Automotive Spring Cleaning

by Joe Ferguson on March 27, 2013

Spring Cleaning Sign

It may not seem like it, but spring has officially sprung. Winter ice is (attempting to) melt away and will soon reveal bright green grass, budding flowers, and potholes. Potholes aside, spring is a great season for a well-deserved road trip. Before you hit the pavement, though, it’s a good idea to get a little automotive spring cleaning done.

Winter is particularly harsh on our vehicles, especially for those cars in the heavier snow regions. Road salt, loose gravel and repeated freezing/thawing can be detrimental to your automobile’s overall health. It can be difficult to keep your car clean and healthy in those blustery winter months, but if you can manage it, you’ll be able to save your car from extra automotive repairs.

Spring is your chance to right any wrongs wrought on your car during wintertime. The first warm spring day you get, it would be beneficial to your car (and probably yourself) to give your car a thorough hand wash and have all of the winter salt and grime washed away. Renewal can be a beautiful thing.

Here are some quick tips for spring cleaning your car:

  • Remove all trash and debris from inside the car and vacuum (Let’s face it, things can get messy in there. I’m guilty.)
  • Ensure that you use soap intended for washing cars (Never wash a car in direct sunlight)
  • Clean all of the car, don’t neglect undercarriage and bumpers
  • Dry thoroughly

It’s also not a bad idea to get your car into the auto shop for a quick check-up before taking any long trips. Simple steps like getting and oil change or tire rotation for your car can save you from trouble down the road and preserve your used car value.

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