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Hacks related to the maintaining, [cleaning], and repairing of cars and other consumer vehicles.

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How to remind myself to lock my doors

It happened a couple of times I had items stolen from my home or car because I simply forgot to lock the doors. Is there a trick to prevent this absent-mindedness?
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Storing herbs, spices, coffee and tea in my Florida van? Temperature inside insulated bag inside insulated freezer

I live in South Florida where the summer sun has no mercy. I drive a new van and I've taken steps to keep the inside cooler during the day. I live in the van for weeks at a time and need to store ...
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How can I effectively determine the distance to the car in front of me when parallel parking?

Most modern cars have reverse sensors in them, and many have reversing cameras. These conveniences help a lot in ensuring that you don't hit the car behind you when reverse parking. But I find it ...
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How do I block out sun from the corner of my car?

I was driving yesterday, and the sun appeared in the intersection between the windshield and driver-side window. When I pulled down the shade, it blocked only one side and the sun shone through the ...
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Keeping dry inside car door

I deliver newspapers. (Yes, some people still do read them.) Anyhow, the driver's side window is almost always open and I'm subject to getting soaking wet when it rains. Any and all ideas would be ...
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I can’t change this plug. How to open it while keeping it’s shape?

There’s 0.2ꭥ between this green and this red wire which is almost a short circuit (the ecu confirms it). The shape below is because of the heat of the engine causing the plastic to melt A good knock ...
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Clean Automatic Transmission Fluid (Oil) from Car Carpet

I've bought a car that was stuck for two years into a garage and was used for storing a car part that left the rear carpet filled with ATF Oil. I did cleaning of the carpet with Kitchen Antigrease (...
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Lost my car keys inside my car. I am definitely unable to find them again despite 5 peoples paid me for a 700 Km ride tomorrow evening

Everything is in the title. the inside of my Toyota Yaris is black and here’s how the key looks like : I think they put the keys in the boot, but there is a 130Kg (250lbs) engine I can’t lift alone (...
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How to open car door when frozen with ice?

I went to another country by train and I left my car in a parking space at the train station. Yesterday I came back at night and my car was frozen. My car has a manual key system where you have to ...
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How to avoid getting car light directly in eyes when on bike without using polarized glasses?

When I come back from university, mostly it is late night. I am on bike and when I enter an area where there is no road light and having darkness every where. When a car came in front of me then it ...
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What is the best way to keep you cat off your car?

Every morning when I wake up, I have cat paw prints all over the car. Is there any way to harmlessly deter the cat(s)?
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Tips on drying your clothes by leaving them in your car during the summer?

Is this safe to do? Will leaving the windows open a crack be sufficient? Are there specific target temperatures for feasibility?
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How can I add headlights to a rented car?

I rent cars for road trips in Canada's backcountry (like Newfoundland) where I drive: only on paved roads (no off-roading), never after sunset, at 20-40 KPH (much slower than the speed limit), if I ...
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What removeable dashboard cameras befit car renters?

My grandmother in Canada doesn't own a car and prefers car sharing. She needs dashboard cameras, as someone tried to defraud one of her friends like the following: As CBC News reports, in at ...
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What can I use instead of a screw

Well I have a phone case that has tiny screws to keep the case intact because there are 3 pieces to the case that are screwed in and today I took the case off and lost omen of the screws now the case ...
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How to fix a tablet on car dashboard?

I want to fix a 7-inch Android tablet on my car dashboard. It will be used as map navigator, music player (via Bluetooth) among other applications. Following images may help you understand the ...
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If I have to ride in a car that recently had some rotting meat, how can I breathe without gagging?

A few years ago, my friend, who drove children to different places as part of their job, said that somebody had left a piece of lunch meat. That was towards the beginning of summer. When school ...
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Some everyday item to wedge my car window shut (stop it from slipping)

The motor on my car window burned out. The window falls down about 2 inches, letting in rain (I only park in a garage and at work, so am fairly safe from thieves). I can push the window up, but it ...
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Parking stop ideas

Need help parking my truck at an angle in my three car garage, without hitting my wife’s sedan. I have an HD 2500 with a headache rack that only fits in the garage at an angle with my wife’s car in ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

I believe this problem is well known to most drivers: there are times you just feel your eyes closing while driving, even if you slept well the night before. Ideally, you would stop the car in a gas ...
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Best configuration for sleeping in car

I am an Uber driver and I have this necessity after working late weekend nights and I am too tired to drive home safely. Firstly, I have several vehicles but none of them have seats that recline to ...
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Best way to mount a phone in the car

I have a Toyota Matrix and want to mount my iPhone 7 ( or future versions) for easy access to directions, etc. while still being able to charge it. Right now it sits in the cup holder or I stuff it ...
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How can I carry a refrigerator with a Mercury Sable 2001 (aka Taurus)?

I'm not concerned if a scratch the car, and I can use wood or something to help. I need to transport a regular household-size refrigerator. We don't have one, and occasionally people give them away on ...
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How to remove scratches on windshield caused by scotch brite?

Today I removed my tollgate sticker with warm water and the green side of the scotch brite sponge. Now inside of the windshield where the sticker used to be is full of light scratches. Any remedies? ...
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How to prevent mobile phone in the car from falling when I use it as GPS?

