Spring car tips

5 Spring Car Care Tips to Keep Your Ride Happy and Shiny

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Spring car tips

Now that the snowbanks have melted away, mostly, it is time to take a look at your ride and help it recover from a tough winter.  Here are three smart ways to help your car help you.

Wash Your Undercarriage

That sounds like the title of a Redd Foxx album, but what we mean is, wash the underside of your car. Salt and road de-icing chemicals build up there and can be removed with a garden hose.  If your knees can’t take that, most car washes offer an undercarriage blast.  Pay the extra three bucks, and you will be helping to maintain your ride long term.  We all knew it, but NHTSA recently confirmed that salt doesn’t just eat your bodywork, it also can eat your brake lines.  So wash your car’s bottom.

Salt eats cars

Fix Your Paint Chips  

You don’t need to be a master mechanic to fix chips in your car’s paint from salt and sand.  We recently went into the fine details on how to do this properly.  It is not expensive, and it is truly a great way to preserve your car’s paint and prevent corrosion.

spring car tips

Check Your Tire Pressure

You may be surprised to find it is higher than required.  We could get all technical and cite Boyles Law and such, but basically as gasses warm up they want to expand.  Check your tires’ pressure once temperatures settle into the spring range and you may be letting some air out.  That is if you put some in last fall.

Wash and Wax

I have friends and neighbors that never or rarely wax their cars.  If you are going to do this only rarely, now is the best time.  Waxing will preserve the clearcoat on your car and make it much easier to clean over the coming summer.  If you are not able to do it yourself most car washes and every car dealer will do the job right for about $100 to $150.  It is well worth the money.

altima floors

Remove the Mats and Vacuum the Carpets

All winter you have been dragging salt and deicing chemicals into your car on your boots.  Left to settle under your floor mats you are only asking for your floors to rot out, like these rusted out Nissan Altimas we covered in a recent story.  Just like the waxing, most places will do this for you and it is often part of the waxing special.

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John Goreham

John Goreham


  1. Very informative! Find your tips very helpful for any car owner. Most of the things are DIY routine check-up. But still ignored by many car owners and later face the problem. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The above mentioned tips are really useful for any car owner. The details you delivered regarding to car care was awesome. I read your stuff’s each and every line and it seems very informative. Most of the people are always in tensed for their car repair but you solved their problem by providing most valuable information through this article. Even, i am also got a lot of necessity information for my brand new Audi. Thank you for posting your lovely article and Keep your post always unique and innovative like this.

  3. Checking your car’s tire pressure seems like a great way to make sure that the tires are in good condition. It’s interesting how the air expands in tires when gasses inside of the tire warm up. That explains why it’s so important to make sure to avoid filling your tires with too much air. It seems like I should check on my tires in case they need to be deflated a little bit.

  4. To make your ride happy, you must check your car completely so that it could not give you problem late. I really appreciate you for sharing the valuable and unique information like this.

  5. Potholes seem to take over our roads during the winter and spring. Potholes can cause serious damage to our car’s alignment and suspension when we hit them, even at low speeds. Ignoring an alignment issue can cause your tires to wear down prematurely.

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