Now that winter is fully in our rearview–and thank heaens for that, amirite?–it’s time to look ahead to the warmer, sunnier, better months. Unfortunately, looking to the months ahead means eliminating the elements of winter, many of which have built up on our vehicles. So, from your friends here at Robbins Nissan, here are some pointers to help spring clean your car. Is there anything we’re forgetting? Let us know! The dirty underbelly. More than any other area of your car, the undercarriage gets an absolute thrashing during the winter months. The salt and sand that gets put on the roadway to keep you safe when we get a freak winter storm also has the unpleasant result of potentially corroding and rusting out your vehicle’s parts. Thus, a thorough washing is totally necessary. Also make sure to get any debris out of your engine compartment, and get any chalky white residue that forms around battery posts as well. Check your tires. Tire pressure can be a finicky thing. It drops when the weather gets cold rapidly, and can spike when it gets hot quickly. Therefore, make sure that your tire pressure is where it should be. Additionally, check to make sure that they’re wearing properly and evenly. If they are not, you may be in need of a wheel rotation or an alignment check, both of which may be done at our service department at Robbins Nissan. Check your fluids. Of course, checking your fluids begins by getting an oil change, which should be done every 5,000 miles at the ery least. However, other fluids must be checked and filled as well, including washer, brake, transmission and stevering fluid. All of these tasks may be performed at Robbins Nissan as well. Replace your wiper blades. It might seem as though we’re really taking salt to task, but we assure you that it is with good reason. Salt also causes wiper blades to dry out and crack, which makes them totally ineffectie. Experts recommend that wiper blades be replaced twice yearly, before and after the winter months. Get down and dirty with your interior surfaces. You might think that the cooler months were hardest on your vehicle’s exterior, but they’re actually pretty tough on the interior of your car as well. Vacuum all floors and mats, before steam cleaning them to get salt, grael and grime off of your carpets and upholstery. Then, use glass cleaner to wipe the inside of the windows and windshield, which can build up a film as a result of extra defrost use. All in all, following these fie tips will make your vehicle more capable and prepared to handle the hot Texas months ahead.