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Steps To Prepare Your Mazda for Spring

Whose ready for Spring? I know I am. I am ready to get out and explore. I have spent the cold and dreary Winter days dreaming about all of the places I want to visit starting this Spring. I have a long list of road trips that I am already getting set on the calendar. Before I hit the road, though, I need to get the car ready after the beating that it took over the winter. Think your car didn't take a beating? As we drive in the cold, the slush, salt and even just the cold temperatures take a toll on everything, from the tires to the wipers to the body of the car. While you are planning your Spring trips, be sure to plan to get your car ready.

DIY tips for preparing your car for spring

Check the fluids. Before any road trip, but especially after a long, cold winter, check all of the fluid to make sure they are all where they need to be to make sure the car is running its best and is fully protected.

Check the tires. It is a good idea to check the tires once a month but after using the tires all winter, there might be more damage than you think. The Winter weather causes the times to underinflate and the warmer weather can make them over inflate. Check to make sure the tires are at the right psi. Check the tread on the tires and check to make sure there are no bald spots or metal threads showing through the tire. If the thread is low, there are bald spots and especially if there are metal bands are showing through, replace the tires.

Check the hoses. The cold weather can cause the hoses to crack and get damaged. You do not want to be out on the road on a dream road trip and have a hose crack and break, leaving you stranded on the side of the road.

Replace the wiper blade. After fighting through snow and ice, and icy slush, the wipers have done some hard work over the winter. Check to see if they need to be replaced before the April shower hit.

Wash the Car. Not just the pretty parts of the car. Get the undercarriage washed too. While driving during the winter, there has been things like sand, slush and salt that has been corroding the metal under the car. If it is not cleaned up and taken care of, eventually things will start to rust and need to be replaced. To get the undercarriage washed, you can go to a car wash. Most of them offer an option to clean the underbody of the car.

Clean the inside. While you are working to get the outside clean, you should clean the inside too. Clean the windows and the bottom of the doors. Steam clean the carpets. Use an upholstery cleaning to clean the seats. Use Armor All to get the dashboard and interior. Your main goal besides making the car look nice is to get the salt removed. You track the salt in and it gets rubbed into the fabrics. The enzymes in the salt break down the fabrics causing rips and tears easier.

Now fill the gas tank and hit the road.


Author Note: Debi is a a tech junkie, travel obsessed, sweet-a-holic married mom to 4 amazing kids. She is also the owner and author of a blog - The Springmount 6 Pack (http://thespringmount6pack.com/ rel="nofollow")!

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Thompson Mazda

900 Merritt Blvd.
Directions Baltimore, MD 21222

  • Sales: (888) 448-8031
  • Service: (888) 437-2588
  • Parts: (877) 290-8294

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