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TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *Tips to Extend the Life of your Car

Care and Maintenance Tips Keep Your Car Running in Top-Notch Condition
We've compiled our best expert advice, surprising tricks, and car care tips to prolong the life of your automobile!

Preserve your car's interior

  1. Fix bad weather-stripping immediately

If your weather-stripping is letting rainwater leak into the interior of your car, take a look at it and decide if you can repair it or if it needs to be replaced. Small leaks can be handled with brush-on seam sealers. Re-secure loose sections, not otherwise damaged, with trim adhesive. Torn sections may be repaired with special caulking available at auto parts stores. You may also be able to extend the life of worn-but-intact sections by inserting foam rods, available at automotive stores, into the hollow section of the weather-stripping. If you decide to replace entire sections of gasket, don't simply buy generic stuff such as you'd use around the house. Buy a product that matches your car's original weather-stripping - it's available in a wide variety of profiles from dealerships and automotive mail-order catalogues.

  1. Keep leather from drying out and cracking

Leather cars seats are durable and don't require a lot of maintenance. After a few years, however, the seats can become soiled. Use leather cleaner to remove dirt and stains. Then apply a leather protectant formulated for pigmented or top-coated grain leather (the leather used for most leather car upholstery). Protectants will resist stains and make the upholstery easier to clean in the future. Choose a protectant that includes conditioners to keep your leather supple.