2018 Chevrolet Equinox Video Review.
If I had a dollar for every time I was asked, “What’s your favorite car?” I could buy that car. Even if it were an exotic.
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Truth be told, the vehicles that get my professional admiration are the everyday ones, the dependable workhorses that shuttle our children hither and yon, the cars that become part of the family. It’s easy to love performance machines or luxury vehicles with fur-lined glove boxes (not a thing, but you get the gist). But the car geek in me admires budget-restrained engineering teams who create affordable cars that are truly desirable. That’s a black art.
The all-new third generation Chevrolet Equinox crossover is more proof that under Mary Barra, General Motors has found its footing. The Equinox takes care of five people, does the chores, doesn’t drink to excess and looks good.
In the brutal automotive business, the compact crossover market is the most fiercely competitive. It includes not only the Equinox but also the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson. The Equinox is critical to General Motors. Chevrolet moved 242,195 of them in the United States in 2016, which was second in volume only to the Silverado pickup truck. The 2018 model will probably sell quicker because it’s a far better vehicle.
Here’s why. The Equinox is more than four inches shorter now but retains the same interior space. The 400 pounds it has shed may exceed the weight of the young family who drives it. Let’s buy a round for the engineers.
The Equinox’s breezy design language, which also graces the Cruze, Malibu and Volt, could be used by Lexus in a parallel universe. One reason the second generation overstayed its welcome is that the original design for the third generation was so unloved in consumer clinics that it was scrapped. Good to know the Chevrolet team understands that ugly is forever once it’s on the road.
Friends and neighbors fawned over the Premier model’s cabin with stitched elements on the instrument panel. Owners will be staring at it for years in bad traffic, so glad it’s handsome. Budget plastics are placed below the center console where they’re seldom seen or touched. (It’s how wise product planners cut costs.) The center console is roomy enough to fit a single-lens reflex camera. G.M.’s touch-screen user interface, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is simple to use.
A base price of $24,525 will give pause to price-sensitive internet shoppers. Climbing to $33,975, my top trim Premier tester lacked available all-wheel drive and a panoramic sunroof. And adaptive cruise control is not even listed as an option. To be fair, the price includes vented front seats, a heated steering wheel and a surround-view camera system that some competitors
don’t offer. Generous pricing margins may allow Chevy dealers plenty of negotiation room. Get in there and haggle hard.
Considering the comfort and refinement, the effort may be worth it. The Equinox shines by delivering a polished and quiet dynamic verging on luxury brand levels. If the roads to soccer or Little League practice are rough, this suspension smooths the bumps. It’s respectable in the curves, too, without challenging the Mazda CX-5’s cornering chops.
Chevy’s supportive seats impressed my backside (though that’s a personal thing). A bonus: Set off the lane-keeping assist system and the driver’s cushion vibrates discreetly, with no tattletale chimes. It’s a marriage-saving feature first found in Cadillacs.
The standard engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder providing 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. That’s hooked up to a 6-speed transmission that aggressively holds low ratios for fuel efficiency. This standard power plant is smooth with acceleration in the middle of the pack. The CR-V is a little quicker and efficient. The Environmental Protection Agency rated the average fuel economy of a front-drive Equinox at 28 miles per gallon versus the Honda’s at 30. A comparable RAV4 scores 25.
Any performance and efficiency deficiencies can be rectified in spades with two engine options. There’s a 2-liter turbo gasoline engine with 252 horsepower and a nine-speed transmission for Speed Racer. Scrooge McDuck may be interested in the four-cylinder turbo diesel paired to a six-speed that’s expected to return 40 miles per gallon.
The Equinox’s automatic engine start-stop system is smooth enough to forget about in many situations. Good thing because it can’t be turned off. Unlike the automatic all-wheel drive systems used by others, the Equinox requires drivers to enable it manually. (There’s a prompt to push the button when conditions warrant.)
Automatic emergency braking is standard on the RAV4, the 2018 Nissan Rogue and most CR-Vs. That safety tech is part of a $1,900 package on the Equinox and only available on the top Premier model.
The back seat no longer slides fore and aft (eliminated because some second-generation owners never knew it did). The space is generous with a raised seat cushion offering significant thigh support for adults and superior visibility for children. The back also sports two USB ports, a 12-volt socket and a 115-volt three-prong outlet, so there’s nothing that can’t be charged.
