Prevention is better than cure is a proverb that will suit inanimate objects like cars too. There are certain car maintenance practices you can follow to extend the life of the engine, tires or wheels. Apart from the multiple valves, belts, filters, fluids, plugs, nuts and bolts that need to be tightened, supplemented or replaced, preserving the external surface of the car in a good condition is extremely important too. Here are a few car maintenance suggestions for you.
Let us start with the basics. Washing the car with plain water or a simple, diluted car cleaning solution frequently will keep it clean and free from dust and debris. Use a soft washcloth or a sponge that does not scratch the polished exterior surface. Logically, it makes sense to start cleaning from the top of the car and move down its body and sides and finally finish with the tires and wheels. Then use a soft microfiber cloth to dry the wet surface of the car. Wipe firmly to remove all traces of water to prevent rusting of the metal parts and to keep the external surface free from water spots. Periodically, use car wax to not just protect the painted surface from the sun’s UV rays, salt, and chemicals from the water, or bird droppings, but to also maintain it in a new and shiny condition.
Next, let us focus on the windshield and the wipers. For a smooth and safe driving experience, it is absolutely essential that the windshield is kept free from dirt and gunk. Accumulation of dust can scratch the glass, and in the long run, cause abrasions to the windshield and hinder the clear view of the road. The wipers in the front and back must be checked periodically, especially before the onset of the rainy season. The rubber beading that helps remove water from the windshield must be replaced when worn and damaged.
The next car maintenance tip to keep its external surface bright and gleaming for a long time is to protect the vehicle from natural elements. Whether it is the UV rays from the blazing sun, heavy rain or falling snow and hail, the damaged can be extensive in such extreme weather. Thus, it is best to park the car inside a closed garage or keep it wrapped fully under a car cover. Especially when you are not going to use the car for more than a couple of days, it is best to disconnect and remove the battery to protect it from draining, and to prevent moisture from damaging the internal parts, plug the tailpipe with a rag.
When your car is stuck in slush or snow, it is best to ring up the tow company immediately rather than repeatedly trying to free the tires by pressing the accelerators. This would only damage the tires further.
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