It may not feel like it, but believe it or not, spring is on the way. When the ground has thawed, it\'s time to give your car a spring clean. Follow our handy guide to get your car looking and driving at is best in time for the warmer weather.
Published by MOT Llandudno
It may not feel like it, but believe it or not, spring is on the way. With 20th March marking the astronomical start of spring, once the ground has thawed, it’s time to give your car a spring clean.
Winter is testing for your vehicle, so these handy tips will ensure the snow, grit, salt and ice are banished in readiness for the coming warmer months.
Give your vehicle a thorough spring clean to get rid of the elements of winter that harm not only the exterior of your car but also the interior.
Grit, salt and grime can be transferred from your footwear and clothing to your vehicles carpets and seats so make sure your interior is dry and give everything a good vac.
During the winter months, it is advisable to wash the exterior of your car regularly to remove the harmful elements but once winter is behind us, consider taking your vehicle to a car wash to ensure the undercarriage is also spotless.
If you’re struggling for time, there are plenty of valeting services that will give your car the spring clean it deserves.
It’s not only the bodywork and interior that take a battering during winter, your tyres have been working extra hard to keep you on the road. Freezing temperatures can alter your tyre pressures, a knock-on effect is how your vehicle handles so it’s worth making sure your pressures are correct. You can find your cars recommended tyre pressures in the vehicles handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on the driver’s door sill.
After months of snow, ice and driving rain your wiper blades may be left a little worse for wear. To avoid any damage to your windscreen and to help
you see more clearly the road ahead, give them a quick clean. If you find visibility is still poor after a clean, your wipers may be cracked or damaged so it’s time to replace them.
Dirty roads mean we feel like we’re forever topping up our cars washer fluid during winter but it’s a job that may not cross our minds so often during spring. Make sure you’re not caught out by an empty
reservoir by topping up regularly and, to be on the safe side, keep a container with a water and washer fluid mixture in your car at all times.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, pollen is a big negative of spring, but did you know your car’s engine is also affected by these nasty spores which is why it’s important to make sure your air filter is clean.
A dirty filter can cause serious, long-term damage to your pistons and piston rings as the additional stress, caused by an over saturated filter, restricts the air flow through your engine.
Spring in the UK isn’t generally tropical temperatures, but your engine coolant will need checking to make sure the levels are correct. If the coolant levels aren’t maintained, you run the risk of an overheated engine which can be seriously expensive to fix.
Making sure your vehicle is running at its best throughout the year, no matter what the season, will prevent unnecessary and inconvenient breakdowns. You don’t have to be a qualified mechanic to undertake some basic maintenance which will help prolong the life of your car.