Which car would you rather have, left or right? Most of you would likely choose the one on the right. As you can tell, these photographs are of the same car. At NOCO, we can’t restore your old clunker, but we have provided a few useful tips to make your old car look and feel new again.
Focus On Your Vital Fluids
Motor oil and lubricants are essential in assuring that your car runs smoothly. As a basic rule of thumb, you should change your motor oil about every 3000 – 5000 miles. As for other lubricants, like automatic transmission fluid for instance, you can wait until about 30,000 miles before changing. Don’t neglect your car’s other vital fluids either. Check your power steering fluid every now and then, assuming you know where to look! You have probably never even considered changing it, but your power steering fluid breaks down and loses efficiency over time. Flush these supporting fluids once in a while to keep your car at its peak.
Clean Up, Every Auto-Body Everywhere
A car wash is a good start, but definitely not the end. If you really want your car to sparkle and shine, you need to put some elbow grease into it—or maybe some degreaser. Make sure you stock up on all-purpose cleaners and stain removers before the big clean. Empty out the entire contents of your car from every crevice you can find, including front seat, back seat, center console, trunk, glove department, basically anywhere a microscopic spec of dirt can hide. Now scrub. Once, that’s finished, grab some window cleaner and don’t stop polishing until birds fly into them. You’ll be surprised at how many years a thorough clean-job can take off an old car.
Beauty is in the Details
Now that your car is clean, it’s time to focus on the details. Grab some automotive detailing supplies and really make that auto body twinkle. Buff out any old rust with a high quality rust remover. Grab some polish or wax, spread on a thin coat and watch the youth return. Once you’re done, take a step-back and admire your new baby, then get in and drive!