The sun is shining and the temperatures are creeping up. With the arrival of warm weather, surely now is the time for your annual spring - or should that be summer - clean? Nothing is more satisfying than giving your home and garden a good overhaul after a long winter, but have you considered that your car also needs to be prepped for the summer too?
During the cold months, cars take a bit of a battering, so now is a great time to give your vehicle a good clean and get it into tip top condition. Let’s take a look at our summer car maintenance checklist to get your car ready for summer.
1. Clean the interior
Does the interior of your car look and smell like a garbage truck? It’s easy for the rubbish and rubble to build up over the winter months. Clear out all of the rubbish from your car, including anything which might be lurking in the door pockets and key holders. If things are particularly musty, use a wet cloth and warm soapy water to clean out anywhere where empty coffee cups and food wrappers have been lurking. Top tip: keep some baby wipes in your car for any incidental spills and accidents.
2. Freshen up
Next on our summer car maintenance checklist is to give your car a really thorough clean on the exterior. After winter, it’s likely your car is covered in salt and mud from the roads. Spend time giving the exterior a thorough clean with warm soapy water and a sponge. Alternatively, head to your local car wash and let them do the hard work for you. Don’t forget to clean your wheels - spraying down your wheels will get rid of all of the dust and grime which can cause damage.
3. Fresh air
Did you know that the amount of air your engine gets can affect how it performs? If the air filter hasn’t been changed for a while, you may notice that the car’s performance starts to be affected. One of our best car maintenance tips for summer is to change the filter on a regular basis. It can help keep your acceleration sharp and makes your fuel use more economical. Air filters should be changed once a year, or every 12,000 miles.
4. Change fluids
Good car management involves changing or filling up on your antifreeze, steering fluid, and oil. Make sure you know how to determine whether you have the correct amount of these fluids in your car, and how to change them on a regular basis. If you’re not sure, take your car to a reputable car garage who will be able to do the check for you.
5. Tyre pressure and wiper change
Likewise, you should always make sure you regularly check the pressure of your tyres, and a good clean is a perfect excuse to do just that. Your windscreen wipers also take a battering over the winter months, so make sure you install some new ones for the summer.