Spring Vehicle Safety Checklist
Spring Vehicle Safety Checklist
Spring has finally made its way here! Vehicles take a beating after the winter season, therefore it’s important to be aware of the dangers of driving a vehicle that isn’t ready for a new season. Check out our spring vehicle safety checklist to make sure you are ready to hit the road!
Maintenance at the Shop:
When you make your appointment at your local shop. Inform them you want to make sure your vehicle is ready for Spring. Give them our Spring Vehicle Safety Checklist, this will put your mind at ease when your vehicle is on the lift.
Check A.C. System
Check Hoses & Belts
Maintenance in your Driveway:
Check Wiper Fluid:
- Park your vehicle and let the engine bay cool down before opening your hood. Make sure it is cool enough to rest your hand on.
- Open your vehicle hood and find your washer fluid reservoir. The reservoir is usually translucent, this allows you to see whether or not there is fluid in the reservoir.
- If the tank is less than half full, it needs to be refilled. Also, check the tank for any leaks or cracks.
- Next turn the vehicle over and test to see if there is a steady stream of wiper fluid if not the lines and nozzles will need to be checked.
Check/Replace Wiper Blades:
Here are a few things to look for when your wiper blades need to be replaced.
- Hard and Cracking, if it has lost its rubbery texture its time to get new ones.
- When it rains your wipers leave streaks and it becomes hard to see.
- A piece of the rubber has fallen off of the blade.
How to Replace Your Wiper Blade:
- Measure or look up the wiper blade size that is needed your vehicle.
- Raise metal wiper arm away from the windshield, be aware that it could spring back and crack your windshield. Always keep your hand on the metal wiper arm to help prevent a possible windshield crack.
- Unhook the old blade. There should be a small plastic piece that holds the blade in place. Press piece down and unhook the old blade to remove it from the metal arm.
- During this process keep holding onto the metal arm to prevent the arm from snapping back on the windshield.
- Slide the new wiper into the same end of the arm where the old wiper was pulled out. Now secure the blade to the arm. Gently place the blade against the windshield. Repeat steps 1-5 for remain wiper blade(s).
- Remove any visible clutter such as water bottles, wrappers, stones.
- Clean center console. Using household cleaner and a rag clean the dashboard area, center console, gear-stick, inside door pockets and steering wheel.
- Clean inside/outside windows. Use ammonia-free glass cleaner, glass cleaner that has ammonia could damage windows.
- Vacuum interior, this will make shampooing effective. Shampooing only removes gunk and stains.
- Grab your tools Spray on carpet shampoo with a stiff plastic tire brush does wonders!
- Pre-treat any noticeable stains.
- Remove all floor mats and clean them while the heavy stains are getting pre-treated.
- Start where it is comfortable for you, it is best to work on one area at a time. This avoids soaking and re-soaking of an area.
- Spray the carpet with shampoo. Avoid over-applying, if they become soaked they can develop mildew. Work the shampoo using your brush. As you work to soak up excess moisture.
- Leather Seats: they must be not only cleaned but conditioned. This prevents them from drying and cracking.
- Time to take care of your seats! Use the same shampoo that was used for your floor carpet. Mix it into a bucket of water enough so that it becomes foamy. You will be using the foam and not the water mixture to clean your seats.
- Work on one spot at a time. This prevents over-soaking. Get some foam on your brush and work it into the upholstery.
- Soak up any extra water with a dry towel
- Roll down your windows and let the rest air-dry, this prevents any mold or mildew to form.
Watch and learn! Before you know it you’ll be the next Karate Kid.
- Make sure that all of your car doors and windows are closed.
- You’ll need two buckets, hose, brush, sponge/wash mitt.
- Fill your first bucket with water (for rinsing) and your second bucket for soap and water.
- Use your hose to spray down your car with water, this removes any surface dirt and grime.
- Put your brush to work, clean your wheels first!
- Scrub a dub! Use your mitt or sponge and get that car soapy! Keep your sponge/mitt clean by using your rinse bucket!
- Next rinse your vehicle off, with the hose.
Helpful tip: Try to spray underneath your vehicle, especially if your vehicle has been exposed to salt. This helps to battle against rust.
- Walk around your vehicle and identify any noticeable stone chips and scratches.
- Contact your local Automotive Dealer and have them order your touch up paint that matches your vehicle’s VIN number. Many paint colors are VIN specific.
- Once you receive your touch up paint, remove any rust before applying any paint.
- Then apply your paint.
- After your paint dries, then apply the clear coat.
Finally Clear Trunk of Winter Kit
Our Spring Vehicle Safety Checklist is a great tool to keep your vehicle lasting longer and yourself safe while on the road. Auto Outlets USA is a valuable resource for vehicle education, from car ratings to financial tips.