Maintenance You Can't See

February 24, 2023, 4:35 pm Car Maintenance

We take care of our vehicles by keeping them clean and by providing the regular maintenance they need. As much as we do, however, we typically neglect one area that needs regular cleaning, but doesn’t get it. I’m talking about the underside of your car.

When new, the underside of your car is shiny, just like the outside. But over time and many miles, the dust, dirt and road debris will cling onto every item under your car. And in the wet Winter months, more mud, snow, even sticks can accumulate under your car, becoming lodged in moving parts and causing rust to untreated surfaces. Without removal, these items can age your car prematurely, from the inside out! They can also hide or damage areas of your car that technicians must access as part of needed maintenance.

Many car washes today will spray off the bottom of your car as part of the wash process. If you take your car to one of those self-service “wand” washes, stay a minute longer and point it at the underside to clean loose debris and dirt.

A few minutes like this can make a big difference to the way your car ages, and to the technicians who work on your vehicle. It only takes a few minutes, but the benefits will extend the service life of your car.

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