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

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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 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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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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How do I effectively remove dog hair from my car seat?

I am looking for a hack to help me remove stubborn dog hair from my cloth car seat. It seems resistant to vacuuming.
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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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How to jump start a car without another car

There have been a few times when my car battery has died. Luckily, there has always been another car around to jump start me. I've always been scared that there will be a time when my battery dies and ...
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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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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 can I add oil to a car without a funnel?

Say the oil light turns on in my car, so I check the dipstick and it's low. I have an extra quart in the trunk... ...but I don't have a funnel to pour the oil through. I once tried pouring straight ...
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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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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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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 do you get into or out of a car during rain without getting wet?

Umbrellas are wonderful things. They keep the majority of your body dry in most types of rain. Cars are also wonderful things. They get you from place to place regardless of the weather, and give ...
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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 clean tree sap off a windshield?

We were camping last week and got tree sap (I think it was pine) on the windshield of our car? We tried soap and water with little success. Turning on the windshield wipers also did not work (smudged ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Measuring alcohol in system [closed]

Where I live new drivers can't have any alcohol in their system while driving. So if you blow anything above 0 this is a fail. I have never taken a breathalyzer and have no clue how long alcohol takes ...
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Remove super glue stain from windshield

I have a super glue stain on the front windshield of my car, what is the best way to remove it without scratching the windshield?
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Stop car doors from slamming against wall inside my garage

When I park my car in the garage, the passenger side ends up being close to the wall (garage design, not parking issue). My passenger (my partner) always ends up slamming their car door against the ...
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How to better clean the inside of my car's windshield?

I've tried using windex with a microfiber cloth several times but it's not cutting through the filminess on the window. What household items should I try instead?
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How to remove critters from car?

What could be a good way to remove critters from a car (cockroaches, ants, etc.)? I want to avoid using insecticides, since this will leave an unpleasant odor on the car.
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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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What sort of adhesive should I use to run a wire along my car's plastic trim?

I replaced the stereo in my car, and the set came with a microphone that I've hung from my rear-view mirror. It has a long, thin wire coated in plastic insulation that needs to run to the head unit. ...
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How to cool a car down quickly [duplicate]

My car is black and I live in Australia. When I go to buy groceries it gets unbearably hot inside the car (especially in summer). Is there a quick way to cool down my car so that I don't have to ...
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How to get home after losing lugnuts?

Say I'm changing a flat tire on the side of the road and I lose the lugnuts to a wild bear. (Okay, it doesn't have to be a bear. Just say they fall into the storm sewer.) Short 4 lugnuts, how do I ...
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Prevent mints from rattling in the car

I like to keep fresh breath mints in my car. They come in a box like this: The problem is they rattle in two ways: The box is metallic and it rattles against the glove compartment (or other ...
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How can I clean my car headlights?

My car is getting rather old and it's headlights are foggy and dirty. How can I possibly clean them to be as close to new as possible? The image above is what I'm chasing. EDIT: I know of the ...
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How to quickly clean car windows from road salt?

Winter stinks. For those of us who drive on heavily salted roads, how do you clean off your windows from the salt? Of course, there are wipers on the front, but what about the sides?
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How can I remove black spots from the paintwork of my car? [closed]

I have a 15 year old car, with black spots on the paintwork, in various places, in a spray pattern. I'd assume that these are tar spots, but I've tried various tar spot removal creams, and nothing ...
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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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What to do in the event of a car accident? [closed]

I recently obtained my drivers license, but have been a plane pilot for a few years. As a student pilot, I learned what to do in the event of a crash landing, an engine fire,... but I have had no ...
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How do I scratch the middle of my back in a car?

I always seem to get an itch right on the middle of my back when I am driving alone - hence there is nobody to help me with this issue. How can I relieve this itch in the middle of my back while ...
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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

If I don't warm up my car in the mornings the windshield gets so foggy that I can't see. The Heat/AC doesn't seem to help fast enough, and wiping the windshield leaves streaks. How can I deal with ...
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How do I know if my car tires have enough air without a guage?

It is appropriate to do a quick vehicle inspection on occasion. It would be good to know if a tire needs air. Is there a way to know without having to use a tire gauge?
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What can I do to stop my eyes from drying out when I'm driving?

When I'm driving in hot weather I use the air conditioning to keep cool. This keeps most of me comfortable, but it dries out my eyes no matter where I point the blowers. I then have to turn the air ...
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Removing / Minimizing a car dent?

I was getting in my car to go back home, but it wouldn't start. It was cold out so it made it even more frustrating that it wouldn't start. I stepped back outside my car, and to try to relieve this ...
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How to secure a TV in a car while moving?

I want to move a TV. It fits in the car but it is not very secure, to the point where if I have to stop quickly, it WILL fly forward and it WILL shatter. I want to avoid that. How can I secure the TV ...