Spring Cleaning for Your Car

As the weather heats up, it’s time to shake off the winter and get ready for summer. For most of us, that means spring cleaning — and while you’re cleaning up the house and yard, don’t forget to pay some attention to your car, too. Here are a few things you should do every spring to get your car ready for the summer months:

 

  • Give the car a thorough scrub. Opt for an undercarriage power wash that can loosen up any grime, and wash and wax the exterior. Pop open the hood and wipe down the engine and battery. Be especially sure to remove any leaves or other debris that may have worked their way inside the car.
  • Replace your wiper blades. Frost, rain and dry air can all be rough on your wipers. It’s a good idea to change them a couple times per year, spring and fall, to be sure they’re always ready.
  • Check your tires. An annual alignment or rotation is a good guideline. If you don’t think that’s necessary, at least be sure to check your tire pressure – warm weather can cause the air inside to expand, creating over-inflated tires.
  • Refill your fluids. You should be getting an oil change every 5,000 or so miles, regardless of the weather, but other fluids probably need to be topped off. Have your wiper fluid refilled, along with checking the brake and transmission fluids.
  • Have the AC serviced. Before the hot New Mexico weather kicks into high gear, you’ll want to be sure your air conditioner is up to the task.

These tips should help keep your car fresh and ready for summer adventures, whether you’re planning on camping, going on a road trip or just driving around town.