Spring Cleaning & Maintenance for Your Car

Spring is one of the prime times for bringing your car back to the state it was when it was new. That requires both special car care, and certain maintenance items.

That first wash on a warm Saturday afternoon is a chance to catch up with your vehicle. Some proper preparation and attention now will help ensure an excellent driving experience later in 2019.

Wash and Wax – A good, thorough wash and wax is the most important thing to do with your car once the winter is over. Allowing debris and grime to build up on your car can affect its paint and finish, while allowing road grime to build up can lead to rust and other paint problems. –

Clean the Inside, Too – Spring is the perfect time to give your car some spring cleaning! Remove and throw away all the interior papers, trash and other items that have collected in the back seat. Sprinkle baking soda onto all the fabric surfaces of your vehicle and leave it overnight before vacuuming the interior. Not only will this be easy to clean up, but your car will have neutralized smells, leaving your vehicle interior fresh for spring.

Check Your Tire Pressures – Tire pressure is especially important in the spring. As air temperatures get cooler during the winter, tire pressures decrease, which probably caused you to fill up your tires during the winter months. But as air gets warmer again in the spring, tire pressures can increase. If the pressure increases past your manufacturer specification (because you added air during the winter), it can seriously affect your car’s drivability and fuel economy. This is an important part of car care, so if you don’t feel comfortable checking your car’s tire pressures.

Inspect Your Wiper Blades – As spring starts and temperatures warm up, check your wiper blades for any signs of cracking or wear, you’ll need those wipers for our spring rains, so be sure they’re in good working order.

Have your Mechanic Check Under the Hood – Do a thorough check under your hood to make sure your car’s engine made it through the winter without problems. Specifically, check belts and hoses to ensure the colder temperatures haven’t rendered them brittle or heavily worn. Check your coolant to make sure it’s not too old — an important factor for avoiding overheating as temperatures gradually climb. Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in. Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual’s recommendations. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.

Have them Check Alignment and Suspension – Winter in San Diego is short,but it creates a build up on body and suspension. The County also has its share of potholes. If you find yourself frequently traversing roads with huge potholes or rocks that have emerged from the asphalt, it could ruin your car’s alignment or damage suspension components. If you’ve taken your car to your mechanic to check under the hood, ask for a quick suspension and alignment check to make sure nothing is too far outside the manufacturer’s specifications.

Be sure to also read the owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedules. If your vehicle needs routine services or a check-up, schedule an appointment at Escondido Auto Tech at (760) 745-4454 or online at eatauto.com.