How To Properly Clean Your Car’s Exterior

May 7, 2020 12:27 pm Published by

Spring is finally here. The birds are chirping, the sun is out, and the weather is warming up, but for many of us the spring has held a unique set of challenges. Many of us have been stuck inside our homes, quarantined away from the rest of the world with little to nothing to do besides tackling those household chores that we’ve put off for far too long. The silver lining of this newly acquired time is that you can take this once in a lifetime chance to really invest some time into your vehicle’s health and wellness. One of the quickest and easiest ways to protect your car while seeing visible improvements is to fully clean the exterior of your vehicle. Not only will cleaning your vehicle leave you with a beautiful and spotless exterior, but you can take the time now to do a thorough check of all of your exterior components. If you want to learn more about any DIY project you may have while getting the best deals on all the parts you need, come into your local U Pull And Pay today.

Check Your Tires

The best way to start the cleaning process is by doing a quick walk around your vehicle to check the components on the exterior of your car. The first stop on this list is to check your tires and to see if they have both the correct air pressure and that the treads are still holding up. Check your air pressure with a simple tire pressure gauge and take a quarter out to do a simple tire check. Simply take a quarter, flip George Washington upside down, and insert the quarter head down into your tire tread. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, it is time to replace your old tires. If everything checks out, get out a washrag and some car safe soap and do a quick wash of both your tires and your rims.

Inspect Your Wiper Blades

Wiper blades can quickly lose their rubber coatings, leaving behind streaks, making squeaking noises, or leaving blank spots on your vehicle’s windshield. It is recommended by most wiper blade manufacturers that you replace your wiper blades every 6 months or so depending on your usage. If you notice any serious deterioration of the rubber on your blades, swap them out immediately.

Wash & Wax

Once you have completed your inspection of your vehicle’s exterior, you can finally get down to the fun part of washing and waxing your vehicle. Winter driving has most likely taken a serious toll on your vehicle, and if you aren’t careful, salt accumulation can end up costing you thousands of dollars as it eats through your car’s paint and undercarriage. Luckily, you can easily get around this expense by taking the time to thoroughly wash your vehicle whenever you notice salt or grime building up. Make sure that you are using soap specifically designed for use on vehicles as dish soap can actively break down the protective coating on your vehicle’s paint. Once you have finished washing your vehicle move onto waxing your vehicle to keep it looking beautiful and clean for months to come.

If you are looking for tips and tricks or just the parts you need for your DIY repair projects, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get the exact parts you need for a price that you will love.


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This post was written by Jonathan Kling