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Top Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

25 March 2024

With Spring on the horizon at Startin Group we want to provide you with the best industry secrets on how to help your car recover from the winter.

Spring symbolises renewal and rejuvenation, making it the perfect time to give your car the deep clean and maintenance it deserves after the harsh winter months.

Winter can be particularly brutal on vehicles, with salt, grime, and cold weather taking a toll on your car's exterior and interior. Here are some top spring cleaning tips to get your car ready for the warmer months ahead, focusing on detailing, servicing, and tire checks.

Spring cleaning your car is about more than just aesthetics; it's about maintaining and protecting your investment. By taking the time to thoroughly clean and maintain your vehicle after the winter months, you'll ensure it runs smoothly and looks great all season long. Plus, regular maintenance can help prevent costly repairs down the line, keeping you safe and worry-free on the road.

Begin with a Thorough Exterior Wash

Winter driving can leave your car's exterior covered in road salt and grime, which can lead to rust and corrosion if not removed. Start your spring cleaning with a thorough wash of the exterior, paying special attention to the undercarriage where salt and dirt accumulate the most. Use a high-quality car wash soap and microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the paint, and make sure to rinse thoroughly.

Detail the Interior

The interior of your car also needs attention after winter. Salt and water can get trapped in floor mats and carpets, leading to mold or unpleasant smells. Remove all mats and vacuum the interior thoroughly. Shampoo the carpets and mats to remove any salt residue and dirt. Clean all surfaces, including the dashboard, console, and windows, with appropriate cleaners to leave the interior fresh and clean.

Check and Replace Wiper Blades

Winter weather can be harsh on wiper blades, leaving them cracked or worn. Spring is a good time to check your wiper blades and replace them if necessary. This ensures you have a clear view during spring showers.

Service Your Vehicle

After the winter, it's crucial to service your vehicle to ensure it's running smoothly. This includes changing the oil, checking the brakes, and ensuring the battery is in good condition. Winter can be hard on batteries, and a battery that was okay in the cold might fail in warmer temperatures. Additionally, make sure to check the fluids, including coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid, and top them up or change them as needed.

Tire Maintenance

Temperature changes can affect tire pressure, so it's important to check your tire pressure and adjust it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Winter tires should be swapped out for all-season or summer tires, depending on your climate and driving needs. This is also an excellent time to check the tread depth and overall condition of your tires. If the tread is worn or if you notice any damage to the tires, consider replacing them.

Polish and Wax

To protect your car's paint and keep it looking new, apply a high-quality wax after washing. Waxing not only gives your car a shiny finish but also provides a protective barrier against UV rays, dirt, and water.

Refresh Your Emergency Kit

Lastly, spring is a good time to refresh the emergency kit in your vehicle. Replace any used or expired items and add any additional supplies that might be useful in the warmer months, such as extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

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