Automotive Care

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How to Prevent Rust

Rust is the dreaded reddish-brown discoloration that frequently shows up on certain types of metal — such as iron and steel — after it’s been exposed to water. Not only is this issue unsightly, but it can also cause the

How to Tell if Your Battery Has Gone (Or is Going) Bad

Most drivers have experienced that dreaded moment when the car won’t start. It’s typically due to a bad battery, which means it’s time to get a replacement. Fortunately, drivers don’t have to wait until the moment when their car won’t

What Is Rust?

Rust is a common issue that most people know they would like to avoid, but they don’t know much beyond that. So, what is rust? Learning the answer to this question is a good start to the process of preventing

Get Your Ride Looking Good for Spring

The chill of winter is finally fading, which means warm weather and sunny days aren’t far behind. It’s spring cleaning time, and not just for your home. The snow, cold, and road salt of winter can take a toll on

Snow Tires: Why You Still Need Them

With all-season tires on your car, you may feel confident that you are ready to roll through any type of road conditions. While you may be okay during spring, summer, and fall, tough winter weather calls for the traction and

The Ultimate Winter Car Survival Kit Checklist

The last place you want to find yourself in winter is dealing with a broken down car on the side of a snowy, dark road. Whether you’ve run out of gas, skidded into a snow bank, or have a flat tire, being

Top 10 Winter Driving Tips for Driving in Snow & Ice

As the weather gets colder, we all anticipate driving conditions becoming worse and worse. Just as the first few flakes of a snowstorm start to build up, so does traffic. Follow these 10 driving tips to stay safe while you’re

What Is the Difference Between Winter & Summer Fuels?

As you plan your next summer road trip, don’t forget to budget for the slightly higher gas prices. That’s because the blend of gas used in the summer costs a little more than the kind used in the winter. If

Classic Car Storage Costs in Major US Cities

You love your classic car and have probably put in untold hours on restoring and maintaining it. Storing your special vehicle can be challenging. If you don’t have the space to keep the car safe at home, you probably need

How to Winterize a Car in 5 Easy Steps

Growing up in the Midwest, it is common knowledge that you will have to prep your car for the fall and winter season. It’s a great idea to take advantage of any Indian summer so you get proper adhesion of

6 Steps to Ultimate Car Protection for All Seasons

First off, every climate presents itself with its own different set of challenges. Where I have my shop, in upper Michigan, we experience the extremes of every season. From 100+ degree summers to -40 degree winters. Needless to say, it’s

5 Signs of a Bad Alternator

What Does an Alternator Do? An alternator works with your battery to charge your vehicle’s electrical systems. An alternator that’s going bad can affect your car in many ways. There are several signs you need to watch for that may

The Changing Rules for Buying a Car

Car buying has changed over the years and so have most of the old rules. In the past, you may have looked for a low-mileage car with good tires and thought that was good enough. Gas efficiency may have been

4 Tips for Turbocharged Diesel Engine Maintenance

Diesel technology has come a long way in recent years from ultra-low sulfur diesel to biodiesel. Gaining DPF filters to cut down on emissions and high efficient common rail injection systems to gain maximum miles per gallon. All of these

Top 5 Tips for Winter Car Storage

By Dale Renner, winner of the Cool Rides Online 2016 Ride of the Year with his Plymouth Road Runner When storing any car, it’s important to take into account what your specific car needs. Depending on your local climate, the

9 Real Car Features That You Have to See to Believe

Invention requires failure, and we appreciate that you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. That doesn’t mean a commercial kitchen should be sending shell-filled omelets out the door to customers, however. Here are 9 real-life features

Three Tips to Help Negotiate Buying a Car

Buying a car is a rite of passage, and for some, it can be intimidating. We reached out to a few former car salesmen to give us some easy tactics that can help save money and give you leverage in

What is Microfiber?

We hear about microfiber towels all the time, but few of us actually know what the heck microfiber is. Because we include premium microfiber towels with several of our products, we’ve assembled this brief introduction to microfiber so that you

How Do Stain Guards Work?

