The Maintenance Guide of Particulate Filter

Maintenance the Particle Filter

How is the regeneration and maintenance of the particulate filter, FAP, in diesel and gasoline cars and tips to prevent deterioration?

The particulate filter has been an element associated with diesel cars until recently. This device raised as an ally against solid remains from the use of diesel. According to studies carried out in the new mechanics, they show that the use of an anti-particulate filter in gasoline also reduces the environmental impact and, therefore, improves the quality from the air.

For this reason and due to its implementation in diesel or gasoline cars, the particle filter or antiparticle filter is one of the most popular components of cars in general for some time now. An escape system member who was already the protagonist of the article dedicated to describing what the FAP is and how it works.

But, in this article, we will discuss the regeneration of the antiparticle filter and its care.

Maintenance the Particle Filter

Particle Filter Regeneration

Particle Filter Regeneration is the incineration of solid-gas residues. A process that does not happen constantly. It depends on the use of the car and its driving. It can be done in ranges between 300, 500, and up to 1,000 km, depending on the vehicle.

It is the car control unit that, according to established parameters, identifies the ideal moment of heat destruction of solid particles. Then, it should be driven for about 20-30 km above 2,500 rpm and at speeds above 60 km / h.

The regeneration phase of the FAP has a variable duration. It can take 10 to 20 minutes. In this period, the vehicle, in addition to being in motion, should not be turned off. If not carried out satisfactorily, the vehicle would light a fault indicator. That, by diagnosis, would identify the need for cleaning the particle filter in a workshop.

The price of cleaning a particle filter depends on the procedure performed. From the most economical is the cleaning of the FAP is carried out with chemical products. Some of these liquids cost little more than 20 dollars, but whose efficiency is not the highest, going through other more expensive treatments, whose prices start from 200 dollars. Such as thermal (application of high temperatures, but disassembling and reinstalling the part), until the use of ultrasound to clean the antiparticle filter, with which to eliminate the vast majority of waste. But it has been proven that the most effective method to clean the FAP is by using specific filter washers that manage to eliminate between 98 and 99% of the waste.

Maintenance the Particle Filter

How to care for the particle filter

It may happen that, in vehicles whose use is on short and short journeys, for example, cars used primarily in the city, the particulate filter becomes clogged and deteriorated.

Also, it would be one of the reasons why a car could have an unfavorable evaluation with the new ITV. It is because one of the warning lights on the instrumentation panel is on, as well as detected through the ECU reading via OBD, due to the clogged antiparticle filter.

It is recommended to perform routinely, for example, 200 km in urban roads once a month. A route we described in FAP regeneration, that circulating about 20 km. It is at a rate greater than 2,500 revolutions by roads out of the population.


How to Measure Tire Pressure Correctly?

Measure for Your Tire Pressure

The tires are a fundamental part of the vehicle, and they are the only connection between vehicle and road, so we must always have them ready.

How to measure the tire pressure correctly? This question is asked daily by thousands of users and is that carrying out a good pressure measurement avoids many scares on the road. The tires are a fundamental part of the vehicle, and they are the union between the vehicle and the road.

In addition to checking the condition of the tires, it is essential to check the pressures once a month. With more reason, if you plan to travel.

Measure for Your Tire Pressure

What happens when the tires do not have the correct pressure?

The tires must carry the correct pressure, but if, for some reason, they suffer any loss, it recommends that the risks known. First, deflated tires get hotter. This result causes greater friction to occur, which means that the vehicle consumes much more fuel.

Also, carrying the tires with little pressure can cause deformation of the tires, and with this, there is a risk of possible blowouts. The loss of vehicle control is also a consequence of the lack of pressure maintenance.

What pressure should the tires bear?

How to measure the tire pressure correctly, it is essential to know the exact pressure that the tires need. The exact date can check in the instruction manual that must accompany the vehicle in question. In most models, an adhesive can be found, located on the door thresholds or the tank cover. You can read the figures recommended by the manufacturer, according to the wheel measurements, the number of passengers, and the cargo transported.

For a correct pressure measurement, it is advisable to have a pressure gauge on hand.

