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O’Reilly Recommends a Spring Check-Up Before Hitting the Road This Summer

The days are growing longer and getting warmer, which means you’re gearing up for vacations, cookouts and other seasonal activities. Before you throw on the sandals and sunscreen, take a minute to think about how you’ll reach all of those great destinations. Your vehicle will play a major role, and while looking great on the road is always important, traveling safely and arriving without incident is critical.

Spring is the perfect time to get your car, turck or RV in shape for the warm-weather months, and preparing it for the road now will save you time and money in the future. Paying close attention to our recommendations will ensure that your car is safe and reliable, inside and out, for many months to come.

  • Windshield Wipers: Inspect windshield wipers each Spring for damage done during the harsh winter months. Worn or cracked blades will cause streaking and smearing, drastically reducing visibility and reaction time in wet driving conditions.
  • Lighting: It is imperative that hazard lights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly to avoid major catastrophes.
  • Oil and Filter: Check the level and change the oil and filter as directed in your owner’s manual. Consider synthetic oil for your next change, as it has been proven to last longer and remove more deposits than conventional motor oil.
  • Battery: Avoid getting stranded and paying a costly towing bill by having your battery tested free of charge at any of our locations. The cold weather required your battery to work harder, and a simple test will tell if you’re in need of a replacement.
  • Fluid Levels: Windshield washer fluid is not the only one that should be checked and topped off regularly. Don’t forget about antifreeze, transmission, brake and power steering fluids.
  • Interior: Give your seats, carpets and dash a makeover. Remove any clutter, vacuum thoroughly and apply a protectant to vinyl and/or leather that will guard against damaging UV rays.
  • Exterior: Washing and waxing your car on a regular basis will not only make it shine, but many of the products available today will even protect its surface from harmful elements. Remember to always use automotive car wash products, as dishwashing liquids will strip your vehicle’s finish.
  • Fuel Savings: Some inexpensive ways to combat record-high gas prices and reduce fuel consumption include replacing clogged air filters, worn spark plugs and faulty oxygen sensors, inflating tires to the proper levels and having regular tune-ups.
Many checks and services can be done at little or no cost, so O’Reilly recommends that you set aside time now to perform routine maintenance on your second largest investment and avoid costly repairs down the road.

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