Spring Forth with Seasonal Car Care

Winter routinely takes a toll on cars and motorists. This passing season was no exception as few North American residents were spared from the blitz of snow and frigid weather. Battling reduced vision of snowdrifts, jumping the slush-filled walkways, enduring those first few minutes of sitting inside of a cold car seat, these loathed moments of winter driving is slowly melting. Surviving inclement weather conditions of the year’s coldest months, it is an ideal time to recover within a pristine driving climate. Commonly associating spring-cleaning with our homes, this time of year is also a great time to address your neglected vehicle.

Taking care of more crucial maintenance matters first, the first step embracing the spring season involves insuring mechanicals are in check. If you are one of the many northernmost drivers opting for the safety and control of winter tires, think about changing rubber as we enter a more hospitable climate. Since winter tires are given a softer construction to aid in cold weather traction where summer or all-season tire rubber would lose elasticity. However, once weather warms, excessive driving on winter tires can wear more rapidly. Requiring skilled planning as well as a little luck from Mother Nature, many motorists will opt for changing from winter to summer tires at the end of April.

During regular vehicle maintenance, one aspect of an automobile requires special attention. Entering into hotter days, heat wears heavily on an automobile’s engine. For this reason, it is important to be sure your vehicle’s cooling system is ready to resist potential disaster. To start checking coolant levels, open the hood and find the engine coolant reservoir. The reservoir is often semi-transparent with level markings indicating the ideal fluid amount. If system needs filling up to levels, promptly refill with the mixture the auto manufacturer suggests.

Taking care of the mechanicals, an automobile next earns a suitable detailing inside and out. While car washes and other detailing centers are available yearlong, some car owners allow the three month-plus time period of winter chooses to not use these services due to cost and potential of damage. Thoroughly wash over the entire exterior of the vehicle with water and/or a respected automotive cleaning agent. Lifting off what is guaranteed to be a fair share of road salt residue will bring the vehicle’s pre-winter beauty back to forefront. Sand and salt also greatly deteriorates the lower part of a vehicle making those areas prone to rusting. Do not be afraid to spray a garden hose along the underside of a car or truck making certain to focus on wheel wells and the rocker panels. Depending on the day, the spring revitalization of a vehicle can include waxing the exterior finish. Along with bringing some additional energy back to the body, car waxing ahead of the summer driving assure the exterior finish against the harsh damage of rain and sun ultraviolet rays.

Inside of your vehicle, the signs of fleeing winter for solace inside a nice, warm building might have provoked some neglect of the cabin’s upkeep. Naturally, clean out all garbage first from the interior nooks and storage compartments. Vacuum the interior surfaces making sure to reach under the floor mats and under the seats when possible. Next, use a cleaner as well as a protectent product to liven up harder interior surfaces or leathers. For upholstery, several products and shampoos will allow you to remove the obvious or even hidden messes. For carpeted floor mats, vacuum and clean surfaces in a similar fashion as the rest of the interior. For vehicles featuring rubber floor mats, simply wipe them clean with a damp towel.

For some, the warmer weather means taking the car cover off the beloved summer car. For those vehicle awaiting the ideal motoring paths of spring, summer and early fall, the several months of stagnation could have car owners struggling to immediately waking up their automobiles. Depending if a stored vehicle was being started throughout the winter just to keep systems warmed up and engine components lubricated, the vehicle could fail to start. A discharged battery or unstable fuel caused by a vehicle being idle could be additional and potentially costly maintenance items before having the opportunity to fully enjoy your fairer weather car. A car battery charger and fuel stabilizer used ahead of time would prove effective in avoiding such problems.

Now that your vehicle is adequately prepared for embracing the nice, warmer days of the year, causes for driving as well as the destination is left up to you this spring and summer.

Photo Source: Chris Nagy

About The Author

Admiring automobiles ever since childhood viewership of the TV show Knight Rider, Chris Nagy grew as an enthusiast enroute to become an automotive and motorsport writer. Drawn to the rich world of motoring, Chris discovers charm everywhere in the industry from supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to a Kia Soul. Car design, engineering, performance and the passion itself fuels his daily existence.

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