Not many can resist the temptation of taking their cars out for a spin in the summer. However, before doing so, it is advisable for people to ensure that their vehicle is safe and ready to tackle the harsh heat during long drives. The summer guarantees scorching temperature and flurries of dirt and dust, and with the rain falling down every now and then, your car will need proper care and attention. Fortunately, you need not spend a pretty penny for the maintenance of your car. There are many things you can do for your car right at home with materials that are easily accessible. Here are 10 summer car care tips you can do at home!
- Use Vinegar to clean your glass
Vinegar works like a charm on dirty glass; it does an exceptional job of getting rid of stains such as grease and ink from the glass. All that is required for you to do is to dab vinegar on the dirty spots. Then, you need to rub the spots gently and proceed to remove the stains with a slightly wet cloth. Although the smell of the vinegar will linger around for a while, you will have the benefit of having cleaner glass.
- Do you know that hair conditioner works similarly to a car wash soap?
Hair conditioner comprises of the substance, lanolin, which is essentially a wax coat. So, when you use a hair conditioner to clean and wash your car, you will see the paint on your car all shiny and smooth.
- You must check your tires regularly and it can be easily done at home.
It has been scientifically proven that the pressure of the tire changes with soaring temperatures. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to check your tire pressure correctly and regularly. You are asking for trouble if you cruise around in a car with over-inflated, under-inflated, misaligned and worn down tires. You should also ensure that your spare tire is inflated correctly and has proper tread depth.
- Use laundry detergent to clean leather seats
While cleaning leather seats, it is imperative that you don´t strip the leather of its natural oil. And, in order to prevent that from happening, you can apply a small amount of laundry detergent on a clean cloth and gently rub the leather seats in a clockwise motion. However, you should get rid of the detergent as soon as possible with a slightly wet cloth.
- Use baking soda to clean your interior
Baking soda can prove to be quite handy while cleaning your car and it is easily accessible. If you need to remove the spills, dirt, and animal odor that seem to have comfortably found residence on the carpets of your car, you should dredge the carpet with baking soda. Upon doing so, you should proceed to brush it into the fibers. We would advise you to wait for a short while before cleaning it up with a vacuum.
- You must check the hoses and belts
The engine of your car is more susceptible to over-heating in the summer. Hence, it is necessary for you to check the hoses and belts that play instrumental roles in helping pump coolant to and from the engine block. When inspecting the hoses and belts, you should be on the lookout for leaks, cracks and loose connections. You should ensure that the hoses are firm and the belts aren´t inordinately slick or smooth.
- Use toothpaste and bleach to keep the headlights clean
If you don´t have an abundance of lens cleaner lying around, you can simply use toothpaste and bleach to keep the headlights of your car clean. After scrubbing the headlights with the paste and cleaning it with water, you should use bleach to scrub it again. You will then see the white letters pop, getting you to smile from ear to ear.
- Use soda for multiple purposes
A can of soda, especially cola, is not good for your health, but, it can be used effectively for multiple purposes. You can use soda on corroding battery terminals to keep your car battery in pristine condition. After the bubbles stop popping upon pour, you should remove the crud from the battery with a wire brush. You can also use soda to remove debris and other stains from the windscreen. However, you should ensure that the cola doesn´t come into contact with your vents and paints. After pouring the soda, you can wipe the dirt away with a damp cloth.
- Be mindful of the suspension
You should be mindful of the suspension components of your car and ensure that they aren´t worn out. Replacing the worn shocks, joints, and springs will help you maneuver your car efficiently. You can check if the shocks are working fine by pushing the car down on each corner after a short while of driving. The car will be stable after a single bounce if the shocks are working fine.
- Change the engine oil and make sure the oil doesn´t lack in the thickness department
Most engine oils that are available for purchase in the market boast of different levels of thickness. In the summer, the oil gets warm, making it thinner, and when the oil is too thin, the engine does not get proper lubrication. Therefore, you need to change the engine oil and make sure the oil doesn´t lack in the thickness department.