Winter is a particularly tough time on cars. Between the temperature fluctuations, the bad weather, and salty roads, it’s enough to cause wear and tear on even the most resistant vehicle. Now that it’s officially spring, consider taking some time to repair the damage done in the past few months.
Give Your Care a Thorough Cleaning
We’re talking wash, wax, inside, outside—you name it. The grime and salt that builds up during the winter doesn’t just look bad, it’s actually very harmful to the body of your car. On top of ruining the paint or finish, it can also eat through the structure itself. The minerals within the salt mixture they spread on roads to help reduce snow and ice hazards can cause rust or corrosion if left on the surface too long. Certain parts are more vulnerable to this type of damage than others, such as:
- Coil springs
- Brake systems
- Exhaust systems
The interior needs some attention, too, after a long winter. You track all sorts of dirt, grime, and germs into your vehicle throughout cold season, which remain trapped there. So, be sure to wipe down surfaces, throw away accumulated trash, and vacuum the fabric surfaces. No one really wants to be outside long enough to accomplish this when it’s cold, so now that it’s warmer, you can clean comfortably.
Take Care of Maintenance Matters
All appearances aside, there are many practical matters you should consider when the weather starts to change. Tire pressure is especially sensitive to temperature changes because the air inside compresses when it’s cold and expands as it grows warmer. Therefore, if you added air in winter, it may be time to deflate them a little to ensure you’re not going over the manufacturer recommended tire pressure. This may seem like a small detail, but it’s heavily linked to your vehicle’s drivability and fuel economy.
If you address this and you find your car is still driving a little strangely, it may be a good idea to check the alignment and/or suspension. The roads need a little maintenance around this time of year, too, and a poorly placed pothole can create lasting damage. For this, we recommend that you consult a mechanic who can look closely at the components. While you’re there, you might ask them to check your fluids and belts to make sure nothing’s too worn down or empty. While you may have to pay a little in labor, you could potentially save a lot in preventable repairs/breakdowns.
Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to your home! Spending a little extra time on these tasks will keep your car running smoothly throughout the coming seasons. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the warmer weather while you clean. For more tips, click here.