Ford Escape: Aluminum wheels and wheel covers - Cleaning - Ford Escape Owner's ManualFord Escape: Aluminum wheels and wheel covers

Aluminum wheels and wheel covers are coated with a clear coat paint finish. In order to maintain their shine:

• Clean weekly with Motorcraft Wheel and Tire Cleaner, which is available from your authorized dealer. Heavy dirt and brake dust accumulation may require agitation with a sponge. Rinse thoroughly with a strong stream of water.
• Never apply any cleaning chemical to hot or warm wheel rims or covers.
• Some automatic car washes may cause damage to the finish on your wheel rims or covers. Industrial-strength (heavy-duty) cleaners, or cleaning chemicals, in combination with brush agitation to remove brake dust and dirt, could wear away the clear coat finish over time.
• Do not use hydrofluoric acid-based or high caustic-based wheel cleaners, steel wool, fuels or strong household detergent.
• To remove tar and grease, use Motorcraft Bug and Tar Remover , available from your authorized dealer.

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    Engine
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