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These 9 DIY Car Care Tips Are Essential for Spring

April showers bring May flowers, and a whole list of car troubles if you're not careful. Be sure to run through this checklist before hitting the road this spring!

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BatteryFamily Handyman

Battery

Without a functioning battery, well, you don’t have a vehicle. The battery should be your first stop. Batteries tend to work harder and can even get drained when it's colder out, or when dealing with extreme temperatures. Here’s the proper way to take care of your car battery.

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BrakesFamily Handyman

Brakes

Your car probably dealt with crazy winter conditions and salty roads, which can cause corrosion of your brake parts. It’s important to check your brakes to make sure everything is working smoothly—and to actively avoid an emergency situation.

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Air ConditioningFamily Handyman

Air Conditioning

It’s the first hot summer day of the year, only for you to find out that the air conditioning in your car isn’t working. Not something you want to deal with, right? Check your car air conditioning early and do any necessary air conditioning repairs if needed, like recharging your AC.

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Oxygen SensorFamily Handyman

Oxygen Sensor

This is very important to check for your gas mileage. A faulty oxygen sensor can actually cause your car to use too much gas (cutting your car mileage by 40 percent). Here’s how to read your oxygen sensor levels.

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Belts and HosesFamily Handyman

Belts and Hoses

If you want to avoid an overheating car or loss of power, you’ll want to check the belts and hoses of your vehicle. Make sure to check the car heater hose to see if it’s in good condition, or replace it if you haven’t in a while. Make sure there aren’t any tears or worn areas of your serpentine belt, which is crucial for your car running smoothly all around. Here’s how to check (and replace) your belt.

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TiresFamily Handyman

Tires

Your tires are the part of your car getting the most brutal conditions of winter from snowy, slushy, salty streets. Here’s how to check your tires and make your tires last longer.

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LightingFamily Handyman

Lighting

Noticing a few dim bulbs in the car, or maybe some bulbs that have reached the end of their life? Time to replace! Here’s how to replace auto light bulbs so you’re ready for that rainy, foggy spring weather.

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StrutsFamily Handyman

Struts

If your struts are worn, it can be dangerous for the overall stopping distance of your car. It’s essential for your suspension, so make sure to check or replace your struts before hitting the road.

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FluidsFamily Handyman

Fluids

It’s important to make sure all the necessary fluids of your vehicle are replenished and ready for the spring. Make sure to check the transmission fluid and your car’s oil levels to save yourself from any car trouble in the future months.