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To you, does a clean automobile just seem to run better?

Asked by john65pennington (29192points) February 23rd, 2010

I just spent $25 to have my car washed and spit-shined. it was so dirty, that i had forgotten how good it still looks. i then drove my automobile on the interstate and it felt as though i was driving a brand new car! is this just psychological on my part or do most people feel the same way? a clean car just seems to run better.

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Sophief's avatar

Yes, it runs like a dream.

pearls's avatar

I don’t know about running better, but it sure makes me feel good when it’s clean.

john65pennington's avatar

Thanks Dibley.

Mat74UK's avatar

I know it doesn’t but it just feels like it does!

jfos's avatar

I think it’s psychological—the same as when you are wearing new clothes that you like or when you get a fresh haircut.

ragingloli's avatar

The Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that a clean car has lower drag than a dirty one and reduced aerodynamic turbulence on its surface, possibly reducing noise as well. It is also lighter than a dirty car, together with the lower drag decreasing petrol consumption and increasing acceleration, even though you probably will not notice the latter.

jrpowell's avatar

Mythbusters covered this. The difference seems so small I doubt you would notice. Maybe they properly inflated your tires while you weren’t looking. That will make a noticeable difference.

thriftymaid's avatar

The inside of mine has to be clean; I can let the outside go a bit.

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