Spring is here! You know what that means: beautiful flowers, big trees, and a little extra sun every day. It also means it's cleanup time. We all know about spring cleaning around the house - but not too many people do the car version of it.
Once the winter is over, you likely want to wash away all of the salt. But you should also consider doing a little work on your car. This is so you can make a big difference down the line. Find out all about it down below.
It might be time for an oil change
You probably know oil is fundamental for your car - but can you tell when the last time you check it out was? Last year? Maybe the year before that one?
Well, there's no reason to go down memory lane now. But there's plenty of reason to pay a visit to the mechanic and ask them to check your oil. If need be, you should change it as well.
If you do that now, you already know you're okay until next spring!
While you're at it, deal with your fluids
If you're going to check your oil, you might as well kill two birds with one stone. Make sure you take care of your fluids as well.
That way, you know you have to do it once every spring. And you don't have to scratch your head and try to remember if you did it this year already.
Here's what you should be checking:
Check the lights, belts, and hoses
During winter, days are shorter and things are darker for months on end. That makes anyone depend on their lights a little more than usual.
After three or four months of constant use, it'd be better if you make sure everything is working like it's supposed to. Sure, you won't need your lights as much as you would during winter - but they are still necessary either way!
On the other hand, the harsh winter temperatures might damage or even break belts and hoses. Right after you check your lights, take a look at everything else.
If necessary, fix your windshield
We often take our windshield for granted. But that glass is the thing that separates you from everything else that's happening on the road.
There are rocks, sand, debris, and many other things coming and going out in the road. Not to mention snow and other stuff that can hit your car during the winter.
And, yes, the windshield protects you - but it takes damage to do so. Because of that, you should take a moment during spring to repair or replace it. That way, you'll be ready for next winter!
Finish off with a car spring clean up
While not necessary, it's always part of the spring tradition to clean things up. And your car should be no exception!
We're not saying you should do a full-blown, part-by-part obsessive cleanup. We're only recommending that you take 20 minutes to take a look in the trunk, in the glove box, and under the seats.
You never know what you're going to find there! And, you know, what you can find, you get to keep.