This whole idea of preparing a vehicle for spring involves undoing the damage done to it by winter, by first checking its condition and then getting it ready for what is next. Doing this every year and for every relevant season will ensure that your vehicle will not let you down in a time of need.
As usual, each car comes with its particular needs and requirements, but all motorized transportation means require similar maintenance to ensure optimal operation. Along with the manufacturer-recommended service schedule, an owner also needs to take care of certain aspects that are common sense to ensure everything is in the best condition possible. Furthermore, taking a look at your car once in a while does go a long way.
Car Wash and Detail
Keeping your vehicle clean through the winter is a tough task, and many give up and rarely wash their means of transportation. However, washing your car in the winter is a good idea, and giving it a thorough cleansing treatment in spring comes as a sequel to this.
As you know, ice is harmful to your vehicle, but salt is its arch enemy. There is no way to stop the salt and sand that are spread across the road from touching your car without keeping it in the garage for the entire winter, so all you can do is limit the damage done by it.
What should you do? Visit a good car wash in your area and get the more expensive package, which should include undercarriage cleaning. It is best to give your car a professional waxing as well, done by a technician with quality materials. You can do it yourself, but be warned that there is much effort involved. If there are any scratches on the body, you can have them removed with a professional polish service.
Now that the exterior of your vehicle has had its winter damage undone, it is time to tend to the passenger compartment. First of all, you must put your “Winter Toolkit” back to its secure storage space in the garage or wherever you keep it. There is no need for an ice scraper, shovel, or de-icer in your car once spring comes along.
If I were you, I would keep the towing cable, jumper cables, flashlight, and a small set of tools on board. You never know when these come in handy, and they do not take up that much space. I always carry these in my vehicle, and have helped others with them several times.
A thorough cleaning of the upholstery might be required, but cleaning and possibly changing your floor mats is a must. Since your feet were on the road, some of the salt and other sprinkled materials have gone into them and now must go.
Consider replacing your passenger compartment air filter and servicing your climate unit. If you can smell something wrong when you turn on the climate or heating, service it immediately.