Spring is finally here! Therefore, make sure you’re taking the steps necessary to prep your car for sunny weather!
1. Clean Your Car
Spring means spring cleaning. Not just for your home, either, but for your car.
The winter weather can really scuff up your vehicle. Road salt and low temperatures wreak havoc on your paint, and you can get all sorts of muddy slush stuck all around your vehicle.
If you visit a car wash, get the top-of-the-line wash to be sure you don’t miss a thing. If you’re washing it yourself, mix some baking soda with your water to help clear off road salt.
Additionally, clean out the inside. Throw out any trash and vacuum up any dirt or debris that’s laying around. If you want to go the extra mile, give your car a deep clean.
2. Replace Wipers and Fluids
Snow and ice wear on your wipers. You’ll need to replace them if they’re leaving streaks on the windshield. Luckily, wiper blades aren’t pricey. You can install them yourself in seconds, saving you even more money.
While you’re at it, top off your wiper fluid. Make sure your car is fully prepped to handle spring showers.
3. Check Your Tires
Temperature changes also cause pressure changes in your tires. Suboptimal tire pressure wastes gas (and your money), and of course, there’s the risk of getting a flat.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Check your tire pressure and make sure you go rotate your tires if you haven’t done so recently.
Also, if you have winter tires, now would be a good time to change to something more weather-appropriate. Driving winter tires in the warmer seasons build up heat, which can wear down and break the winter tires.
4. Get an Oil Change
Keep up with your regular oil changes to maximize fuel efficiency and keep things running smoothly. Make sure to follow your manufacturer’s specifications found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Don’t forget to change your oil filter as well if necessary.
Fortunately, many auto shops will top off your fluids, fill your tires, check your battery, and do many other maintenance tasks without any additional charge beyond your oil change. Take advantage if your local auto shop does so.
5. Check Your Battery
If your car battery dies, you’ll be left stranded. Get your battery checked and replaced if needed. If you aren’t sure how to do this, auto shops can do it for you.
6. Get Your Windows Tinted
Sunshine is nice, but it can fade your interior if your car is left out in the sun for long. Plus, the sun’s UVA rays can penetrate through your windows and lead to potential sunburn — especially for young children whose skin might be more sensitive.
Also, you might accidentally burn yourself touching a hot steering wheel on a particularly scorching day.
Tinting your windows can mitigate these issues, not to mention it looks nice.
Come down to Car Pretty if you’re looking for a window tinting professional in Philadelphia. We’ll not only install the tints quickly and expertly, but we’ll educate you on laws regarding tints. Contact us today or come in to learn more.