Now that the weather is starting to warm up and even out, the urge to tidy, organize and clean comes upon us all. Amid all the decluttering, garage clearing, and window cleaning – don’t forget to invest some time in your car! Spring cleaning is more than just airing out the house. Our vehicles could also benefit from a bit of TLC with some basic car maintenance this Spring.
Whether you pull the car into the driveway or invest in a local car washing service, take some time to do a thorough wash and wax to remove all the winter buildup and grime. Plus, all the salt that builds up on your car in the winter needs to be removed. Not paying attention to those details could lead to rusting or other finish issues.
Now that it’s not freezing outside, there is no good excuse to avoid cleaning out the interior of your car. Besides, all the build-up from winter is probably bringing down your mood. A trash bag, vacuum and armor-all will do wonders for both your car AND your attitude on a regular basis. Don’t have the time or inclination to clean out your car? Get it detailed! A decent detail job at least once a year is worth the investment. Planning to do all the spring cleaning yourself?
Popular Mechanics has a detailed list of items to work on.
Your tires made it through winter! Tires are an essential element of drivability. At the very least, check the tire pressure and make sure it’s up to snuff for the months ahead. If during your inspection any of the tires looking to be a bit rough, it could be time to get a new set.
Those spring rains are no joke! Make sure to check your wiper blades for any signs of wear. Also make sure to fill up on windshield wiper fluid while you are focusing on this area.
Do any of your windshields have small cracks or dents? It’s more cost-affordable to fix these small imperfections (if possible) than it is to go out on summer road trips and tempt fate to make them worse.
Once the weather warms up, we tend to be outside more and that includes going on more drives! Whether it’s a road trip, or just a drive out to the country, be certain your vehicle is up for the work. Get the alignment and suspension checked to make sure the harsh commuting in winter has not impacted it in any way. Have a professional do a thorough check under the hood to be certain all the belts, hoses, and other moving parts are still in top condition and ready for the fun ahead.
Final Thoughts on Car Maintenance
Spending some time and energy on your car this Spring will take care of any damage or wear the Winter driving might have caused. Doing some basic car maintenance will also get your car ready for the Summer driving season. Then you won't need to worry about your vehicle’s condition until the fall.