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Learn How to Tune Your Car for Spring

Spring is upon us in Pleasanton, and that means it’s time to start thinking about scheduling a spring tune-up for your car! The gloomy, wet Bay Area winters aren’t just rough on your mood, they’re also rough on your vehicle’s condition. Ensure your vehicle is prepared to take on road trips this summer by learning how to tune your car for the season with Lexus of Pleasanton!

1. Spring Clean Your Car

Springtime in Fremont signals the emergence of California poppies and other gorgeous blooms, but it also brings pollen. Stay ahead of allergy season by swapping your old cabin air filter for a new one, then move on to spring clean your car’s upholstery.

When you spring clean your car, you should also pay special attention to the exterior. When the Dublin roads are wet in the winter, it can spray a lot of dirt and grime onto your vehicle. Visit your preferred car wash and opt for a premium wash option to get a good scrub, being sure all the small nooks and crannies aren’t excluded.

2. Assess Your Tire Pressure

Cold temperatures can cause your tires to lose air pressure, so they may be a little low going into spring. This is why your spring tune-up should include checking the air pressure of all four tires and filling them up if needed. Maintaining the correct tire pressure prevents uneven tread wear and helps maintain good fuel economy in Livermore! Additionally, make sure you’re keeping up with your tire rotation schedule.

3. Replenish Wiper Fluid & Replace Wiper Blades

Most drivers use their wiper fluid more frequently during the winter months, so your spring tune-up should include topping off the wiper fluid reservoir. Additionally, take a look at the wiper blades. If they’re dry and cracked, or if they leave streaks or skip across your windshield, it’s time to replace them. Thankfully, new wiper blades are inexpensive and easy to install at home!

4. Inspect the Battery

You definitely don’t want to get stranded with a dead car battery on a hot day. That’s why any instructions for how to tune your car for spring will include inspecting the battery. You can have the battery tested at a service center like Lexus of Pleasanton, or test it yourself using a digital multimeter. A good battery should read at 12.4 – 12.9 volts when the vehicle is turned off. If your battery isn’t doing too well, we can replace your battery for a great price in Pleasanton!

5. Check the Oil Level & Change the Oil if Needed

The best way to maintain your vehicle’s performance is to have regular oil changes. Finish your spring tune-up with a look at your car’s oil. Is the level where it should be? Does it look fresh and clean, or is it muddled and dark? If the oil level or oil quality has fallen, you should have an oil change soon. We offer great Lexus oil change prices at Lexus of Pleasanton!

Signs Your Car Needs a Tune-Up

Spring is a great time to look up how to tune your car, whether or not you’ve experienced any issues lately. Understandably, though, some drivers believe service appointments should only be made when there’s a blatant problem. With that said, here are some telltale signs your car needs a tune-up this spring:

  • Strange noises
  • Your car is stalling out
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Shaky steering wheel
  • Rough idling
  • Engine misfires
  • Misalignment
  • Brakes are grinding or squealing

Schedule Tune-Up Service at Lexus of Pleasanton!

Get ahead of the curb and schedule your spring tune-up at Lexus of Pleasanton! Our service center is staffed with certified technicians who will have your car running at peak performance in no time and for a great price when you take advantage of our service specials.

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