Vehicle Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is finally here.  It’s time to prepare for the warm, sunny days ahead by giving your vehicle a thorough cleaning and inspection.  An exterior car wash is a great way to start, but don’t stop there. Follow these tips to ensure you’re ready for spring driving:

1. Tidy Up

As you clean the interior of your vehicle, check items such as your flashlight batteries, first aid kit and spare tire.  In case of emergency, you don’t want to be left in the dark roadside with a flat spare.

2. Check for Rust and Corrosion.

We don’t get a lot of this in Mississippi, but if you traveled to places with snow and ice. Snow, de-icing fluids and road salt can cause significant/expensive damage to the underside of your vehicle.  So, if you’ve driven in snowy or icy conditions, inspect the underside of your vehicle for rust or other corrosion.

3. Be Prepared for Wet Roads.

Spring is often accompanied by lots of rain. So, check your tires to ensure you have sufficient tread to prevent hydroplaning and check to ensure your windshield wiper blades are not streaking or smearing. “The simplest way to check tire tread depth is with a penny,” according to the Car Care Council. “Insert the penny into the grooves of the tread. If you are able to see all of Lincoln’s head, the tire needs replacement.”

In rainy conditions, remember to avoid cruise control, slow down, and leave room between vehicles. If your vehicle starts to skid, remain calm, continue to look and steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go and avoid slamming on brakes.

4. Get Plenty of Fluids.

Check to see if you need to replace or top-up vital fluids such as oil, wiper fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid.  You can do all this work yourself, or you can get some help from the friendly, trained technicians at your neighborhood Oil Can Henry’s, where you get more value, convenience and service.

Our Famous 28-Point Full-Service Oil Change is no ordinary oil change, it’s a great value that includes:

  • Up to five quarts of Castrol motor oil and a new premium oil filter;
  • Complimentary top-ups of your vehicle’s radiator fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, and washer fluid;
  • A visual inspection of your vehicle;
  • A compete check and double-check to make sure the work was done right; and

Best of all, you get to relax and watch us work.

Happy Spring driving from all of us at Car Care Clinic Jet Lube!