Simple Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Car
Winter season is coming to an end, so it’s time for some spring car care. As the Texas temperatures begin to rise, with longer days and more sun, you need to do some upkeep on your neglected vehicle.
First on your checklist should be to start with a good wash and wax to help remove the winter road grime and salt build up on your car. If you let debris build up, it can affect your paint and finish, eventually leading to rust or other significant damage, which might require some auto body repairs.
Interior Auto Detailing
Spend some time cleaning the inside of your car as well. A thorough detailing of the interior of your vehicle will keep odors to a minimum, preserve your upholstery and carpet, and be more comfortable to ride in.
Even though San Antonio winters are pretty mild in comparison, it is still tough to work outside in the cooler weather cleaning and washing your car. However, the general guidelines suggest you should consider giving your car a bath and detail once a month, come rain or shine.
Here are some ideas for managing the inside of your car, according to Christian Newman, a professional auto detailer:
1. Vacuum carpet, floor mats, upholstery, cup holders and any other compartments. To remove pet hair, wipe area with a dry kitchen glove or use a Pet Rock to snag and grab unseen hair and fur from carpet and upholstery.
2. “Door Jambs are one of the first parts of a car you see when you get in, so keep them clean,” Newman said of the hinges, nuts and bolts that keep the door in place. Wipe with a microfiber cloth that’s been dampened in a diluted mixture of all-purpose auto cleaner.
3. Wipe all hard vinyl areas with a clean microfiber cloth that’s been dampened in all-purpose cleaning solution. Use a protective coating to dress hard vinyl surfaces.
See more tips here: How Often To Clean Your Car – And the Right Way To Do It
TLC For The Exterior
As mentioned, you want to give the exterior of the car a really good hand washing to get rid of any crud that could potentially damage your car’s paint or frame. Be sure to inspect the underbody of the vehicle for any issues and then evaluate the surface.
Cleaning off bugs is another key to safeguarding the paint job along with double checking that there is no dust or contaminants on the surface of the car before using any wax.
The next video is done by a guy that is quite entertaining and he’s not advertising any products. He explains the importance of waxing your car and tips for best practices:
Pay Attention To Your Tires
Tire pressure is important in the spring because as the weather gets warmer, the tire pressures can increase. You don’t want your tires to be over-inflated as it can affect the way it drives as well as fuel economy.
Also inspecting your wiper blades for winter wear-and-tear can make the first spring rainstorm less stressful.
Lastly, make sure you lift the hood and give it some attention. This post gives a list of items to check:
Change your oil and oil filter. Changing your oil and oil filter at the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual is one of the best ways to keep the engine
running trouble free. Neglecting to replace engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe engine damage.
Check your fluids. When you change your oil and oil filter, you should also check your fluids. Check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids; your windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. If the levels are low, top them up, and flush/replace them as recommended in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that your power steering, brake and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may indicate a leak.
See more tips here: Spring Car Maintenance Tips
Other areas that need to be checked are your belts and hoses, as cold weather can harden or damage rubber. In addition, test your battery to see if it is providing a full charge and double check your lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they are all functioning properly.
Giving your car an exhaustive spring inspection, cleaning, and maintenance will help prevent unexpected situations. Making it a priority this spring will help protect yourself and prolong the life of your vehicle.