We’ve all seen those cool videos where someone sprays a fabric guard onto a shirt and then proceeds to pour mustard and wine and nuclear waste onto it without any resulting stain. The question is, how are they doing it?

What is Mobile Detailing?

Mobile detailing is exactly what it sounds like – a professional service that brings a top to bottom car detail directly to your location. These services have become more and more popular over the years as people look to spend

Can Road Salt Damage Your Car?

Why do they use salt on roads? In addition to being an easy way to bring out flavor while cooking – salt serves as a valuable mineral for those who have to drive during icy conditions up north. Salt lowers

What is Car Paint Sealant?

Car Paint Sealant is a fully synthetic product that provides the same benefits as car wax, but for a longer duration. Modern sealants represent astounding advances in surface chemistry and usually include proprietary polymers that enhance performance. Learn more about the difference between paint sealant vs Wax and how to apply paint sealant.

UV Protection for Car Paint

“I know UV rays can damage car paint, but I’m not sure why – or what to do about it.” – Pretty much everyone How to prevent UV damage to your car paint Park in the Shade Wash your car,

Beginner’s Guide On How to Check Your Oil

Your car is one of your most important assets. There is a lot of pressure on your vehicle to transport you everywhere you need to go, no matter what. One of the most important working elements of your car is

Quick Detailer vs Waterless Wash

The Quick Detailer category was created in 1981 when Meguiar’s released their Trigger Wash (subsequently renamed “Quick Detailer” to avoid confusion). Since then the rise of spray and wipe cleaning products has been rapid. The technology has advanced substantially to

How to Care for Leather Car Seats

Leather seats are the cherry on top of a luxury car sundae, but without proper maintenance, they can be downright gross. Because leather is a natural material it is subject to fading and cracking because of heat and UV rays.

What Type of Leather is Best?

When it comes to leather there are more options than you might have imagined, which can be confusing when trying to decide what to purchase. The leather industry doesn’t do any favors in this regard, obscuring the types and amounts

Why Does Leather Peel?

Leather traditionally means luxury. It ought to be durable, and the patina of well-loved leather adds to its attractiveness. Unfortunately, not all leather is created equal. Your leather sofa, car seats, or shoes might not be aging as well as

Top Ten Car Detailing and Auto Care Tips from Enthusiastic Car Owners

Owning a collector car is the dream of many. Once you have your dream car, you might find it becoming more worrisome than you intended. We interviewed ten car owners who have everything from 1923 T-Buckets to 1967 GTXs in their garage

The Most Googled Car or Truck in Every State

America is a country of car and truck lovers, but buying a car is a lot different than searching for one online. We looked at Google search data to see which states were searching for particular makes and models more

What is Waterless Car Wash?

The average conveyor belt car wash uses 85 gallons of water. Eighty. Five. If you live in a water-restricted area, a condominium, or you just don’t like the bucket-in-the-driveway method then you’ve probably heard of a product called “Waterless Wash.”

Tire Balm & Protectant: Why You Should Choose Water-based.

A car’s tires are like legs. Without them, you can’t get around. No matter how fancy and detailed your car is on the inside if your tires aren’t in good shape, the rest is insignificant. Tire Safety Tire safety also

Why You Should Buy Safety Gas Cans for Your Home

Safety gas cans are overlooked by many homeowners when buying a new gas can. Usually used by businesses that need a safe, durable gas can for frequent use and transporting, a safety can provides some extra features than the standard

Essential Tips on How to Fill a Gas Can

By Jacy Elsesser from Fix It Home Improvement When filling your gas can at a gas station, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends never filling up a gas can on a truck bed with a plastic liner

How Many Miles Between Oil Changes?

Knowing when to change the oil in your vehicle used to be simple. There was a common standard: Do it every 3,000 miles. With technologically advanced engines and synthetic oils constantly being developed and reformulated, it’s not quite that easy

The Ultimate List of Muscle Car Detailing Products + Tips

Detailing your muscle car keeps it in showroom condition, which is imperative if the car is completely original. The materials used in many original muscle cars could be from as early as the 1950s. Thus, care must be taken so

What is Direct Fuel Injector Cleaner and Why Do You Need It?

