Toyota Tacoma Mirror
A Few Tips in Cleaning and Maintaining Your Toyota Tacoma Mirror
Your Toyota Tacoma mirror can literally be your lifesaver. Unlike before, driving carefully is no longer enough to ensure your safety on American roadways. From time to time, you'll encounter blind-spot lurkers and drivers who failed to detect your presence and just suddenly merge into your line. Hence, it always pays to take good care of your "lifesavers" as they will give you the kind of surveillance you need for defensive driving. To maintain the functionality of your Toyota's mirrors, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Use only the right type of commercial cleaners on your car mirrors.
Auto mirrors can be cleaned using just white vinegar, water, and newspaper or clean cloth. Many drivers, however, trust commercial cleaners more. If you are one of them, make sure to stay away from ammonia-based cleaners. While ammonia is an ideal glass cleaner for your home, it can be harmful to many automotive surfaces and to your health as well. Ammonia causes vinyl, rubber, leather, and plastic to dry out, so if your mirror housing is made from one of these materials, you'd better get a new cleaner and just reserve your ammonia-based cleaner for home use. It is also a good idea if your cleaner has a non-smear solution as it will make sure that the mirrors are free of smears and dirt marks.
- Make cleaning your car mirrors the final step in your thorough car wash.
It's best if cleaning your Tacoma's windows and mirrors would be the last step in your car wash. This will eliminate any overspray that the mirrors may have caught while you're cleaning and giving your body panels a neat and finished look.
- Clean your car and your mirrors on a warm day but never in direct sunlight.
It is also a good idea to clean your Toyota Tacoma, including its mirrors, on a warm day, under a shade. If the cleaner you're using contains harsh chemicals and the sun's heat causes the cleaner to evaporate quickly, there's a chance that you'll inhale the fumes, and these may pose health risk. Even if you are using non-toxic cleaners, evaporation of such fluid before your towel hits the mirror glass can cause spotty residue.