Looking for a little pick-me-up after a long winter? It might be time to spring clean your vehicle for a like-new driving experience. At Nissan of Silsbee, we’re firm believers in taking good care of our cars, so we’ve compiled a list of tips for the ultimate automotive spring cleaning experience.
Carpet and upholstery
Start by clearing any debris off the seats and floors. Use a vacuum to get the little pieces of dirt and dust in the crevices. Take out the floor mats and spray them with stain remover before scrubbing them down. While those are drying, you can use a damp towel to wipe down your seats.
Clean windows aren’t just important for aesthetic reasons; having clean windows also does wonders for visibility, which is important for your safety, especially during a rainy spring. Wash your windows and windshield thoroughly with glass cleaner. Top off the windshield with Rain-X for extra weather protection. Replacing your wipers every spring is a good idea, but an alternative is to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to prevent streaks on the windshield.
It’s important to give your vehicle a good exterior scrub after a long winter. Grime like road salt builds up over the cold months and can linger underneath the vehicle and cause corrosion or rusting. Give your car a bath with a pressure washer and be sure to get that underside. Finish it off with a layer of protective wax that will keep your car’s exterior looking fresh well into next winter.
Filling tires with air is one of the easiest DIY maintenance tasks for your car, and it’s also one of the most important, especially during the winter. Cold air reduces your tire pressure, which makes your tires have worse traction, so they’ll slip more easily in wet and icy conditions. Follow these easy steps to filling your tires with air.
First, check your owner’s manual to determine what the proper PSI for your car’s tires is. Then use a pressure gauge to find out the pressure in each of your four tires. Locate the valve stem in the rim of the wheel, take off the cap, and push the tip off the gauge into the stem. If the number it reads is lower than your suggested PSI, add air to the tire.
Many gas stations have a spot where you can fill your tires with air if you don’t feel like buying your own automatic or manual air pump. Just make sure you bring lots of quarters. Park near the air pump and take the caps off all the valve stems, but don’t lose them!
Then, just like checking the pressure with the gauge, push the tip of the hose into the valve stem and fill the tire with air, stopping periodically to read the pressure again. Once your tire is at the appropriate pressure, replace the valve stem cap. Repeat with the other tires as needed.
For many people, their car is one of their most important possessions. Unfortunately, cars are also a very expensive possession. That’s why it’s important for people to learn how to complete basic car maintenance. Here are just a few things that you can do to save yourself some money.
Learn How to Detail
Since many people spend a lot of time in their cars each day, it makes sense that they get dirty fast. While you can take your car to a professional to have it detailed, it saves you considerable cash to just do it on your own.
Checking Fluids And Tire Pressure
This is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your car. It requires essentially no technical skills and not checking fluids can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage. All that you have to do is keep a regular schedule and ensure both the fluids and pressure are in check.
Not many people remember to check the various filters in their cars, but it’s an easy task that doesn’t require very much technical knowledge. As long as you are able to read a manual to locate the filters in your car, you can change them yourself.
If you take care of these simple steps, you will save yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.