Monday, September 24, 2018

Car Cleaning and Proactive Maintenance

Prior to driving for a rideshare company (and as yearly checks afterwards) you will need to prove that your car is in a good working condition, so that your passengers are safe and that their journey will be pleasant. For that reason you will be required to undergo vehicle inspections. The following will be checked:
Brake Lights
  • Head Lights
  • Turn Signal
  • Brakes
  • Emergency Brake
  • Horn
  • Steering
  • Seat Belts
  • Windshield
  • Rear Window
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Doors
  • Seats
  • Bumpers
  • Speedometer
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Muffler and Exhaust
  • Tires and Tread Depth
  • Rear-View Mirrors
  • Stop Lights
You should not wait till this inspection to discover issues. Proactive maintenance will help, by keeping your car in good repair, and providing a routine that will help you learn about your vehicle. Routine maintenance will also keep your car looking pristine, ensuring you present a great first impression to your passengers.
Suggested Monthly Maintenance
  • Tires. Inspect them for wear and tear and check the pressure. Check the tread depth with a penny. Place the coin upside down between the tire treads. Note how much of Abraham Lincoln’s head is covered. Tires with tread that don’t extend beyond our former president’s head may need to be changed out.
  • Check the engine coolant level. If this vital fluid runs low, the temperature gauge on your dashboard will rise. Make sure your engine is cool (2-3 hours to cool off) before checking and refilling.
  • Replace the engine oil every 3-5,000 miles.
  • Check the windshield wiper fluid. Clean the windows whenever you refuel.
When it comes to the interior, a suggested weekly routine is to:
  • Address smells
  • Wash windows (including top edges)
  • Clean leather
  • Polish the dashboard
  • Wash vinyl and plastic
  • Brush the air vents
  • Deep clean the carpet or Upholstery
  • Pay attention to nooks and crannies
  • Polish glass

Tools for Detailing a Car Interior

Between fares, the car should be prepped for the next passenger. For this I used a lint roller – just run it over the upholstery and the carpets, give a quick burst from a ‘new car’ air freshener, address any handprints on the windows, and clean up any spills.

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