Summer Car Care
The following articles are derived from the
Auto Logic library to help you prepare and maintain your car
for Summer. Not only will maintaining your vehicle save you
money, it will also help you to protect the environment by
reducing emissions. Properly maintaining your vehicle will
help you to meet your One-Tonne
Challenge. The articles are organized by subject
area. Please click on any one of the given articles below
to see the information.
Proper Washing and Waxing Add Value
to Your Vehicle
More than one-third of car owners use damaging non-automotive
products when washing their cars-products that could contain
harmful detergents, abrasives and additives. And almost half
of motorists don't ever wax their vehicles.
Waxing at least twice a year is recommended for maximum protection,
yet surveys show that 48 percent of motorists don't wax their
vehicles at all. That's leaving money on the table at trade-in
time, as a clean, well-maintained car can be worth up to 50
percent more than one in 'fair' condition, according to the
Kelley Blue Book.
Motorists should avoid dish detergent, which contains harsh
chemicals that, intended to cut through grease, will strip
away the wax finish on your car. Some are hard to rinse off
and leave streaks. For best results, a formulated automotive
wash is recommended, one that gently lifts the dirt and grime
while protecting the finish.
Washing an automobile on a regular basis protects it from
the natural elements that harm the finish. Car Care Canada
recommends the following DOs and DONíTs when it comes to a
do-it-yourself car wash:
- Don't wash cars in direct sunlight. Do wash cars in shade
or in cooler temperatures in the early morning or late afternoon.
- Don't use dish detergent. Do use a formulated car wash.
- Do fill your bucket with warm water.
- Do use a soft terrycloth towel or washing mitt.
- Do spray the car often with water.
- Don't scrub the car all at once. Do complete one section
at a time, rinsing repeatedly to prevent the soap from drying
on the paint.
- Do use soft terrycloth towels or scratch-free fabric
to dry the vehicle.
- Don't neglect waxing the vehicle. Do prep the car for
waxing using cleaner/polish to remove contaminants.
The myth of not having to wax your car because you have a
clear-coat finish is just that, a myth. Clear-coat finish
is only as thick as a piece of paper and can become damaged
from the effects of sunlight, UV radiation, acid rain, salt,
dirt and air pollution.