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Drive into Spring with Hummel's 7 Spring Maintenance Tips 
Long, cold winters can take a toll on us -and our vehicles. Now that your vehicle got you though another Iowa winter, it's time to show your appreciation by giving it some extra "TLC" this spring. By taking time to perform a few simple maintenance practices now, you can ensure your vehicle is ready for the season ahead, and many years to come. 
  1. Check your tires and tire pressure
    Winter potholes, challenging road conditions and fluctuating temperatures result in extra wear and tears. Inspect your tires to make sure they are free of rocks, nails and debris. Examine tread depth and wear, and check tire pressure, making sure to inflate all tires in accordance with your owners's manual. Finally, have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. By following each of these recommendations, you can ensure you achieve maximum fuel economy and optimal handling. 

  2. Evaluate alignment
    If your car pulls to one side, your steering wheel vibrates or your steering wheel isn't centered when you're driving straight, your vehicle is probably out of alignment. The cause? Alignment can be thrown off by general wear and tear, run-ins with rough roads , potholes and curbs. Proper alignment can extend the life of your tires, make for a smoother ride and improve fuel economy. 

  3. Refill coolant and fluids 
    Be sure to check the level of oil, brake, power-steering and windshield-washer fluids on a regular basis, as these fluids are constantly being used and consumed, through winter and especially during spring rains. Refill where necessary to ensure you don't run out when you or your vehicle need them most. 

  4. Inspect lights and windshield wipers 
    Maximize visibility this spring by making sure your lights are all functioning properly. Replace burned out bulbs and clean dirt and insects from all lenses. Clean windows, replace worn wipers and ensure you have adequate washer fluid. As a general rule, it's a good idea to replace your wipers two times per year - once before winter to get you thought the bad weather and once in the spring to handle rain storms. A relatively inexpensive fix, effective wipers will help keep your family safe when an unexpected storm hits. Hummel's Nissan provides free installation on new windshield wipers. 

  5. Stay on top of oil changes
    Intense weather conditions of any kind - hot, cold or wet - add stress to your oil and oil filter. While most engines have longer oil change intervals than cars from a few years ago, it's still important to change your oil as specified in the owner's manual. You may need to increase the regularity of oil changes if you make frequently, short trips, extended trips with luggage or utilize your vehicle to tow. Between changes, check the oil level on a monthly basis, adding fresh oil if needed. 

  6. Examine brakes 
    One of the most important safety components of your vehicle, your brakes are an essential part of keeping your family safe each time you get on the road. Over the winter, stop-and-go traffic, holiday road trips and inclement weather may have done a number on your brakes. If your brakes have become noisy, lack bite or need extra pressure, be sure to bring your vehicle in for a brake inspection. 

  7. Wash and clean your vehicle 
    Yet another harsh Iowa winter can take its toll on the exterior of your vehicle. Wash off any road salt or winter residue before it has a chance or corrode. Keep the exterior clean will also protect paint from the sun and damage cause by birds and insects. You can protect the interior of your vehicle by investing in shades for front, rear and side windows and parking in a garage when possible. This prevents the dashboard and seats from fading over time.

Make sure your vehicle is ready to drive into spring this year. Schedule your Express Service tune-up Hummel's Nissan today. 

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4805 Merle Hay Road
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