Super secrets for car care and repair



These super secrets for car care and repair will save you money and keep your car humming.

1.  Repel rain from your windshield

Rain, rain, go away. Dump some baking soda on a damp rag and wipe your windshield. It will keep rain from collecting on it.

2.  Fight windshield grime with homemade fluid

Keep your windshield clean with a simple, homemade washer fluid. Just add two tablespoons of liquid detergent, three cups of rubbing alcohol, and enough water to fill a clean gallon milk jug.

3.  Pull the plug on windshield bugs

Splat! Your wind-shield is starting to look like a graveyard for bugs. Get rid of them with some common kitchen items. Squirt a little bit of dish detergent and water on your windshield and scrub it with a mesh onion bag. The mesh won’t harm your windshield, but it will scrape off the bugs. When you’re done, wipe the windshield with a clean rag.


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4.  ‘Club ’grease from your windshield

The trunk of your car probably contains several handy items. Here’s one more – a bottle of club soda. You can use it to get grease off your windshield.

5.  Shield your wipers from ice

When your windshield wiper blades get grungy, clean them with rubbing alcohol. You’ll get more than just clean wipers – you’ll also prevent ice from forming on the blades.

6.  Ward off ice with vinegar

Keep ice off your car during those cold winter months. Before you go to bed, spray a mixture of three parts white vinegar and one part water on your car’s windshield and windows. The next morning, your car should be in the clear.

7.  Stamp out icy windshields

If you hate to see your car’s windshield covered with ice in the morning, cover it with rubber mats before you go to bed. You’ll wake up to an ice-free car.

8.  Patch holes with nail polish

Pebbles and other flying debris can make things rough on your car. You won’t believe what you can use to fix a crack in your windshield or window – and you can find it right in your cosmetic bag. To fill small holes in your windshield, simply apply some clear nail polish. It also works for holes in your car’s paint job.

9.  Stamp out fog with shampoo

Your windshield keeps fogging up, and you haven’t the foggiest idea how to fix it. Just keep a bottle of shampoo and a rag in your car. When your windshield fogs up, squirt a few drops of shampoo onto the rag and wipe the inside of your windshield. The fog will roll away.

10.  Wipe out streaks with ammonia

Smears and streaks on your windshield can hamper your ability to see while you drive. Avoid them by keeping your windshield wipers clean. Get rid of the dirt, sap, and grime by rubbing both sides of each wiper with a rag soaked in ammonia.

11.  Steer clear of streaks

Are your windshield wipers doing more harm than good? If your wipers cause streaks, wash them with solution of baking soda and water. You’ll clearly see the difference.

12.  Erase steamy windows

Go back to school to solve a common car problem. If your windows get steamed up, clear them with a chalkboard eraser. You’ll be able to see all the way to the head of the class.

13.  Clear condensation with simple trick

Feeling frustration over condensation? In the winter when condensation forms on the inside of your car windows, turn on the air conditioning along with the heat. Your windows should clear up in no time.

14.  Prevent slams with a tennis ball

Loading up the car for a family trip can be hectic, especially with little children around. Protect little fingers by wedging a tennis ball between the car door and the car. The door will stay open, even if the wind blows or somebody bumps it.

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