The days of Japan Inc. clearly outgunning Detroit & Co. on every level are gone. While my left brain admires the overachieving Honda CR-V, my right brain gives the nod to the comfortable, refined and stylish Equinox. Both engineering teams performed the black magic needed to make a mainstream car appealing. I won’t be around to nag you to test drive. So experience at least three vehicles before writing that big check. A tip? The Equinox is worth a look.
Thanks for reading/watching the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Video Review. This is Tom Voelk’s last Driven column for The Times. His reviews will continue to appear on the YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/DrivenCarReviews.
Chevrolet muscle car event set for Bowling Green
Registration and spectator tickets are now available for America’s definitive showcase of customized cars as part of the 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, Presented by Holley/MSD, July 21-23 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
This will be the annual event will be held in Bowling Green.
“This move to Bowling Green allows for true brand integration with all the Chevy presence in town,” said Craig Shantz, Manager, Chevrolet Performance Shows/Events and Specialty Vehicle Builds. “It’s a great venue for the future of CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals.”
Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals showcases more than 2,500 performance cars and attracts upward of 25,000 enthusiasts from across the country over the course of three days. The 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals will include, among other highlights:
- faster open autocross
- drift showcase
- chances to test torque and horsepower against the best in the Dyno Challenge
- Undiscovered Builders’ Invitational
- Pro Builders’ Shootout
- Midnight drags
- drag racing challenges
- burnout competition
- professionally judged and awarded Show-‘N’-Shine Competition
- The Performance Marketplace
- Kids Zone
- giveaways and activities on the main stage
- chance to meet CAR CRAFT editors and photographers on site.
Hours and Ticket Information
Event hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 22, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23.
For the chance to appreciate (and show off) the spirit of American cars, participants may register their vehicles to be a part of Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals. Registration includes entry for one vehicle, driver and copilot, and one goodie bag. Pre-registration (available until July 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST) is $60 ($75 after July 18, 2017). Participants also will be able to register on-site during the event. For more information and to register, visit carcraft.com/events.
Spectator tickets are on sale now and available at carcraft.com/events. Pricing is as follows (if attending on Saturday includes Midnight Drags):
- One-day ticket admission – $13 in advance, $15 at the gate (valid any one day)
- Three-day ticket admission – $30 in advance, $35 at the gate
“The Car Craft Summer Nationals is a historic event with a life of its own and we’re excited to see it come to our home town,” said Bill Tichenor, director of Marketing, Holley/MSD. “Car Craft followers use products from our company as much as any car guys on the planet, so it makes perfect sense to sponsor this renowned event.”
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Car thief thwarted by OnStar
The Madison Police Department said a Chevrolet Cruze, equipped with the in-car security and safety communication service OnStar, was reported stolen out of Sparta. An OnStar representative called Madison police at about 8:30 a.m. to say OnStar was tracking the vehicle and it was in downtown Madison.
The stolen car went out John Nolen Drive with OnStar providing police in real time with its location, according to the report. Officers attempted to pull the car over, but the driver didn’t stop. Instead he entered the busy Beltline Highway headed west.
Back at OnStar, employees sent a message to the car using the company’s stolen vehicle slowdown technology, police said. The driver was trying to accelerate, but the car was instead slowing down.
The driver sideswiped a couple of cars before driving into a ditch near Fish Hatchery Road, police said.
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The Canadian Dream
In America, we’re stuck with the nightmare of Donald Trump. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the north are apparently living some kind of beautiful, utopian dream.
It’s called the “Canadian Dream,” according to a heartfelt new Chevrolet campaign from Commonwealth//McCann, which positions as the automobile as perfect for a vastly diverse yet inclusive nation.
The American Dream
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More about Canada
Teasers began rolling out at the end of April, featuring shots of Canadians in various settings and the line “There’s a dream we should all know about.” (Obviously, it’s not the one where your teeth fall out or you show up naked to work.) General Motors nameplate Chevrolet was revealed as the brand behind the ads about a week later.
Drawing from its “2016 Truth About Canadians” study, conducted with IPSOS, McCann defines the “Canadian dream” as a mixture of “individual success, care for others, respect for the system and, of course, in a country as diverse and unique as ours, individualism,” says agency strategy chief Mary Chambers. “It says we can make it on our own and together.”
