Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car
Part 2 of our Spring Cleaning series! See Part 1 here.
With the arrival of warmer weather, the pleasures of driving are a little easier to enjoy. It's nice not to have to scrape the windshield or to wait for your car to warm up, but that doesn't mean that your car isn't still feeling the impacts of a long, cold winter.
Get your car looking and driving to its potential by checking off this list of spring cleaning tasks. With these steps out of the way, you'll be driving with confidence… at least until the snow starts flying again!
Clean Up Time
A good washing might seem like a no-brainer step for getting your car ready for spring, but there are plenty of "smart" car washing tips you might not be using. For instance, are you using the right kind of bucket for your carwash? Look for a car wash bucket with a raised grid or buy a separate grit strainer, like the Megulars Bucket Grit Guard that AAA members can save on at NAPA. The Grit Guard will keep dirt and grime separate from your water supply.
Also, pay attention to the water pressure you use when hosing off your car. Rinse the car off with a flood or soft spray of water--too much pressure can actually cause scratches and force dirt into areas where it cannot be removed.
You should dry your car off immediately after washing using blowers, squeegees, chamois or towels. This will prevent spotting.
Don't forget to clean the interior of your car, too. Be sure to take your floor liners out for cleaning outside your car. While the liners are drying, vacuum and clean the carpet before putting the liners back.
But remember, your AAA membership gets you discounts at Delta Sonic car wash if you want to leave the dirty work to the pros!
Relieve Your Windshield Wipers
If you drove through the region this past winter, your windshield wipers took a pounding from the constant cold and steady snow. The cold, slush and road salt break down the rubber compounds in windshield wipers, making spring an ideal time to replace them.
NAPA has dozens of choices for windshield wipers that you can easily look up by vehicle type.
Also, don't forget to replenish your windshield fluid, which is often depleted after heavy use during winter months.
How Are Your Tires?
This past winter was a rough one. With the snow and salt finally gone, now is the right time to swap out winter and summer tires. All-season tires are likely due for a rotation, which will extend their life. Be on the lookout for any balding tires, bulges or cracks and bruises on the sidewall. Also, check your tire air pressure, which may have been impacted by the frigid winter temperatures.
Under The Hood
Now is the time to inspect your car's belts and hoses. Replacements are needed if you see any damaged moving components under the hood of your car. Also, your air conditioning works best when your air filters are clean. Save on air filters and other car parts with your AAA membership at NAPA.
Winter is known to take a toll on car batteries, but the looming spring and summer heat can be just as bad or worse. If your battery hasn't been checked recently or is three years old or older, it's time for a checkup. As a AAA member, you can have AAA Mobile Battery Service come to your car to inspect your battery and replace it if needed.
Speaking of checking fluids, don't forget about the other essential fluids that the winter may have sapped your car of. Your checklist includes the previously mentioned windshield fluid and:
- Engine oil
- Air conditioning coolant
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Radiator fluid
When it comes to motor oil, keep in mind that many automakers now require special, fuel-conserving low-viscosity semi- or full-synthetic engine oils for year-round use.
Is your car ready for the spring? Stock up on automobile essentials and save at NAPA with your AAA membership!