Warm weather is right around the corner, and it has even appeared in some places around the country. That means it is time for spring car cleaning, the one time of year for driver’s to detail their cars from bumper to bumper. Although it is better to clean your car as often as possible, doing a detailed job once a year can increase resale value and make driving more enjoyable.
The first thing to do, according to Fox News, is to clean the underbody. Salt, dirt, and even sand accrue in the winter, leading to corrosion if you are not quick to remove it. If your local car wash doesn’t have an underbody option, simply hose off the bottom of your car, lifting it off the ground as much as possible. Do not use soap – simply spray it clean.
Get the hard to reach places. Make sure to scrub the bottoms and edges of the doors, under door handles, and clean window channels. When you are finished cleaning your car, give it a wax and apply silicone spray where necessary to add an extra protective layer.
Always replace wiper blades in the spring. Winter does serious damage to your wipers, making it essential to get new ones. Also, take this time to top off your washer fluid, and consider applying RainX or any other rain-resistant formula.
Finally, top off fluids and check tires. Ok, this isn’t exactly cleaning, but it is standard vehicle maintenance. Make sure you are not running low on oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic brake fluid, coolant, or power steering fluid. (Low brake fluid may mean it is time for new brake pads.) Make sure there are no uneven wear patterns or bulges on your tires, and check the pressure.