4 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Spring
Any piece of machinery requires regular maintenance. When a complex mechanism like your car takes a break from regular running thanks to the cold winter months, it needs a bit of a push to get back into the routine.
Now that the temperature has warmed up, hibernating beings like yourself head out to enjoy the cool breeze and singing bees. Dreaming of taking a spring vacation? You might even fancy a long drive to the meadows or a family picnic.
Basic maintenance at regular intervals is no doubt essential, but now it is a pressing issue. You shouldn’t take your car on spring road trips without following these four steps to prepare your car for spring.
1. Purge: Purge your car of the heavy load you have been stocking up this winter, like ice skating equipment, fishing gear, etc. You have no use for that now. Keep the bare necessities for you to access whenever you are on the go. You are either using it or it goes.
Purge your car of dirt and mud that has accumulated during the cold season. Not just humans, even rodents seek heat and warmth during the winter, so they may find refuge in the nooks and crannies of the interior of the vehicle. Shake them off and scare them away.
Purge your car of old mechanical items like air cabin filter, oil filter, wiper blades or damaged electrical items like spark plugs. Replace them with newer ones and get ready for some spring action.
2. Pressure: Check the tire pressure and replace your tires if you feel that they have reached the end of their life. Flat edges and decreased tread depth means that your wheels are not properly aligned. This causes the vehicle to swerve while driving along a curve or skid if roads are slippery during showers, which is bound to happen as April showers are approaching.
Inflate the tires to the appropriate measurements as mentioned in the manual you were given along with the purchase of the car. If required, replace the tires. In case you used winter tires in the past few months, you’ll need to replace them for the new season.
3. Prepare and Pack: Prepare for the new season by packing essentials like bug repellents on your windshield. Fill antifreeze along with the coolant as it is corrosion resistant and deals well with the rising temperature, which comes in handy as the heat starts to soar. Also, keep the radiator coolant available.
4. Professional Help: You cannot do everything on your own. Get the vehicle inspected by a car care professional. Safety is paramount. Equipment under the hood must be in top-shape for maximized fuel efficiency.
Go for a deep clean at the car wash. Let them strip floor mats and give a good scrubbing. If the paint feels chipped away, give it a wax to let the surface shine as good as new. Or, you can choose to get a paint job done altogether.