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The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can wreak havoc on a car's exterior. Over time, exposure to sunlight will cause the clear coat and underlying paint to oxidize, weaken and eventually fade. If the problem persists, the paint will crack and flake off, leaving the metal body vulnerable to rust and corrosion. Thankfully, there are ways to protect your car from sun damage.
Park in the Shade
Conventional wisdom should tell you that parking in the shade will protect your car from sun damage. When given the option of parking in the open or underneath a large tree, for instance, choose the latter. The less your car is exposed to the sun, the lower the risk of sun damage. If you don't have a covered garage at your home, consider investing in a portable carport. Available for about $500 to $900, it's a smart investment that will create a shaded area under which you can park.
Don't underestimate the importance of washing your car. Even if your car looks clean from afar, it's probably coated in dirt, debris and other particulate matter. When exposed to the sun's heat, this debris can become embedded into your car's paint, thus causing it to slowly wear down your car's exterior. You can protect your car from such damage, however, by washing it on a regular basis. For maximum protection, try to get into the habit of washing your car at least once every two to three weeks.
Rather than allowing your car to "air dry" after washing it, consider drying it by hand. Using a lint-free microfiber cloth, gently wipe down your car's exterior to remove any lingering moisture or soap after washing it. How does this it protect from sun damage exactly? Well, air drying your car leaves behind moisture, and the sun's UV light will trigger oxidation with this moisture, which can damage your car's paint and exterior. By drying your car by hand, you'll remove any lingering moisture so that your car is protected from sun-related oxidation.
Apply a Protective Wax
In addition to washing your car on a regular basis, you should also wax it. Your car's clear coat is responsible for protecting the underlying paint from damage. When it goes away, your car's paint will eventually wear away as well. A protective wax, however, creates a barrier over the clear coat, offering another level of protection from sun-related damage. This is why most automotive experts recommend waxing your car once every three months.
It’s easy to imagine how services like Uber or Lyft could contribute to a reduction in drunk driving accidents. Drivers who might otherwise get behind the wheel while intoxicated can instead easily request a pick up via their phones when they’ve had too much to drink. However, research indicates that Uber may only play a [...]
Do you struggle to see when driving at night? Assuming your headlights aren't blown, the problem could be related to dirty or otherwise cloudy headlight covers. Over time, micro-sized particles of dirt and debris will become embedded on your car's headlight covers, restricting the amount of light that passes through. When this occurs, it can [...]
The cooling system plays an important role in protecting your engine, gaskets, valves and other components from damage. As the name suggests, it's designed to remove heat from the engine, thus protecting it from potentially catastrophic damage. However, there are multiple parts to a cooling system, each of which serves a specific purpose.RadiatorTypically made of [...]
While simple in design, motor mounts play an important role in modern-day automobiles. Also known as engine mounts, they are the components to which your vehicle's motor attaches. More specifically, motor mounts stabilize your vehicle's engine as well as its transmission, securing it to the subframe while minimizing vibration in the process.Overview of Motor MountsThere [...]
Motor oil plays an important role in the function of modern-day combustion gas engines. It lubricates the internal components, wicks heat away from the engine, and prevents degradation. Normally, motor oil remains trapped inside the engine and unable to escape. There are times, however, when an engine may "burn" some or all of its oil, [...]
If you're looking to buy a new car, you might be wondering whether a four- or six-cylinder engine is the right choice. Cylinders, as you may already know, are individual internal components in a car's engine. It's essentially the space in which fuel is burned and power is generated. While cars are available in a [...]
Checking fluids is an important form of automotive maintenance. Unfortunately, however, it's also something that many drivers overlook. It's not until a problem occurs when they realize they are low on a particular fluid. You can prolong the life of your car and protect it from failure by checking the following fluids on a regular [...]
When was the last time you checked your car's coolant levels? Most drivers rarely, if ever, check their coolant levels. It's not until a problem manifests when the driver opens the radiator and discovers it's missing coolant. Even if your car starts, however, you shouldn't drive it with low coolant levels for the following reasons.What [...]
The winter weather poses numerous hazards for motorists, one of which is the presence of black ice. According to the website IcyRoadSafety.com, at least 477 deaths have been attributed to icy driving conditions from 2008 to 2009. In the 2009 to 2010 season,roughly 458 people lost their lives from icy roads. As a motorist, you [...]