Summer is a coming. Arise. To keep your fleet running for summers to come, certain steps are necessary. Winter frosts and spring rains take a toll on vehicles that aggregates over years and while they may not stop your fleet entirely, but will certainly slow your operations and become increasingly expensive. Pennies spent on prevention equal thousands of dollars’ worth of savings.
Watch that basket.
- Preseason check: Perform a preseason check several weeks before the start of the season. This buffer will allow proper time to make any fixes that need to be performed. Fixes will depend on the kind of winters and summers you experience, whether harsh or mild, wet or dry.
- Perform a checkup: Check the Oil, power steering, brake fluid, tire pressure when tires are cold, belts, wiring, hoses, battery, transmission fluid, and coolant. (Please check your vehicle’s manual for how to properly check the coolant.)
- Remove any winter equipment like chains from the vehicle: Increased weight decreases fuel efficiency and increases over all wear and tear on the vehicle.
- Check the functionality of the Air Conditioning: Turn on the vehicle and then turn on the AC for at least 20 minutes. AC units can take an extended amount of time to start after not being used for a number of months. At the very least, your vehicle will be ready for that first hot day when the AC is most wanted by the vehicles occupants.
- Replace windshield wipers: Salted winter roads add wear to wipers that interferes with their operation during summer rains. Replacing them will ensure the vehicle is safe to drive during summer rains.
- Fix small damages that happen over the winter and spring: Harsh condition like snow and strong rains leads to little things breaking like cracked tail lights or broken door handles. Now is the time to fix them. Small damages can add up over several season to turn your vehicle into a less than pristine machine.
- Check the gas cap and gasket: Cracks or other damage can lead to malfunctions in your vehicles emissions system or cause the check engine light to come on.
- Get your car washed: Removing dirt and grim from winter and spring keeps your paint job from wearing out before it should.