Diagnosing Car Troubles

After I got stranded in a seemingly remote place for a few hours, I realized that I really needed to do my part to learn more about auto repair. I started focusing on my auto skills, and before I knew it, I knew enough to change my own oil and fuel filters. After spending a few weekends tweaking my ride, I was even capable of fixing minor issues on my own--without any help. This blog is all about fixing up your car so that you can enjoy the ride you have always wanted. I know that it has helped me to enjoy the road, and I know that it can help you too.

How To Remove Tree Sap From Your Car The Right Way


Tree sap is something that just sneaks onto your car without you even noticing it, until you go to wash your car and spot it everywhere. Tree sap can be awful for your car's paint job, especially if you allow it to bake on your car in the sun for days or weeks on end. If you've noticed tree sap on your car, it's imperative that you remove it before it eats away at your clear coat and into your paint. Read on for instructions on how to remove sap.

Before attempting to remove any sap from your car, visit a car wash or wash your car with car soap and water thoroughly.

Sap On The Window

For sap on your car window, use car wax to soften and remove it. Wax over the sap with the waxing pad and a small amount of wax. Allow the wax to sit on the sap for a few minutes (until dry), then buff it out. Any sap that remains may need to be carefully removed with a razor blade. Use a brand new sharp blade so as to not scratch your glass.

Sap On The Paint

Sap that is on the paint should be removed as soon as you notice it. If it hasn't dried on yet, try to remove it with car soap and water.  Buff the area with a microfiber cloth or sponge, but don't rub too hard so you don't scratch the paint.

If the sap has hardened already, it may be a little tougher to remove. Use wax and a waxing pad to buff out the sap. Apply a small amount of wax to the pad and buff it on in a circular motion. Do this to all of the areas where you have spotted sap. After the wax is dry, buff it out with a soft cloth. 

If you still have any sap on the paint, try using a product such as Goo-B-Gone to remove the sticky substance. You can also try to use alcohol to remove the sap.

After you have remove the sap, wax your entire car to help protect the paint and clear coat.

Prevent Sap

To help prevent sap from getting on your car, try your best to park out in the open, rather than beneath trees. Trees such as pine and maple trees can drip sap onto your car, it's just best not to park beneath trees at all. Be sure to wash your car often and apply a coat of wax to protect your car. 

Take your car to a professional auto-detailing shop to have your car cleaned professionally.


11 April 2018