The 7 Important Items To Check Before Memorial Day Weekend
Published on May 03, 2022 03:02 PM
Sun. Surf. Picnics. Make sure your vehicle gets you there and back again.
Check off the important items before you go to prevent your vehicle from putting a damper on your weekend adventure:
- Check for corrosion on brake components (see related article). Signs of problems include squeaks, squeals, grinding and a “spongy” brake pedal.
- Inspect for cracked, hardened wiper blades. Those mountain rain bursts can make a streaky mess out of your clear windshield. Don’t forget the rear wiper blades for SUVs.
- Take a peek at your tires for bulges, scrapes and worn spots. A bubble on the sidewall requires immediate replacement.
- Replace cabin air filters to reduce allergens. Regular replacement of cabin air filters is an inexpensive way to help keep your vehicle healthy.
- Check the air pressure in all tires. Do you notice consistent loss of air pressure? Have your rims inspected for cracks and bends that prevent a proper seal to the tire bead.
- Take a look at the spare tire. Tires experts suggest replacing spare tires every 7 - 10 years or if you see signs of stress bulges, cracks. If you have a full-sized spare, make sure it is properly inflated before your head out of town. When in doubt, ask your service advisor.
- Get a battery charge test before leaving town. Batteries commonly fail during changes in temperatures. Don’t let your battery go bad on your upcoming excursion.
And some car care items:
- Consider replacing wiper fluid with solutions designed to remove “bug goo.” Late spring and early summer are primetime for hordes of flying pests.
- Clean the carpets and mats. Remove any dirt, grime and spills that can create mold and cause allergens to accumulate.
- Use a two-in-one wash-and-wax. you can save time and keep your vehicle looking great this spring.
- Use a deodorizer and air freshener. Fragrances offer a temporary fix. Deodorizers work on a microbial level by attacking airborne molecules.
- Clean wheels one at a time. Do not all allow the cleaners to dry on the wheel. Use wheel-specific cleaners that are specifically designed to remove brake dust and road grime but will not harm the wheels (see related article.)
- Remove sandpaper like hardened grit with a clay bar. Auto cleaners and waxes add shine but don’t remove contaminants bonded to the car. The surface may feel rough. A synthetic “clay bar” can remove paint swirls, grit, brake dust and other contaminants from most exterior surfaces including windshield, rims and paint.