Cleaning your car regularly is not
just about visual appearance, but functionality as well. Regular cosmetic care
keeps your car polished and looking great, and also protects your valuable
investment and allows it to last longer. While cleaning your car isn't a hard
task, it is crucial that you pay special attention to those hard-to-reach areas
such as inside the wheels and around your tires.
Why Cleaning Your Tires
When you neglect to clean your
wheels for an extended period of time, brake dust accrues. Brake dust contains
an adhesive and carbon fibers, which come from your brake pad and minor metal
shavings from the rotor. Along with the excessive heat and wheel friction, this
combination is highly corrosive. If you drive every day or quite often, brake
dust is constantly being produced; therefore, the best way to keep your wheels
protected is to give them a good cleaning.
The following tips will allow you
to clean your wheels more effectively:
First, rinse your wheels and tires
with water to remove any loose dirt or debris. If you are washing your entire
car, your tires are the best place to start so that you don't splash onto
already clean areas of the car.
Depending on when you last cleaned
your tires, you may stick with the basic soap and water, or you may use a tire
cleaner. If it's your first time cleaning your tires or you haven't cleaned them
for some time, use a tire and wheel cleaner since the brake dust may have caked
on. Also, make sure to choose a cleaner that is suitable for the type of wheels
and wheel coating on your vehicle. For example, if you have
American Racing Torque Thrust wheels on your car
, then you will want to use
a fairly mild cleaner; if you have cheaper wheels, it won't matter as much if
you use more abrasive chemicals.
You should use a tire brush to
gently scrub off the debris. There are a variety of tire brushes available, but
you may want to look for one with feathered bristles that will remove dirt and
debris without hurting your tires. Always clean each tire and wheel one at a
time, and rinse with water when finished.
You may think that drying isn't
necessary, but it actually helps to ensure that you got all of the brake dust
and also prevents water spots.
This step isn't mandatory, but
applying a layer of wax once your wheels are clean can protect their sheen and
prevent brake dust from building up.
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