Although we didn’t have a snowy winter this year, the cold temperatures and wet roadways can cause wear and tare on your vehicle. Before the summer months it is a great idea to check your car and clean the inside and outside. If you are planning on taking any road trips or car rides when the weather starts to get warmer it is good to have your car checked and ready to go. You don’t want to figure out your car needs repair when you are miles from home!
Here are a few things to add to your spring cleaning checklist:
- Give your car a good wash- get off the grime and dirt from winter roadways. Make sure to get the under body clean as well.
- Clean inside- remove any dust, garbage, and dirt from the car interior.
- Wipe down the engine- remove any debris such as leaves from under the hood. If there is any white residue on the battery with a toothbrush, baking soda and water. This residue caused by corrosion can lead to your car not starting.
- Replace wiper blades- all that rainy weather can ware down the blades. Swap out your wiper blades in the spring and again each fall.
- Check tire pressure- You don’t want to be on a road trip when a tire blows. Check that your tires are properly inflated and wearing evenly.
- Check tire alignment- Getting a wheel alignment should be part of your vehicle maintenance process.
- Check windshield fluid- Your wipers have been in constant use this winter. Double check you still have fluid.
- Get an oil change- It is recommended that you get an oil change just about every 5,000 miles.
- Check your breaks- Depending on how much you drive, how you drive, road conditions and the weight of your vehicle brakes may or may not need repair or replacement. Checking them during each oil change can help you catch any potential problems or signs.
These are just a few ideas for prepping and checking your car during the spring months. Get your vehicle ready for road trip season today.
What are your favorite car maintenance tips?