You know your engine burns gas or diesel to move your car forward, but where do the byproducts of that process end up? If you’re not diligent about removing them, they might stop your vehicle from working as it should.

How to Make Tires Last Longer

With proper storage and treatment, you could make tires last for 10 years from the date of manufacture. If you buy unused tires that are four years old, you’ll still get six years out of them, if you keep the

5 Benefits Of Engine Flush

Motor oil lubricates and thus protects your car’s engine parts, but it is subject to contamination from particles that form sludge. An engine oil flush can remove this gunk from the engine and extend its life. While most auto manufacturers don’t

How To Properly Fix A Flat Tire

The last thing you want to see as you are approaching your vehicle is a flat tire. Just the thought of waiting for roadside service or a tow truck is exasperating. Instead of waiting around, learn how to plug the

5 Tips for Detailing Your Muscle Car to Preserve the Life and Shine

When it comes to your muscle car, you’ll want to ensure that it’s kept clean and shiny without needing to use tons of water and soap. Excess water can result in the rush of your car’s parts if not taken

How To Check Your Oil and Save Your Engine

1. Open the hood and find the oil dipstick – It usually has a brightly colored handle, either a finger-sized circle or T-shaped 2. Remove and wipe the dipstick off then replace it – Use a lint-free rag or paper towel, and

How to Pass A Smog Test

If you live in an area where you need to have a smog test, you know the importance of passing on the first try. Failing the test means a lost inspection fee and more time out of your schedule to

Where to Buy Classic Cars: Do’s and Don’ts for Private Sales

Plenty of people on the road have managed to get the keys to their dream car, whether it’s a brand new machine or an old favorite. For some, it’s hard to beat the allure of a classic car and show

The Difference Between Fuel Stabilizers and Octane Boosters

If you’re interested in optimizing your engine performance through fuel additives, you’ve probably heard of octane boosters and fuel stabilizers. Both are designed to make your engine run better, longer — although, they achieve this through different means. In order

Hundreds of Uses of 303® Protectant

303® Protectant is formulated to keep your items looking newer, longer! Check out the hundreds of uses of 303® Protectant we have found across a variety of industries.  We would love to hear from you if you have any unique uses for 303® Protectant not

The Ultimate Fuel Treatment Cheat Sheet

The Ultimate Fuel Treatment Cheat Sheet If you’ve ever been confused or overwhelmed by the fuel treatment options available to optimize your engine’s durability and performance, fear not: you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve created this guide—to let you know

DIY Auto Detailing: How to Properly Hand Wash & Polish Your Car

It happens almost as soon as you drive your car off the lot: by the time you get home the paint already looks worse. After some more time, dirt and grime build up and the car needs a wash. So,

The Best Way to Apply Car Upholstery Cleaners

If you’re like most car owners, you want to keep your car in good shape as long as you can. You wash and polish the exterior of your car and the interior of your car deserves the same care. The

DIY Auto Detailing: How to Clean Car Carpet and Floor Mats

Taking care of your car’s carpet and floor mats can make a big difference in the overall appearance of the vehicle. Crumbs, dirt, and trash can easily accumulate on the floor of your car. Fortunately, cleaning car mats and carpeting is

Do I Need Antifreeze In My New Car’s Gas Tank?

How many of us who drive every day know nothing about car maintenance? This important knowledge about your vehicle can have a huge impact on the way your car performs and its overall longevity. Preventive Maintenance If you wish to

How To Fix Power Steering Problems

At some point, most vehicles will experience power steering problems. Some of these problems can be fixed at home with a little spare time and some tools. It is important to know the common power steering issues, how to diagnose

Long Term Car Storage for Your Classic Car: What to Consider

Restoring a classic car can take significant effort, time, and money. While your restored vehicle may be a method of transportation, many people see their vintage vehicles as collectors’ items as well as a hobby that offers a way to

5 Key Benefits of Using a Transmission Additive

Your transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. It works in conjunction with your engine to control your car’s performance, helping it to operate properly at different speeds. Like motor oil for your engine, transmission fluid

How to Pick a Fuel Additive That Works

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that all fuel sold within the United States contains a certain level of deposit-control additives. These additives prevent the dangerous buildup of deposits within a fuel system. As gas prices climb, drivers often attempt

