Give your van a spring clean now


After a long winter of wear and tear from snow, salt and potholes, your van needs attention. Preparing for the spring and making checks now can save you a lot of money in the long run.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists recommends seven ways to properly prepare for the warmer weather ahead:
Now is a good time to give your vehicle a spring clean.  Salt is corrosive and will cause rusting if left on the bodywork. If possible, take it to a car wash that specialises in underside cleaning to get rid of every trace.
The UK pollen season can be pretty miserable for hay fever sufferers, so replacing your pollen filter annually is a vital investment. Keeping your air-conditioning well maintained will help as well.
Servicing your air-con will also help your van smell better. If it smells stale when you turn the heating on, it could be a sign that mould is building up in your condenser.
Flies will soon be out in force, so be sure to refill your washer fluid. Habitually washing the windscreen and headlamps when you stop for fuel is also important, as windscreen wipers won’t get rid of all the fly debris.
Old wiper blades are not only noisy, they can leave marks on the windscreen so remember to replace them regularly. Clean them regularly as well, to avoid damaging your windscreen.After a pot-holed winter, check your wheel and tyre alignment. Misaligned tyres wear out faster.
Anti-freeze contains corrosion inhibitors so you should keep your van topped up all year round – going without could lead to expensive engine damage.
"Deal with minor problems and repairs as they happen – they can become very expensive if left to build up over time," the IAM’s Chief Examiner Peter Rodger said.