Measure for Your Tire Pressure

How to measure the pressure correctly?

The tire pressure should be measured when the wheels are ‘cold,’ that is, before starting the ride or having traveled no more than five kilometers. If, on the other hand, the inflation of the wheels could not be carried out before starting the march, it must take into account that 0.3 bars must add to what the manufacturer indicates.

It is recommended to check them at least once a month since the covers tend to lose pressure over time. It is not advisable to inflate them too much. This check would result in a loss of vehicle control, adhesion, irregular wear and along the center of the tread.

Although fewer and fewer models incorporate it, do not forget to check the condition of the spare wheel. It is important to check your pressure and also add a kilogram more than what the manufacturer marks. In this way, the user will ensure that it is in good condition when needed.


New Drivers Guides: What Should You Know to Start Driving?

Guides to Know Before Start Driving for New Drivers

When you get your driver’s license, you have to know several things that will prevent you from incurring an infraction, and that will help you drive better.

Although we have been with the driving license for years, we have all gone through that time when we started driving. We have just received the precious driver’s license, and an infinite world of possibilities opens up behind the wheel of our car. But what do you have to know to make those first moments with the driving license less problematic? Many things are not learned in the driving school, and that has to be learned little by little, while the driving style is polished, although others are basic and that must take into account from the beginning. Let’s see what you should know if you are a new driver.

Guides to Know Before Start Driving for New Drivers

How long will you be considered a “new driver”?

The term ” new driver ” is valid for two years, so during that period, you will have a series of advantages and disadvantages that you will have to know. The first one is to have to use the L in your car. This signal that identifies you as a new driver must be present in the car during the first year of the driver’s license. If you do not carry it, you may encounter a slight penalty, which represents a fine of 100 dollars. Of course, if you continue taking it from the year, you also incur an infraction, and you can sanction the same with 100 dollars.

Speed ​​limits for novice drivers

A new driver no longer has speed restrictions, as was the case until the entry into force of the license for points in 2011. Before, the driver who had just taken out, the driver’s license could not exceed the maximum speed of 80 km / h. Currently, the new driver must circulate according to the general limitations of each road. Yes, that means that the motorway and highway can reach 120 km /h, just like the rest of the drivers. Of course, the lack of experience behind the wheel makes it advisable to hold your foot slightly in the accelerator and not exceed 100 km / h to react more effectively to any problem.

Guides to Know Before Start Driving for New Drivers

Breathalyzer rate for novice drivers

The breathalyzer rate for drivers, in general, is set at 0.25 mg of alcohol per liter exhaled, but in the case of novice drivers, it reduced to 0.15 mg. This reduction in the breathalyzer rate will be in effect during the first two years and then increase to the general limit. Of course, with or without experience, it is best not to consume alcohol, even in small quantities, when you have to drive.

The driver’s license card points

The number of points awarded when the driver’s license obtained is eight. This eight is the initial amount, although the passage of time without sanction with the loss of any point, the number increases. At two years without loss of points, four more points are obtained, up to a total of 12 points. If during the next three years, no driving license points are lost, these increased to 15 points. If one is lost, the general rule applies and can recover if they are not lost for some time, as is the case with experienced drivers.

Guides to Know Before Start Driving for New Drivers

General rules to remember

When you get the driving license, you reach the age of majority, and there are things that we can think of that does not go with us. But it is important to remember them since they are not only for new drivers but for all drivers.

  • Do not use the mobile phone behind the wheel: it is essential to remember, so when you get into the car, the mobile must be silent and out of reach to avoid its use.
  • Secure the seat belt, the first thing to do when getting in the car: its use can save your life, do not forget it. And not only for the driver, but all the occupants of the vehicle must wear and insured. If there are young children, they must go on an approved child transport system.
  • Adjust the seat, steering wheel, and mirrors: always before starting the march and taking the correct posture to drive safely and comfortably.
  • Neither alcohol nor drugs behind the wheel: it is your safety and that of other road users.

