Spring Cleaning: It's Not Just For Your House!
We all put so much effort into cleaning our homes once spring comes. Clearing away all that winter dust and clutter can feel quite liberating. However, our
cars are often neglected during this cleaning process. Although we all love to have a clean and shiny looking car on the outside, it’s important not to forget
to clean and maintain the inside of your car as well. Spring is a great time of year to check up on your car to make sure it’s working properly
and running well. Winter can take a toll on your car, especially if you live in an area with snow, ice, and road salt. Now that spring is
finally here and your car has had a chance to thaw, it’s time to pop the hood and get your (or a mechanic’s) hands dirty. Make sure your car
is up to speed this spring by taking the following steps.
Check your tire pressure. When the temperature changes in the spring, the pressure of your tires will decrease.
Proper tire pressure is essential for automotive safety, optimum driving performance and significant cost savings, including better fuel mileage.
Check your car’s manual or with the manufacturer to see what your optimum tire pressure should be.
Get an oil change. It’s recommended that every 3,000 miles you drive or every three months, you should get an oil change.
This helps prevent sludge from building up in your engine and clogging it. Automotive repair shops and mechanics offer this service, but it’s easy
enough for someone to do it on their own. Spring is a good time to do it as your engine has taken a beating from the harsh winter conditions.
Flush and refill the cooling system. This increases your vehicle’s life expectancy and fuel efficiency, especially during the hot summer. It’s a
good idea to check the condition and concentration of the coolant to make sure it’s up to standards. Also, replace your air filter in preparation
for the summer heat and use of your car’s air conditioner.
Some other things you can do include lubricating locks and hinges and inspecting underneath your car for winter damage. Use a petroleum-based
lubricant on door and trunk hinges to fix any creaking that may have developed during the winter. When checking under your car, look for
suspicious areas and have them fixed immediately. Also, take a look at your brakes for sticky calipers or a corroded brake line and your
exhaust system for rusted clamps, crumpling tailpipes, or holes forming in the muffler.
Spring cleaning can be a tedious task, but it can significantly increase the life of your vehicle and make your car a lot safer to drive.
Preventive care is always safer and more cost efficient since you will be catching things before they become an issue. As always, EmpireCovers
is here for you and your car. To protect the outside of your car, why not purchase a car cover? You can also protect
the inside of your car with our Auto Detailing Kit and other automotive accessories. Put a little time, effort and
love into your car and it will be good to you for a long time.