Winter takes its toll on autos. In addition to harsh weather and challenging road conditions, many vehicles are regularly exposed to de-icing agents like salt and brine. This makes spring the perfect time for Hagerstown drivers to give their cars some extra TLC. At Fitzgerald Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Hagerstown, we want to share several tips for springtime maintenance that will keep your auto looking and running like new.

Have Your Oil Changed

Like many Hagerstown locals, you probably switch to an engine oil with a lower viscosity during winter. This prevents oil from thickening too much when exposed to freezing temperatures. In spring, however, you may want to switch back to a more weather-appropriate oil. Keeping your engine oil clean and making sure that you've got the right oil for the season is essential for keeping your engine performing as it should.

Get Your Auto Detailed

Driving through snow, sludge, and sleet while regularly passing over salty, brine-covered surfaces can diminish auto aesthetics. You'll want to have all potentially corrosive wintertime coatings taken off to prevent progressive paint damage and problems with rust. Having a springtime car wash performed at Fitzgerald Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Hagerstown will ensure that accumulations of road salt are entirely removed, even at your vehicle's underside. With comprehensive detail services, we can also buff out minor scuffs, scratches, and other blemishes that have been caused by wintertime debris. At the interior of your auto, we can vacuum up everything that your passengers have tracked in, clean out upholstery stains, and restore the interior flooring to its original pristine appearance.

Make Sure You've Got the Right Springtime Tires and Accessories

If you haven't already, it's probably time to have your winter tires taken off. Winter tires have a special tread that makes them ideally suited for snow and ice-covered roads around Frederick, MD and Chambersburg, PA. However, whenever these tires are used outside of winter, they can have a noticeably negative impact on handling. This is all the truer when you're traveling at high speeds or turning sharp corners.

In spring, you'll also want to have your wiper blades checked and replaced as needed. If these components are warped or otherwise worn, you'll have difficulty seeing the road ahead on rainy days. If you want heated wiper blades that will quickly defog your windshield and dry up precipitation or any other springtime accessories, we can help install these too. If you’re in Waynesboro, PA or Martinsburg, WV, contact us Fitzgerald Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Hagerstown today.

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