Spring cleaning takes on many forms, be it your house, wardrobe, finances, etc. But with the weather finally warming up and no signs of snow until next year, it’s time to start thinking about how to ready your car for the summer and wash off any last signs of winter.
Cars take a beating in the winter, what with the salt and continual freezing temperatures. It’s important to clean your car, both inside and out, to ensure the longevity of your vehicle.
We rounded up a few tips for how to best clean your car:
1. Wash your car, top and bottom
Salt can accelerate rust on your car, both underneath and on the body of the car. It’s important to thoroughly clean the car and rinse underneath as well. After washing the car, apply Carnuba wax to not only make your car sparkle but protect the paint.
2. Clean the upholstery and floor mats
Get the salt residue out of the floor mats by using a vinegar solution with a stiff brush and a towel. Once clean, let air dry and the vacuum.
3. Check tire pressure
In the inside driver door, there will be a sticker that tells you the correct PSI for your tires. Using a tire pressure gauge, ensure that your tires are filled to the correct PSI. This will give you better gas mileage and a longer life of your tires.
4. Have your air conditioning system inspected
Before the hot weather hits, make sure your air conditioning is in working order. Things to check for: refrigerant levels, compressor clutch and belts, cooling fans, heater core, and water pumps.
5. Top off fluid levels
Check the levels of your windshield washer fluid and oil. The washer fluid is typically labeled with a windshield or water symbol. Keep in mind if you have a rear wiper, you may have two reservoirs to check. To check your oil, pull out the dipstick and clean with a rag or paper towel. Dip the stick back into the pipe as far as it will go and remove. You will see how far up the oil is on the stick, and there will be a line on the stick that determines whether you need to add more oil.