Washing Tips to Keep Your Car Looking Like New

Want to keep your vehicle looking like it just came out of the showroom? Shortcuts just won’t do. You need to wash your car on a regular basis — and these tips will show you how. Take advantage of Pennsylvania’s beautiful summer weather by getting outside and giving your prized ride the care it deserves.

Use the right products

When you clean your vehicle, it’s important to use the best products for the job. Do your work with a cleaning product that’s safe to use on car paint, along with a soft mitt or sponge. You’ll also want to use wheel cleaner and a separate cloth for your wheels and tires.

Be thorough and careful

Working with care will help keep your vehicle looking sharp. For starters, don’t wash it when the body is too hot, or the soap and water may dry too quickly. Give it a good rinse first to get rid of any particles that could damage the paint. As you’re wiping the vehicle down, rinse your sponge frequently and work in long, steady strokes instead of circles to avoid scratching.

Don’t forget to dry

Hand-drying your vehicle is an important part of the washing process. Letting it air-dry can lead to spots, streaks, and blemishes, so work your vehicle over with a soft chamois or cloth instead.

As you wash your car frequently to keep up its appearance, make sure you’re getting it serviced regularly, too. Make an appointment with our service department at Shults Ford South in Pittsburgh and we’ll make sure your vehicle is running smoothly and living up to its like-new looks.

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Top 5 Barbecue Tips for Grilling in Pittsburgh

Looking to do some grilling in Pittsburgh this summer? Shults Ford South is providing you with its top 5 barbecue tips to make your cookout the envy of the neighborhood.

Tip 1: How to make picture-perfect burgers

You may have noticed while grilling in the past that your burgers puff up in the middle. Their rounded shape then makes it harder to keep toppings in place. Before you grille, use the back of a spoon to press down on the middle of the patties. After some time on the grill, they’ll be nice and flat.

Tip 2: Populate your skewers

Whether you’re making meat kabobs, veggie kabobs or a mix of both, don’t skimp on the ingredients. Make sure whatever ingredients you are using are nicely tucked together. If they touch, they’ll stay juicier longer. Just don’t cram them into each other.

Tip 3: Oil your veggies

Are your veggies drying out and sticking on the grill? Lightly coat them with olive oil before grilling them. This is particularly useful for bell peppers, onion slices, sliced squash and asparagus.

Tip 4: Be gentle with the rub

Rubbing seasoning into the meat before it goes on the grill is a great way to add flavor. However, make sure not to overdo it. You should apply the rub gently. If you do it too hard, it can damage the meat fibers and ruin the texture — not to mention over-season the food.

Tip 5: How to tell when chicken is ready

You should never undercook chicken, especially when grilling it for your friends and family. To check if it is ready, take one of the thickest pieces from the grille and look at the color of the meat near the bone or at the center. If it is still pink, it’s not yet done. Better yet, use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature reaches at least 175 degrees.

Next time you host a barbecue, think of your friends at Shults Ford South! We’re not saying you need to invite us or anything, but maybe bring some leftovers to the showroom if you have any.

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