Common Spring Car Issues and How to Prevent Them: Expert Tips from Matt’s Automotive Service Center

As the winter chill begins to thaw and signs of spring emerge, it’s essential to consider the impact of changing seasons on your vehicle. Springtime brings its own set of challenges for drivers in Minnesota and North Dakota, from potholes to fluctuating temperatures. At Matt’s Automotive Service Center, we understand the importance of proactive car care. Let’s explore some common spring car issues and practical tips to prevent them.


  1. Pothole Damage: After a harsh winter, roads often bear the brunt of snowplows and freeze-thaw cycles, leading to potholes. These road hazards can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s suspension, tires, and alignment. To minimize damage, stay alert while driving, avoid puddles that may conceal potholes, and maintain a safe following distance. If you encounter a pothole, slow down and try to straddle it if safe to do so.
  2. Tire Pressure Fluctuations: As temperatures rise, so does the air pressure in your tires. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially after drastic temperature changes. Underinflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency and compromise safety, while overinflated tires may result in poor handling and uneven wear. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure and adjust as needed.
  3. Battery Issues: Cold weather can put a strain on your car battery, but the transition to warmer temperatures doesn’t necessarily mean smooth sailing. Extreme temperature fluctuations can accelerate battery corrosion and reduce its lifespan. Have your battery tested regularly, especially if it’s more than three years old. Clean the terminals and ensure a secure connection to prevent starting issues.
  4. Wiper Blade Wear: Spring showers call for properly functioning wiper blades. Harsh winter conditions can cause rubber blades to crack or become brittle. Inspect your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear, such as streaking or skipping across the windshield. Replace them if necessary to maintain clear visibility during springtime rainstorms.
  5. Brake Problems: Moisture and road salt buildup during winter months can accelerate brake corrosion. Additionally, temperature changes may affect brake fluid viscosity, leading to brake performance issues. Schedule a brake inspection to ensure your braking system is in optimal condition for spring driving.


By addressing these common spring car issues proactively, you can enjoy smoother, safer travels throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. At Matt’s Automotive Service Center, our experienced technicians are here to help keep your vehicle running smoothly all year round. Schedule a maintenance appointment today and experience the difference expertise makes in automotive care.


Remember, a little preventive maintenance goes a long way in preserving your vehicle’s performance and longevity. Stay ahead of springtime challenges with Matt’s Automotive Service Center by your side.