How to Do When the Car Battery Die

How to Do When the Battery Ran Out

The battery is essential for the car to work and although it is not usual can run out of charge, you have to recharge it and go to the workshop to check it

You got up early to go to work. You have showered, eaten breakfast, and dressed quickly. You are ready to go out into the world and face the day. You sit behind the wheel of your car; you give the contact and nothing. The engine shows no signs of life. The radio does not sound. The ignition pilots of the car are there, but there is nothing else. Sorry, you have run out of battery. And now that?

The battery is the element that powers the entire electrical system of the car when the engine is not running, and the alternator is running. It is what feeds the car’s starter with a combustion engine and allows it to start. It also powers the rest of the car’s electrical devices, so it is essential for its normal operation. It usually recharged when the engine is running since the power supply of the electrical systems passes to the alternator. This result offers enough energy to run the car and is what allows everything to work properly.

Cars spend battery power when they are not running, which is why it may discharge at any given time. What will happen then is that there will not be enough electricity in the battery to allow the starter to start? Nor will the radio work, which will unconfigure. The information and entertainment system cannot start, and the car will not use.

Although it is not time to look for the causes of having run out of battery, it is advisable to check, especially in older cars, if we have left the lights on, flashing or if we have not started the car for a long time. These may be the most common causes, eliminating the obvious problem in the alternator, for which we could run out of battery.

How to Do When the Battery Ran Out

How to start the car if you have run out of battery

To solve it, we must forget about boot systems that we have heard for some time. What to push the car in second and release the clutch to put up is not advisable. It can cause a serious breakdown, and it is better to forget about it. One of the simplest solutions is to ask for help from another driver who has cables with clamps. The correct way to use these is as follows:

  • Keep in mind that the batteries of the two cars must be of the same voltage. In most modern cars, electronics are very important, so the operation has to be done correctly to avoid breakdowns in this aspect. The clamps must be in good condition, with thick and well-preserved cables. Normally, the red clamps are the positive pole, and the black ones represent the negative pole.
  • Both cars must stop and the red clamp, which represents the positive pole, must be put on the positive terminal of the discharged car battery first. Then the positive pole of the car that will carry out the load must be connected. The negative clamp will then placed in the loaded car, and finally, the clamp of the negative pole of the car to be loaded will be connected. This process must do with both cars stopped and always carefully. Electricity is a dangerous thing, and you can create a circuit involuntarily and encounter a problem in the form of a spark.
  • Once the clamps placed, the loaded car must be started. Once it is running, the car to be loaded will start, which will borrow the energy generated by the alternator of the other car, and the starter motor will be activated. Once running, the alternator will start to work and can drive with the car. Of course, do not stop the car and go to a workshop to assess the condition of the battery and see if it is advisable to replace it with a new one. The disconnection of the cables must do in reverse to the connection. That is, first, the negative terminal of the recharged car, then the negative terminal of the car that helps. Then the positive clamp of the loaded car has to be disconnected and, finally, one of the assisted cars.

How to Do When the Battery Ran Out

If a booster starter is available, no other car is needed. The clamps placed, and then the booster charger is activated. If the clamps do not properly placed, it will not work, so the risk of breakdown eliminated.

Another way to solve this problem is, of course, to call the insurance to send a crane through the roadside service. In this way, it will be the crane mechanic who will operate, and this will do with all safety measures. Of course, the final result will be the same. That is, you will have to go to the workshop to check the battery and make sure it will continue to work.


The Guides to Recover the Driving License Points

Recover the Driving License Points

If you have lost several or all points of your driving license, there are several ways to recover them, waiting for a period of 2 or 3 years or taking courses.

A traffic offense can be serious or minor, and these lead to the loss of points on the driving license. Running out of points on this card is similar to not having it. But there are several ways to recover those points!

The driver exposed to punish with imprisonment in jail for a period between 3 to 6 months. Driving when there are no points on the license that situation constitutes a crime, according to article 384 of the Penal Code.

Before running out points, the right decision is to recover points from the card. You can get it through the procedures established by the General Directorate of Traffic: The courses of sensitization and road education again.

