Top Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring
Spring is here and you’ll be as glad as we are that the cold and wet weather is nearly over. The colourful flowers are blooming and the sun is starting to make an appearance again.
Of course, we can all be guilty of neglecting the condition of our car during the winter, which means some preparation will be necessary for the springtime. There are some checks to make as the season’s change that you should be aware of.
Let’s look at ways you can get your car ready for the spring.
Complete a Deep Clean
When the weather is bad during the winter, the last thing you want to do is clean your car. This means that your vehicle can be dirty with salt, dirt and grime. But this doesn’t just look bad; it can also be damaging for your paintwork. Over time, this grime can become corrosive and chip away at your paintwork, as well as cause rust. So, the best thing you can do when the nights become lighter and the weather gets better is to give your car a thorough and deep clean. This means using products to get rid of all the dirt and even considering a pressure washer to blast away the tough grime.
Swap the Tyres
Has your car had winter tyres? Well, it’s that time of the year to get them replaced with regular tyres again. We’ll happily do this for you at Fergies, and it’s a straightforward process. In addition, you should spend some time checking the tyre pressure once your tyres have been changed.
You want to make sure they have the correct PSI for safety and fuel efficiency. Also, check the tread in case it’s time for new tyres.
Check Your Wipers and Washer Fluids
Your windscreen wipers work extra hard during the winter with the bad weather. This means that when spring rolls around, it’s time to check they’re still in good condition. After all, they don’t say ‘April showers’ for no reason. Be sure to check the blades and if they’re still leaving your windscreen dirty and streaky, it may be time to replace them.
The one bad thing about the spring is the bugs. This is the time of year where flies and other bugs end up on your windshield. The best way you can deal with this is to top up your washer fluids. This will allow you to clear your windscreen and improve visibility on the roads.
Test the Brakes
Every part of your car has to work harder during the winter. This includes the brakes. As part of your spring maintenance, you should test your brakes. If you notice any problems with them, such as grinding or squeaking noises, it may be time for a service. The last thing you want to do is put your family in danger.
Book an Air Conditioning Service
One thing you’re going to need during the spring is air conditioning. Of course, this hasn’t been used during the winter months, which may mean there are problems when you turn it on again. This can include a bad smell or even strange noises. It should really be used during the winter to avoid problems, but drivers don’t tend to do this.
Mould and bacteria can develop in your system and this is what is causing the bad smell. This will have to be cleaned out and treated. In addition, pollen filters have to be cleaned too to make sure that dust and dirt are gone. The last thing you want is to aggravate any allergies. If there is water present, this could be a problem with your system caused by a blocked tube on the evaporator.
It’s also important to remember that the lubricant for the air conditioning system should be replaced every two years. This is going to keep the system working at its best for the spring.
If you have problems with your air conditioning or want to get the system up and running again for the spring without any issues, you can choose an air conditioning service. At Fergies our experienced technicians will inspect your air conditioning system, ensure the system cleans, dries and cools the air just when you need it most.
At Fergies we’re here to serve the motorists of Thatcham and Newbury so if you’d like some assistance with any of the above, or you’d like to book your vehicle in for a service or Spring health check then give us a call as we here to help.