How To Buff Out Paint Scratches on Collector and Vintage Cars

You posted signs all over her. You watched your baby like a hawk. Still, somehow, someone managed to commit the unforgivable. There’s no seeing past it. It makes the 3-year-old inside you want to howl just like you did when

Leather Car Seat Repair: How To Fix And Prevent Tears And Cracks

Many drivers choose vehicles with leather seats for their luxurious look and feel. Taking care of the seats is important for keeping the vehicle’s interior looking nice. This is especially important for drivers who plan to trade in or sell

Signs of Winter Fuel Trouble: Five Things to be Aware of with Diesel Tanks

The cold weather that has plagued much of the Midwest and East Coast recently can have devastating side effects on vehicles running on diesel fuel. Having a general understanding of some key cold-weather do’s and don’ts can drastically reduce the

Protect and Clean Your Tires: Step by Step Guide

Most of us think of cleaning our tires each spring as an appearance issue, but in reality, it is an important preventative maintenance step. A common problem is brown tires. This may happen due to caustic degreasers that were used

Don’t Let Your Car Break Your Heart

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, make it a priority to show your vehicle some love. If you fail to care for your ride, it is destined to break your heart in the future. Here are five maintenance tips to

Symptoms of Water in a Car’s Gas Tank and How to Fix it?

Whether it enters by accident or on purpose, water in the gas tank of an automobile is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Water can enter your fuel tank either when you fill up the tank from

The Importance of Protecting Your Vehicle’s Weather Stripping

The rubber weather stripping on vehicles does several important jobs in order to keep a vehicle safe and secure. Protecting this rubber weather stripping is important to ensure a longer use without the expense and bother of replacing it. Taking

Prepping Your Car for Winter with 303® Products

Winter weather is rough on cars and trucks. Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and the assault of salt or ice melt are all damaging to vehicles. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to protect your car from winter

How To Fix Radiator Leaks With AlumAseal

Your radiator is an essential component of your vehicle’s operating system. Without it, your engine would soon overheat and could easily be ruined. Regularly checking the radiator and filling up the overflow tank with coolant is a must if you

Transmission Leaks: What Causes Them and How To Fix Them

We rely on our cars every day to get us where we need to be. This, of course, includes everything from the long commute to work to simply running errands around town. That’s why you want to make sure that

Fogging Engine: Proper Use of Fogging Oils

After Labor Day, the back road highways and six-lane Interstates of America see a massive shift from Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Fleetwood RVs to snowplows & trucks. Outboard motors that once rumbled in the rivers, now have turned to silence. And

What Causes Power Steering Fluid Leaks?

Power steering affects every aspect of handling, whether it’s turns and curves or just staying on the straight and narrow. Power steering fluid is as vital to safe driving as oil is to continued engine prowess. Without this vital fluid,

How Long Does Diesel Fuel Last In Storage?

One of the costs that has to be factored in when dealing with any sort of transportation work is fuel. The large fluctuations in diesel fuel prices – especially in recent times – many choose to buy in bulk, storing

How To Protect Your Tires From Cracking

NASCAR racing tires operate at an average of 200-260 degrees Fahrenheit. Antarctic tundra tires cruise through snow drifts at negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the typical SUV tire rotates some 42 million times throughout its lifetime. Tires are one of

Oil Leak Causes and How To Fix Them

Yes, it’s easier to just ignore the small puddle of oil forming under your car. Or pretend that burnt oil smell is not coming from your engine. And is that blue smoke coming out of your tailpipe? Oil leaks are

Keep Your Car Protected on the Road

There are many surface protectants for cars on the market, but how do you know which is the best? When shopping for a protectant, you’ll want a product that won’t damage your car’s surfaces, helps prevent fading, restores color and

Maintaining The Leather in Your Vehicle

  For many, leather upholstery is considered the gold standard for a vehicle’s interior. Aesthetically, it presents an image of refined luxury over most cloth alternatives, but many vehicle owners also believe it’s easier to maintain. The truth is, leather

