a great idea to have your oil changed, as you may have been putting it off for the last few months.

  1. Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

An old saying goes “April Showers, Bring May Flowers.” In many parts of the US, April marks the beginning of the rainy season, and Florida is no different. Getting caught in a spring or summer rainstorm with worn wiper blades isn’t fun. Your wiper blades will likely be worn out from the previous 9 months of use, which makes replacing them before spring an excellent idea.

  1. Top Off Coolant and Windshield Wiper Fluid

Coolant and windshield wiper fluid are likely to be low and will need to be topped off. Early spring and late summer are the two lovebug seasons in Florida. It’s a great idea to have your windshield wiper fluid topped off to combat the dead lovebugs blocking your view.

  1. Check Brakes and Rotating Tires

Brakes are among the most worked components on a car. They go through a large amount of abuse to ensure that your car stops safely. While changing your oil, the shop can also inspect the life of your brake pads. This will be done at the same time tires are being rotated. Tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to help extend their life.

  1. Check Tires and Tire Pressure

Checking the tread life of a tire and the pressure of a tire are two of the most vital steps to make a car roadworthy again. The tread of old tires may be worn, which means they will need replacing. During an oil change or tire rotation, one of JB Import’s techs will inspect the life of tires. After sitting for a long time and after experiencing many temperature changes, tire pressure may be low. Proper tire pressure ensures better gas mileage and handling.

Having all of these services performed will ensure that you have a fun and safe spring. JB Import Automotive Repair is a family owned auto repair shop based in St. Petersburg, Florida that specializes in European and Japanese Import Vehicles. They maintain a top-notch shop with the latest equipment, technology and automotive education. Their ASE certified techs can perform any of the above-mentioned services for an affordable price. They will have your import back on the road in no time at all, so you can take trips to Florida’s famous beaches and enjoy the cool summer breeze.