Express Lube locations

225 S Western Ave, Waupaca, WI 54981
1436 Neva Rd, Antigo, WI 54409
1133 Grand Ave, Rothschild, Wi 54474

Full service repair

323 S Western Ave, Waupaca, WI 54981
201 Central Bridge Street, Wausau, WI, 54401


Addressing Winter Wear and Tear: Spring Car Maintenance Must-Dos

As we say goodbye to the cold and welcome the warmer breezes of spring, it’s crucial to address the wear and tear your vehicle has endured during the harsh winter months. At Little Wolf Automotive, Waupaca’s Destination for Hometown Auto Repair, we understand the importance of transitioning your car care with the seasons. Spring car maintenance is essential for ensuring your vehicle’s longevity and performance. Here’s our guide to the must-do maintenance tasks to keep your car running smoothly.

Spring Car Maintenance Overview

The Importance of Seasonal Maintenance

Car maintenance in Waupaca, WI at Little Wolf Express Lube. Image of hand of woman under car hood checking the oil level in car engine for spring car care maintenance

Winter can be particularly tough on vehicles. Cold temperatures, ice, salt, and potholes can all contribute to wear and tear that, if not addressed, can lead to bigger problems down the road. As the snow melts away, it’s time to give your car a thorough check-up to ensure it’s ready for the spring and summer ahead.

Essential Spring Maintenance Tasks

Checking and Replacing Fluids

Engine Oil and Filter: Regular oil changes are a cornerstone of good car maintenance. Check your engine oil level and consider an oil and filter change to ensure your engine is running smoothly.

Coolant Levels: After working hard to keep your engine from freezing over the winter, make sure your coolant level is adequate and the coolant hasn’t degraded.

Brake Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, and Transmission Fluid: These fluids are essential for your vehicle’s performance. Check the levels and quality of these fluids, topping up or replacing as necessary.

Tire Care and Maintenance in Waupaca, WI

Tire Pressure: Temperature fluctuations can affect tire pressure. With the changing weather, ensure your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended levels.

Tire Tread Depth: Winter driving can accelerate tire wear. Check your tires for tread wear and replace any that are worn down to ensure your safety on wet spring roads.

Wheel Alignment and Balance: Potholes and rough winter roads can throw off your car’s alignment and tire balance, affecting handling and causing uneven tire wear.

Brakes Inspection

Winter conditions can be hard on brakes. A thorough inspection of the brake pads, rotors, and fluid can identify any issues that need addressing to ensure your safety on the road.

Battery Performance Check

Cold weather can be tough on your car’s battery. Test your battery’s charge and ensure the connections are clean and tight to avoid unexpected breakdowns.

Cleaning and Detailing

Undercarriage Clean: Salt and debris from winter roads can lead to rust and corrosion. A thorough clean, especially of the undercarriage, can prevent damage.

Exterior Wash and Wax: Protect your car’s paint from the sun and environmental pollutants with a good wash followed by a wax.

Interior Clean: Vacuum and wipe down the interior to remove dirt and grime accumulated over the winter.

Little Wolf Automotive: Your Spring Maintenance Partner

At Little Wolf Automotive, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive car, preventative, and fleet maintenance services. With fast service on oil changes and tire repairs, and the backing of our three-year, 36,000-mile warranty, you can trust us to prepare your vehicle for the spring season ahead.

Why Choose Little Wolf Automotive

  • Expertise: Our mechanics are skilled in all areas of vehicle maintenance and repair.
  • Convenience: No appointment is necessary for most services, including oil changes and tire repairs.
  • Peace of Mind: Our warranty assures you of our commitment to quality.

Schedule Your Spring Maintenance in Waupaca, WI

Don’t let winter wear and tear affect your spring and summer driving. Call us at (715) 258-0200 or visit our shop at 323 S Western Ave, Waupaca, WI 54981. For more information, visit Let Little Wolf Automotive ensure your vehicle is ready to embrace the warmer months ahead with confidence and safety.