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

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Removing ice from the windshield

Related: How to keep the windshield from freezing over? Let's say I've ignored their advice and woken up with a thick coating of ice on my windshield, as I did yesterday. What's the fastest way of ...
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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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How to keep the windshield from freezing over?

Winter is coming. And as I don't want to spend time defrosting my cars windshield I would like to know: How can I keep it from icing over every night? I have tried the de ice spray but it is too ...
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How can you get your car as cool as possible on a hot summer day without air conditioning?

Assuming your air conditioning doesn't work, how can you get the interior of your car to cool down? Especially in traffic jams, where the car isn't moving very quickly. I want to cool the interior ...
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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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How can I figure out which side of the car the gas hatch is on (without getting out)?

As a longtime New York City resident, I've never owned a car. I drive fairly regularly, though, thanks to rentals, Zipcars, and the kindness of relatives and other not-quite-strangers. Since much ...
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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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Removing duct tape from my car without paint damage?

Duct tape is a wonderful product for making things stick together. It often will leave a sticky mess after you separate whatever you used it on. How do I remove the duct tape mess from my car without ...
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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 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 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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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 ...