The colder months are finally on their way our and with warmer days ahead, it’s time to get our trucks out of winter mode and get them into spring/summer mode. From a standard cleaning to checking fluids and lights, there’s a lot to do in preparation for some warm off-roading fun.
Check out our list of the basic tips to get your truck in the spring and summer spirit, and shake off that winter chill as soon as possible.
1. Give Your Truck a Good Wash and Wax
The first thing you should do when it starts to get warm is give your truck a good wash and wax. For starters you probably haven’t done this in a while and secondly it’s a great way to eyeball your truck from front to back. You’d be surprised how many small issues you can find when you wax your truck and literally pay attention to every square inch. Besides, it’s been a while since you saw it shine, right?
2. Check Seals for Leaks
This one requires a little crawling under your truck, but trust us, it’s worth it. It’s best to not do this right after washing so you get to see where gunk has built up. Check around your transmission, transfer case, wheel bearings, U joints, and anywhere else there’s a seal. The salt and harsh conditions of winter can easily deteriorate these, so check them now before they cause you issues.
3. Look for Corrosion
As you’re washing your truck you should look for signs of corrosion. With salty winter road conditions this can quickly sneak up on you. Check rocker panels, fenders, door sills, and behind bumpers. If you find any corrosion act on it immediately and get it fixed before a little corrosion turns into a major panel replacement.
4. Replace Wiper Blades
Wiper blades are far more important than we give them credit for. Winter conditions can wear them down and make them less effective, which in turn makes your driving far less safe. Don’t wait until they stop working to replace them, get them right now and you’ll be good well into next winter.
5. Top off Fluids
Slightly warmer weather is a great time to check all those fluids you’ve been putting off. Oil, transmission, coolant, windshield wiper, and anything else your truck uses should be checked and topped off now. If it’s been too long since you had a particular fluid changed, it’s the perfect time to do that now, too.
6. Check Every Light
While it’s nearly impossible to do yourself, you should do a walk-around and check every bulb on the outside of your truck. From brake lights to side runners, every bulb needs to be in top working order. To check your brake lights have a friend sit in your truck and hit the brakes. Have him or her tap them a few times, flick the headlights, and basically try their best to make every light go on and off a few times. This will guarantee there are no flickers or complete outages to worry about.
7. Get Your Battery Checked
Finally, when it starts to warm up you need to get your battery checked. Cold weather kills batteries pretty easily, and you probably won’t even know it’s shot until you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. Get your battery professionally checked and replace it if necessary.
If your battery is still going strong, then take the time to scrub the terminals and apply protection gel. This will keep corrosion away and keep your connection strong.