Winter is the harsh season of snow, ice and dipping temperatures below the normal. The season also leaves its mark on the automobiles like cars. As the temperatures begin to rise marking an end to the season, it is time to keep the snow shovel away. But as the weather warms, you need to take stock of the damage done by icy cold winters to your car. While the vehicles of today can bear with the harsh weathers up to a certain extent, but extreme conditions can pose challenges with respect to the car’s performance.
Getting your car road-ready after prolonged winters aren’t very difficult provided you take note of the following points:
1. Clear the undercarriage: Snowy winters have the audacity to expose your car to road salt, sleet and other types of grime that accumulates underneath the car. Its accumulation on the top of the car takes away the car’s luster. If you are living in areas where the temperature falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the chances of snow jammed undercarriage are huge. The first step to make the car in top driving position is clearing its undercarriage by properly washing it. You can either take your car to a car wash or use a high pressure garden hose that will help in getting rid of the winter leftovers.
2. Fire the car: By this we don’t mean literally igniting it! Try to start your car and notice any weird sounds or other abnormalities. Sometimes it so happens that due to prolonged dormancy of car’s use, the fuel, coolants and oil system of the car need revival. So it is better to start the car and keep it running for at least 10 minutes so as to make it operational. If any unusual issue persists, contacting the mechanic would be the most plausible solution for the same.
3. Take off the worn out winter tires: Rubber has the natural tendency of breaking down over time especially in extreme weather conditions. Most of the cars are fitted with all-season tires, but even these tires tend to become worn out in chilly winters. Cold temperatures also impact the pressure inside tires, so it is important to get it checked as the winters end. This is why complete inspection and replacement (if needed) of your car’s tires becomes all the more important so as to ensure top performance of your vehicle.
4. Check the alignment of wheels: Icy cold winters impact the tire pressures in a big way which can lead to a distorted alignment of the wheels. So as the spring season commences, check the alignment of the car’s wheels before setting out on the roads for even a short distance drive.
5. Change the oil of the car: It is always a great idea to change the car’s oil as the new season commences. According to some automobile experts, one should use heavyweight oil during the hotter weathers. This is because the operational demands of weathers on the engine are different. So change the engine oil as the spring kicks in to give a boost to the engine’s power.
6. Replace the wiper blades: Snowstorms in winter make the wiper blades go on and on so as to give a clearer view to the driver. Due to this the wiper blades get worn out and require replacement as the new season starts beginning. Also, since rains can occur anytime, overworked wiper blades might hamper the visibility while you drive. This is why replacing the old wiper blades with the newer one is essential in order to keep all the obstructions in the view of the car at bay.
7. Check the fluids and batteries: Do you know that harmful contaminants can work their way to the fluids of your car and its other vital components especially when it is snowy outside and the car’s use is very less? To make your car road-ready, you need to thoroughly assess the car’s battery and fluids and make necessary replacements. Ideally, you should have taken the car’s battery out during the frosty winters. But if you didn’t, you should try to reconnect the battery terminals and check for its performance. If there are some issues in the same, you can consider replacing the battery with a newer one.
8. Pamper the car’s exteriors: While you would have taken due care of your car when winter season came into being, it is very important to put forth the same care in the spring. Harsh winters would have potentially damaged the exterior of your car with dust, snow and dirt. So as the spring season sets in, proper washing and waxing of the car is important to get rid of any sort of corrosion or diminished luster and to make it ready to roll on the roads.
9. Deep clean the interiors of your car: Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Deep cleaning the interiors as well as exteriors of your car is always a very positive way of marking the onset of a new season, let alone springs. Take out the winter necessities from your car, check for the stereo system and other technology of your car, clean the floor mats and seat covers and clear out the clutter from the storage area of your car so as to make it look and feel new.
10. Check for the gear box and brakes: Since the winters would have minimized the use of your car due to snow clad roads, the gear system or brakes of the car might have become jammed. Before you take your car for a spin in spring season, take note of the gear box, accelerator, brake and clutch of the car. If you come across any problem in any of these, first get it fixed from a good mechanic and then enjoy the ride.
In addition to all the parameters mentioned above, you might also want to take a look at the insurance policy of your car. Getting your car spring ready is not much of a deal provided the above-mentioned tips are adhered to. They will not only make your car road ready but also enhance its performance thus giving you a smooth driving experience as you set out in the spring season.