6 Spring Car Maintenance Tips for the Change of Seasons

Cabin Air Filter

We are still locked into the dead of winter here in Paducah, Kentucky, but as far as your car goes, it is time to start thinking about preparing it for spring. Follow these spring car maintenance tips, courtesy of Chip Wynn Motors, to keep your vehicle in perfect condition this year.

  • Replace your wiper blades: Spring is a very rainy season, so replace your wiper blades now, especially if they cleared off a lot of snow in the winter.
  • Change your oil and top off fluids: Once it is warm outside, you can finally lift the hood of your engine and get to work on chores you might have put off in colder times.
  • Test your battery: Winter can be harsh on your battery. Make sure yours still runs properly with a quick test.
  • Check your air filter: Spring puts a lot of pollen into the air. Make sure your air filter, as well as other filters, are clean and ready for the season.
  • Inspect your tires: Tires go through a lot of changes in the winter, especially when it comes to inflation. Check your tread and inflation before any long trips.
  • Get it washed: Wash off road salt, especially beneath your car, after the last snow of the season.

We all at Chip Wynn hope you enjoy the end of your winter, and are ready to embrace spring with a welcoming smile.

 

Cars 101: What Is All-Wheel Drive?

All-Wheel Drive

When you are searching for a used car, you will be overwhelmed by all the options available to you, especially if cars are not your area of expertise. This month in “Cars 101,” we’ll explore the term “all-wheel drive.”

So, what does all-wheel drive mean?

All-wheel drive (AWD) means all four wheels are getting power—all the time, but in varying amounts. This is different from rear-wheel drive (when the engine only sends power to the rear wheels) and front-wheel drive (when the engine sends power to just the front wheels), and even four-wheel drive.

In AWD vehicles, the engine determines which wheels need more power at which moments. This increases handling and traction. Improved traction means you are less likely to spin out or lose control, especially in snowy, icy, or rainy conditions. This makes AWD more popular in northern states.

While AWD offers this improved traction and thus increased safety, vehicles built on this platform are generally more expensive and have reduced fuel economy. If you are not going to face conditions when you would typically need improved traction, then AWD might not be the driving platform for you.

Have questions about our AWD-equipped models at Chip Wynn Motors? Visit us for more information.