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

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Decal stuck to wrong side of paper

I have a rear window decal that I really want to put on my car. The problem is that it is stuck to the paper on the wrong side. Instead of being where I can apply it and peel the clear sheet off, the ...
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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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How to clean dried blood and bone from the car grill

Sometimes I find dried blood, fur, and even bone in the grill of my car. This appears after drives through dark, forested areas with irregular speed bumps. Regular car soap does not remove the blood, ...
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How can I prevent spiders from setting up home in my car's wing mirrors?

I have spiders that like to spin large messy webs on my car's wing mirrors. They hide inside the body of the mirrors and only come out to collect their prey or spin their webs at night. I've tried ...
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How can I more quickly warm up the interior of my car during winter?

In the winter, after turning on the ignition, it takes approximately 15 minutes for the vents in my car to begin blowing hot air. Before that time, the vents blow cold air even if the "heat" setting ...
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Remove Mice Smell from Car AC Unit

Earlier this week we discovered our car (Honda CRV 2019) had a mouse nest above the AC filter. I removed the dead mice and the nest, however, we assumed nothing had fallen into the Air Blower itself (...
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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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Car brush extendable jam(can't be retracted)

I have a a car brush that I use to clear snow on the windows during the Winter. You can see one the that look similar in the following picture: Both the bottoms can't be pressed down and so the brush ...
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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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Night driving issues

Due to my new job, I have to drive at least one hour each day after I finished working at night and I'm getting really tired while driving back home... I'm afraid I'll get hurt or cause an accident in ...
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Putting lawn mower into car trunk

My grammy needs me to go mow her yard before the meanies at the HOA fine her for having disorderly yard. I need to help my grammy ASAP! There is a problem though, I'm unable to lift lawn mower by ...
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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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How to Keep Phone Cool in Car

In the summer, with the sun beating down on my phone while I drive, my android phone tends to overheat. I stumbled upon an ad hoc solution -- I had a piece of paper double folded to be 4.25" by 5.5" ...
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What is a temporary solution for a damaged car body?

What can I use to protect the scratched part from getting rusty? I am seeking a temporary solution for a week or two till I have the time to take it to get repaired.
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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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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 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 prevent stray dogs from climbing on top of my car?

Background: I park my car on the side of the road right opposite my house (so do all my neighbors). Problem: A stray dog climbs on my car (I can see from the pugmarks made in dust that was already on ...
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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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parking in garage with limited front space [closed]

I have very limited space in front of my garage to turn the car and the width of the garage is just enough to park-in. Should I try in reverse parking or front parking in such a situation as I don't ...
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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 stop my wipers from squeaking?

As I was driving my car I had my windshield wipers on the lowest setting, which after they return to their resting position there's about a one-second break before they start up again. I had them on ...
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What can I use for an improvised ice scraper?

I live in a mostly temperate zone that occasionally has freezing rain. What can I use for an improvised ice scraper from items in my car or on my person for those times when I am away overnight from ...
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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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How to clean glass without glass cleaner?

I'm all out of Windex/glass cleaner and I want to clean a very dirty window without leaving streaks. I have both a microfiber cloth and paper towels available. What can I use instead of glass cleaner?
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What is the best way to paint a windshield wiper arm?

My car is very old and the black has faded off the windshield wiper arms. Now whenever I drive, they can be extremely bright when they reflect the sun, as seen in this photo: Apparently I can order ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

What is/are safe way(s) to deter tailgaters? I'm looking for a way to give a polite message to the driver that is tailgating that they are following too closely and could potentially cause an ...
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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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Fixing car key when rubber buttons fall off

I have an old car key and the rubber buttons that push the micro switches have come off. How can I fix this to make the car key usable if I still have the rubber buttons? What about if I don't still ...
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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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How can I clean my car seat which is made of fabric?

I have dirt and stains on my car's seat which is made of fabric. Since the car was a topline one and I don't like non-fabric seats, I'd like to preserve it. How can I clean them cost effectively?
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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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Car windscreen has lots of tiny scratches. How to remove them?

My car is 5 years old and the windscreen has many faint scratches and blemishes. These are so fine that they are not normally noticeable but when the sun is low and ahead they do become an irritation. ...
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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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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

The length of available space to park inside the garage is 170 inches and the car is 162 inches. Thus leaving 8 inches maximum of room for error. If drive too far forward the car hit the wall. If ...
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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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"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 do I ensure my car wheels are straight when parking before getting out?

With regardless to the type of parking, how do I check my car wheels are straight and in alignment to the chassis without getting out or opening the window. Some times it is so frustrating to see the ...
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Homemade car CD holder

My MP3 player just broke :/ But that's not what I'm asking about. Tomorrow I'm going back home from college. I have a good many CDs that I can listen to on the way home, but they are in a case similar ...
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How to open a frozen car door?

This evening I left work and found my 2-door car covered with a little ice and a lot of snow. I was able to unlock the driver side door, but the door was frozen stuck. I pulled on the handle and the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...