If you have only lost a few points, you have the opportunity to recover your initial balance of 12 points at the end of two years. After this time, you do not commit any other infraction that puts you at risk of a loss of points on your card. However, the waiting time will be three years in case the infraction that lead to that loss of points was serious.

But if the case is that you have lost all the points, you must wait six months to recover them. And you must take the corresponding road sensitization and the education course again.

Recover the Driving License Points

What are the courses to recover card points?

For the people who lost all points or only some of them, the alternative to recover them is to take the road awareness and re-education course. For this, the General Directorate of Traffic has designed three types of courses:

  • For the total recovery of points, the permit or license recovery course must complete.
  • In case a driver wishes to recover only some of the points of his balance, the one that he must perform is the partial recovery course.
  • The third of the courses is one of the formative or additional cycles. And it is the one that will have to be carried out by the driver who fails to pass the theoretical exam of the permit recovery course.

What do these courses consist of?

These courses have the objective of sensitizing drivers about how they drive, as well as guiding a change of behavior to improve their driving and make it safe.

The courses taught in face-to-face classes. The course lasts 24 hours, and a theoretical test presented. For the partial recovery of the points, the course is 12 hours, and the exam is not required.

And if you have to apply to the additional cycle, the duration is 4 hours.

How much does it cost to take these courses?

  • License or permit recovery course: 329.30 euros + VAT / IGIC / IPSI
  • Partial recovery course: 174.93 euros + VAT / IGIC / IPSI
  • Training cycle: 102.90 euros + VAT / IGIC / IPSI

Recover the Driving License Points

When can you do them?

The theoretical proof of the permit or license recovery course can be presented only at the end of the period of the loss of validity of the driving license. It lasts for six months (3 months for professionals).

For partial recovery, it can be done once every two years, but in the case of professionals, it is allowed once a year.

The additional cycle is the option for those who have not passed the theoretical test. The cycle can only be done twice in succession, and the course must repeat in case of not passing on the third attempt.

How many points can recover?

If a driver for two years does not commit infractions, he recovers the total points. That is, the credit returns to its original state of 12 points, but if there was any severe infraction, you must wait three years.

The course to recover license points partially, a maximum of 6 points can be improved, but in case of loss of the driving license, only 8 points can recover initially.

For any of the courses, you must request an appointment at traffic headquarters, by phone 060, or by accessing the official website where you will find a list of the centers and schedules where the courses taught.


How to Know A Cars Real Kilometers? Some Tips for You

Know The Car Real Kilometers

Performing a diagnosis, a mechanical review, reviewing the maintenance book, and the ITV reports are some of the keys to knowing the kilometers.

Many users currently choose to buy a second-hand car, and before making the decision, it is important to know their kilometers. But how to know the real kilometers of a car? The main source to know the kilometers that a second-hand car has traveled is diagnostic equipment.

The evolution of technology in vehicles has taken another step. It left behind traditional odometers and has incorporated the digital process. That makes the already famous ‘shave’ of kilometers more complicated; at least, if it has done, it is left a mark on the system of the vehicle in question.

In the race, knowing real car kilometers, it is essential to keep in mind that many switchboards are connected to the vehicle. Therefore, if you want to buy a second-hand model, it is advisable to access the car through a diagnostic device and enter the different electrical systems of the unit.

Know The Car Real Kilometers

Review the maintenance book

Before deciding to purchase a second-hand car, it is advisable to review the workshop book to study. In detail, the actual kilometers, each of the repairs that are carried out on the vehicle, must appear the corresponding kilometers.

Report of the Technical Inspection of Vehicles (ITV)

Another of the documents that the future buyer must review to know the actual kilometers of a second-hand car is the ITV Report. From a few years to this part, the stations required to record kilometers, which the vehicle arrives at the inspection.

For any reason, the car in question does not have the latest documents, you can always go to the Traffic Department. And obtain, through the payment of fees, the vehicle’s history. Through this request, you can find out the kilometers of each inspection and check their correlation.

