Spring Cleaning your Car

Spring Cleaning your Car
March is here and that means spring is right around the corner. (Whoot!)  When I think of spring I always get a fuzzy feeling and fond memories of BBQs with friends, cold beer on the patio and the anticipation of driving a super clean car for a few months.  Since I am not a professionally recognized BBQ or beer expert, here are 10 simple tips for getting your ride dialed in for spring that will make your life a little easier and even save you some money! Spring cleaning your car…

  1. Get an oil change. Changing your oil every 6,000kms will increase the life of your vehicle and it will also perform better. After a long, hard winter, your vehicle will appreciate it. If your vehicle is over 160,000kms look into high mileage oil. Also, if possible visit a dealership for this oil change. Having a certified technician doing this service will be beneficial because he/she may catch problem areas caused by the winter that may need to be addressed. As side note I do have some $9.95 Oil Change Coupons for you left so please feel free to ask! I service all makes and models here at NewRoads Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC.
  2. Check all your fluid levels. Since we live in Canada and the average temperature this winter has been -624,237 degrees you may not have wanted to stand in the cold to check your fluid levels as often as you should. You might be low on oil, antifreeze or windshield wiper fluid.
  3. Use a high quality gas treatment. I recommend Lucas fuel treatment. (You can get it at Canadian Tire or even my parts counter for a reasonable price) It will clean your injectors and keep your fuel system running the way it should. Again, this will save you money in the long run. You should do these treatments every couple of months.
  4. Replace your fuel filter. If you replace your fuel filter, you will get better gas mileage and with the price of gas, this is a very good thing to do. In turn this will save you money when you take spring road trips and leave you a little extra spending cash.
  5. Check the belts. Replace them if they are cracked or dry-rotted. If they break, they could cause significant damage to your motor. A new motor is not a cheap fix.
  6. Get your tires rotated and balanced. Make sure the tires are inflated to the appropriate PSI (pounds per square inch). The wear and tear of the winter roads can play havoc with your tires and wear them down. (Having your tires filled with nitrogen instead of air can help keep your tire pressure stable for longer.) The side of the tires tells the appropriate PSI. If you’re unsure about this come see me and I would more than happy help. I even have tire gages available so you can do this yourself anytime. Properly inflated and balanced tires will also improve gas mileage and save you money in the long run.
  7. Do a thorough outside wash of your vehicle and make it sparkly clean. Make sure you pay extra care to wash the under carriage. We use a lot of salt on the roads here and this can rust out vehicles very quickly. Grime in general is not good for your vehicle and will shorten the life span of your vehicle. It could also end up costing you unnecessary money to fix when it begins to rust.
  8. Don’t just clean the outside. Spring clean the inside as well. As much as you attempted to kick the snow and mud off your feet before entry, doesn’t mean you got it all off. Chances are you have muddied up the floor and other areas of your vehicle as well. When cleaning the inside, don’t forget to clean the windows as well. Often, times the windshield gets very dirty.
  9. Check your wipers. Again, winter can be rough on your windshield wipers and with the April showers right around the corner you will want good wipers on on your vehicle.
  10. Buy your vehicle a gift after the harsh weather. (Or better yet, buy a new car!) I suggest a new air freshner. The packages of airfreshners are often cheaper and you have a couple when the other one wears out. Also, if you leave the bag half way on, it will make the life of the airfreshner go longer. That way your car will look good and smell good also. Perhaps even some new car mats if yours are worn from winter use.