Spring means warm weather and clear skies; however, it is also the perfect time of year for spring car maintenance. You can wash away the salt and grit that accumulates during the cold months, and you can do routine checkups as well. We’ve put together a list of tips for spring cleaning.
First, clean out the interior. Get rid of any trash or unnecessary clutter that has stored up over the winter. Vacuum and spray out the HVAC system (the vents) to get rid of any moldy smells. After cleaning windows, you may want to give them a once over with clean newspaper—this trick is used by detailers to get rid of glare and greasy smudges.
Next, give the outside a good clean. Be sure to wash the undercarriage, either at the car wash or by using a hose and jack. Don’t use soap for this part if possible; simply rinse away the salt that will do damage in the long run. Also, give your car a good hand-wax with a premium brand. This will add a protective layer.
Top off any fluids that may need it. This includes transmission fluid (which should be checked when the car is warm), antifreeze/coolant, hydraulic brake fluid, and oil (if you’ve already had an oil change recently—otherwise, just change the oil). If brake fluid is low, it may be time for new brake pads. Take this time to have your battery checked and your tires rotated as well.
Check tires and replace wipers. This is a great time to replace wipers that have been worn over the cold winter. Look at tires for cracks and check tire pressure. Cold weather can affect the integrity of the rubber, and the cold can also decrease air pressure.
These maintenance tips will help keep your car in good condition, helping you to avoid unnecessary breakdowns and increasing resale value in the long run. Need help with any maintenance? Stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi today