Spring has sprung as if the cold had never happened.
It’s now prime time for partaking in outings. Just like donning a new outfit, scrub your beloved vehicle clean of any old winter dirt and grime. Here are some steps and tips to get your spring cleaned.
Snow and frost on roads cannot be avoided during winter. On the road, your beloved car gets covered in calcium chloride. If the chemical is not cleaned off at the right time, it sticks to the lower part of the car and causes corrosion. Thus, cleaning the lower part of the car is a crucial point when spring arrives.
First, let the car cool sufficiently. The exhaust lines that heat up when in motion can bend or crack when coming into sudden contact with cold water. Wet the floor part of the car with low-pressure water flow and slowly melt down the calcium chloride, then use high pressure to eliminate the calcium chloride completely. Initial high water pressure may send the calcium chloride deeper into the vehicle, so it is recommended that you increase the water pressure gradually.
High-pressure hosing is necessary in between tires as well. Pay special attention to the calcium chloride formed on the wheels. After washing the lower part of the car, it’s good to dry it with an air compressor. If it’s difficult for you to thoroughly clean the car every time, undercoat it after purchase. It will help enormously with rust prevention in the bottom part of the car.
First, use a dry cloth to wipe down the dirt on the windows. Small particles that cannot be seen to the blind eye may damage the glass. Next, check if you have enough washing liquid, spray the windshield sufficiently and use wipers to clean it off. You must use plenty of washing liquid to avoid scratches. Lastly, clean out little sand particles or dirt that may be stuck inside the wipers.
Oil film removal and water repellent coating are recommended after cleaning the windows. If you do this before summer, you’ll have a much better driving vision during monsoon season.
Just as we wear masks to protect our respiratory systems, our beloved vehicle cleans the air that flows into the combustion chamber through an air filter. If dust accumulates in the air filter, not enough air enters the combustion chamber, affecting fuel efficiency.
During the car wash, use a vacuum cleaner in the opposite direction of air filtration to eliminate accumulated dust from the winter. If you’ve had no maintenance performed on the filter, it is better to change it to a new one. The rule of thumb is to swap the air filter after every 10,000km of mileage.
Air filters are important not only for the car but also for the driver. It can directly affect the driver’s health, so be sure not to overlook them!
After the exterior is done, clean the indoors gradually. Start from the top and finish at the bottom so that no dust settles at the bottom at the end of the process.
1) ceiling → 2) ventilation → 3) dashboard → 4) windows → 5) sheet → 6) floor
In the spring, we tend to buy new clothes and decorate our homes and gardens. We should also put meticulous care into our vehicle when ushering in the spring. Follow these tips and steps of interior cleaning to enjoy a cleaner and safer spring drive.
One more thing! If you are still using winter tires, switch your tires to the all-year-round ‘NEXEN TIRE N'FERA AU7’. Fuel efficiency and smoothness of your ride will surely lift your spirits just like a fresh spring day.