It’s finally spring! I’m sure you’re just as excited as we are that the weather here in Raleigh, NC seems to be taking a turn for the warmer, this has certainly been a rough winter. The winter weather is not just hard on you, however, it also does quite a number on your car, truck or SUV!
As you are getting ready to spring clean this year, make sure you do not forget to show your automobile some TLC. It worked very hard these past few months, braving the snow and ice to get you home safely (maybe not quickly, but at least safely.)
Cold temperatures, rough road conditions and salt take a toll on everything from your car’s brakes and tires to its suspension, steering and even wiper blades.
To help your vehicle take you seamlessly into the warmer months ahead, make sure you follow these seven important tips from the expert mechanics at Reliable Import Service on how to properly spring clean your car!
7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Car, Truck or SUV
#1 – Wash the outside of your car with soap that is specially designed for automobiles.
Regular kitchen soaps or detergents may contain harsh chemicals that can damage your car, truck or SUVs paint job. Washing your car with soaps that are specifically formulated to clean your automobile will keep your car’s pain in tact and give you the best shine.
#2 – Never wash your car in direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight can make the soap on your car dry before you have a chance to rinse it off, leaving behind ugly spots that are hard to get off. Taking time to towel dry your vehicle after washing it also reduces the chance for spots.
#3 – Wax your car, truck or SUV.
Not only does this make your vehicle look super shiny, it also protects the paint from minor nicks and scratches.
#4 – Remove extra stuff from the inside of your car.
Chances are you’ve collected some extra baggage in your car over the winter months. Clean out unnecessary items from the trunk and interior of your vehicle to help boost your vehicle’s fuel efficiency! Carrying around extra weight in your car, truck or SUV slows it down, requiring more gas to propel it forward.
#5 – Vacuum the interior.
Trust us, you won’t want to forget this tip. The warmer weather is already bringing the ants, bugs, spiders and other critters out, and you don’t want to find them in your car because there are crumbs and other food particles laying around!
#6 – Clean underneath your car.
People often forget to clean their car’s undercarriage, but there are many important auto parts that are exposed to the elements.
Salt, dirt and other buildup from the winter get stuck under here, and if left for too long can lead to rust and other expensive damages. Hosing down the underside of your vehicle helps, but for a better clean, take your vehicle to a self-serve car wash and use the undercarriage brush.
#7 – Wash inside side of your windows.
The outsides of your windows get cleaned much more often than the inside. Wipe down all of your windows from the inside of your car to get rid of puppy nose prints, sticky hands and all the lovely pictures that were drawn on your windows before your defrost button kicked in.
Bringing Your Vehicle to an Auto Repair Shop
As you are spring-cleaning your car, truck or SUV, make sure you keep an eye out for rust or other damages.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s always best to take your vehicle to be checked out by your trusted auto repair shop in Raleigh, NC right away. (If you need help choosing a trusted automotive shop in Raleigh, check out 6 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop.)
At Reliable Import Service, our friendly, expert mechanics will be happy to take a look at your automobile and fix any problems that arisen over the winter months. We want to make sure you and your family have a safe and reliable ride this spring. After all, summer road trips are just around the corner!