DONT FREEZE YOUR FRONT END
OR DAMAGE YOUR DRIVE TRAIN THIS WINTER:
Simple Tips Protect Your Vehicle During Cold Temps and
Tough Driving Conditions
.....Winter weather is just around the corner, and with it
come salty, sandy roads, cold starting conditions and sluggish
performance for your vehicle. But a few simple tips from 3M
Car Care can give your vehicle the equivalent of a water-resistant,
protective coat for the outside and a warm cup of cocoa inside.
.....Winter preparation is more important than spring
cleanup for your car, said John Mailand, technical services
manager for 3M Retail Automotive. The harsh weather
can be hard on your cars mechanical systems, while tough
road conditions can wreak havoc on your cars exterior.
With a few easy maintenance projects this fall, you can really
improve the performance of your vehicle this winter and enhance
the longevity for years to come.
.....Mailand knows a few things about winterizing vehicles
from his many years in the freezing Minneapolis climate. While
3M engineers complete thorough testing of their products and
recommended processes in the laboratory, Mailand and his team
take their testing to the streets. In fact, they field tested
the new 3M Performance Finish last winter and found it stood
up to 50 washes without losing its shine or protective qualities.
3M Car Care Recommends Exterior Clean-Up and Protection
.....For the cars exterior, the key is to get all of
the exterior finishes cleaned and prepared for a protective
winter coat, then keep damaging salt and sand off of the cars
finish throughout the winter.
The top 10 tips include:
1. Give it a good bath with 3M Car Wash Soap to remove summer
dirt and grime without removing wax protection
2. Remove the tar and debris from summer road work with 3M
Adhesive and Wax Remover. Just rub it on with a microfiber
cloth, let sit for a few minutes to loosen dirt, old wax and
tar, then wipe off
3. Clean the wheels and tires with 3M Wheel and Tire Cleaner
to remove brake dust and highway grime
4. Restore tires to brand new finish with 3M Tire Restorer.
Just spray on and wipe off for a deep black luster. 3M Tire
Restorer is also good for restoring black plastic bumpers
and door handles to showroom style
5. Protect the clean finish on the wheel hubs or rims with
3M Performance Finish. Just wipe on and wipe off. Not only
will it stand up to months of car washes, it also will endure
sleet, snow and sludge on winter streets
6. Remove surface scratches with 3M One Step Cleaner Wax.
This easy to apply wax eliminates surface scratches and restores
the shine to the paint finish in one easy step
7. Give the car a good protective coat of 3M Performance
Finish. This innovative finish, which chemically bonds with
clear coat finishes, keeps the cars finish looking good
through up to 50 washes. And it is simple to apply with no
hazing just wipe on and wipe off in minutes using a
3M Microfiber Cloth without any worries for residue left in
cracks and crevices
8. Get the glass clean inside and out with 3M Glass Cleaner,
which has a unique vertical cling to prevent drips and is
safe to use on glass, plastic, chrome, metal and painted surfaces
9. Protect the upholstery with 3M Leather and Vinyl Restorer,
which revives the natural sheen and soft feel of the factory
10. Clean the cars carpet with 3M Carpet Cleaner and
protect from winter salt and dirt with 3M Scotchgard
Fabric and Upholstery Protector spray
Once youve cleaned and protected your car,
all you need to do is wash it at least once a month to remove
damaging salt and sand, added Mailand. When spring
comes, youll be ready to ride with a great-looking car.
Give Your Car Some Extra Protection for Winter Wear
.....It isnt just the exterior of the car that needs
a little extra protection for winter so be sure to
check the cars mechanical system, fluids and components.
3M recommends seven easy tasks that can be done at home to
improve the cars performance during cold weather, including:
1. Prevent rough idling, which can be worse in the winter,
with 3M Throttle Plate and Carb Cleaner. Just spray it on
to the throttle plate to clean, lubricate and increase engine
2. Add 3M Complete Fuel System Cleaner to clean fuel injectors,
intake valves and combustion chambers for maximum power and
3. Check the tire pressure and fill to the manufacturer's
recommendation. Cold weather decreases tire pressure, which
can lead to blown tires in the winter not a great time
to have to change a tire
4. Prepare door, hood and trunk hinges, locks and other moving
parts with 3M Multi-Purpose Spray Lubricant. This lubricant
is four products in one it lubricates, penetrates,
displaces water and resists corrosion
5. Flush the coolant system and add fresh antifreeze
don't be tempted to just top off from the previous year because
older antifreeze can damage the car's coolant system
6. Check the battery. If it is four years or older, it might
be a good time to replace it, particularly if the car is operated
in a cold climate
7. Consider changing the oil to a lower viscosity for colder
....."You never want to send your car out in the cold
unprotected. Now you can do your own winter car maintenance
quickly and cost efficiently from the comfort of your
own garage," said Mailand. "At 3M Car Care, we're
focused on providing consumers whether new DIYers or
automotive enthusiasts the smart solutions to get the
job done right, all backed by 3M's trusted science and innovation."
.....The 3M Car Care product line is a comprehensive line
of 3M products for automotive maintenance. The innovative
product line includes performance cleaning products, waxes,
compounds, glazes, adhesives, abrasives and specialty products,
previously available exclusively to the professional market.
3M's Automotive Aftermarket Division serves the automobile
owner and hobbyist as well as professional body shop, recreational
vehicle and mechanical service markets.
The 3M Car Care product line can be found at leading automotive
aftermarket retailers and online through select distributors.
For more information on 3M Car Care products, visit www.3Mcarcare.com.