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Now that the snow has (mostly) cleared up and spring is here in Chicago, IL, it’s time to get your Volkswagen ready for the new season. At City Volkswagen of Chicago, we have created this expert guide on getting your car ready for spring. Here, we will show you how to successfully de-winterize your vehicle. If you need any assistance with your vehicle’s spring maintenance, then be sure to visit our service center today.
The first thing that you should do is carefully inspect the tires. During the winter season, tires tend to lose pressure. Therefore, you will want to ensure that the pressure level is between 30 and 35 psi. Also, check for any damage to the tread and the sidewalls. As you know, potholes tend to really open up in the winter. Finally, check the tread level on each tire. The tread should be uniform and at least 2/32 inches thick.
Now you will want to wash off all the dirt, sleet, and salt deposits that have built up over the winter. You may want to consider using a professional detailer since they will be able to clean up the hidden areas of your vehicle. Don’t forget to clean the interior as well. Be sure to have the carpeting deep cleaned to remove any long-standing deposits.
Now that the weather will heat up, you will want to make sure that your vehicle’s A/C system is ready to go. Turn on the A/C system and look for any signs of trouble. A/C issues can include a strange smell or moisture coming from the vents. Also, odd sounds coming from the A/C fan could be a sign of trouble. Make sure to check the airflow on each vent. If you lack airflow, then your cabin air filter may need to be changed.
Be sure to inspect and test the battery. During the winter, the cold weather can take its toll on your car battery. Therefore, you will want to ensure that it is in proper shape for spring and summer. Also, you will want to inspect the battery for any sign of corrosion. If you notice any green or orange splotches on the battery casing or the terminals, then you may want to consider replacing the battery.
Finally, check the wiper blades. If the blades are bent or if you notice any peeling rubber, then have them replaced with OEM Volkswagen wiper blades. We have a top selection of OEM Volkswagen products at our parts center.
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