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How to Prepare Your Car for Spring

prepare your car for springYes, it is still February, but warmer weather is not too far away. Now is the time to make plans on how to prepare your car for spring.

  • Give it a wash. Give your car a thorough wash to clean away all the dirt, salt, and grime that gathers over the winter. Don’t forget the undercarriage, as lingering salt residue can cause damage.
  • Clean the inside. Pay close attention to the interior as well. Take out your floor mats and give them a good scrub. You can even spray them down with the hose and let them dry in the sun.
  • Check your tires. Look over your tires and check for signs for wear. You should also have them rotated and aligned, if necessary.
  • Inspect your wipers. After working to clear your windshield of frost all season long, it might be time for a new set. If they are streaking or stuttering, go ahead and get a new pair.
  • Top off your fluids. Check your fluid levels, especially the windshield washer fluid, and refill them, as necessary.

Let us help your car recover from winter. Schedule a service appointment here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi and we will get your car ready for spring.

The Basics of Car Waxing: How to Leave Your Car Shining

car washWaxing is a great way to make your car standout from the pack, and it can also add a protective layer to the exterior. It’s important to understand the basics of car waxing, from which products to buy to the right techniques.

The experts at Popular Mechanics say that cleaning and waxing are the most basic maintenance tasks you can do for your car. It all starts with a thorough washing—be sure to get in cracks, and remove any dirt or dust. Any bit of dirt can do serious damage to paint, scratching and pitting the exterior.

Select a high-quality wax. That doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars, but you should also avoid the cheapest products on the market. Typically, paste waxes work the best, and they should have large volumes of carnauba in them. Liquid wax lasts a long time, but it tends to be slightly dull.

Only use clean cloths and synthetic sponges (natural sponges have grit and dirt). Working in straight lines, coat your car in wax (circular motions tend to leave streaks). Rinse off, and dry your car as soon as possible. Water tends to be bad for waxing, so don’t do it when it is raining or if your car is still soaked from washing. Always work in thin layers, as less is more. Too much wax often leads to caked-on product.

Wax every two months or so. This leaves a spotless shine, as well as a protective layer. It’s great for preventing rust and scratches, and it may even increase the resale value of your car in the long run.