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Differences in weather conditions impact how vehicles operate, so it is important to monitor certain items on a seasonal basis.

As the weather warms, the Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) is sharing some maintenance tips to keep you and your vehicle safe on the road. Here are some recommendations from OVM for the spring and summer:

  • Spring Cleaning:
    Remove any unnecessary items that may be taking up space inside your vehicle, and check the exterior and undercarriage for road salt, sand, and other debris. This will help prevent excess fuel consumption, and the tidiness may assist you in agency vehicle audits.
  • Air Conditioning (AC):
    Test the AC unit before it is needed. If the AC is running hot, unusually loud, or has an odd smell, bring the vehicle to a contracted maintenance facility for service.
  • Cooling System:
    When the engine is cold, inspect the coolant reservoir to ensure it contains the correct amount of fluid. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for instructions. If coolant is discolored, schedule an appointment to have it flushed.
  • Windshield:
    Inspect windshield for chips, small cracks, or damage that may impair visibility.
  • Brakes:
    Winter months may be extraordinarily harsh on your braking systems. If your brakes seem unusually loud or less effective, have them inspected by a contracted maintenance facility.
  • Windshield Wipers:
    Check windshield wiper functionality and replace if needed; check washer fluid level.

Spring also marks an advantageous time to check on maintenance that may have been put off during the colder months.

  • Check all fluid levels, including brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for instructions.
  • Test and replace old or weak batteries, especially those more than four years old, and inspect for corrosion, cracks, or breaks.
  • Check all tires, including the spare, for inflation, wear, and tread life. Proper air pressure on all tires will aid in maximizing fuel economy and safety.

OVM recommends staying ahead of maintenance before major repairs are needed. If you find yourself in need of maintenance services or a new vehicle, consult Statewide Contracts VEH84A (Maintenance Services) or VEH98  (Purchase of Vehicles). For more information about the Office of Vehicle Management, please visit the OVM webpage or contact Alex Gianntonio, OSD’s Director of Fleet Policy & Administration.

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