Category Archives: Car Care

Quick and Easy Car Cleaning

Car wash - Springfield, MO
Treat your car inside and out and you’ll feel more comfortable on the road!

Cleaning your car out can be a hassle, especially if you let too much trash and dirt accumulate inside. The longer you put it off, the dirtier it gets, meaning there’s more work when you decide to finally get to it. When you do get to cleaning out your car, make sure to do it right. We here at Corwin Dodge of Springfield have some quick and easy car cleaning tips to help you out!

  • Clear Out the Trash Literally taking out the trash will make everything that comes afterward so much easier. Without all the junk, old receipts, fast food bags, and so on in the way, you’ll find it much easier to locate dirt. You also may stumble across items you have previously thought were lost.
  • Deep Clean the Vents Simply sticking the vacuum hose up to the air vent won’t quite cut it. Instead, grab some furniture polish and a thin paint brush. Spray and clean deep inside the vent. The last thing you want is to blow dirt and dust all over your car’s interior right after cleaning it.
  • Shampoo Yes, this is something your car needs. If you eat in your car, crumbs can get ground into the floor mats and upholstery easily. To get everything out and good as new, grab a can of carpet cleaner and scrub brush and go to work on that dirt!

Conquer Summer and Spring Roads with these Tire Maintenance Tips

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT
Keep your car’s tires fresh for maximum performance!

Many people focus on their vehicles during the winter, dreading the inevitably snow and icy weather – but that damage can cause issues that spread all the way into spring and summer. Plus, spring showers offer prime conditions for hydroplaning.

Start your summer off right with these tire maintenance tips:

  • Schedule a regular maintenance trip so that your entire vehicle gets a solid once-over from a professional.
  • Make sure your tires are inflated properly, consulting the owner’s manual and avoiding both over- and under-inflation.
  • Give yourself a moment on a straight road to evaluate if your car seems to be pulling to one side, which is probably a problem related to one or more of the tires.
  • Not sure if your tires have enough tread? Learn the penny trick for peace of mind.

What do you do to evaluate your tires? Let us know your ideas in the comments, and be safe this season!

What to Do For Back to School Car Care

As students across the country begin to gear up for the new school year, planning their first day outfit and comparing schedules with their peers, the likelihood of them remembering to do their car’s routine maintenance is slim. To ensure that your teen driver’s back to school car care experience is a smooth one, we’ve compiled a quick list of items to check before the first class bell rings.

Back to School Car Care
Make sure you inspect your car for problems before you start carpooling to school!

Are any indicator lights on? As you might have already guessed, indicator lights on the dashboard are there for an important reason—to indicate when there’s a problem with your car. If you happen to have an indicator light on, the likelihood of your car needing to be looked at is high. Don’t ignore them. In fact, you can use your handy-dandy owner’s manual to look up what they mean, so you can take it to the shop and knowledgably tell the mechanic what the light means!

Have you looked under the hood recently? If you don’t already know how, ask your parents to show you have to check fluid levels, like engine oil, coolant, and transmission fluids. Also, check the battery to make sure the cables and terminal posts are in tip-top shape. This will ensure you won’t get stuck at school with a car that won’t start.

Is your engine making a strange noise? While the hood is up, start the car, turn on the fans, and listen. If there are strange noises coming out of your engine, it’s time to take a trip to the mechanic shop. Also, be sure to check your brakes. If they feel spongy or squeal, it could be time to replace your brake pads.

Did your tires pass the honest Abe test? There’s a simple test to see how old your tires are—the Abe test. Grab a penny and place it into your tire’s grove. If you can see Abe’s entire head, your tires are worn out and need to be replaced. While you’re doing this test, make sure you also check the tire pressure in all four tires with a tire gauge. Inflate them if needed.

Does the garage floor have stains on it from your vehicle? Look around on the garage floor or the ground where your car is normally parked. Do you see any oil or antifreeze around? If so, that’s normally a sign of a leaking problem. Take your car in for its checkup to ensure this problem gets fixed.

Is the car interior messy? There are two reasons why you shouldn’t leave your car in a messy state. Not only does garbage, like an empty soda bottle, increase the likelihood of something lodging under the brake or gas pedal, impeding your ability to drive, but leaving valuables in sight also increases the risk for car break-ins. Keep your car clean and the risks are minimal.

After you complete this back to school car care checklist and are still concerned with something, make sure you bring your car in to the mechanics before the first day of school. We promise, it will make your school year that much easier.