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Best Way to Wash a Car: Wash With the Right Suds
Even though hand dishwashing liquid is a great degreaser, it’s not the thing to use on your vehicle’s finish. Yes, it removes dirt, grease and old wax. But it also sucks important oils right out of the paint’s finish. Use it repeatedly and you shorten the life of your paint job. Instead of dish soap for a do it yourself car wash, here’s one of our best car tricks: use a cleaner formulated for vehicles (available at any auto parts store). Once you’ve mixed the suds, go one step further—fill a second bucket with clean rinse water. Use it to rinse the wash mitt often. That’ll remove most of the road grit from the mitt to prevent scratches. Then throw the mitt in the washing machine to get it completely clean. When you’re finished, take a few more steps to protect your car’s finish.
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Lubricate Trunk Hinges
Lubricate the trunk hinges using the same method you used for the hood hinge. Don’t lubricate the gas struts that slow the trunk movement (you could ruin them).
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Lubricate Window Tracks
Spray window tracks with silicone spray or dry Teflon for a car detailing tip that makes a big difference. Silicone stays slick even in cold weather, so windows slide smoothly, lessening the wear on your window motors.