Do not take your rack through an automatic car wash, even touch less. Parts of the car wash can snag on your rack causing damage to your rack, vehicle and the car wash. Also some the soaps and waxes used can cause damage to the rack materials.
To clean your rack we recommend hand washing it with a mild dish detergent. After washing take a moment to do the following;
- Inspect the rack for damage and wear, replace worn or damaged parts
- Check that all fasteners are tight
- Re-lube threaded parts with either white lithium grease, or a water proof grease. For parts that pivot using a non-petroleum based oil such as Tri-Flow will help keep things moving freely