April 21, 2017

Spring is here and with spring comes “spring cleaning”. So many of us spring clean our homes, and forget about our car. As spring and summer are just around the corner, this means the warmer weather which includes road trips. The car needs to be ready for all that outdoor fun.

Getting your car ready after the winter thaw is simple and doesn’t take too much time at all. Here are some spring cleaning tips.

1. Switch out those winter tires.
Winter tires are great for winter to help with traction on the icy roads but not good in the heat and humidity. Winter tires actually compromise traction on dry and wet roads. Wash your winter tires to remove leftover salt stains and then store them in a cool dry place.

If you have all-season tires, it is a good idea to check their pressure and tread. If you notice any uneven wear, you may need to get them aligned. If the wear and tear is beyond alignment, it would be better to invest in some new tires. Skimping on new tires can jeopardize your safety.

Check your tire pressure throughout the year and especially when winter turns into spring. As temperatures rise, you don’t have to worry about the extreme cold so you can set your tire pressure to the recommended level and remember to check it often.

2. Spring car cleaning.
Give the exterior a good post-winter washing. All of that ice and salt can take a toll on your car’s paint. Include an underbody wash. Corrosion from the salt, sand and grime can lead to rust problems too. Waxing can help add a layer of protection especially from the sun and improves the overall appearance of your vehicle.

Pull out that vacuum to pick up all those crumbs that have settle in every nook and cranny. Use a steam cleaner or a rug-cleaning spray to remove all the salt rom inside the car. Salt can break down some fabrics and cause rips or tears when feet grind against them.

Clean out your trunk too. The trunk acts a general storage facility housing everything from hockey gear to shovels and any other winter items that you no longer need. This frees up space for you to store summer things and lighten the load to improve your vehicles fuel economy.

3. Check your fluids.
It is a great time to make sure your fluid are topped up especially your windshield wiper fluid. Change your oil about every 5000km or so and check your brake and transmissions fluids. If you do not know how to do this, bring your vehicle in for service, it is a great time to perform a quick inspection and general maintenance on your vehicle too, which includes testing your headlights and taillights.

4. Check your battery.
After a long winter, you would want to evaluate your electrical systems. Many parts shop have free battery checks to see how strong your battery. If the battery is weak, replace it before it stops working. This can prevent future problems or being left stranded with a dead battery.

5. Check your wiper blades.
Winter blades get a good workout during the winter and can get worn out due to the icy winter conditions. Spring brings plenty of rain, so you want to make sure your windshield can be kept clear.