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How to Clean Your Car’s Interior

There’s no denying that the interior of your car can get quite dirty before you’re finally fed up with it, but when your vehicle finally reaches that point, it’s hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, we here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi have a few tips on how to clean your car’s interior.

Clean Your Car’s Interior

Remove Trash

Of all the things that make a vehicle look like a mess, trash sits at the top of the list. Take a garbage bag and remove fast food wrappers, old receipts, and other common debris. Once all the trash is out of the way, you can get to the real mess.

Clean the Rugs

Once all the trash and debris is gone, it’s time to start on the rugs. Clean the rugs with a carpet cleaner made for cars. Many come with a plastic brush for more stubborn problems. Wait a few minutes (as long as recommended on the bottle) for the cleaner to do its work then remove it with a good vacuum.

Polish the Dashboard

Your dashboard is often what people see when they first enter the vehicle. Take the time to polish it until it shines. Doing so ensures that your vehicle is presentable from the first glance.




Pay Attention to Your Vehicle Warning Indicator System!

dashboard lightsYour vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Warning Indicator system. This is a technical term for all those little icons that light up in your dash. A few common indicators you should know are:

Check Engine

This could mean a routine maintenance task is needed. It may also mean that a sudden engine issue has arisen. When you see this light, get your vehicle in for an inspection immediately!

Coolant Temp

See a thermometer icon light up? You will probably notice your temperature gauge is rising as well. Your vehicle is overheating, a condition that could permanently damage your engine. Possible issues could be a faulty thermostat or a busted hose. Either way, get it checked out!

Battery

If your battery indicator lights up, there is possibly an issue with the battery, your alternator, or both. Most car parts stores will check the battery for free. Do it soon before you’re left stranded somewhere!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This one is simple. At least one tire is low. Hopefully you’ve got a tire gauge in your glove box (if you don’t, get one!). Pull over somewhere safe and check your tires.

Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore their Vehicle Warning Indicators. If you do, you are losing out on a fantastic diagnostic/warning system that is designed for the sole purpose of protecting your vehicle and keeping it in top-notch shape.