Ahh, the birds are starting to chirp and the air has finally decided not to bite. For automotive enthusiasts, this means the start of spring maintenance on our vehicles. Gone is the concern of salt and road chemical eating away at our paint, replaced by the fear of dirt, rocks, and the occasional kid chasing a ball across the street. It’s time to consider what your car needs now that spring is approaching.
I always start by giving my vehicles a nice bath and not just one of these quickies at the car wash either. It’s time to pull out the garden hoses, fill up a soapy bucket, and apply the elbow grease to the corners that are missed by drive through. Try to take a little extra care and use bug remover to get the deceased off the front bumper. Also, after a thorough cleaning it might be warm enough to actually touch up those nicks you received in the mall parking lot during the holiday rushes. Don’t forget the clear coat.
What about those windshield wipers that took a beating from the ice? It’s a good idea to replace those with some fresh wiper blades in preparation for the spring rain. I prefer to spend a little extra money and buy Bosch Wiper Blades, in my experience they seem to last the longest. New blades and a fresh coat of Rainx makes for a safer spring.
Warmer temperatures means a fluctuation in tire pressure. It’s a good idea to get your tires looked over for wear and adjust pressure as necessary. This will become even more important as spring leaves and summer approaches and temperatures have a habit of scorching. Also, if you live in an area that requires snow tires, don’t forget to switch back over to your summer driving tires now.
A good interior purging is also recommended, from being closed up all winter my vehicle has developed a unique aroma. Too many fast food bags in the back seat have created their own ecosystem, generally a scrubbing is long overdue. Take special attention to apply the proper cleaner to your seats, dash, and carpet if applicable. Again, attention to detail will last much longer than a quick California Duster once over. Any significant others forced to ride along with you will appreciate a subtle air freshener as well.
Lastly, if you had been putting up any upgrades now might be the time to cash in. Often companies will run specials in the spring time to entice buyers to pull the trigger on a modification decision. It seems that I always end up putting window tint on either my vehicle or someone else’s in the spring. This time of year is the start to a hopefully long and beautiful warm weather stretch.