Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

April is National Car Care Month! When the weather starts to get warmer after the end of winter, we must use different methods for car care. If you’re not sure where to start or what to do or even where to start, don’t worry! We’re here to help you in transition to a new season. Here are six easy tips to help you care for your vehicle during the springtime!

Check Your Tire Pressures

Tire pressure is especially key in the springtime. As air temperature gets cooler during the winter, the tire pressures decrease. This is probably why you had to fill up your tires when winter first started, but as it gets warmer in the spring, tire pressures tend to increase. If the pressure increases past your manufacturer specification, it can really affect your car’s drivability and fuel economy. This is an imperative part of car care, so if you don’t feel comfortable checking your car’s tire pressure by yourself, come bring it to Plaza Land Rover St. Louis! We would be more than happy to help.

 

Wash and Wax

A good, through wash and wax is the first and most important thing to do with your car once winter is over. Winter driving causes a lot of road grime, debris and even salt to build up on your car. You want to make sure you get rid of it all before spring starts. Allowing debris and grime to pile on your car can affect its paint and finish. Even worse, allowing salt to build up can lead to rust and other serious problems.

Clean the Inside

It’s difficult to make the effort to clean out your car when it’s cold outside, so now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to clean that interior. Make some time one day do some spring cleaning. Remove and throw away all the paper, trash and random items that has accumulated over the weeks and months. Not only will you have a clean and roomier car, but your spring cleaning can be done under better weather conditions, particularly necessary if you have to vacuum your carpets and seats.

Check Alignment and Suspension

Winter is infamous for being rough on the roads, causing your vehicle going through some harsh circumstances. If you drive often on roads with huge potholes or rocks, it could affect your car’s alignment or even damage suspension components. If you can relate to this, you’re lucky because this month we are offering alignments specials all month! Come stop by Plaza Land Rover St. Louis, and we’ll fix that alignment issue.

 

Check Under the Hood

Do a full inspection under the hood of your car to make sure the engine of your car survived winter without any problems. Cold weather can distress belts and hoses, so examine them to make sure they didn’t get stiff or wear out. A major factor to avoid overheating your car as it gets temperatures get warmer is to check your coolant and make sure that it’s not too old. If you don’t feel safe doing this by yourself, come to Plaza Land Rover St. Louis! From oil changes to transmission replacements, our highly qualified mechanics are here to provide top tier auto service.

Check Your Wiper Blades

Examine your wiper blades for any breaking or wear and tear. The wipers can exhaust over the winter due to ice buildup or other cold weather associated matters on your windshield. You’re going to need your wipers for spring showers, so make sure that they’re working well after going through winter.