When the warm weekends start to hit, an interesting transition begins to happen. The car enthusiasts awake to a bevy of products for cleaning, high-powered vacuums, garden hoses, and the occasional power-washer coming out of the garage. Even though you may want to put that summer shine on your car, it is just as important to check that your car is good to go in the warm weather on its’ inside also.
Some of the most important parts of the car to check are belts, fluids, hoses, brakes, and tires. Before the weather warms up, you should adequately prepare these important areas of your car. Doing so will keep you safer while driving. It may also help to prevent repairs that may cost you in the future.
After going through the winter months, your car will be in some serious need of TLC to pick it up for the warmer weather. Here are 10 tips to increase the dependability, safety, and fuel economy of your car:
1. Remove Your Winter Tires and Rotate All-Season Radials
Do you have winter tires? If so, it is time to store them. If you don’t have winter tires, it is just as important to have all-season tires rotated or swapped out for new ones.
2. Check all Fluids
In the winter months, fluids are easily depleted as your engine tends to work harder in the colder weather. Check and top off or replace all fluids, including: brake, transmission, coolant, power steering and windshield washer fluid.
3. Check Your Oil
The oil in your vehicle allows your car to run smoothly. Following your manufacturer’s recommendation, you should check your oil and change it if necessary.
4. Check Your Brakes
Be sure to check your brakes. Warning signs include excessive grinding, squealing, screeching or chatter.
5. Check Your Wiper Blades
Over winter months, wipers work hard taking dirt and crud off of your windshield you should check them over to see if they need replacing.
6. Test Your Pressure
Check out the pressure of the cooling system. Also examine hoses and belts for deterioration or wear.
7. Wash Your Car
Over the winter months, dust, grime and dirt seem to stick to cars and not come off. All vehicles regardless of the finish require regular washing throughout the year, also to help keep your car’s shine while protecting the surface you could wax your vehicle once it has completely dried.
8. Clean The Underbody
While you wash your car’s exterior be sure to spray the underbody and underneath the rear and front bumpers to rinse away any debris or salt build-ups. Salt build-ups cause erosion and rusting, use a high-pressure washer or a good garden hose to dislodge and remove buildups.
9. Apply A Protectant
If you have any vinyl surfaces like seats and/or your steering wheel apply a protectant at the beginning of the season and do touch-ups when needed because vinyl is susceptible to cracking, sun damage, and fading.
10. Clean-up Your Interior
Vacuum your car and hunt for any hibernating garbage and if you have those deep winter car mats, now would be a good time to store those in the garage.
The warm weather is coming, so be sure to follow these simple tips to ensure vehicle dependability in the warm months. Taking care of your car now will not only make your car look good, but allow it to preform good as well.