It’s spring cleaning time! Although most people focus on cleaning out homes, spring is also a good time to take care of your car. A well maintained car will remain in good use for a longer period do time and with fewer issues. Here are a few spring cleaning ideas for your car.
Time for a Good Wash
Your car is exposed to a lot of salt and sand over the winter. Start Spring with a thorough car wash, including the under carriage. This will rinse away corrosive materials. While you’re at it, get the inside of your car thoroughly cleaned as well. Some of that road salt has likely ended up in the creases between your floor mat and other crevices.
Even if you’re not very technical, you can perform some basic spring cleaning checks for your car. You may even e able to replace some consumables on your own as well!
For starters, replace your windshield wipers (especially if you’ve noticed that they haven’t been working very well lately). It can be purchased online or at a local store. Most easily slide in and out.
Next, check your tire tread. Are they going bald? Most manufacturers list the depth at which you should replace them. There’s also a DIY method of measuring and it involves a penny. Place the penny instead the groove of the tire with the head pointing into the groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your tires are bald. Another option is to look for tread bars.
Other spring cleaning checks for your car might require the help of a mechanic, unless you know your way around a car. Some things to check are:
- Spark Plugs
- Fuel Filters
- Brake Pads
- Air Filters
Also, check whether it’s time for an oil change and radiator flush.
Spring Cleaning for Your Car
Spring is a great time to freshen things up after winter, and your car enjoys the same attention and care as your home. These spring cleaning ideas for your car are a good starting point. If you have an older vehicle or have noticed any weird sounds or movements, be sure to have that evaluated as well. Small problems can often turn to big ones when ignored. Save yourself valuable time and money by being proactive about car care and maintenance!