5 Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Spring Feb 29, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
If you want your car to last as long as possible in working condition, you need to take care of it on a regular basis. This means keeping up with scheduled maintenance and doing periodic checks and other tasks. Spring is the perfect time of year to give your car a thorough once-over. Now is the time to make sure you removed all the winter road salt and that your tires, battery, engine, and other components weren’t negatively affected by the winter. Here are some of the most valuable tips to get your car ready for spring.
Look at Your Maintenance Schedule
Spring is the ideal time to make sure you are up-to-date with all your regular car maintenance. See if it is time to rotate the tires, change the oil or air filter, or anything else. Always follow the guidelines in your owner’s manual, as they are there for a reason.
Remove the Road Salt
You should have removed the road salt from your car’s undercarriage as soon as it stopped snowing. If you haven’t done so yet, now is the time. Remember that road salt can eat away at the undercarriage if left there. You can typically get the salt off with a garden hose, provided it has decent water pressure. This will, at least, loosen the salt and other grime. For better results, run a lawn sprinkler underneath your car.
Inspect Your Tires
Your tires automatically lose tire pressure over time, and this is worse during the winter. You will probably lose about 1 psi for each 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature change, so be sure to check the tire pressure in the spring after a cold winter. Look at your owner’s manual or driver door plate to see the ideal pressure. Also, double check that your wheels are aligned. It goes without saying, but you should take your winter tires off your car in spring if you haven’t already.
Check Your Wiper Blades
You might not have used your windshield wipers very often during the winter, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been damaged by the salty spray. Even if you didn’t use them to remove debris, dirt and salt could have fallen on top of them. This means that spring is the perfect time to replace the wipers, ensuring that you have proper visibility for the first big rainstorm. Remember that you should change the wiper blades every six months at least. Take this as an opportunity to get back on schedule.
Clean and Detail
It is a good idea to wash your car every season, but it is of particular importance after a hard winter. Spring weather should be nice enough to let you take care of your car inside and out. Clean the interior and exterior, vacuuming the relevant areas, and waxing the exterior. After a thorough spring cleaning, your car will look great and run smoothly.