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Quick tips to keep your car in top shape

An automobile takes such a big bite out of our disposable income so a dedicated maintenance routine, inside and out, is always recommended for longer life, safer operation, good resale value and -- just as important -- good looks.
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An automobile takes such a big bite out of our disposable income so a dedicated maintenance routine, inside and out, is always recommended for longer life, safer operation, good resale value and — just as important — good looks.

Industry experts say lubricating the nuts and bolts regularly is a wise little trick for fewer repairs–and so is scheduling an annual spray for rust protection.

“Keeping moisture off the metal parts is the primary objective with rust proofing products,” says Craig Shuttleworth at Krown, a leader in this field.

“All metal is programmed by nature to return to iron oxide and the presence of moisture simply accelerates this. The best rust proofing sprays, therefore, must have the ability to be easily absorbed into existing rust, push out all moisture present and not allow it back.”

Avoid products, he says, that are thick and heavy.

Yesterday’s oily sprays are hard on the environment and by coating the existing corrosion they trap condensation and moisture underneath. In many cases this accelerates oxidation and damage.

TIPS FROM KROWN :

* Keep your car clean and well waxed.

* Wash the underside regularly throughout the winter — or after driving on salted roads.

* Open the doors after washing to let excess water drain out.

* Clean out your wheel wells where moisture collects in dirt and debris.

* Clear out drainage locations at the bottom of doors, along the frame and floor.

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