Spring car care tips Print

Spring has arrived in Clarington, and with it comes some spring duties, such as giving your car a thorough cleaning.

With spring comes birds, and you know they're here as soon as you wash your car. Bird droppings have a high acid content, so they are one of the worst threats to your car's finish. Along with tree sap and spills of gasoline or other automotive fluids, these are things you should wash off immediately.
Paints have changed over the years. And car care products have changed with them. Use the right cleaner for your car, inside and out, to get the best results. For example, a vinyl cleaner for inside the car will have some additives to help your dash resist cracking on a hot summer's day. But you want a different formulation for a vinyl roof to resist rain and dust.

Touch up any scratches or dents right away. Corrosion happens fastest to bare metal, so don't let there be any! The seven or eight litres of paint on your car are all that stand between the rust demon and your car.

Brake pads have changed, too. The new types of brake pad generate a black dust that can be difficult to clean. There are special tire and wheel cleaners that will keep your wheels looking their best. And if there is anything wrong, like an underinflated tire or wheels needing alignment, you're more likely to spot it if you don't have to look through a screen of dirt and brake dust.

Your car's interior is also worth attention. Some auto appraisers will tell you that a clean interior has more impact on the car's resale value than the exterior. Use the right products, designed for automotive applications. Household cleaners are not designed for use in cars, and may not give you the results you want. In cars, there are typically two types of stain -- protein, and oil/grease. Protein stains need an enzyme treatment, while the oil and grease stains call for a heavy duty shampoo containing degreasing agents.

Don't neglect your windows. Your vision of the road is your best defence against accidents, so don't let a cloudy windshield or back window put you in danger. Use a good quality commercial cleaner, and cut it with rubbing alcohol if you must. If any of that alcohol gets on your paint, flush it away with lots of water.

As we move into spring and summer, there's one more thing to think about -- bugs. Bugs are like bird droppings on your paint, corrosive and unsightly. There are cleaners specifically formulated to remove bugs from your grill and bumpers.

And when you're cleaning your car, pop the hood and flush the bugs off the front of your radiator. Bugs will reduce the ability of the radiator to reject heat. Be careful when you're doing this not to bend the fins on the radiator -- either use a hose to rinse away the bugs, or use a wire brush carefully, brushing side to side rather than up and down.

For more information about vehicle maintenance visit www.carcarecanada.ca.

Article courtesy of CarCareCanada.com




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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:00 )