Tuesday, April 1, 2014

5 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Car

As we all know winter weather can do a number on your car.

Slush, salt and cold temperatures take a toll on everything form the tires to the wiper blades.  So with Spring finally here, its a good idea to give your car a thorough once-over to undo winter's damage.

It won't cost much.  You can do the work yourself or visit a car wash and a garage.  Goodyear, Firestone and other car care centers will rotate your tires, change your oil and fluids and inspect your vehicle for winter damage for $35.00 or less.

Here are 5 things you can do to shake off winter and get your car ins shape for Spring:

1) Wash the underbody:

Wintertime driving will coat the bottom of your car with salt, sand and other grime that can cause corrosion.  Corrosion can lead to rust problems, which can make your car much harder to resell or even dangerous to drive.  Spend a few extra dollars for the undercarriage power wash at the local car wash or spray the car's bottom with your own hose.  If possible, use a car jack to raise the vehicle for a more thorough cleaning, advises Bill Kropelnicki, president and owner of a Rambling River Repair in Farmington, MN.  There is no need to use soap or any other cleaner.   

While you are at it, open the hood and wipe down the engine with a soft mitt and soapy water.  Also, remove all the leaves and debris that can find there way into the car says Cliff Weathers, deputy autos editor for Consumer Reports.  Remove any crusty residue off the battery with a toothbrush, baking soda and water.  The residue, caused by corrosion, can eventually prevent your car from starting.  The cleaning also helps prepare the battery for the stress of warmer temperatures.

2.) Scrub  inside and out:

Salt and sand can damage the cars paint.  Give your car a thorough cleaning and wax it with a paste or liquid wax.  Sprays don't clean as well,said Weathers.

Scrub the bottoms of doors, which can get coated with grime.  Kropelnicki also urges car owners to clean the window channels.  Apply a silicone spray, which repels dirt and lubricates the surfaces so the windows operate smoothly.

Use a steam cleaner - you can rent these at Home Depot or a local hardware store.  Apply a rug cleaning spray to remove all the salt from the inside.  Salt can break down some fabrics and cause rips or tears.

Don't forget to take bags of salt and ice scrapers out of the trunk.

3.) Replace wiper blades:

Wiper blades get a work out during the winter months. Weathers advises changing them each spring and fall.  

4.) Check tires and fluids:

Some garages recommend a wheel alignment - which can be kinda pricey or a tire rotation..  Some don't think it is necessary as long as you have been following you're regular maintenance schedule and doing normal winter driving.

Cold weather can cause tires to be under-inflated and warm weather can over-inflate them so check your tire pressure. Be sure to visually inspect your tires too, for uneven wear and be sure they have plenty of tread for the rainy Spring ahead.

Winter weather can deplete some fluids - so top off your washer fluid.  Be sure you are getting regular oil changes and brake and transmission fluids should be checked as well.


Article source: reprint from FoxNews


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  1. We need to take good care of our vehicle as it has become need of transportation.This blog post is surely reminder to many of us towards the responsibilities that we have for our cars.These tip you have shared are of great use .Thanks!
    Reply Tuesday, April 15, 2014
  2. Nice post..I have learnt some new tricks to keep my car orderly and tidy.I sprinkle baking soda in my car’s ashtray to absorb odors and this keep car smelling fresh.
    Reply Friday, April 25, 2014
  3. Taylor Bishop's avatar Taylor Bishop
    Thanks for going over these tips for cleaning a car in spring. You mentioned that you should try to wash the underbody especially since it can help make the car safe to drive. I'm kind of interested to learn a bit more about how this is cleaned when you get an undercarriage wash or if there are some signs that the underbody should be repaired to work well. http://www.cartersclutchandbrake.com.au/Locations/Newcastle
    Reply Friday, February 16, 2018

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