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Summer is coming, and with it a couple of fun trips planned. Make sure your car is in tip-top shape with this checklist and Car Care Kit.
This summer we’ve already got a number of trips planned, but the one I’m looking forward to the most is just Mark and I headed to Chicago for SoFabU On the Road. It’s going to be a blast and a half! The only problem is, we’ll be leaving my car for my mom to use with the kids, and taking his car. So what’s the problem, Adelina? Well, Mark practically lives in his car with the hours he works, and it’s gotten to be a bit of a mess.
With Fathers Day around the corner, and our trip shortly after that, I thought I’d be a nice wife and do a little car care for him. I started by putting together a car care kit, and then replacing the air filter.
The kit is small and fits nicely in his car, and will maybe remind him to clean up at least once a week. Here’s what I put inside –
- Microfiber Towels
- Air Fresheners
- Ammonia/water spray
For a decent car detailing, this is all you need! Fill a spray bottle with 1:1 Ammonia and Water. Use the q-tips to clean in small crevices around the car, and the microfiber to wipe down larger surfaces. You can also use this mix on the windshield and windows for a clear driving experience. Don’t forget to hang an air freshener to keep that new car smell.
After you clean the inside of the car, don’t forget under the hood! There are a few simple things you can do at home, to keep your car running smoothly, and changing the air filter is one of the easiest. I prefer the FRAM filters, for the air and my oil. Clean air in the engine keeps his car running smooth, and is really the engine’s first line of defense.
First, locate the air filter container in your car. Refer to your car’s owner manual if you need help finding this. Open the filter box, and remove the old filter.
The filter on Mark’s car is a simple latch, so I didn’t need any special tools. On my car, it’s held down with screws. Either way, you don’t need any expensive or weird tools to complete this, and it hardly takes 5 minutes to complete. Once you have the old filter out, replace with a new FRAM air filter from Walmart.
The trickiest part of this whole process for me, was getting the air filter box closed again. In mark’s car, it’s in a tight spot, so I kept pushing the filter out one side while trying to close it. Don’t get discouraged, though! Just make sure you watch all sides, so your filter is properly contained before securing the filter container.
Having a clean air filter will improve your car’s performance overall through better horsepower, and increased acceleration which I know Mark will love! Similarly to how I can now love sitting in his car because the inside is clean too!
You’re almost ready for a summer trip now! Before you go, make sure to check the oil, and get the kids involved with a car wash. Finally, you are ready to hit the road in a clean car, from inside to out. I can’t wait to hit up Chicago with Mark now!
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