To capture that spirit, a film crew spent a month driving around Canada in a Chevy Suburban, visiting with folks of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. This trek yielded the heartfelt two-minute documentary-style video below, directed by Co.Lab (Jeremy Power Regimbal and Justin Tyler Close) for production house Soft Citizen.
ndividual stories are broken out in shorter videos at CanadianDream.ca. So far, these include the tale of Newcomer Kitchen in Toronto, which helps Syrian refugees, and a dance program for wheelchair-bound people in Montreal. More clips are coming soon, with visitors encouraged to share “Canadian dreams” of their own.
“We saw it all on this trip, from sub-zero temperatures on 14-hour shoot days, to bumpy naps in a motor home—which usually ended by waking up mid-air after hitting a pothole—all to keep up the pace of trying to drive across our massive country of ours and meet as many characters as we could,” says Regimbal. “It was such a rare treat in the advertising world to work on a theme so close to my heart, and I hope that comes across in the final film.”
With this kind project, some hokey-ness is unavoidable, and some might say the campaign overplays the “Canadian niceness” trope. For the most part, however, it manages to skirt jingoistic clichés through its muted/poetic visual style, which achieves an engaging level of realism and grit. This approach feels genuine, and probably suits Chevrolet, a brand that often trades on its straightforward, no-nonsense appeal.
Of course, Chevy’s driving down a well-traveled road. We’ve seen peans to national pride and multiculturalism many times before. Johnnie Walker’s “Keep Walking America” ad from around the 2016 election pops to mind. And just last month, Volkswagen trekked across America to the eponymous tune by Simon & Garfunkel.
In America, whose progressive experiment is seemingly stuck in neutral, such melting-pot brand boosting might fall flat. In Canada, however, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Trump’s immigration ban by assuring refugees they’ll always be welcome, these themes appear primed to accelerate.
“The audience is both the urban diverse—the generation of tomorrow for Chevrolet—and the true blue: those who love Chevrolet today,” says Calvin Daniels, managing director of Commonwealth/McCann Canada. “This is a great way to reach them, because it’s a conversation of universal relevance—something they could understand, believe in and appreciate a car company standing behind. It gives them credit for being something they’re proud of, and that resonates.”
Title: “The Canadian Dream”
Agency: Commonwealth//McCann Canada
Chief Creative Officer: Darren Clarke
Executive Creative Director: Josh Stein
Art Directors: Nick Noh, Erikson Melton, Paisley McCrory, Li Cai Copywriter: Binoy Zuarte, Osman Rahmani
Strategist: Mary Chambers
Account Team: Calvin Daniels, Mark Dicks, Scott Milson, Daniel Ehman, Tommy Chan, Stephanie Conley
Agency Producers: Sarah Michener, Emily McKay
Production Company: Soft Citizen
Executive Producers: Eva Preger, Link York
Head of Production: Rob Burns
Line Producer: Kelly King
Director of Photography: Norm Li
Post Production: Saints
Editor: Danica Pardo
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General Motors says it will create more than 850 new jobs
in Arlington, some of which will replace work currently being done by GM’s suppliers outside the United States.
The automaker announced plans Friday to open a “supplier park” across the highway from its Arlington plant, which makes the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade.
The facility on the former Six Flags mall site will include two industrial manufacturing and warehouse buildings spanning more than 1.2 million square feet. The supplier park, intended to support future vehicle production at the Arlington plant, is expected to open in about nine months.
Dream Come True
The move is “a dream come true” for Arlington’s economy, Mayor Jeff Williams said.
“It enables us to redevelop a piece of property that was no longer economically viable,” he said about the former Six Flags mall, which was sold in 2012 and razed last year. In addition to creating jobs, the deal cements the city’s partnership with GM, Williams said.
Some 600 of the new jobs would replace work that would otherwise be done outside the country, said Steve Kiefer, GM’s senior vice president of global purchasing and supply chain.
Nearly a third of the parts used at the GM Arlington Assembly Plant come from outside the U.S., mostly Mexico and Canada, company executives have said in the past.
Kiefer said bringing suppliers closer to GM’s plants has reduced costs by more than $1 billion over the past four years.
International Automotive Components Group, a GM supplier, will bring operations to the new logistics center, CEO Steve Miller said. The Arlington location will be one of its flagship manufacturing operations.