Protecting Your Car Doors The Right Way

Car doors take a lot of abuse from everything from key scratches and shoe scuffs to minor dings and dents. And for some, a minor imperfection can be a constant source of annoyance. To properly protect your car door surfaces,

Detailing Your Car Like a Pro

Everyone wants the new car look and feel. Whether new or used, protecting your investment should be an important part of your automotive maintenance routine regardless of its age.  Picking the right products that will clean and protect your car

Collector Car Storage: Protecting & Preserving Your Ride

Storing your collector car over the winter or while you are away for an extended period of time can be nerve-racking for some. The thought of your car not starting up or having issues when you come back is a

Convertible Top Care

The materials used to cover your convertible car come with built-in water and stain repellency, but over time their effects diminish. For this reason, it’s important to give your convertible’s top some extra care each season. A little cleaning and

RV Rubber Roof Q&A: Clean and Protect EPDM

One of the greatest things to happen to RVs was the introduction of the EPDM rubber roof. Leak-proof and UV-resistant, this long-lasting synthetic rubber compound can stand up to all kinds of weather, wear and tear. Most RV industry experts

How to Remove Scratches From Plexiglass

Plexiglass: It follows us everywhere, from the shower to the car, and we don’t even notice the important role this transparent material plays in our everyday lives. Until it gets scratched. Windshields, mirrors, rear windows, motorcycle helmet visors, headlight and

Use Protectant to Extend the Life of Your Tires, Headlights and More

There’s one product that mechanics, detailers, and dealers everywhere keep in their arsenal of “quick fix” tools. And it’s sitting on the shelf of your nearest retailer. Automotive Protectant, a surface treatment, is formulated to protect against harmful UV rays

Aerospace vs The Rest: Which is Best?

On this blog and Cool Rides Online, we’ve written extensively about the many uses for Aerospace, from extending the life of your vehicle to making wheels shine. The uses for this one product are virtually endless, which might make you

How to Clean Vinyl on Your Car or Boat

Vinyl. This plastic (made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC) is everywhere we drive. It’s manufactured in a number of forms for thousands of uses, from convertible tops to boat enclosures to car bras. It’s not a product most people think about

Considering Ethanol-Free Gas? Try An Ethanol Treatment Instead

If you’re hunting down non-ethanol gas stations, consider this first: ethanol fuel burns cleaner and more efficiently and helps increase octane. While the water-attracting alcohol in these blended fuels can lead to potential problems, they’re easy to prevent. All it

How to Clean and Care for Leather Upholstery

As you might imagine, we get a lot of questions on the subject of leather upholstery. While it’s not related to engines, caring for the interior of your car or truck is an important part of vehicle maintenance. If your

Truck and Car Storage Checklist: Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape

If it’s time to store a car or truck—either because you’re going on a trip or your family has an extra vehicle that sits idle—you’re probably looking for a safe, clean storage location. If you want to prevent damage and

How to Keep Your Car Bra or Tonneau Cover Damage-Free

Using a bra for your vehicle is one of the quickest, easiest ways to dress up your car and preserve the paint job. Similarly, a tonneau cover can protect your truck bed from inclement weather. As soon as you invest

Classic Car Storage Tips for Hot Rod, Collector and Muscle Cars

You’ve rebuilt, nurtured and invested your heart and soul. This car is your pride and joy. Now it’s time to store her. Follow these tips to keep your hot rod, muscle or collector car running its best when the off-season

Extend the Life of Your Engine’s Rubber Hoses and Plastic Parts

Unless you’re a car enthusiast, most of us hop in the car, turn the key and start driving. Rarely do we think of the engine, let alone all the pieces and parts that keep the vehicle running. Until, of course,

Top Five STA-BIL Product Myths Debunked

If you’ve ever looked for the best way to add years of life to your lawn equipment, prevent marine engine corrosion or safely store your classic car, you’ve heard of the STA-BIL® Brand. For more than five decades, this household

Infographic: 411 On Ethanol Fuel And Ethanol Treatment

More than 96% of all gas in the U.S. contains ethanol. Yet many are still unaware of the damage it can cause to your fuel system, or what to do about it. To help, we’ve created a handy infographic. Here, you’ll