How do I get tar off of my car tires?

What’s the best way to remove tar from my car’s rims? I drove through a bunch of tar the other day by accident and I can't get it off.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Tar is the worst! It can be really difficult to remove.
To get tar off of your
car tires
, you can try prying it, scrubbing it, or using a couple products.
  • First, try using a plastic knife to pry up any tar that you can. Avoid using metal tools, as you might accidentally puncture your tire.
  • If the tar is really sticking, try using a scrub brush and a mild detergent to remove more of it. Be careful to pick a detergent that’s safe for rubber!
  • You can also trying using linseed oil or WD-40. Whichever product you choose will need about half an hour to soak in, then the tar should be easier to remove with your plastic knife.
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