The bottom line – General Motors says it will create more than 850 new jobs. And more American jobs is a good thing.
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The carmaker conducted a review to ensure that it wouldn’t face fines and government actions.
General Motors is fending off another class-action lawsuit, filed last week by Seattle firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, alleging that the carmaker cheated on emissions tests for its large Duramax diesel engines.
The law firm also recently filed a lawsuit against GM alleging cheating for the diesel engines in the company’s Cruze vehicles — motors much smaller than the Duramax engines that GM uses in big Chevy and GMC trucks.
The specter of Volkswagen’s “defeat device” scandal for its own emission-cheating efforts was immediately raised, so following the VW crisis GM subjected all of its diesel engines to a review to determine whether they were compliant with emissions-testing protocols, the automaker explained. The carmaker concluded that they were.
In getting its emissions systems approved by both the EPA and the California Air Resources Board, GM also explained that it carefully described the how emissions treatments functioned for the Duramax engines.
The VW engines and the GM motors involved in the most recent lawsuit are completely different, both in terms of size and how emissions are treated. The small-displacement VW engines deployed a “trap” to capture nitric oxide (NOx), but that seemingly innovative technology didn’t work as advertised, leading VW engineers to install software designed to defeat emissions tests.
GM’s large-displacement diesels use a far more common urea-injection system. In an interesting wrinkle, the defeat device that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro alleges GM installed is apparently in operation only under specific circumstances. The New York Times summed it up:
According to the suit, the trucks conform to emissions standards when they are being driven at steady speeds and when outdoor temperatures range from 68 to 86 degrees — the conditions used for some of the emissions testing such trucks undergo.
Absent those conditions, the vehicles emit four to five times the pollutants than are allowed, the suit says. It alleges that GM intentionally programmed the vehicles’ emissions controls to pass emissions tests and to then scale back those controls in real-world conditions to improve power and fuel-economy.
The most prevalent scenario for the alleged device to reduce emissions treatment, therefore, would be under wintertime conditions.
In a statement, GM said: “These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all US EPA and CARB emissions regulations.”
One of the issues that’s emerged since VW’s crisis — which resulted in billions in fines and settlements for the German automakers and effectively ended its diesel dominance for passenger cars in the US — is that there are several different types of diesel engines, with accordingly different technologies used to treat emissions.
The NOx traps that VW used for small engines were considered a breakthrough, given that they didn’t require the urea-injection system that’s commonplace for large engines. Americans haven’t taken to diesel vehicles in the same way that Europeans have, so VW’s scandal covered only about 500,000 vehicles.
Larger diesel motors are popular, however, on big trucks that are designed to tow heavy payloads, such as boats and horse trailers. GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (which is currently being sued by the government for its own alleged diesel-emissions evasions) all sell this type of vehicle and have for years.
How to tell if you need new tires
The Penny Test
Learn the Penny Test. It’s an easy way to check your tire tread to determine if it’s time for new tires.
The penny test is the gold standard for measuring tire tread-depth because it is easy and it works. Just take a penny and, with Lincoln’s head upside down, put it between the tread blocks of the tire. If you are not able to see the top of Lincoln’s head – if his head is “buried” between the tread blocks – then you still have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to go tire shopping because the tread is worn down to or beyond 2/32 of an inch.
Flip the penny over so that the Lincoln Memorial (pennies from 2010 and earlier will have the memorial on the back) is facing you and put the penny between the tread blocks with the memorial upside down. If the Lincoln Memorial is completely hidden, you have more than 3/32 of an inch of tread left.
Did You Know – Most state laws require tires to have a tread depth of at least 2/32″ to remain in service?
The Quarter Test
Some automotive experts believe that using a quarter to test tire depth provides a better read than using a penny. Some independent tests have concluded that cars were able to stop faster with tires that had a little more than 4/32 of an inch of tread depth, which is the measurement the quarter test indicates. To perform the quarter test, put a quarter between the tread blocks of a tire (just like the penny test) with Washington’s head upside down, If you cannot see the top of Washington’s head, you have 4/32 of an inch of tread or more.
