TRIADELPHIA - When people think of spring cleaning they usually envision dragging the junk out of their basements or washing their windows.
But there's another item that should not be neglected after a cold, hard winter - one's motor vehicle.
Shawn Crow, Robinson Auto Group service manager, said vehicles should receive a checkup every spring.
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Robinson Auto Group technician T.J. Casto checks an air filter on a vehicle.
"The first thing that needs checked is the antifreeze and your air filter and more importantly, your cabin air filter," Crow said.
A cabin air filter is similar to a filter in one's home, but in a car it can remove particles as small as 2 microns. Such filters pick up dust, pollen and allergens.
"These things build up in the cabin air filter because you're running the heater every day when you get in the car. All winter long you're pulling things into the cabin air filter," Crow said.
Crow said people also should remember to check their tire pressures as it decreases during the winter months.
"For every 10 degrees of temperature change to the negative you would lose 1 PSI in your tires," he said.
And after a season of dodging potholes in the road, vehicle owners also should make sure to get their wheels aligned to prevent their tires from wearing incorrectly.
"Tires are very expensive. ... You could have premature wear of tires. It's best to prolong them to get the maximum wear out them," Crow noted.
And while the quality of antifreeze has improved over the years, Crow added it is best to check it to make sure it is full and clean each spring.
"In most cases you can go almost 100,000 miles before changing your antifreeze," he said. "But the important thing is we have warm temperatures coming. The engine relies on that antifreeze to keep its temperature regulated."
A car's radiator also should be cleaned. Most service centers use compressed shop air instead of water. Other items that should be checked for wear include wiper blades, lights and tire treads.