How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

Winter can do a number on your car. Slush, salt and cold temperatures take a toll on everything from the tires to the wiper blades. So, as spring approaches, it’s a good idea to give your car a thorough once-over to undo winter’s damage. Continue reading to learn how you can get your car in shape for spring!

Wash Underneath

Wintertime driving will coat the bottom of your car with salt, sand and other grime that can cause corrosion. Corrosion can lead to rust problems, which can make your car much harder to resell or even dangerous to drive.

Spend a few extra dollars for the undercarriage power wash at the local car wash or spray the car’s bottom with your own hose.

Detail

Salt and sand can damage the car’s paint. Give your car a thorough cleaning and wax it with a paste or liquid wax. Scrub the bottoms of doors, which can get coated with grime, and clean the window channels with a silicone spray. Use a steam cleaner or apply a rug-cleaning spray to remove all the salt from the car’s inside.

Replace Wipers

Wiper blades get a workout during the winter months. To get ready for the rainy months ahead, we advise you change them out every Spring and Fall!

Check Tire Pressure

Check your tire pressure. Cold weather can cause tires to be under inflated and the onset of warm weather can over inflate them. Also, visually inspect your tires to make sure they’re wearing evenly and have plenty of tread.

Top Off All Fluids

Winter weather can deplete some fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid, so top them off yourself if they’re too low. A service station will also do the job for $25 or so. You should change your oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid every 5,000 miles regardless of the season.

Have any other maintenance tips for Spring? Tell us in the comments below! Or if you’re tired of your vehicle and looking for a change/upgrade this Spring, browse our vast inventory online!

Spring Cleaning Just Ahead

Don’t Forget About Your Vehicle This Spring Cleaning Season

Friday, March 30th, 2018
Guess what time it is? Spring Cleaning Season! Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we know that you may have multiple projects going on, so we’re here to remind you about your car or truck!To ensure your vehicle is in tip-top shape, we ask that you take a few moments each week to perform the following checks!

Trust us, this can save you from costly vehicle repairs and may also save your life.

Watch Out for Your Engine

Overheating, especially in hot weather, is the leading cause of preventable breakdowns and one of the main areas where prevention is much cheaper than the cure.

Trust us, your wallet does not want to replace a fried engine. If your antifreeze is more than a couple of years old, play it safe and replace it. Adding a coolant to your radiator also may reduce engine temperature by as much as 30 degrees and help condition seals to prevent leaks.

Maintain Your Fluids

Fluid levels are key! Check and top off all fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission, cooling system, power steering, brake fluid and washer fluid. These are what keep your car running, they are are the lifeblood of it! Purchasing high-quality fluids and regularly changing old fluids will improve your car’s performance and reliability.

Look at Your Tires

All tires should be properly inflated, including the spare tire. The sidewall of your tire will list its proper pressure level. Correctly inflated tires increase gas mileage, lengthen tire life and are much less susceptible to blow-outs.

Upgrade Your Oil

Another way to reduce engine heat is to upgrade to high-performance, synthetic motor oil. Synthetic motor oils reduce engine heat by dispersing the heat faster and having a lower coefficient of friction than mineral-based motor oils.

Check Your Belts

A worn or loose belt can cause the engine to overheat. A cracked belt or a hose that is unusually soft or hard needs replacement. Make sure hose clamps are tight and check the ends for cracks or corrosion. Extreme heat can often cause leaks and other damage, so keep an eye out for hard, blistered or spongy hoses. If any of these warning signs are present, replace the hoses immediately. It is also a good idea to keep spare belts in your trunk.

These spring cleaning tips will not only get your ready for the Texas summer, but they will also increase the life of your vehicle! If you’re tired of the car you do have, come trade it in! We have an awesome inventory full of great quality used cars! For more information, visit our website or call 214-960-1388 today!