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I've put this post into the general section as it deals with various things on the car.

Petrol Injection Cleaner:
I have added this every 4-6 petrol (gas) fills on previous cars. What I understand it does (maybe incorrectly) is clean wax build up around the injectors. We apparently have a different mix of gas in the winter as we do in the summer. The winter mix is the culprit. I won't be offended (well not much) if you say I'm being silly in adding this additive as long as you tell me why.

Tyre (tire) protectant, shine (call it what you will):
I've previously used the cheap (relatively) spray-on type, alas this doesn't last very long. I've also used a tire gel that is applied with a supplied applicator (a bit longer lasting). I'm interested to hear what you guys (chaps if from UK). :)

Wheel Cleaner:
I use either the same mix that I wash down the paint work. At other times I use Meguiar's Non Acid Wheel cleaner.
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My opinion on these;

Injector cleaner - good, it does work and I use it on my daughter's cars once a year (mine is diesel).

Tyre shine. I'm lucky in that I have access to professional stuff as my mate is a valeters but the best commercial stuff I've used is Autoglym Tyre Dressing and I put it on with a Meguires tyre sponge.

Wheel cleaner. I've used several types. The acid based tends to be best but I only use it on really bad wheels and get it off quick before it dries. For more normal light cleaning I use any of the pro non acid cleaners. However, I find that cleaning the wheels every week with snow foam and my selection of brushes is good enough with occasional tar remover.

If you haven't got a Daytona wheel brush, they are well worth the investment as you can do the inside of the wheel. Cleaning the wheels is probably the hardest part of cleaning the whole car but also the most rewarding.
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Thanks for the advice anchorman. I see Daytona has a variety of wheel brushes, which do you suggest?

Funny, I'd been looking at Autoglym Tyre Dressing and had wondered if it would do a good job. I already have a Meguiar's tyre sponge.

I'm not familiar with snow foam.

Do you apply wax to your rims?

I always feel good after cleaning the wheels, like having well polished shoes you might say.

I was always pretty fussy with car care but, for some reason am even more so with the CX-3. I think being on this forum contributes to that as there are "other like minded" owners.
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This is the wheel brush - not cheap but worth every penny.

I tend to wax the wheels when I change from winter to summer and vice verca. It's a horrible boring job.

Look at snowfoam on YouTube. It's quite satisfying, works well and makes passers by stare.
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To properly care for your car, it's important to perform regular maintenance and take necessary precautions to keep it in good condition. Here are some essential tips for car care:
  1. Regularly check and change the oil: Oil lubricates the engine and helps it run smoothly. Check your car's oil level regularly and change it as recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Keep tires properly inflated: Maintain the correct tire pressure as stated in your car's manual. Underinflated or overinflated tires can affect fuel efficiency, handling, and tire lifespan. Don't forget to check the spare tire as well.
  3. Follow the maintenance schedule: Refer to your car's owner's manual for a recommended maintenance schedule. It includes tasks such as changing filters, checking fluid levels, and replacing worn-out parts. Adhering to this schedule will help prevent major issues.
  4. Check and replace fluids: Regularly inspect and top up essential fluids, such as coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid. Replace them as needed according to your car's manual.
  5. Keep the car clean: Regularly wash and wax your car to protect the paint and prevent rust. Clean the interior to maintain a pleasant and comfortable environment.
  6. Check the brakes: Have the brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid inspected regularly. Brakes are crucial for your safety, so any signs of wear or malfunction should be addressed promptly.
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