Simple Spring Car Cleaning Tips
Spring is here, and it’s time to perform some annual spring cleaning. While most Americans think of spring cleaning in terms of their homes, it’s worth considering your vehicles as well. Winter’s cold, ice, and road salt can do a number on your vehicle, so it’s worth giving it a good cleaning once the weather is warm and performing some basic maintenance tasks. Here are some simple spring car cleaning care tips to put you on the right path.
- Wash your vehicle’s exterior: After winter, you’ll want to wash away all the winter grime from your vehicle, including the road salt. Give it a good scrubbing with some car-specific cleaner, and hose down the underbody. If you’d like, you can also wax your vehicle’s exterior.
- Clean out the interior: Cars can get rather stuffy in the wintertime, so you’ll want to let it air out as you clean it. Wipe down your car’s interior, vacuum the upholstery and carpet, and clear out any trash that has accumulated. If there are salt stains on the floor mats, you can remove them and wash them outside of the vehicle.
- Check your oil and fluid levels: These simple checks should be performed after winter to make sure your car is ready for the warmer months. Check your oil, oil filter, and fluid levels – like windshield-wiper fluid and coolant.
- Check your tires: You should also check your tires’ pressure and tread depth, making sure they’re appropriately inflated and still have adequate tread depth left. Both of these things are incredibly important when driving in spring’s wet and rainy driving conditions.
- Check your windshield wiper blades: After dealing with winter’s snow and ice, your windshield wipers may be a bit beat up. If they’re streaking when in use or you see breaks in the rubber, you will want to replace them.
If you need help getting your car ready for spring or summer, contact a Tom Kelley dealership service department.