Spring is finally with us once again, which means that it is time to ensure that your vehicle has made it through the winter unscathed. For best results, keep the following spring car care tips in mind, as they are guaranteed to keep your beloved ride running at its best.
Wash the exterior
Dirt, dust, and salt left caked on your vehicle doesn’t just look bad, it provides an opportunity for rust to get established, so before you do anything else take the time to give your ride a complete and thorough washing.
Deal with rust
If you notice any signs of rust while washing your vehicle (such as blisters, bulges, or bubbling) have a qualified expert take a look at it ASAP. Even a small patch of rust can quickly grow into a larger and more expensive problem; therefore, the sooner you take care of it, the better.
Have it serviced
Freezing temperatures and harsh weather conditions can take a toll on everything from your vehicle’s bolts and bulbs to its belts and battery, so if you want your ride to thrive all spring and summer long, now is the time to invest in a professional servicing for it.
Treat your fabrics
Find out what your vehicle’s interior fabrics are made from (by consulting your Vehicle Owner’s Manual) then invest in a quality treatment designed to clean, nourish, and protect it. Treating those fabrics even somewhat regularly will help to maintain your vehicle’s looks and value for years to come.
Air it out
Having your vehicle closed up all winter long can leave it smelling less than pleasant, making it wise to get as much fresh air in there as possible now. For best results, wind down the windows, open the sunroof if you have one, and hit the highway for a decent length drive.
Replace your wipers
Even the finest windscreen wipers won’t last forever; after all, they are made from rubber which will naturally deteriorate with age. Therefore, if it has been more than 6 months since you last replaced your wipers, do so now.
Empty it out
Carrying excess weight around in your vehicle will mean that you burn through fuel extremely quickly, so for the sake of your wallet as well as the environment, remove any winter-related items that you no longer need in there.
Vacuum every inch
Garbage and crumbs left to accumulate in your vehicle won’t just look bad; they can undermine the quality of the air and attract unwanted pests. Do yourself a favour and use the most powerful vacuum you can find to go over every inch.
Switch to summer treads
As soon as the temperatures are consistently above 7°C where you live it is time to switch back over to your summer treads; otherwise, you not only risk damaging your winter tires but your fuel efficiency will suffer.
Check your pressure
Cold weather can cause your tires to lose pressure faster than usual, which can impact everything from your ride’s traction and handling to its fuel efficiency. Find out the ideal pressure level for each of your tires (by consulting your Vehicle Owner’s Manual) and inflate them as necessary.
Whether you need of advice on caring for your vehicle this spring or are in the market for an upgrade, you’ll find everything you need at Auto Gallery Winnipeg. Just give us a call, connect online, or stop by and see us in person right here at 3777 Portage Ave Winnipeg.