Time for spring cleaning in you car

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's time for spring cleaning. And that doesn't just mean cleaning your home.

    Taking a few steps to spring clean your car can save you money in the long run.

    Barry Robinson with Moore & Robinson Auto Center is here to give you some tips to clean out your car and keep it that way.

    Here are some of his tips:

    • Spring Cleaning...Not Just for your Home - A car's paint is damaged by the winter buildup of chemicals, salt, sand and dirt that eats away at the finish and undercarriage. Using quality cleaners and waxes goes a long way toward keeping your vehicle consistently clean and protecting your investment.

    • Breathe Free! - You may be deeply breathing in that fresh spring air, but your car could still be choking on the salt, dust and sand it sucked in over the winter. Replacing your air filter improves air flow to the engine and increases engine performance and gas mileage, especially during warmer months.

    • Change Your Car's Shoes - Now is the time to change your tires. Save yourself some cash (and the lower fuel economy) by changing to all-season or summer tires now.

    • Warm Air Expands - As temperatures change... so can tire pressure. Proper tire inflation is essential for automotive safety, optimum driving performance, and significant cost savings, including better fuel mileage, so check that air pressure now. Tires should be inflated to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations printed on the vehicle door placard or in the owner's manual. Properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage for most drivers by 3.3 percent.

    • You Can't Avoid What You Don't See - About 90 percent of all driving decisions are made based upon vision! When your windshield wiper blades are dirty, clean them with rubbing alcohol; if you see no difference, they may be damaged beyond cleaning. Replace them if they are cracked, torn, cut or streaking so you can see clearly.

    • Check all Belts and Hoses - Cold weather can have a negative effect on belts and hoses. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorated from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

    • Check those Fluids - Think about your engine oil, transmission fluid and power steering fluid. These fluids affect the performance of your vehicle, and poor performance is a direct correlation to wasted fuel. Every vehicle is different but pay attention to your owner's manual; it will dictate what is best for your car to maximize engine life.

    • Check The Wear Pattern - If you notice certain parts of your tires are becoming more worn than others, there is a reason for that. Your tire wear pattern can not only point out over-inflation and under-inflation, but other mechanical issues, as well. Here is a rule of thumb for tire wear causes:
    o Wear on inside and outside edges: UNDERINFLATION
    o Wear in center: OVERINFLATION
    o Cups or dips in the tread: WORN PARTS
    o Sawtooth edges: MISALIGNMENT

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