After a freezing winter and the stormy wash out that was spring, your car is in desperate need of a good scrub! Salt from the roads, dirty water and tree sap are doing their best to turn your car from a gleaming set of wheels into a beaten up old wreck.
The weather is picking up and the sun is out making this a great time of year to give your car a thorough going over. Here are our tips for making sure your car is all set for summer…
1. Total wash out
Sounds obvious, but the first thing to do is give your car a really good clean. Using a good quality car shampoo, start from the roof and work downwards allowing stubborn areas of dirt at the bottom more time to soak. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies and pay attention to the underside of door and window sills as dirt can collect here.
Salt from the road and tree sap can cause real damage to your paintwork, so make sure you give it a thorough going over and leave it spotless. Ensure you’ve removed all soap residue before allowing to dry, and finish off with a good wax to protect the paintwork.
2. Get inside the job
Cleaning the inside of your car is really important following a long cold winter and wet, windy spring. Your car needs time to dry out as wet clothes, shoes and pets can cause moisture to build up.
Pick a sunny day and get to work! Remove the mats and give everything a good hoover. Wipe down surfaces, remove rubbish from pockets, seat backs and under seats; don’t forget the boot! If your carpets and seats are looking water stained and smelling bad they could be increasing the chance of rust, so invest in some car upholstery cleaner and give everything a good scrub.
3. What lies beneath…
It’s important to give the underside of your car a good hosing down, as salt from winter roads can build up and cause corrosion. Get a pressure washer adaptor for your hose pipe and give it a thorough clean. Alternatively take it to a Jet Wash and make sure you clean the underneath.
4. See clearly
Don’t forget to polish up the car windows, inside and out, and give your mirrors a good wipe down. Large amounts of dirt can build up on the inside of your windows causing visibility issues and leaving them looking bad. Use a window cleaner and make sure you get right into the corners. Don’t forget to check your windscreen wipers for sign of damage and replace if necessary.
5. Tread carefully
Post winter tyres are in desperate need of a little TLC. Firstly check their tread depth; the legal minimum depth is 1.6mm, but we would recommend changing them when they get below 2mm to be on the safe side. Check for signs of damage, wear and tear or splits, check the tyre pressure is correct and lastly give them a really good clean. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre while you’re at it!
6. Breathe deep
Air-Con systems need recharging with gas & lubricant every 2 years to remove bad odours, clean the unit and keep the temperature at the correct level and there’s no better time to do it than after a damp spring and a cold winter. Over two thirds of vehicles are fitted with air conditioning and climate control systems as standard these days; so we highly recommend booking your car in for an air-con check and re-gas to make sure everything is in great working order.
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Our Summer check is only £19.99! This includes an air con check to test its temperature and efficiency, as well as a 70 point vehicle health check! Call 01342 859200 and quote ‘SUMMER14’ to book today!
While you’re at it, carry out a few quick checks to keep your car running smoothly. You should ideally be carrying these out once a week; or at the very least before the start of a long journey:
- Check oil levels
- Check radiator levels
- Check windscreen wash levels
- Check tyre pressure
- Check windscreen wiper blades