Our Spring Cleaning Advice

Adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow and the accompaniments they bring may have taken their toll on your vehicle in ways that aren’t so obvious to the open eye. After months of dark, damp days and winter neglect, spring is the perfect time to get into gear and give your vehicle a thorough clean both inside and out, one which may help to maintain your car’s value and reduce the risk of long-term corrosion damage.

There are several reasons why the winter weather can be harmful to your vehicle. The inside of your car may not have been able to dry out throughout the cold months due to the constant inundation of wet shoes and clothes bringing in moisture, and there not being the heat or ventilation to allow it to dry out. Your car upholstery may also be stained with dampness; it is advisable to wash these with upholstery cleaner, but do not use too much liquid and make sure you clean on a relatively sunny day to allow your car to be aired out and left well ventilated for a significant amount of time.

Remove winter grime from internal paintwork and surfaces with warm water and a suitable car shampoo, paying particular attention to the undersides of doors and making sure that all shampoo is washed off before drying the car. Rain water penetration and retention under the carpet mats leave wet patches and dampness. The point of water entry isn’t always obvious to the naked eye, so this will need to be investigated thoroughly by an expert.

The underneath of the car takes the worst hit during the winter weather; this is particularly damaging to your vehicle if you drive in mud laden conditions. The salt used to grit roads in icy and snowy conditions is corrosive, and if left on the underneath of your vehicle, can cause severe rusting damage to your paintwork and car body.

After a pot-holed winter, check your wheel and tyre alignment, for misaligned tyres wear out more quickly. Here at Walker Cutting, our Bosch approved service centre provides the best steering alignment repair Rotherham has to offer. Your tyre tread will become worn over time, and though the legal minimum is 1.6mm, we strongly recommend you have at least 3mm. Another important aspect of tyre safety is their pressure, which should be systematically checked once per month. When your tyres are under-inflated your car’s handling will seriously deteriorate, causing it to often behave erratically and unpredictably, ensuring it to be a road safety hazard.

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If you have any queries about the above advice please to do not hesitate to get in touch with us, here at walker Cutting we are happy to help and offer our advice. Contact us on 01709 828220 today for your free, no obligatory quote.

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