Did You Know – In snowy and slushy conditions, 4/32 of an inch of tread or more is necessary for good traction
Whether you go with Lincoln or Washington, both coin tests are also good ways to check to see if your tires are wearing evenly. Simply do the test between other tread blocks and if the measurements aren’t the same on all the tire treads, the tires may need to be rotated or your vehicle may require an alignment. Different types of tread wear will indicate how your tires are wearing. If you don’t have any coins handy, check to see if the tires’ wear bars are showing. Wear bars run across your tires tread pattern from the outside edge to the inside edge. If the wear bar is visible you are in need of new tires as you have hit 2/32” of an inch of tread depth. Most states consider a tire’s service life over if any point of the tread is at 2/32” or less. If you are still unsure about how to tell if you need new tires, Ron Westphal Chevrolet would be happy to evaluate the depth of your tires. Feel free to drop by our service anytime or call us at 630-898-9630.
Sometimes you will get a warning, something like “Daaaad, I don’t feel good.” Or you may just get the faint sound of a liquidy burble before the event. A bomb is about to go off in your back seat, usually some putrid combination of chicken nuggets, breakfast cereal and juice. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
For many of us parents, we have learned to deal with the inevitable vehicular vomit explosion through experience. For those of you who have not yet had to handle this situation, here are some things you need to know.
First of all, this is very different from that time your friend in college had too much to drink and you had to race against the clock to get him or her home. While the threat to your vehicle was real, you were safe with the knowledge that they could probably open the door and throw chunks on the road. But when you have a toddler strapped into a car-seat with that five-point harness…there is no escape.
So before we get into how to handle the inevitable mess, I’m going to suggest that every parent keep an emergency car sick bag with the following items.
- Paper Towels. You can never have too many of these.
- Carpet cleaner spray, preferably something with “foaming action.”
- A bunch of plastic bags. I know these are not the most environmentally friendly, but keep a big wad of them in your bag for cleanup.
- Change of clothes. Keep in mind kids grow out of stuff quickly so be sure to change this out when they get into a new size or the seasons change.
- Baby wipes. Remember to keep these sealed well as they can dry out.
- Rubber gloves. Are you the squeamish type? A few pairs of rubber gloves will make cleanup a bit more bearable.
- A bag of coins, about ten dollars worth.
- Some kind of air freshener spray like Febreeze.
- A towel.
This all sounds like a lot of stuff, but everyone has an old backpack lying around somewhere and you can easily squeeze all of these items into something like that.
Now that you are prepared, here is how to manage a car sick incident.
It can be difficult to remain calm when there is a waterfall of vomit spewing from your child’s mouth, especially if it’s happening in a somewhat brand new car. When my son was two, I drove him home from his grandmother’s house. He likes to “go zoom in the GTI,” so I take him in my car when I can. We were about 20 minutes from home when it happens. Now keep in mind I’ve only owned the Volkswagen for about two months.
I was overcome with an emotional combination of both empathy and fear. I toggled back and forth between “I feel so bad for him…” and “…oh fuck, cloth seats!”
The best thing you can do is to keep your head about you as soon as it happens, tell the kid it’s going to be OK and do not get angry no matter how bad the mess is. Your little one is going to be pretty upset and uncomfortable. If you get worked up it is only going to make them more upset.
You may be tempted to slam on the brakes and pull over immediately. You might want to put the hammer down and speed to the nearest rest stop. Don’t. Dramatic maneuvers will likely trigger more nausea and more mess. Just like a good racecar driver, you want your inputs to be smooth. You aren’t going to fix this mess in the first stop anyway, so even after you do the initial cleanup don’t haul ass to your final destination. They day is already bad enough. You don’t want to add an expensive speeding ticket on top of it.
Isolate The Mess
Clean the kid first, and the car second. This may sound obvious, but some folks get very uptight about their car getting dirty so their priorities could become clouded in a time of crisis. The first time my son got car sick, we were on a long road trip from New Jersey, to Charleston. He was about nine months at the time. My wife and I wrongly assumed that a nice bottle before the drive should keep him asleep for a while. Heavy bumper to bumper traffic on I-95 turned the milk into curds in the poor kid’s belly and it had to be released.
We exited the highway and I found a grocery store bathroom to give the kid a washing in the sink. Luckily he was small enough at the time to sort of fit. If you have older kids, however, and no access to a bath or shower, this is where the wipes and paper towels come in handy.
Find a safe place to get them out of the car. Take the dirty clothes off and stuff them into one of the plastic bags. Tie that sucker up and put it in another bag.
