Car Culture

Spring Cleaning: Car Edition

March 31, 2015
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. There are flowers blooming, I have so much appreciation for the added daylight time and sunshine, and I also LOVE spring cleaning! Call me crazy, but spring cleaning is such a liberating and satisfying ritual for the new season. I do some spring cleaning by donating old clothes, cleaning out under the bed and in the storage closet, and of course, giving my car a good deep clean. I wrote about this topic last year, but who couldn’t use a little extra inspiration and motivation to get the job done?! Aside from the usual vacuuming and clearing out the junk, here are some new tips I’ve gathered for giving your car a complete spring cleaning: -Use a special car-window cleaner on your interior windows. Resist the urge to pull out the Windex and use window cleaner especially made for your car. It’ll keep the windows from fogging up as quickly and reduce grime! -Replace the cabin air filter. This might be one you always avoid when you get your oil changed, but the truth is that the air filter should be replaced on your car every 20,000-30,000 miles. For most drivers, that’s about once a year — so why not do it in the spring? A clean air filter will reduce odors and give for easy breathing while in the car. -Get new windshield wipers. Your windshield wipers take a beating in the winter time, so with spring showers come along, you’ll want a fresh pair to adequately wipe away rain. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year, so again, spring is a good time to get in the habit! -Add washer fluid. It’s easy to forget (over and over again!) about that washer fluid that needs replacing. But while you’re in the cleaning mode, it’s a good time to finally get the job done! Washer fluid will help keep your windows clean after every spring rain. -Clean your car wheels and tires. Even if you’re in the habit of washing your car every few weeks, you might be overlooking a very important element of the cleaning process. Take this chance to give your car tires a serious wipe-down, along with the undercarriage of the car. This will keep your car running smoothly and ensure that your paint job stays in prime condition. -Add a fuel-system cleaner to the gas tank. Gas tanks need some cleaning every once and awhile, too! A fuel-system cleaner will clear rust build-up out of your gas tank with minimal effort. Just pour and forget about it! -Flush the underbody of your car. This is something you can’t easily do at home, but can majorly help your car run smoothly and efficiently. Head to your local car wash to get a flush of the underbody, even if you do the rest of the job yourself. -Lube up the door hinges. Once you add some lube to your door hinges, you’ll be wondering why you don’t do it more often! Doors can get sticky due to build up in the hinges, but a little lube can quickly cure the problem. And there’s nothing like a nice, smoothly gliding door, so hop to it!

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