Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: When should I wash and what procedures should I follow?

asked by on

When should I wash and what procedures should I follow?

A: Keeping your car’s exterior in good shape i...

Keeping your car’s exterior in good shape is important for a number of reasons. Of course, it helps it stay looking great, but it also helps protect the clearcoat and paint against damage. Here’s what you need to know about washing your car:

  1. Wash your car after it rains, after visiting a coastal area or when dust and dirt build up on the outside.

  2. Use a wet sponge and a mild soap (Nissan recommends a soap formulated for automotive paint).

  3. Never use hot water (lukewarm water is recommended).

  4. Rinse the soap thoroughly.

  5. Dry the car with a chamois.

  6. Make sure to clean the inside edges of the doors, as well as the trunk.

  7. Wax your car periodically.

  8. Polish your car before waxing.

  9. Never wax your car if you haven’t just washed it.

  10. Don’t forget to clean the undercarriage, particularly if you live in an area where salt is used on the roads during the winter.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car starts fine, sputters even when giving it gas, shakes and dies, sometimes there's a clanging in the engine

Hi there. Sounds like the engine is not getting enough fuel as if the fuel pump is not working. The engine will start normally and then die off when you give it gas. Check the fuel pressure when the engine...

Q: What does the low washer fluid Warning Light mean in a 2012 Ford Explorer?

The low washer fluid Warning Light is located on your instrument panel. This light illuminates when your vehicle is running low on washer fluid. Refill the washer fluid reservoir, and the light will turn off.

Q: Cooling system light on

I think you are referring to the Engine Temperature Light. This light stays on until the normal operating temperature is reached. It should be on when the engine is cold, and then go out after a few minutes of driving....

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...