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Can i take my 2008 Malibu through the car wash without damaging the wheels? Yes or No? What are all you members doing as far as washing your new Malibu? Thanks
 

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I don't know about the wheels being damaged, but I did notice a large number of hairline scratches in the clearcoat after taking my car through a car wash. After a good waxing they all went away. I now only hand wash the car.
 

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We've gone through the car wash several times with no damage to the wheels. However, the car washes suck at getting the wheel clean.
 

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I also 'hand wash' only. The car and its wheels are separate 'jobs'. 'Product' and brushes (and relative information) I obtained from Classic Motoring Accessories (www.properautocare.com).

Having completed a trip to central Virginia last week, I am in need of a wash. (Must remove the bug spats.) I planned to do it today, but the job(s) may be postponed.

I also use a "big blue towel" (a microfiber product) for drying after the wash and rinse. No water spots!! (I don't use the towel on the wheels, though.)
 

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Bluedeuce...

In my opinion it depends on what type of car wash. Here in Canada we have touchless car washes, although not great when the car is "really" dirty they do a good job when you ahave the dirty haze over them.

I usually avoid touch car washes at all costs for the same reason mpoczbut said.
 

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I used to hand wash all of my vehicles until I hurt my shoulder and my back. Now I use a local brushless car wash. Doesn't seem to be an issue with scratches, but you are correct that they don't clean the wheels well. I usually preclean those first.
 
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