Vehicle Maintenance Checklist: Spring Edition

  • Posted: May 21, 2022


As the engine's lifeblood, oil has to be at the top of every list when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Checking the oil level regularly and changing both the oil and oil filter at vehicle manufacturer-recommended intervals is a great start, but is that enough?

If you're still using conventional oil, it might be time to look at the benefits that come with using full synthetic or full synthetic high mileage motor oil. Full synthetic oil lasts longer because it doesn't break down as fast as conventional oil, and the interval between oil changes is longer. It also flows easier at start-up in cold temperatures for improved protection against engine component wear and does better at high temperatures without a loss in performance or protection.

Older vehicles with 75,000 miles or more can benefit specifically from full synthetic high mileage oil because it contains special additives that help recondition hardened gaskets and seals, preventing or stopping oil leaks that occur as a result of the rubber shrinking and becoming brittle as it ages.


Winter can be tough on vehicles — not just because of harder starts and weakened parts that are more likely to break in cold temperatures, but also because of the toll that accumulated dirt, grit, tar, salt, and other road-treatment chemicals exact on a vehicle's exterior. Vehicles also tend to be washed less frequently during winter, compounding potential damage to the paint and underbody. Stop the damage and protect the vehicle's finish first by cleaning it with a high-quality exterior car wash solution. Follow that up by using a clay bar and/or a bug and tar remover to eliminate any stubborn, stuck-on materials that will eventually eat away at the clear coat before moving on to waxing all painted and chromed surfaces.

Whether you're using good old-fashioned elbow grease or an orbital polisher for applying and removing wax, know that today's modern waxes are easier to remove and offer better protection than traditional automotive waxes from 20-plus years ago. Helping make the job easier are ceramic waxes as a solid choice because of the ease of use, protection, and durability they offer.