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Spring Cleaning for Your Car
Just as spring is a signal to clean your house and yard, it is a chance to get rid of winter grime on your car and prepare for warm-weather driving. Taking care of spring maintenance also can help your car run better, prolonging its life and saving you money on gas.
Your spring car cleaning should include:
Then hang some tiny flip-flops from your rear-view mirror, add some coconut-scented air freshener, put on your shades, and you are ready to hit the road for summer.
- Washing road salt off the undercarriage. Salt is very corrosive and, while it helps keep you from sliding around on winter snow and ice, it also can eat into the undercarriage of your car. To get rid of the winter sale, run your car through a carwash that includes a thorough treatment of the undercarriage.
- Washing grime off the body of your car. Salt also can get on the body of your car, where it can cause rush and corrosion. A car wash is a good start, but to get your car really clean, wash it yourself. Pay special attention to around doors and the trunk.
- Wax. Applying a coat of wax can help protect your car against spring and summer dirt and dust.
- Rotate and balance your tires. This should be done periodically to keep tires from wearing unevenly, and the change of seasons is a good reminder.
- Check the tire pressure. Changing temperatures can have a significant impact on tire pressure, so make sure your tires are properly inflated. It will also improve your gas mileage and extend the life of your tires.
- Check your belts. Cold can be hard on belts, and cold weather also makes you less likely to open the hood and take a look inside. If you have belts that show cracks or other signs of wear, replace them.
- Check your fluid levels, and top off any that are low. This is also a good time to change your oil and filter.
- Check your wiper blades. Snow and ice can cause damage to wiper blades, so replace them if necessary so you are ready for spring and summer storms.
- Test your air conditioning, and make sure it is ready for summer heat.
- Clean out the inside of your car. Get rid of all the debris of winter – things like fast-food wrappers, mittens, unopened mail. Vacuum your floor and seats, and clean your dashboard.