How to Clean Your Tires for Under 5 Bucks

Check out this pro tip for getting Porsche-grade sidewalls at Pontiac prices.

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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 to help you clean your tires.

To make the sidewalls of your tires look (almost) brand-new, walk right by those expensive tire cleaners 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.

  1. Fold the rag in quarters (giving it 4 layers allows it to better hold fluid and makes it a more precise applicator).
  2. Apply enough brake fluid to wet the surface of the folded rag.
  3. Polish the sidewalls of your tires until they shine.
  4. 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.

5 Responses to “How to Clean Your Tires for Under 5 Bucks”

  1. wayne
    September 9, 2013 #

    Wait does this clean the tire or give it a shine like black magic?

  2. T. Mcgath
    September 18, 2013 #

    This is BAD advice! Brake fluid will strip paint! If you get brake fluid on the painted parts of the car, you can expect damage to the paint. Much more expensive to repair damaged paint!

  3. George
    October 30, 2013 #

    Real bad idea! When driving down the road if any of the brake fluid flys off the tires onto a painted surface it will ruin your paint plus certain brake fluids will effect and possibly damage the rubber in your tires.

    • Rob
      December 22, 2013 #

      Let it dry prior to driving to elevate posible paint damage. Rubber tires are much to tough to be compromised by any fluids used in standard US automobiles.

    • John
      March 20, 2014 #

      Doubtful that the brake fluid will damage the rubber in your tires…remember, OEM flexible brake lines are made of rubber! ;-)

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