Your vehicles headlights are absolutely crucial to effectively and safely travel in the dark and in poor weather conditions. You are driving down the highway in the morning when a tremendous fog hits the area. Luckily, you turn on your lights but quickly realize that you still can’t see very well. This is a tramendous safety hazard and you must slow down and pay extreme attention until you get back home. Once you get home, you investigate your headlights to find out they are dirty and frosted over. It’s not just dirt, but it’s also cloudy.
While it may not come to your attention but you, yourself can buy a few materials to completely clean your cars headlights. Below are some helpful tips:
Wash your entire car to remove any and all surface dirt on the vehicle. You should then at least wax within a few feet of the headlight. This way any polishing applied to the headlights will be less likely to adhere to the car.
Apply some blue masking tape and mask around the area around the headlamp that needs to be polished.
3M and Permatex sell kits that contain everything you need for just around 10 dollars. If you would like you can also buy the polishing material and some sandpaper separate. Start the process by places some of the polish on the lenses and then clean the area in a circular motion with either a flannel or microfiber cloth. Over time, the polish will dry out and get ground into the cloth; this is what lifts much of the haziness off. Don’t be discouraged if it’s not all coming off right away, as it usually takes around 10 minutes per lens.
It Didn’t Work
In the case that you have been scrubbing one corner of a lens for a few minutes and it’s not perfect, there is still something you can do. Take a 1000-grit piece of sandpaper and let it soak in cold water for around 10 minutes. Take the sandpaper and lightly sand the lens in straight strokes back and forth. Next take a higher grit sand paper, maybe around 1500-grit and sand the lens in the a straight light but at a right angle from previously before.
Finally you can re-polish to the rest of the lens to remove any last bit of haze.
These steps don’t take too much time and they can be extremely important for your safety and other driving on the road.
If you have been looking into purchasing an Audi or already own one, you most likely know about its quattro technology. Since 1980, the all-wheel-drive system has been synonymous with Audi. While it’s designed to handle weather conditions from rain and sleet to snow, many drivers still wonder if they should get snow tires.
Audi’s quattro System.
The engineers at Audi developed quattro while they were building an all-wheel-drive sports car. This iconic system works by using a special component that allows the engines torque to be divided equally between the wheels, even if they are rotating at different speeds.
Do I need Snow tires if I’m already equipped with quattro Technology?
Some Audi enthusiasts believe that quattro technology is enough protection during the winter months. However, we really believe it matters on where you are driving. Snow tires are still highly recommended in areas with harsh winter conditions, like New England. Even with the all-wheel driving system, there are still great benefits that you can gain from tires designed specifically for snow and ice.
As we all know, winter brings new levels of hazards to everyday driving. As snow & ice related dents to your car are quite noticeable, road salt damage is silently attacking your car all winter long. The risks that come along with road salt damage includes body damage and brake & fuel line damage.
What is Road Salt Damage?
To help with the driving conditions during winter storms, trucks dump down high levels of sand and salt before during and after the snow has fallen. Salt is used to reduce the freezing temperature of snow and ice, so roads can stay clear and unfrozen at very low temperatures. Salt also provides tires with additional traction on these dangerous roads.
While salt helps us, it also can hurt us. Salt is a corrosive material that can do a number to any vehicle. Without maintaining your vehicle, road salt can rust your car. Luckily on your end, their are a few tips to prevent any of this rust damage from occurring at all.
Before the Snow Falls
- Late in the fall season, wash your entire car, especially the underneath side. The underside of your car is more susceptible and extra sensitive to rust damage.
- Now that your car is completely clean, it is time to apply a coat of wax and wax sealant to protect the paint.
- Check your car for any current rust damage and look at the brake and fuel lines. Corrosion in these places are dangerous and will only get worse with the upcoming winter.
Winter Maintenance Tips
- Keep your car floors clean throughout the winter. Any slush build up on your shoes could contain salt which may result in floor rusting.
- After driving in the snow, be sure to remove any buildup behind the wheels.
- As often as you can, try running your car through a car wash in the winter. Spots such as the hood, top and rear decks should be targeted as they are the most sensitive to rust.
- After bringing your car through the wash, be sure to re-wax & seal as you did during the fall.