Know The Car Real Kilometers

Mechanical inspection

Before buying the used car that has selected, it is essential to perform a thorough mechanical check. Also, it must be carried out by a professional or trusted mechanic who will check the wear elements. Some of the systems in which greater attention should pay are the clutch, the brakes, the suspensions. Possible blows that affect the structure of the vehicle, bad repairs on the body and missing parts; crankcase cover, different or absent hardware, etc.

These aspects could give some clues about the care, use, and actual kilometers of the vehicle you intend to acquire.


How to Rotate the Tires Correctly?

Rotate the Tires

There is a technique to extend the life of the roofs. It is called rotating the tires and should do between 5,000 and 12,000 kilometers.

The tire changes are something that all drivers want to delay as much as possible, but it is important to note the condition of the tires periodically, so check that has not yet reached the witnesses and wear traces. It is regular. Take advantage of the covers as much as possible. There is a technique to extend, a little more, its useful life. It is called rotating the tires and should do between 5,000 and 12,000 kilometers.

Regardless of the car driven, it must take into account that each wheel works differently, which means that each one has different wear. Front-wheel drive cars wear the front wheels much more since they are driving wheels and steering wheels.

Rotate the Tires

How to rotate the tires?

This first step is essential, and it is necessary to check if all four wheels are of the same size. There are cars on the market, especially those with large displacements, which mount tires or width in double measure so that the rotation of tires in these cases is unfeasible.

Once this fact has proven, the following is to see if the tires can rotate. This result can see in the tread of each wheel. In some, you can read ‘ rotation ‘ and an arrow indicating the direction of rotation while in others you can directly read ‘ Outside.’

The former indicates that they can only change to positions that carry that sense of rotation; that is, if it located on the front axle on the right wheel, it could place on the rear axle on the right side. They can never put on the left side. The second one can be changed sideways as long as the ‘Outside’ is facing the outside. Never ride with a cover where you can read the word ‘ Inside ‘ from outside the vehicle.

Rotate the Tires

How to change the tires?

Once it is clear that the tires are going to rotate, it is advisable to take out the spare wheel and the jack. If you have a hydraulic jack and borriquetas, it will be much better. It recommended that you do not skimp on security. Then, the bolts of the first wheel are loosened using a wheel, ratchet or torque wrench. Once loosened, the car will be lifted with the jack (make sure that the jack properly positioned), and the wheel will be replaced temporarily by the spare one.

The wheel that has removed to the axis is to install, and the same operation started again. Once replaced, the resulting wheel should replace by the replacement one we have placed temporarily. This tonic should apply to the rest of the tires.

Before storing the spare wheel, it is advisable to check the tire pressure and inflate it one kilogram more than the manufacturer indicates. In this way, when needed, it will have optimal pressure.

Of course, we can always take it to a workshop to rotate our wheels for a price that can range between 10 and 20 euros per wheel; If we wanted to rotate the 4, it could cost us between 40 and 80 euros approximately.


Tips to Drive in the Strong Wind Without Losing Control

Drive Comfort and Safety in the Strong Wind

The tips for driving in strong winds go through the importance of extreme caution and adapt the driving to avoid possible accidents.

Commonly one does not usually think of the wind when talking about meteorological phenomena. That affects driving, but, in reality, it is one of the most dangerous, especially when it is strong or gusty wind. Among the tips for driving in strong winds, the importance of extreme caution and adapting driving to avoid possible accidents highlighted.

It is important to note that it is a meteorological phenomenon that causes about 170 accidents every year. For this reason, it recommended that you follow the tips for driving in strong winds.

The first recommendation for driving with strong wind is to slow down and adapt it to the road. When the speed reduced, the vehicle itself will ‘grab,’ by its weight, the road. The use of short gears advised by the General Traffic Directorate. These types of gears facilitate acceleration as long as a high-speed regime used.

Drive Comfort and Safety in the Strong Wind

Attention to the wind

The speed and force of the wind are crucial when it comes to controlling the vehicle. It is advisable to detect them to gain reaction time. As a clue, you can see the movement of tree branches. If the route passes through interurban areas with difficult mountains, it may mark by wind sleeves.

Special attention must pay to changes in wind direction. This result is one of the great dangers of driving in strong wind. It is recommended not to make sudden movements and hold the steering wheel tightly.

