5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your VehicleMarch 9, 2018 8:54 am
For many of us, the spring season is a time to start tackling some of those not-so-exciting cleaning projects that we’ve basically ignored all year long. While you’re thinking about how to reorganize the garage or make sense of that dastardly hall closet, don’t forget to include your car on your spring cleaning list! Below are five handy tips to help you get your vehicle ready for the spring season.
1. Consider getting a coolant flush.
Your car’s engine goes through a lot of ups and downs as the seasons change. One of the main fluids that protect your engine from these extreme temperature fluctuations is coolant, which is made from a mixture of water and antifreeze (ethylene glycol or propylene glycol). Over time, coolant will begin to break down and become more acidic, and this can eventually cause damage to important engine components such as the water pump and radiator. If you can’t remember the last time you had your coolant replaced, more than likely it’s time to take your car in for a coolant flush. Not only will this remove and replace the old fluid, but it will also flush out all the crud, rust and debris that can accumulate in the cooling system over time.
2. Check the A/C system.
Your heater has been getting all the attention over the winter, but now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s a good idea to check your air conditioning system to make sure that everything’s still copacetic. After all, you wouldn’t want to wait until the first hot day of the year to find out your A/C system is not cooling. Test the system to make sure cool air is coming out of all the vents, and if you detect any problems, go ahead and take it to the auto repair shop to inspect for any potential leaks, or possibly refill your refrigerant.
3. Inspect your windshield wiper blades.
The dry air of winter (along with regular wear-and-tear) can really take a toll on your wiper blades. If the rubber on your wiper blades is cracked, brittle or excessively worn, it’s definitely time to get them replaced. You’re going to need nice new blades for all the spring rain that’ll be heading your way in the weeks to come.
4. Check the air pressure in your tires.
As warmer temperatures arrive, the air inside your tires will warm up and expand, which can possibly increase their pressure beyond the manufacturer’s recommended PSI (pounds per square inch) level. This can not only affect how your car handles on the road, but it can diminish the fuel efficiency of your vehicle as well. Check the owner’s manual for your vehicle to see what the PSI threshold is for your tires, and then check the air pressure in your tires to see if you need to put more air in, or possibly let some out.
5. Check under the hood.
Pop the hood and inspect the various visible parts of your engine. Carefully check belts and hoses for any cracks or dry-rotting, and check the fluid levels in your brake fluid reservoir, wiper fluid reservoir, and so forth. Most of these components have easy-to-read gauges that let you know whether something is full or running low. You don’t have to be a certified master mechanic to know when something doesn’t quite look right. Make notes of anything that seems questionable, and take action to address anything that might need to be looked at or repaired.
While car care is something that should happen year-round, the arrival of spring can serve as a great reminder to pay attention to any repairs or maintenance that your vehicle might need. Use the tips outlined above to ensure that your car will be in tip-top shape for the warmer months! And, remember, if your car is in need of repair, U Pull & Pay is the place to go for used car parts. You can even use our handy Search Inventory tool to find out if we have what you’re looking for before your visit!
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This post was written by Scott Blankenship