Larry Melvin, ASE master automotive technician and owner/instructor at C.A.R.S. Auto Maintenance School in McKinney, Texas, provides the following pro tip on tire cleaning.
To make the sidewalls of your tires look (almost) brand-new, walk right by those expensive tire products at your local retailer and buy the cheapest container of DOT 3 brake fluid you can find.
You’ll also need a 12″ by 12″ rag (red shop rags work very well) and a sandwich bag.
- Fold the rag in quarters (giving it 4 layers allows it to better hold fluid and makes it a more precise applicator).
- Apply enough brake fluid to wet the surface of the folded rag.
- Polish the sidewalls of your tires until they shine.
- Put the rag in your baggie, and use it again next time.
If any brake fluid got on your wheels, simply wet a clean rag with water and wipe it off. Same goes for your hands: a little soap and water will do the trick.
Brake fluid shines longer and is much less expensive than typical tire products. Use this pro tip for Porsche-grade sidewalls at Pontiac prices.
And to get the most out of your tires, make sure to keep up on your tire maintenance.