If you’re like most people, your vehicle can become a temporary storage closet for odds and ends, as well as a trap for dust, dirt, and other debris that builds up over the winter months. This is why spring is the opportune time to clean and repair your vehicle in preparation for the warmer weather, the road trips, and all the adventures you have planned in and around San Angelo and West Texas these next few months. Get rid of all the wintertime grime and clutter by following these helpful spring cleaning and maintenance tips from your friendly windshield replacement team at West Texas Windshields in San Angelo. Please continue reading below to learn more.

Brighten Up Your Headlights

Driving around town, on highways, and along dirt roads to scenic areas around San Angelo kicks up a lot of debris that lands on your car. Between dirt, bugs, and other substances, your headlights are probably caked with grime and could use a thorough cleaning. Surprisingly, toothpaste is one of the most effective headlight cleaners. Toothpaste oxidizes the surface of your headlights, removing built-up grime and debris that can make your lights seem dim. Simply squirt some toothpaste on a soft cloth and apply it to your headlights making circles as you clean. Wipe your headlights with a damp cloth and, voila! Your headlights should be as good as new!

Clean or Replace Your Windshield Wipers

You should change your wipers every three to six months unless they are showing signs of wear and tear. If your wipers are in good shape, you can easily clean them using a towel and rubbing alcohol. Not only will this method remove debris from your wipers, you will also have a streak-free windshield and rear window (if it has a wiper). If your wipers are tattered, leave streaks on your windshield, or have completely fallen apart — it’s time for new wiper blades. Head to your local auto parts shop and tell them the make and model of your vehicle to find the right blades for you. They’ll even put them on for you!

Get an Oil Change

It’s easy to let this essential car maintenance task go. However, changing your oil regularly will help your car run at its full potential and can help keep your engine running stronger for longer. You should check your oil at least once a month when you’re filling up your gas tank to ensure that you have plenty of oil, and that it is not discolored, which could be the sign of a problem. Taking your car in for a professional oil change will give car experts a chance to inspect your vehicle to ensure it is running properly, and can recommend any necessary repairs.   

Clean Your Auto Glass

Spring cleaning your auto glass is a must. Take time to clean the interior and exterior surfaces of your windshield, side windows, rear window, rearview mirrors, and don’t forget your sunroof and moonroof! Follow these steps when cleaning your auto glass:

  • Choose an effective, non-abrasive cleaner that is free of ammonia.
  • Select a high-quality towel, preferably a microfiber towel, designed specifically for cleaning auto glass. The key is to choose a towel that won’t scratch your glass, that is lint-free, and that won’t leave behind streaks and tough, stuck-on debris.
  • Clean your windshields in a cool, covered space away from direct sunlight, if possible.
  • If you’re cleaning your entire car interior, save your auto glass for last to avoid having to re-clean stray spray from other cleaners.
  • Clean your glass using a circular motion which can help reduce streaks while removing leftover debris.
  • Take care to clean the small edging near the rubber lip on the exterior of your windshield where dirt and debris become easily trapped.
  • Also, roll down each window to clean the top edge of the window that is so frequently missed.

Get a Windshield Replacement

As we mentioned in our last blog post, it is incredibly dangerous to drive around town with cracked and damaged windshields for many reasons, which you can read in our blog post. Start spring off right with a new windshield that will give you a clear line of sight, keep you and your passengers protected from the elements, and keep you safe should you be involved in an auto accident. Plus, you’ll have a nice, shiny windshield, perfect for afternoon drives to view all the rejuvenation of life that comes with spring! If you’re unsure of where to have your windshield serviced, don’t just search “windshield replacement near me” and choose any company. Choose West Texas Windshields, the Top Rated Local® windshield replacement and repair team in San Angelo, for friendly, top-quality auto glass services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Join us next time as we look at more spring cleaning and maintenance tips for your car and auto glass. Thanks for reading!