Then wipe your kid down. First with the paper towels, then with the baby wipes. If you have access to a sink or something, try to rinse your kid off as best you can. Don’t worry about a full wash right now. Once you get to your final destination, that will be time for a shower or bath. You are just trying to remove the smell right now. But be sure to dry your kid off; wet and car sick is not a good combo.
Once the kid is sort of clean, it’s time for the car. If the car seats are splattered you are going to be tempted to remove them right away. Don’t. The kid still needs something dry and comfortable to ride in. There will be time for a car seat deep cleaning later, your goal here is just to make the seat livable for the duration of the ride. Use the paper towels to grab up as much as you can and stuff that mess into the plastic bags. Use the carpet cleaner spray and give any targeted surface a good soaking, then pat it dry with more paper towels so your child is not sitting on a soaking wet car seat.
Once you reach your destination and your child is washed and changed, now it is time to really clean your car and the car seats. If you aren’t home you need to find a laundromat and a car wash. This is where the ten dollars’ worth of coins will come into play.
Now I’m going to give all of you new parents a lifehack that will come in handy later. When you get that new car seat, before you install it, practice taking it apart. Learn how to disconnect the tabs and straps to get all the cloth and material pieces off the plastic. This is not always as intuitive as it should be. I’ve probably stripped down and re-installed car seats about half-dozen times already. Learn to be a pro at this.
Anyway, toss all of the dirty clothes and car seats into the wash and drive to the car wash for a good shampooing. Even if you have leather seats, chances are your carpet is going to need some cleaning. You would hope that a car wash would have a shampooer for the carpets. I have found that these are rare. But, if you’ve followed my advice, you have your own carpet cleaner with foaming action. You are prepared. Give everything a good soak and let it sit for a few minutes. Then fire up the vacuum and you should be good to go in no time. Take a moment to appreciate your resolve, your preparedness, your accomplishment. You did it.
Having your kid get sick in the car, especially on a road trip, is never a pleasant experience. However, with a little preparation and the ability to stay calm, you and your car will get through it just fine.
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For many vehicle owners, washing a car by hand is a therapeutic act as beneficial for the person’s state of mind as to the vehicle’s appearance. That’s good, because frequent washing is also the best way to maintain a new-car finish. But as simple as washing your car may seem, there are some things to watch for so that you don’t accidentally scratch or degrade the finish. Below are some basic car-washing tips.
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What Kind of Products Should I Use?
Don’t… use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren’t formulated for use on a car’s paint and may strip off the protective wax.
Do… use a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb’s-wool mitt. (See our car wax report for tips and advice on all types of waxes.)
Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge.
Do… use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car’s finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that’s used on the wheels that come on today’s cars. To be on the safe side, choose a cleaner that’s labeled as safe for use on all wheels.
Are There Any General Guidelines I Should Follow When Washing a Car?
Don’t… wash your car when the body is hot, such as immediately after driving it or after it has been parked in direct sunlight for awhile. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances that spots or deposits will form.
Don’t… move the sponge in circles. This can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the hood and other body panels. And don’t continue using a sponge that’s dropped on the ground without thoroughly rinsing it out. The sponge can pick up dirt particles that can scratch the paint.
Do… rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Once you begin, concentrate on one section at a time, washing and rinsing each area completely before moving on to the next one. This ensures that you have plenty of time to rinse before the soap dries. Start at the top, and then work your way around the car. Use a hose without a nozzle and let the water flow over the car from top to bottom. This creates a sheeting action that helps minimize pooling of water.
Do… work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds that provide lots of lubrication on the paint surface. And rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water.
How Should I Dry the Car When I’m Done?
Don’t… let the car air dry, and don’t expect a drive around the block to do an effective job. Either will leave watermarks caused by minerals in hard water. In addition, don’t use an abrasive towel or other material that can leave hairline scratches in the paint.
Do… use a chamois (natural or synthetic) or soft terry towels. If you choose towels, you may need several. It’s best to blot the water up instead of dragging the towel or chamois over the paint. The drying process can be speeded up by using a soft squeegee to remove most of the water on the body, but be sure the rubber is pliable and that it doesn’t pick up bits of dirt that can cause scratches.
Consumer Reports offers these car washing tips for the do-it-yourselfer to make the paint sparkle without scratching or degrading the finish.