This type of gale can cause trees to fall to the road.


Among the tips for driving in strong winds, special attention must pay to overtake. And this type of maneuver is complex, especially if it is possible when a third element adds; wind. It is recommended to hold the steering wheel firmly. In this way, we can be alert of any change of trajectory caused by the wind.

Drive Comfort and Safety in the Strong Wind

Special attention to the vehicle

The car also has a lot to do with the reaction to the wind. If a car with a higher body driven, as is the case of large SUVs or SUVs. The wind resistance is greater, and they are more difficult to control because of their height and its high center of gravity.

The tires also influence the grip on the road, and that is the link between vehicle and asphalt. It is advisable to check the pressures before going on a trip.

Recommendations when driving in strong winds

  • Reduce speed and put the five senses on the path.
  • Get away from vehicles of large tonnage and dimensions.
  • Place your hands on the steering wheel in the 13:50 position.
  • High-speed regime.
  • Stay in the center of the lane.
  • Caution when leaving tunnels.

5 Steps to Polish the Car Headlight

Polish the Car Headlight

The headlights of the car are one of the most important safety elements, and it is possible to recover the brightness by polishing the headlights of the car in five steps

The headlights are one of the most important parts of the car and one of the elementary safety elements. And the headlights not only allow us to see during the night or at times when sunlight is not enough to see correctly. They also serve to make the rest of the drivers aware of the presence of our car. The integrity of the headlights allows for greater brightness. With the passage of time and the action of dust, insects, and rain, the surface of the headlights deteriorates, and the luminosity is lost.

Many times we are not aware that the headlights are losing efficiency until they communicate it to us, for example, in the ITV. The difference between a new lighthouse and one that has suffered the passage of time without maintenance is quite large, so if we notice this loss of brightness, it is time to solve the problem. The first solution we can think of is to change the headlights, something that is quite expensive. But calm down, there is another way to solve it, which can be done at home and does not take up much time. And, above all, it’s nothing expensive.

Polish the Car Headlight

The headlights can polish in a very simple way, and you only need a few elements to do it at home, things that are easy to have at home or that can be bought without problems and used without having great knowledge. The tools and materials you need to polish the headlights of the car in 5 steps are as follows:

  • Masking tape
  • 400, 1,000 and 2,000 grit sandpaper
  • Variable speed drill
  • The rag that does not leave lint
  • Wool discs
  • Liquid polish with silicones
  • Water

Step 1: Clean the headlights of the car well

Before starting with the sanding of the headlight surface, you have to make sure everything is well cleaned. Using a sponge, water, and soap, you have to remove all dirt from the glass. Outside dust, mud stains, remains of any kind, and all stains. When everything well cleaned, the bodybuilder tape should be used around the headlights so that the paint and bodywork are not damaged when the sandpaper used.

Step 2: Sanding the headlight surface

Once everything is clean and secured, it is time to use the different types of sandpaper to polish the surface of the headlamp. The function of this step is to eliminate the most superficial layer of the thermoplastic, which makes the headlamp present this opacity. The sandpaper has a different grain, and the smaller the number, the greater the degree of roughness. So possibly, and depending on the damage the headlight housing has, you only have to use the 1,000 or 2,000 grit sandpaper.

Sanding can be done by hand or using a drill with the minimum speed. In both cases, you have to be careful and not put too much pressure or stop for a long time at a single point. If you force a lot, you can damage the headlight permanently. It is also advisable to wet the surface of the headlight every so often, to avoid damage. First, most abrasive will use, that of 400 if the surface of the headlight is very opaque or that of 1,000 if the opacity is not very pronounced.

After sanding, the surface should be white, as if it were frozen. There should be no bright spots. After this sanding, 2,000 grit, the least abrasive, must be used. It is necessary to continue wetting the surface and without exerting too much pressure.

