a long winter, it's important to get your car back
in tip-top shape. Here are some car care tips to help
A good hand wash of your vehicle is very important
in the spring. Take the time to check out the condition
of your paint while you're washing and make note of
any chips or scratches.
If you do find some minor damage to your paint job,
buy some touch-up paint as soon as possible. It's
important to prevent rust from forming!
Spray the salt and dirt out of your wheel wells (
a favorite hiding spot for rust) and repair any rust
A good waxing is great for your paint job after winter.
Check the windshield for stone chips or cracks. It
often isn't necessary to replace the entire windshield,
just repair the chips.
This is also a good time to replace worn out wiper
If the carpet in your vehicle is subjected to a lot
of salty water over the winter, rust could be forming
where you can't even see it, underneath the carpet.
A good rug shampoo will help remove the salt from
the carpet fibres. Make sure to clean the upholstery
Clean the vinyl a vinyl treatment product to help
protect against drying and cracking.
Clean your windows, inside and out, to increase visibility.
UNDER THE HOOD
Change the engine oil & filter if needed (every
Get a tune-up if necessary (check vehicle owner's
manual for frequency).
Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks and drive belts
Have your antifreeze tested. It prevents your coolant
from boiling in the summer.
CHECK YOUR TIRES
Check your tire pressure. Temperature changes can
affect it. Having the proper tire pressure will maximize
your gas mileage and save wear & tear on your
Check the condition of your tires. Did they sustain
any damage? Is there anything visibly wrong like cuts
or bulges in the side walls? If so, have them checked.