8 Ways to Ruin Your Car

A car is a major investment. That’s why the Towne Lake’s Carwash team takes such care with every detail of interior and exterior car upkeep. Unfortunately, automobile instruction manuals are longer than War and Peace, and most vehicle owners don’t have the time to read them. Here are 8 ways you may be ruining your car without knowing it.

Top 8 Ways to Ruin Your Car

  1. Ignoring the parking brake. Even on fairly level ground, parking without the parking brake puts stress on your transmission. Save yourself from replacing the parking pawl by remembering to engage the parking brake whenever you park on an incline.
  2. Riding the brakes, especially downhill, wears out your parking pads. Instead, alternate between firmly pressing the brake and letting up.
  3. shifting gearsShifting in motion. Shifting gears before your car comes to a complete stop wreaks havoc on suspension and transmission.
  4. Leaving everything on. Your car works the hardest when it’s warming up. Put less stress on the engine by turning off the radio, A/C, and other accessories.
  5. Not changing your oil can cut the life expectancy of your car in half (not to mention decreasing its performance).
  6. Ignoring warning signs. It’s easy to hear strange car sounds as dollars draining out of your bank account, but the truth is, the longer you put off car maintenance, the more it will cost you.
  7. Driving on empty. Many experts recommend keeping at least a quarter tank at all times.
  8. Not washing the car. Not only does skipping carwashes make your car look grimy, it can lead to buildup of rust and contaminants that damage vital car functions.

Regular carwashes and waxes can extend the life of your vehicle and keep auto resale value high. Visit Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for your seasonal auto detail before the temperatures drop.

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Does My Car Need Waxing?

With the current threat of fall leaves and the harshness of winter on the horizon, it’s time for a refresher course on the importance of auto waxing. Newly manufactured cars have more glitz, gleam, and built-in protection than older models, but that doesn’t mean waxing isn’t necessary. Protect your car from dirt, debris, and contaminates with regular auto waxes.

Does My Car Need Waxing?

handheld car polisherIs it time to swing by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for an auto wax? Here are a few easy tests to know if your car needs waxing.

  • Water beading. After a rainfall, does water bead on the surface of your car? If so, your wax is still doing its job. If the water creates large, wet sheets instead, it’s time for a fresh coat of wax.
  • The squeak test. Use this test on a dry, clean car. Fold a terrycloth cotton towel until you have a thick pad. Press it firmly against the car’s surface and twist it back and forth. If the car squeaks, it’s time for a wax.
  • Watch the clock. How long has it been since your last wax? If it’s been longer than 3 months, it’s time for a fresh coat.

How to Extend a Car Wax

Want to make a car wax last longer? For a better looking and better protected automobile, follow these car care tips.

  • Move. Okay, okay. Not going to happen. But hot and humid climates erode auto wax more quickly than cooler climates. Protect your car by parking under a shaded awning or in the garage.
  • Speaking of parking in the garage, it also limits your vehicle’s exposure to debris and contaminates, thus extending the life of your wax.
  • Always clean your car thoroughly before applying fresh wax. Waxing a dirty car traps contaminates against the paint, dulling the surface over time.

For the best auto wash and wax, make an appointment at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

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