New Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM and FIAT Smell
Posted on January 18, 2021
How To Keep Your New Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or FIAT Car Smell
"With a little care and elbow grease, you can keep your car looking like new for years to come"
-AAA, Making Sense of Car Care
You can never fully capture that new-car smell because part of it comes from the manufacturing process itself. However, you can keep your vehicle smelling fresh and
This will make your car more enjoyable for you and your passengers-and will help to maintain a string resale value.
Take out the trash
Take a trash bag out to the car and remove all the accumulated garbage. Check under the seats, in the seat pockets, and in the glove compartment. Don't forget the trunk-you may be surprised at what you find there.
Vacuum and Shampoo
Remove the floor mats and thoroughly clean your carpet and cloth seats. This helps to remove the embedded dirt and grime that can wear out your carpet and create marks and stains.
Some interesting home remedies
- To eliminate mold and mildew smells from the AC system, spray water with a drop pf bleach (about 3% bleach, 97% water) into your AC intake vent ( www.dccare.com )
- Fill a small bowl with vinegar or ammonia and leave it on the floor of your car overnight to absorb stubborn smells. Make sure to keep young children away from the bowl (www.tipking.com )
"Test all cleaners for color-fastness in a hard-to-see spot first before using in a more conspicuous place"-Car Car Council
Wipe down dash and vinyl
Use hot, soapy water to clean your dash, door panels, console, steering column, and any other plastic and vinyl in the interior.
Don't soak the carpet or cloth seats in the process, or you will get mold and mildew in your vehicle. You may also consider using a suitable UV protectant on your dash, steering wheel, and vinyl to prevent cracking.
If you have leather interior, clean it periodically and use a leather treatment to protect it. Remember that the leather is easily ruined by harsh cleaners
Treat your seats
Clean your cloth seats with a trusted brand of fabric cleaner. Test it on an inconspicuous spot for color fastness before you use it on your seats.
Consider treating your freshly cleaned cloth seats with a fabric guard to protect against spills and make cleanup quicker the next time around.
Leather-trimmed seats are best preserved by a regular cleaning with a soft, damp cloth. Stubborn stains can be removed easily with a soft cloth and reputable automotive leather cleaner.
Avoid soaking the leather trim with any liquid and don't use polishes, oils, cleaning , fluids, solvents, detergents, or ammonia-based cleaners.
A dirty windshield will impair your driving visibility and compromise your safety.
Keep your windshield and windows clean with any spray-on household type glass cleaner. Wipe it off with sheets of newspaper to minimize streaking.
Freshen the air
Before you use a fragranced air freshener, make sure you have eliminated any odors. Any lingering smells should be eliminated rather then masked.
There are several odor-diffusing products for this task. Try to achieve a neutral smell before you add an air freshener or fragrance.
Some smells are harder to treat and may be causes by a mechanical problem, such as oil leaking onto the exhaust, so speak to your service specialist.
Clean up spills immediately
You have a better chance of removing odors before they happen. Clean up spilled milk, juice, etc, Right away. You will be saving yourself a lot of time and discomfort later.