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Boost Your Cold IQ: Winter Car Washes

Winter's unrelenting cold, ice and snow can be rough on even the heartiest individuals, but it can also take a toll on one's car. Slush, road salt and debris can literally eat away at a vehicle, with corrosion attacking a car's paint, metal and chrome over time.

Fortunately, frequent washing can dislodge whatever a vehicle picks up along the way, prevent rust and other damage and otherwise keep it looking good and help preserve its resale value. Though the elements often conspire against even the most conscientious motorists, it is possible to keep a car clean during the darkest days of winter.

Give your car a thorough washing every 10 days this time of year. Ideally, this should occur when the temperature is 40 degrees or warmer, and during the daylight hours so there's sufficient time for the vehicle to dry before the sun sets and temperatures fall to prevent locks, windows and the trunk lid from freezing.

Of course it's easier to take the car to a full-service car wash on a regular basis, but those who are up to the task can still accomplish a thorough cleaning at home.

1. Start by clearing the car of residual ice and snow with a broom or brush. Rinse the vehicle using a high-pressure hose and nozzle, paying specific attention to the wheel wells, behind mud flaps and underneath the vehicle to clear it of residual salt and muck that might not otherwise be visible.

2. Wash the car starting at the top and working downward using a sponge or wash mitt (be sure to wear a glove on the other hand) and an acid-free, non-abrasive cleaner that's been diluted with warm water. Some experts suggest using baby shampoo for an extra-gentle cleaning, but never wash a car with dishwashing liquid or other harsh household cleaner. Add some baking soda to the wash water to help dissolve dried road salt. Scrub the wheels using a stiff bristle brush to remove encrusted salt, grime and grease.

3. Rinse the vehicle meticulously again from top to bottom, and dry it thoroughly using an absorbent chamois (be sure to wring the cloth out frequently) or some soft towels. It's a good idea to leave the doors, trunk and fuel filler door open at this point so that any trapped wash water can evaporate.

4. Be sure not to neglect the vehicle's interior, which can likewise take a beating this time of year. Consider swapping carpeted floor mats for rubber mats to avert the inevitable wear, tear and discoloration caused by snow and salt, and to prevent the latter from soaking through and corroding the floor underneath.

At the least, give a car's interior a regular vacuuming; ground in dirt accelerates wear and tear to carpeting and upholstery. If conditions permit, spot-shampoo the interior using a household rug-cleaning spray-foam, especially after extended bouts of bad weather.

And no matter how dark and dire things may seem, be mindful of better days ahead: spring officially begins on March 20.

“Keeping your vehicle in top shape, inside and out, is especially important during winter, when extreme weather conditions can be a daily challenge,” says Dean Pisciotta, president of Brakes Plus, the family-owned and operated car maintenance and repair chain. “We make it easy for drivers to keep their vehicles winterized and road-ready.”

Take advantage of the Brakes Plus January special: $5 off coolant/winterization. We'll inspect cooling system and check for leaks, add system flush and remove the old coolant, re-fill the system with the correct amount of anti-freeze and add sealant/lubricant. Good to minus 34 degrees!

Family owned and operated, Brakes Plus operates 67 locations in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa, stands ready to provide you with great car service. Check out our website for promotions and giveaways, including a Tailgate Party worth $3,000!

This article was produced for and sponsored by BRAKES PLUS. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.


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