Winter Is almost done, and one of the biggest spring traditions around the world is Spring Cleaning. Whether it be your home, your office, or your new or used car, this is a time of year for clearing out the old and getting ready for the new year to come. Winter is unpredictable and challenging for any type of vehicle. Ice, snow, sand, and salt can all wreak havoc with your cars wheels, under carriage, and paint, as well as air intakes and various other components of your car’s system.
Here are 5 solid tips to help you do a good thorough spring cleaning on your car
Remove Winter Tires
This may sound obvious, but many people never replace their winter tires. Winter tires contain a rubber compound that actually breaks down more quickly on roads free from snow and ice, so leaving them on all year long can cause great damage to your vehicle. Make sure you switch back to your all season tires once the weather warms up.
Wash Car’s Exterior
Salt, sand, dust, and mud can all ruin your paint job. Salt water also makes metal rust faster than clean water. It’s a really good Idea to thoroughly wash your car as soon as your sure that the ice and snow should stop flying. Wax your cars paint job as well. It strengthens the pain, and it makes your car nice and shiny. The wax coat also protects from micro-abrasions
Clean the Trunk
Lots of miscellaneous items get stored in your trunk over the winter time. Fluid bottles, Cartons, Containers and whatever else you might accumulate over the winter months. Clear out the old and make way for the new. Vacuum out the dust and debris and keep your trunk liner in good shape.
Clean the Interior
Clean everywhere. Don’t forget to lift your floor mats, pull down your visors, and open any stow and go containers. Clean your center console, glove box, and central storage areas as well. Don’t neglect your car’s upholstery either. Vacuum it free of dirt and debris, and use a spot cleaner for stains or spills if necessary
Look under the Hood
This is the place where dirt, grime and sludge can really harm your car. Corrosion and buildup can interfere with gears, pulleys, belts and all the other moving parts that make your car run. Remove your battery cables and check for corrosion. Check for oil buildup. Clean the upper areas with a spray on cleaner, or soap and water. Make sure to dry these areas as well so liquids don’t get into sensitive areas.
These are a few simple tips to help you get your car cleaned up for the spring time and all the extra time you’ll be spending in your car in the warmer months. Remember a clean ride is a happy ride.