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Ian Webber Master Mechanic

After months of winter driving are there specific items that I should have checked when getting my vehicle serviced in the spring?  Steve from Hartland

That is good forward thinking Steve. Yes, there are some things that you will want to have looked at during your spring oil change service. In addition to making sure your vehicle fluid levels are topped off and have retained their proper lubricating properties, ask you service technician to check the following items. Tires should be inspected for bulges or damage; winter potholes can cause a broken or shifted belt in a tire. Steering and suspension components also take a beating from potholes; an alignment check is a good way to inspect these important parts. Batteries work hard during cold winter starts, be sure and have your battery tested. A weak cell in the battery could ultimately leave you stranded. It is also a good idea to have a general safety inspection performed on the vehicle to make sure lights, wipers, brakes, and exhaust components are all performing properly.

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Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines. He is also a freelance technical writer and accomplished photographer. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve at with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.