Now that spring is right around the corner, you need to start transitioning to a different approach to car care. With the spring comes rising temperatures and pollen, which means you need to change your car care strategies to adapt to the warm weather.
Here are a few tips that will help you care for your car in the spring.
Cold Weather and Your Vehicle’s Performance
As you may know from experience, ice, snow, salt, and cold temperatures can damage your car significantly during the winter. Car batteries are more prone to dying in the winter and fluids like oil, brake and transmission fluids, and power steering fluids tend to thicken in low temperatures.
Cold air can make the air pressure in your tires drop significantly. Even the reliability of spark plugs decreases as a result of cold weather. The accumulation of ice, snow, and salt can damage your vehicle’s finish.
All of these factors can make it difficult for your vehicle to perform optimally. Therefore, once winter ends, you should take your car in for a maintenance check to get it back up to par.
Warm Weather and Your Vehicle’s Performance
It’s also important to protect your vehicle from the elements during the spring. While you may already know about the negative impact the sun can have on a vehicle, you may not know much about the damage pollen can inflict.
Pollen has a tendency to become attached to the exterior of vehicles in large quantities. Not only is this accumulation of pollen often unsightly and difficult to remove, but it can also damage the exterior of your vehicle.
If you look at pollen under a microscope, you will see hook-like spores. These spores can inflict major damage to your car’s exterior.
Unfortunately, many car owners make the mistake of using a non-abrasive cloth to clean the pollen off. While the cloth may be non-abrasive, the pollen definitely is abrasive. Also, pollen is often highly acidic and this acidity can damage the paint on your vehicle. If you try to use water to clean your vehicle, the water may actually activate the acidity of the pollen.
How to Protect Your Car
During the springtime, you can do the following to protect your car from pollen and the sun:
- Park your car in a garage to limit its exposure to pollen and the sun’s harsh rays.
- Buy a car cover and use it whenever you park your car outside, particularly for extended periods of time.
- Don’t park under or near trees. Trees produce a significant amount of pollen.
- Keep the windows of your car up whenever possible to prevent pollen from infiltrating the interior of your car.
- Replace your car’s cabin filter if necessary to limit the amount of pollen that gets inside your vehicle.
If you don’t want your vehicle to succumb to the elements, you should bring it in for a maintenance check and take the time to establish and follow a care regime for it during the spring. For more information about caring for your car in the spring, don’t hesitate to contact us. Call 678-455-5246