- Wash/CleanI just bought a new SE and I want to take care it. Can anyone give me some advises what to use for the car care?
- tire & rim
- leather surface
- glass (in & out)
Do I need to clean the engine compartment regularly? If yes, how?
Dish washer detergent strips wax off cars.Someone suggests to use microfiber cloth to dry the car, so it will not make spider-web on the paint. I was using the dish washer detergant to wash my car. No damage to the paint, but seem nobody use it in this forum.
Temperature gradients can cause metal fractures like you said.As far as washing down the engine, I use a pump up spray bottle (Lowes or Home Depot sells them) with all hot water and a mild engine degreaser. Whatever you do make sure that your engine is stone cold when you wash it down. You are putting water, no matter if it is hot, on a HOT engine - possiblity of cracking block or other damage. i know this sounds onld school but better to be safe than sorry. Just make sure to keep it off of the fenders if you use engine degreaser because it will spot. I normally do this 2 - 3 times a year.
Washing the tires is a good thing -- they get dirty, too. That won't make them "shiny and black," though -- that takes some kind of dressing. There are a bunch of them on the market -- I'd just recommend grabbing a Meguiars product of some kind, and giving that a shot. That would generally get you started and heading in the right direction....
You don't put that stuff on the tread. You only put it on the sidewall; basically any part of the tire that will never touch the roadway under normal driving.