While most of us get our vehicle ready for the winter season, it’s also a good idea to make sure you prepare your vehicle for spring. In Ontario, seasons change drastically and it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready for each season to get the longest life and best performance out of it.
Here is a quick guide that will help you get your vehicle ready for the spring, once the snow is finally done melting away.
Step 1: Exterior Wash
First thing’s first; give your car a good wash. Make sure that you clean the car off the winter build-up off dirt, grime, and salt. A substantial clean at the end of the winter is especially important because of the salts used for snow and ice. If left to build-up, it can cause rust and other long-lasting issues and damage to your vehicle.
Giving your car a solid exterior clean is essential for ending out the winter season and starting fresh for the spring. We also suggest doing the clean before changing out your winter tires so that they are clean going into storage. That way, you’ll get a longer life out of your winter tires as well.
Step 2: Touch Up Paint and Dents
Unfortunately, winter can take a serious toll on your vehicle. Whether or not there is damage from blizzards or other extreme conditions, the consistent harshness of winter weather always wears down your vehicle more than the summer months. The end of the winter and start of the sunny season is the best time to touch up paint chips and scratches, as well as fix any dents.
Step 3: Change Tires and Check Tire Pressure
The next thing to deal with are your tires. Make sure to change out your winter tires and put them safely away in storage. Many places will offer to store them for you if you don’t have the space yourself, for a fee.
Once you have your all-season tires back on, make sure to check the tire pressure. Take them to the local gas station to pump them up, as you’ll likely need to after a season away in storage. While you’re at it, take this opportunity to check the condition of your tires, looking for any leaks, cracks, and bald spots. If you do this every season, you’ll see the wear they take and be ready to change them when they are in poor condition.
Step 4: Replace Used Emergency Kit Items
The end of the winter season is a great time to update your emergency and first aid kits. Because of how hectic the winter can be, you may not know exactly what’s left. Do a quick inventory of the items you have left in your kits and be sure to replace anything that was used throughout the winter months.
Consider new additions as well, making sure that you have anything that’s up-to-date. Remember, there are many small accessories that are have insignificant costs, but which could have significant impacts on your well-being or comfort. Sometimes making a small invest can be well worth it.
Step 5: Replace Floor Mats
Considering the amount of salt that you get in your vehicle from just one winter, replacing the floor mats at the beginning of the spring might be a good idea. It’s not quite a necessity, but if you don’t like the look of salty floor mats, changing them at the end of winter is the best time. Then you’ll have a fresh set for the summer and you’ll get the most use out of them.
Step 6: Interior Clean and Detail
The next step is to clean the interior of the car, making sure to take out the snow brush, clean the mats, and vacuum the interior. If you don’t want to do it yourself - or don’t think you can do a good enough job - consider getting a professional team to detail your car. While you can get higher end cleaning services, a basic detail package should get your vehicle sufficiently clean going into the spring.
Step 7: Change Your Fluids
While it is more essential to have your fluids changed going into the winter to be prepared, making fluid changes a part of your winter and spring cleaning will help let you be done with everything in one sitting. Change your windshield washing fluid and motor oil, making sure that you’re all set.
To make sure you have everything you need, check out the different motor oil and other fluids available through Fleury Powersports.
Drive in Style!
You’re all set. Now that you’ve cleaned and renewed your vehicle, you’re ready to ride in style for the Spring!