Apr 182017
 
Fixing A Car

Spring Car Maintenance

Spring car maintenance is an important part of getting your vehicle back to tip-top shape after the rough winter months. There are a lot of tasks you should consider doing, but we’ve put together the most important ones.

First of all, check your fluids to see if any need topped off or even flushed and refilled. You should get an oil and filter change, and while you’re at it, have your tires inspected and rotated to ensure they wear evenly. You should also have your battery tested to see if it needs recharged or replaced, since winter can be seriously draining on it.

Next, gear up for summer by testing out your air conditioner. If no cool air is coming out, you might have a leak or need to recharge the cooling system. If there are problems, take it to your mechanic soon to get it changed—you don’t want to go without AC when it gets hot!

One of the most important things you can do is clean your car inside and out. Mud, snow, and salt get stuck to the outside of your car during the winter, and they get tracked inside. Prevent rust by thoroughly rinsing off your car, especially the undercarriage, and improve your safety by cleaning the interior of the windows and wiping down the floor mats.

For more spring cleaning tips, give us a call at Hurlbert Toyota!

Aug 182015
 

Car Washing

Washing your car is one of the easiest tasks you can do to protect, and even improve, its resale value. While it may sound simple, there are a few things you should and shouldn’t do to get the most out of your time behind the sponge. Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we’ve got some car washing tips that will both protect your paint and get your car as clean as possible!

Washing your car should be done when it’s cool out, preferably during the morning or evening, and when the car itself is cold. Washing right after driving or under the hot sun will dry water and soap faster. Not only will it take longer to get rid of spots but you may miss some altogether.

As for what you should use, avoid household cleaners and detergents. They aren’t meant for washing a car and may strip off paint’s protective wax. Instead, use a dedicated car wash that’s specifically designed for use on automotive paint.

Use a separate sponge for the wheels. Grains of sand, dirt, and rocks can get caught in the sponge and using it on the paint after the wheels can leave scratches. For the best result, use a natural, soft sponge or lamb’s-wool mitt. Avoid washing in circles as well. This can leave swirl marks that are noticeable on the paint.