3 Ways To Get Your Car Ready For Spring
With spring right around the corner, you should take some time to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape and is ready for a new season by getting any needed repairs done and taking care of a few regular maintenance items.
Change Your Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers probably got a lot of work this fall and winter. Your windshield wipers should be replaced at least once or twice a year. If you have noticed that your windshield wipers leave a film of grime behind on your windshield or leave streaks on your windshield, that is more than likely because the rubber on the wipers has become worn down, and is no longer making proper contact with your windshield.
Pick up a new set of windshield wipers at your local auto parts store or department store. You want to make sure that you are able to see clearly when you hit a spring or summer rainstorm.
Check the Pressure in Your Tires
The air pressure in your tires changes with the temperature outside. When it is cold outside, the air inside of your tires contracts, resulting in low pressure in your tires. When it is warm or hot outside, the air inside of your tires expands, resulting in high pressure in your tires.
The best way to make sure your tires have the right pressure level is by checking the tires pressure in all of your tires. Your owner's manual should let you know the ideal pressure range for your tires; it varies for each vehicle. If your tires are under-inflated, you'll need to add a little extra air to them. If your tires are over-inflated, you'll need to take a little air out in order to ensure you have the best traction and grip on the road.
Clean Your Floor Mats
Throughout the winter, you probably tracked a lot of dirt into your vehicle. If you live somewhere that gets snow and freezing weather, you probably tracked salt and other road-melting chemicals into your car on the bottom of your shoes.
Take your floor mats out of your car and vacuum them to get rid of the dirt on them. Then, wash down your floor mats. You can use a steamer if you have one. If you don't, just get your floor mats wet with water, apply dish soap to them, and scrub them with a brush before rinsing them clean and letting them air dry.
This is the best way to get rid of all the salt, chemicals and dirt that may have been transferred to your floor mats during the winter months.
Get your vehicle ready for spring by changing out the windshield wipers, checking the pressure in your tires, and cleaning the floor mats.