Just like your house, your vehicle should get a thorough spring cleaning this month. Whether you have a Porsche or a Mercedes, your European vehicle needs TLC throughout the whole year but more so during spring. This is your chance to get it cleaned and spruced up for the summer season.

Check out these tips on how you can keep your car in optimal shape as we head into May.

Give it a Wash

This is the easiest thing you can do for your European vehicle. Be thorough, getting the undercarriage and in the wheel wells. This will get off the buildup of road salt, grime and dirt that can lead to corrosion if left unchecked. Rust and rot can hurt your car’s exhaust and muffler systems, as well as coil springs and car frame.

Go from top to bottom so you don’t drag dirt upward. Save the fenders and bumpers for last because they will have the most dirt accumulation, which will contaminate the towel, sponge or mitt you’re using. Wax your car when done cleaning so it can protect the paint job. Reapply every five weeks.

Clean the Interior

Next, move inside. Take out all trash and then vacuum the interior. Scrub the carpets and take out the floor mats so you can pressure wash them. For stubborn stains, rent a steam cleaner. Can’t afford that? Use a spray bottle of carpet cleaner. To clean the dashboard, use a microfiber cloth and mild cleaner. If you have leather trim in the car, use a special leather cleaner. Use glass cleaner in windows and mirrors, but spray it onto the cloth first. If you spray it right onto the surface, this can lead to streaking.

Change the Wiper Blades

Spring rains are coming, so you’ll want to make sure your wiper blades are ready for the challenge. New blades are better at clearing water, which will improve visibility. Generally, you should switch out your blades every six months.

Check the Tires

It’s a fact that worn tires limit braking power. Replace tires that are showing signs of wear, and make sure your tire pressure is at the correct manufacturer-recommended level to improve gas mileage.

Inspect the Ventilation System

Turn the AC to its highest setting and see if it reaches a cool temperature fairly quickly. If not, schedule maintenance. Take this time to replace the air filter to keep out dirt, pollen, and plant matter.

Check Fluids

Check the engine oil and replace it when it gets low. Stick to regular oil and filter changes. Top off your windshield wiper fluid as well.

Contact Hance’s European

Part of spring cleaning is getting much-needed maintenance done on your vehicle. Here at Hance’s European, we specialize in European car maintenance and repair, so schedule your appointment with us this month when you contact us at 214-761-5975.