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Q: How do I care for my car’s wheels?

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How do I care for my car’s wheels?

A: Regularly washing your car isn’t just impor...

Regularly washing your car isn’t just important for aesthetics. It helps keep your vehicle in good condition, protects the paint and more. The same applies to your wheels. There are a few important tips you should know about caring for your car’s wheels:

  • Use mild soap and a soft sponge or brush to clean your wheel covers and wheels.

  • Wash your wheels every time you wash the rest of the car.

For aluminum wheels:

  • Only use a soft sponge or cloth to clean aluminum wheels.

  • Only use mild soap – never use harsh cleansers or detergents.

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