Polish the Car Headlight

Step 3: Polishing the headlight surface

Once the headlights sanded, they should be cleaned well and dried thoroughly. The correct application of the polish can depend on everything being very dry, including the corners attached to the headlight housing, so that no drops fall on the polish. The drill must now use with the wool disc, on which the liquid polish with silicone will place, something that can purchase at any hardware store or DIY store. This product must apply to the headlamp, and the drill must be used without tightening, and without stopping too much on the same point. Gradually, the surface of the lighthouse will recover transparency.

Step 4: Cleaning the headlight surface

After polishing and applying the liquid polish with silicone, the headlight surface must be cleaned and checked. If we see that transparency has recovered, we don’t have to do much more. If opaque areas continue to exist, polishing must repeat. To perform this thorough cleaning, use a rag with water and leave everything clean and dry.

Step 5: Varnishing and sealing the headlight

This last step is not mandatory, but it is quite practical. By sanding and polishing the surface of the car’s headlight, the protective varnish layer removed, so it has been left unprotected. A protective varnish must use, which can purchase at a specialized workshop. It is important to let the varnish dry well, so you have to leave the car still and in a place where it can dry well, and nothing spoils the final result.

Following these steps, it is easy to polish the headlights of the car. It is also true that in a workshop they can do it more easily if we do not have much practice and the cost of doing so is quite low, not reaching 50 euros on average. Let’s do it at home or in a workshop, polishing of the headlights of the car will give new life to this important element of safety.


Tips to Help You Wash Your Car Without Damage

Wash Your Vehicle

When cleaning the car, several household products can be used to leave the body shiny and clean, and that does not damage the paint.

If there is something we all have to do with our car, it is to wash it. The body can withstand almost everything, but you have to take care of it. When we wash it and leave it as bright as it was when we picked up the car from the dealership. There are specific products to clean the car and keep the body in condition. But in our house, some products can be very interesting to clean the body and keep it in good condition. We are going to see some of those household products that can help you to clean the car and that you can find at home.

Wash Your Vehicle

Furnace cleaning foam

A product as common in the home as is the oven cleaning foam can be very useful for cleaning car tires. Its anti-grease action allows eliminating any dirt that has adhered to the tires. Spray the tires with oven cleaning foam and let it dissolve the dirt completely.


The dishwasher is designed to remove dirt embedded in dishes and cutlery, so it can also be used to remove dirt from the body. It is convenient to use it with a pressure washer, which sprays water with a dishwasher over the entire body surface. After leaving some time for the dishwasher to operate, it is necessary to rinse with water, and we will obtain a clean and shiny body.

White vinegar

The white vinegar is a product that can use in various ways to clean the car. The white vinegar can be used to clean the tires because it is a powerful degreaser. Vinegar also used in the home as a glass cleaner, diluted to 10% with water. To be efficient, you have to use a newspaper, which prevents the glasses from fogging up.

Another use of vinegar can be the cleaning of plastics. The effect of vinegar can remove dirt from plastics, using wet cotton in half a glass of water with two tablespoons of vinegar.

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Something as usual for daily hygiene as toothpaste can be a good ally for car cleaning. Specifically, toothpaste can be used to polish the headlights of cars. You can spread the surface of the headlights with toothpaste and make small circular movements with a toothbrush. Anyway, to get a good result in the polishing of headlights, I advise you to read this article, where we explain how to do it most efficiently.


The bitumen will not only give the shoes a new look, but it can also be used to give a touch of black to car elements such as the bumper. Bitumen can be used to recover the black color of a plastic bumper by applying a couple of layers of bitumen. It can extend with a sponge bathed in bitumen, from those sold in any supermarket, and you can get a fantastic result in the car.

All these little tricks to clean the car with homemade products work can be very useful to leave the car clean and perfect. But you do not have to experiment with any product. Some of the products we have at home can be used to clean anything, but be harmful to the paint and bodywork. If we do not have insurance, it is better not to use that product we have doubts about and stick to what is proven to work.

There are also products that popular wisdom offers prodigious characteristics for cleaning. But that does nothing, such as Coca-Cola, the object of thousands of hoaxes and myths, and that is nothing more than sugar water, or that can be harmful to the car’s paint. Be very careful, because although some things work and can easily replace specific and expensive products, others do not.