When I want to use my phone as a GPS I usually try to find spaces in the car to put the phone in a horizontal position. Some possible places are the space right over the middle air condition holes, ...
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What's the cheapest way to wash a car in the rain?

What's the cheapest way to wash a car? You'd think the car would wash by itself in the rain, but it always appears dirtier after it rains than just before the rain. One may think that washing the car ...
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Want to replace a friends license plate

I went to open the trunk of a friends car and accidentally grabbed the license plate and bent it up. Its still legible, but stays bent at a noticeable angle now. For a present I would like to replace ...
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How to avoid scratching door on garage door frame

With several different drivers in the family with different levels of capability ... an unfortunately relatively common occurrence is the side of the car to get scratched by the garage door frame ...
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How do you plug a pinhole leak in a fuel tank without emptying it?

I have a pinhole leak on the very bottom of my plastic fuel tank in my car and I'm trying to repair it. If the tank was empty, the hole could be plugged with some epoxy, JB weld, or some other ...
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How to safely display an electric car's battery pack at a car show?

My SO built a custom electric car which has a large high voltage battery pack in the trunk. We occasionally take it to fun local car shows. The battery pack generates a lot of interest so we like to ...
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How to permanently fix deity's idol on car dashboard?

I have bought a new car. For keeping gods grace, we use to fix our favorite deity's idol on cars dashboard. Thus I tried to fix one whose picture I am attaching below. The problem is, since idol is ...
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How to protect a car from hail?

We currently have a very strange weather constellation with recurring thunderstorms with hail - the current warning says "hailstones up to 4cm". The frequency of these storms had me wondering: Is ...
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Avoid feeling sick reading in a moving vehicle

I am a student who use public transportation. I usually spend 2 hours a day on the bus going to work, and use this time to study or just relax reading something. But the movement make me feel very ...
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Padding metal hooks on car trunk bike rack

I bought this trunk bicycle rack on Amazon and I'm trying to effectively solve one issue I'm having with it before I use it... The hooks that fasten it to your trunk are metal. There is no padding ...
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“Window Decals” - Make them “moveable”

Everyone is familiar with these kinds of decals that go on the inside of your car windows. Yearly park decals. Work decals. Parking lot decals. etc. What "tricks" are there to be able to use these ...
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How can I improve air conditioning effectiveness in my old car?

Assuming that the system is working properly, has enough refrigerant, fins are not bent, cabin air filter clean (or not on this model), how can I get better results in a very sunny and hot climate? ...
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How can I improve air quality in my car?

Cars tend to have low air quality due to driving in an environment of exhaust and other fumes, dust, etc. Is there anything that will help with this?
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How to signal a person driving behind you to stop texting?

This has become a real issue for me these days. I have been rear-ended twice already so I started paying attention more to what the person driving behind me is doing. When I see 'texters', I usually ...
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I spilled yogurt on my car leather seats. What is the best way to remove it?

I spilled yogurt on my new car's car seat and I have no idea what is the best or the worst way to clean it. I have a few ideas in my mind from Google search and some YouTube videos that I saw but not ...
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How do you safely charge your laptop in your car? [closed]

Charging your laptop in the car is a great need when you live stray and knowing that really cool looking and cheap adapters are sold somewhere in the world is exciting. But you wouldn't want to burn ...
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How to remove sticker from car windshield without tearing it

How to remove a sticker from the inside of a car windshield which I want to leave undamaged so that it can be used on another car. The stickers are for car insurance, road tax (vignette) or other ...
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How do I dry out the inside of my car?

The weather this morning was hot and dry, without a cloud in the sky. We have an uncovered parking lot at work, so I opened the windows an inch or two (2.54 cm to 5.08 cm for the more metrically ...
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Securing a large board on the roof of my car

I want to buy a large board of MDF 2440mm X 1200mm. I won't be able to fit it in my car so I will need to carry it on top. I was planning to put some towels on the roof and then hold it on to with ...
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How to deal with neighbors/street cars playing loud music?

Besides that one can always ask them to stop (and this almost always fails), is there any practical solution to this? Earplugs? There's this of course, but I'd need something more realistic. EDIT - ...
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How to avoid pigeons eating my dog's food and pooping my car / front yard?

I keep my dog's food and water on my backyard, pigeons eat all his food and drink his water every time they get the chance. My dog stays on the front yard most of the time and whenever he sees pigeons,...
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What's the best way to deal with a low sun when driving?

Sometimes, during Winter, the sun can get really low in the sky. Low enough that putting my visor down in my car doesn't block it. Is there any way to drive safely in these conditions?
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How can I keep the interior of my car dry while driving in the rain?

I like to have the occasional cigarette while driving, particularly when traveling non-trivial distances (e.g. 45 - 60 minutes or more). This can be somewhat problematic in moderate to heavy rain as ...
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Windshield wipers freezing During Freezing Rain

What is the best way to keep windshield wipers in good (low ice build-up and ready to be used but not a partial job because of above mentioned ice build-up) working condition during a snow/freezing ...
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How do I remove a car window sticker?

We recently bought a new - used - vehicle that has two window stickers on it. I want to remove both of them, however the one that I particularly want to remove is very firmly stuck. I tried to ...
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How do I stop/discourage people from stealing from my car?

I park my car in front of my yard because there's room for only 1 car in my driveway and my dad parks there. My street is a small, quiet one but still kids tend to steal things from the cars here. The ...