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Spring Cleaning – for Your Car


When you think of “spring cleaning,” your first thought is probably about sprucing up your home or your workspace, but not your car. Winter can be hard on cars, so with the weather warming up, now is an ideal time to restore your car to its former glory. Here are a few tips to help you get your vehicle ready for spring.


Whether it’s cold or hot, the climate can have an effect on the type of maintenance and equipment needed to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Cold weather can cause problems for your vehicle’s battery – and hot weather can be equally as harmful. Battery fluid can evaporate during high temperatures, leading to malfunctions that could destroy your battery. Before you head out on a long road trip, it’s wise to have your battery inspected. Your tires and braking system should also be checked by the pros. Driving on slippery roads with snow can take a toll on tires and brakes, so make sure that they're operating at full capacity. You'll also want to take care of simple services like oil changes and other fluids.


If your vehicle has been pelted with rock salt and endured a harsh winter, detailing your car can clear the winter gunk. When you wash your car, pay close attention to your wheels and door jambs, which are often overlooked during a car wash. When waxing your car, make sure you find the right brand for your vehicle's exterior. This can help bring back the shine that dulled over the winter. Depending on the condition of your vehicle’s interior, cleaning can be relatively simple. Vacuum any accumulated dust and decaying leaves, clean under the floor mats, and adjust seat positions to remove as much as possible. For the smaller nooks and crannies, a can of compressed air can work wonders to blow out dust and debris.


Once your vehicle is clean and ready to enjoy the outdoors, planning a road trip may be next on your to-do list. As you start budgeting, let SLFCU give you another reason to hit the road. Now through June 30, if you refinance your auto loan with SLFCU, you’ll make no payments for the first 90 days. Plus, we’ll add a $200 bonus to your SLFCU savings account after your first payment.* Here are some reasons to consider refinancing your SLFCU auto loan or an auto loan from another lender:

  • Lower your monthly payments
  • Pay off your loan faster
  • Lower your interest rate
  • Receive better service
  • Learn more


Use this handy checklist to help ensure your car is in top-running condition.

  • Test car battery
  • Change oil
  • Rotate tires
  • Check brakes
  • Replace wiper blades
  • Check lighting systems
  • Wash exterior
  • Detail interior
  • Test air conditioning

*Promotion applies to all refinanced auto loans opened between 4/1/22 - 6/30/22. Cash bonus will be added to members savings account upon completion of the first payment after the 90-day-no-payment period has ended. Auto loans currently financed through SLFCU do not qualify for the 90 days no payments offer and will require a minimum of $10,000 in new money/cash out in order to receive the $200 bonus offer. All SLFCU savings account have a .10% annual percentage yield if dividends are not withdrawn during the term.

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