The Secret to Protecting Your Car Wash Equipment


Protecting Your Car Wash Equipment

Without your car wash equipment, your business could not exist. It allows you to be able to take care of a customer’s car washing needs.

That being said, getting the most out of your car wash equipment requires you to do more than simply own it. You have to protect it for long-term use. Below are some secrets to achieving this goal, and running a more profitable car wash business.

Constantly Clean Everything

Dirt, grime, hard water and corrosion will not only make your equipment much less efficient, but it will also shorten its life significantly. This is because these elements cause your equipment, which was designed to operate without these obstructions, to work harder.

Instead of forcing your pumps, compressors, conveyor, brushes, and other equipment to operate under these conditions, clean them regularly.

Conduct Regular Maintenance Immediately

You should already have a scheduling system in place that notifies you when your equipment’s regular maintenance is due. When these dates arrive, it is important that you do not wait. Allowing your equipment to operate without the necessary maintenance will cause undue strain.

Prevent Your Car Wash Equipment from Freezing

The freezing cold of winter, coupled with the damage its precipitation does to cars, mean that your car wash business will be more important to your customers than ever.

There are many issues that can hinder your ability to serve your customers properly. As we previously reported, however, “One of the biggest issues involves freezing of the equipment.” You can’t help customers or your business if your equipment is damaged or inoperable due to freezing, so you must take steps to prevent this from happening in the first place.

Replace Bad Parts

A single worn-down bearing can bring an entire car wash system to a halt, damaging entire components in the process. This is just one example of how a single bad part can damage your ability to run your business.

It is imperative that you sweep all of your equipment for worn-down, corroded or damaged components and replace them as soon as possible.

Give Your Heavily Used Equipment Special Attention

As Bob Fox of SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory said in an interview with, if your equipment fails, “The consequences can be catastrophic in that, depending on the component that goes down, you may not be able to wash cars.”

One of the most common reasons for car wash equipment failure is lack of proper care for items that undergo heavy use. These pieces of equipment undergo much more wear and tear than anything else at your car wash; as such, you will have to clean, repair and replace their parts more often.

To prevent your equipment from freezing, you must take the following three steps:

  1. Install floor heating

  2. Install bay doors

  3. Install weep systems on wands, hoses and tips

Need New Parts or Maintenance for Your Car Wash Equipment?

If you want want your car wash business to thrive, you must protect and maintain your car wash equipment. However, if you have the wrong equipment, maintaining it will only go too far.

MacNeil Wash Systems is a popular source of car wash services for car wash businesses across North America for over 30 years.  We can either provide quality parts or service your equipment, or we can supply you with state-of-the-art car wash equipment, or the full car wash system, if you’re interested in investing in an upgrade.

Contact us today for more information, and let us help you keep your business running smoothly for the long term!


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