Springtime Preparation

Spring is days away and starting to show itself with plants usually popping up and showing some green right around St. Patrick's Day. If you are fortunate to own a nice new Honda, now is the time to start preparing for your spring trips. One of the first things you will do is a spring cleaning on your vehicle followed by a general inspection. Changing your oil and determining the health of your air conditioning system are also a grand idea. Let's consider what all is involved in greater detail below.

Spring Cleaning will Help Strengthen Your Interior

Whip out your vacuum and baking soda to freshen up your carpets. Simply sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on your car rugs before you vacuum to soak up any musty odors from mildew or bacteria. To freshen up cloth upholstery, try spraying them down with an enzyme-based cleaning product like Febreze. Is your leather looking a little aged? There are now many auto-magic styled leather cleaners and conditioners that magically restore the newness and suppleness of any car leather. The automotive glass cleaners can be just as powerful in conjuring up invisible glass.

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When it comes to your exterior, you always apply a hard paste wax or sealant to protect your paint from the hot sun. Use a new microfiber cloth to polish clean. Don't be afraid to use a soft clay bar if you really want to bring back the luster. It isn't really clay but will work great at pulling out all that accumulated soot from the pores in your paint. The Texas heat is something that will dry your paint up and create lots of pores. You need to keep a good layer of protection on the paint to protect it from those terrible thunderstorms.

How Do I Perform a Full Vehicle Inspection?

After you have finished your spring cleaning, you have to determine if you incurred any damage over those dark nights of the winter. Investing in a floor jack and jack stands that are made for automotive repairs is the best way to get a look at the tire tread and undercarriage where lots of hidden damages can accumulate. Look specifically at the front end where the rubber parts are located. You may find that boots on axles, ball joints, or bushings are torn and starting to deteriorate. Check your brakes and rotors while you are at it. And determine whether the rotors are warped by assessing whether you feel the trademark jarring feedback during high-speed braking.

Top off your fluids: coolant, oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, etc. If you haven't flushed your brake fluid in the last 2 or 3 years, that should be on your to-do list. Although you only need to change synthetic motor oil every 6 months or 10,000 miles or so, you might want to step up the viscosity of the oil on your next change to compensate for the higher temperatures of the coming spring and summer seasons. Be sure to check the body for hail damage and any paint nicks that can oxidize. Clean and seal them with a touch-up paint that has rust inhibitors if they are too minor for a professional.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

If you want a full inspection on your vehicle and automotive detailing that protects it and restores the showroom shine, call us or stop by today. Honda of Fort Worth is a friendly dealership that offers comprehensive factory-quality automotive care carried out by authorized Honda technicians. Sit back, relax, and let master mechanics sustain the value of your investment.

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