Your engine works hard during the winter warming up the car, which shortens the life of your oil. Do a full oil and filter change; it's a low-cost precaution with high impact.
As soon as temperatures hit 7 degrees consistently, change out your winter tires. Rotate your tires to prevent uneven wear; the front tires, even on an all wheel drive car, take the brunt of the work and weight.
CLEAN AND POLISH
Wash away the last traces of winter. Use a cleaner specifically for cars as dish detergent will eventually make your paint look dull. Also apply a good coat of wax, even though the winter is hard on your paint job - the hot summer sun is even worse.
Spring may be the best time to rust proof your car - the temperatures make it easier for the spray to seep into the crevices. Plus it is best to get protection before high temperatures hit, which can speed up corrosion.
REGULAR CHECK UPS
During the winter, your battery, belts and hoses can take a beating. A professional inspection will check everything from your suspension and fluids to your brake and battery.
from CAA Magazine Spring 2014