Spring is finally here! As the ice and snow melt away and the warmer weather returns, it’s a smart idea to make your car sparkle again. Winter’s harsh conditions can harm your vehicle’s body, and there are a few steps you’ll need to take to get it back in great shape.
Fortunately, taking care of your vehicle doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these five easy tips for spring cleaning your car!
Winter can damage even the most basic parts of your car, like fluids and tires. When cleaning your vehicle this spring, make sure you take a look at these, too.
The fluids in your car will occasionally run low or become sticky, so check their levels and consistency this spring! Your oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and automatic transmission fluid should all be on the list. If your oil is dark, sticky, or gritty, or any fluids look low, take your vehicle into an auto shop for an oil or fluid change.
Cold winter weather can cause your tires to quickly lose air. Hopefully, you’ve been keeping up with this thanks to the sensors in your car that let you know when a tire’s pressure is low. The start of spring gives you the chance to check your tires (without freezing outside!) and fill them up as needed.
Road salt may keep us safe when driving in icy weather, but it can be a danger to your car. Salt buildup on the undercarriage of your vehicle may result in rusting and corrosion.
Because this part of your car is out of sight, it’s often out of mind. But the good news is that cleaning this hard-to-reach area is pretty easy with a pressure washer. This can blast salt buildup in the small spaces under your vehicle without causing damage.
So, make sure you remember to add cleaning under your car to your spring to-do list! If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can use a car shampoo and sponge or talk to an expert about pressure washing services.
Salt, mud, water, and snow can build up on the carpets inside your vehicle just like they do on the outside of your car. With all the wintertime moisture, floor mats may not even fully protect your interior. But, keeping these carpets clean can help you avoid interior staining or deterioration.
As spring approaches, wash your interior carpets to prevent any damage or odor from sticking around once the weather gets warm. Vacuuming and a deep clean are a great way to make your car’s carpets like new!
A spring cleaning for your car should include washing the outside of your vehicle in addition to its interior and undercarriage. But, of course, this isn’t the only season when you need to clean your car!
Getting a high-quality car wash will help you make your vehicle shine for spring by washing off all the dirt, dust, and salt residue of winter. Be sure to keep up with cleanings throughout the year to ensure the longevity of your car’s paint, body, and tires. Experts recommend a wash about every three weeks.
Once your car is clean, a coat of wax will protect the paint from dirt, debris, salt, and other harsh materials you might encounter. Whether you do it yourself or visit a professional, wax can keep your vehicle shining and safe from smaller damages.
Waxing your car twice a year is usually your best course of action, so remember to repeat this in the fall to keep your vehicle even cleaner next winter.
When you clean your car this spring, consider these five helpful tips so you can roll down the windows, enjoy the warm weather, and drive in style!
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