Despite a few cold pop ups, spring has officially sprung. The coming summer sun is starting to warm up thousands along Lake Erie’s still-slightly-dreary shoreline. Unfortunately, that same summer sun is now shining a spotlight on all the dust and gunk that’s accumulated on and in your car over the winter.
Help your car look as shiny and new as the weather (finally) does with these quick car cleaning tips:
Empty out the trunk and rear seating
It’s not just the mounds of snow that pile up over the winter — garbage, boxes, wrappers, and more tend to snowball between November and April. Throw out what you don’t need and properly store what you need to keep until next winter. Cleaning big items out of your trunk can also improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Focus on the carpets and upholstery
First, vacuum away any large pieces such as chunks of rock salt and miscellaneous wrappers. Wash down carpets and seating with a damp wash cloth and dish soap. After it dries, run it over one more time with the vacuum.
Don’t forget under the hood
Dirt, leaves, and other debris can collect under the hood of your car and cause mechanical problems later on. Make sure you clean out the engine area carefully.
If your car needs any post-winter maintenance, stop by Jack Matia Honda and speak with a representative from our service department.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some simple car spring cleaning tips that will make you feel more confident behind the wheel and will have you turning heads on the road.
Check Your Tire Pressure
While many cars come with a tire pressure monitoring system, there are still some that don’t. Check the tire pressure of each of your tires to ensure that your road handling and efficiency are in tip-top shape.
Inspect/Replace Wiper Blades
Your windshield wipers are essential, especially when the spring season brings ample rain. Inspect your wipers and, if needed, replace them. Wipers should be replaced at least once a year or bi-yearly.
Tidy Up Inside
Throwing away old receipts and fast food bags is a quick and easy way to feel cleaner in your car. If you have enough time on your hands, take a vacuum to the inside after you’ve cleared it of trash and get all that dust and grime that’s been sitting around.
Wash and Wax
Giving your car a thorough washing doesn’t have to be hard – you don’t even have to do it yourself! Take a trip to your local carwash and get a wash and wax. This is sure to get your car looking clean and ready for spring.
If you ever want more tips about cleaning or maintenance, we’re always here to give advice at Jack Matia Honda.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money, you’re probably looking for ways to cut costs wherever you can. While you can’t avoid buying gas (unless you’re driving an electric car), you can take steps to reduce the gas that you use. These quick tips on saving gas from Jack Matia Honda will help you move through 2018 with more money in your bank account.
Clean Out Your Car
For every extra 100 pounds a car carries, its fuel efficiency is reduced by 1-2%. Keep your car cleaned up for optimum performance and efficiency.
Get Regular Check-Ups
Your car needs clean oil and fresh air filters like we need water and food to move through our tasks. Taking care of your car will help it last longer and drive better, so schedule your check up with Jack Matia Honda every few months.
Stick to the Pavement
As fun as it can be to go off-road, gravel and dirt roads can significantly reduce your vehicle’s gas mileage.
If you plan to sit in park for over a minute, you’ll save more gas by turning your engine off and back on than by idling.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Driving on tires that are under-inflated is bad for both traction and efficiency. Check your tire pressure every few weeks to ensure that your vehicle is deliver the best fuel efficiency possible.
Knowing when and how to prep your car for the winter months is a crucial skill. Here are a few pointers.
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
Cold temperatures cause tires to lose their air pressure faster. As a result, you’ll lose traction and get worse fuel economy. Check and fill your tires regularly.
Test Your Battery
When the air gets cold, your battery is also affected, often lowering its capacity. Make sure your battery can take the extreme drop in temperature.
Invest In New Wiper Blades
Wipers do a lot of work in the winter when it comes to moving slush, grime, and ice out of the way, so a new set is definitely in order.
Replaceand Clean Exterior Lights
Visibility is critical in the winter, so make sure you check your headlights, taillights, turn signals, and all other exterior lights to ensure they work. Additionally, try cleaning headlight covers on the inside for brighter lights.
Whether it’s a blowout or you simply need to replace an old tire with a new one, knowing how to change a tire should be common knowledge for all drivers. We here at Jack Matia Honda have a quick guide on how to change a tire, just in case it happens to you.
Find a safe place to stop, like a straightaway. Avoid stopping on curves and hills.
Turn on your hazards lights so other drivers can see you from a distance.
Set the parking brake and wheel wedges if you have them.
Pry off the hubcap to access the lug nuts.
Loosen the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t remove them entirely.
Consult your owner’s manual to where to place a jack on your make and model.
Raise the vehicle six inches to a foot in the air. Don’t put any part of your body beneath the vehicle.
Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and place them where you won’t lose them, such as inside the hubcap.
Remove the flat tire by pulling straight out. Replace it with the spare tire by pushing straight in.
Tighten the lug nuts by hand. Don’t use the wrench just yet.
Lower the vehicle, but don’t remove the jack. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.
Lower the vehicle and remove the jack. Check the spare tire’s pressure. If all is well, return your tools and flat tire to your vehicle.