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Washing a vehicle in the hot sun?

A quick search online turns up a number of pages that recommend against giving your vehicle a carwash in the hot sun. Will this actually damage the finish on the vehicle? Will it cause any harm to ...
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How toxic is brake fluid?

Is brake fluid especially toxic or is it about the same as dirty oil (not very toxic in trace amounts or just occasional human exposure). I'm trying to figure out how much effort I should put in ...
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Vinyl steering wheel restoration

Over the years the vinyl on my steering wheel has fallen apart. I'm not so concerned about cosmetics but on humid days it becomes sticky and leaves a mess on my hands: Unfortunately, even the ...
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Safely washing engine bay of Ford Focus

I am trying to clean the engine bay of my 2002 Ford Focus SE, which is really grimy thanks to years of neglect, and a valve cover gasket leak that I recently fixed. I have been reading about how to ...
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Fuel meets rubber

When working with on (diesel) fuel system components the instructions often advise keeping fuel off of rubber parts or cleaning it up promptly if fuel gets on them. OK, I can get behind that, but what ...
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Is a greasy exterior a sign of bad maintenance?

All car's I've had (second hand and between 15-30 years old) have always had a greasy veil over engine components. I understand moving components need to be lubricated but this gives off the ...
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can I use Liquid dish soap to wash a car prior to polishing [duplicate]

I have a 98 Mazda 6 to 6 who's paint is in pretty decent condition. however there is a little bit I've transferred paint and a few small scratches here and there that I'm planning on dealing with. ...
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How can I restore leather color?

My wife has an '01 Accord, light grey interior. Her leather wrapped steering wheel was gunky and sticky and probably has never been cleaned, so I bought some leather cleaner, conditioner (both ...
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What is powder coating and how do you do it?

In a comment to my question regarding white powder which had formed on aluminum parts after cleaning them with heavy duty degreaser, @Paulster2 mentioned a process called powder coating which would ...
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Why has white powder formed on metal parts after cleaning with degreaser and what can I do about it?

I just cleaned much of my engine compartment with Abro Heavy Duty Degreaser, and I noticed that on certain metal parts like the valve cover, thermostat housing and transmission housing a white powder ...
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How to Make a Homebrew Engine Degreaser Spray?

Can anyone recommend a cheap and safe homebrew engine degreaser that can be used in a spray bottle. When I say safe, I mean both for the engine and me. I would be rinsing with either another spray ...
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Cleaning and Shining Black, Under Hood Rubber and Plastic Parts

There are various black plastic and rubber parts under my hood I would try to make look nice such as my cold air intake box: I tried cleaning it with water that had a little vinegar added to it, ...
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Cleaning brake fluid (general tips)

There are some other threads on other websites about cleaning up brake fluid. But I just wanted to get a more organized, concise answer here on SE. Wanted to confirm that cleaning up brake fluid just ...
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Is there any side effect with using brake cleaners as a general grease or oil cleaner?

The brake cleaner spray I use is relatively cheap and does a great job cleaning my tools. After an oil change, I spray oily stuff and they become clean. The sprayed brake cleaner evaporates and dry ...
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Which types of protectants are safe to use on automotive tires?

Some protectant formulations are known to damage tire rubber and cause sidewall cracking (which can be very dangerous). What types of tire protectants are recommended to prevent sidewall cracking? ...
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New Car - Tips for living on a muddy/bumpy road

I just got a used 2007 Infititi G35 with 87K miles on it. I'm determined to take great care of it. I live on a muddy, bumppy road that leads to my house major pot holes. I rent the home and I'm trying ...
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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

Some people say they wash the outside car every week as it makes the paint nice etc Are there any benefits of washing the outside of my car? Do I really need to wash the exterior of my car every ...
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Can I use washing up liquid to wash my car?

I was just wondering, can I use something like Fairy washing up liquid or dish soap (which is added to hot water in a sink or basin to wash plates, dishes and cutlery etc)) in warm water to wash my ...
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Cut and Polish: Looking for help on how to do my car

I am looking to do a cut and polish on my Australian made Holden Calais VT commodore (98 model). I am very new to doing cut and polishes and was hoping someone could point me out to what products ...
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Cleaning mud from motorcycle radiator

Can anyone suggest a non damaging way to clean my muddy radiator? Preferably without removing it from the bike. Thanks! Update, after cleaning it with sprayed hot water and small brushes: Note:...
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How to restore and care for leather?

I have an old car and I am wondering about the processes involved in cleaning the leather on it and bringing it back to an almost new looking state. The roof exterior roof is leather and the whole ...
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Consequences of a Dirty Intake Manifold

This is similar to, but not the same as my question Effects of Dirty Piston Heads and Intake Valves. Basically, I often see people talking about taking the intake manifolds off older cars to clean ...
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Best Way to Clean CV Joints of Old Grease

I'll be replacing the CV boots on my axles pretty soon and was wondering what the best way to clean the old grease off is. Are there any common solvents that would be useful, or are just a bunch of ...
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Water underneath floor carpet - Mazda Protégé 2002

I just bought a Mazda Protégé 2002 and a few weeks later I noticed a damp spot on the back passenger side floor. Very wet and soaked. Later I noticed the smell grew larger and the vapor on the glass ...
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How do I get rid of spiders inside my car?

I often have spider webs on my right side mirror and in the handle to open my boot. I've seen a spider on the boot handle once, but when I tried to catch it, it crawled inside the handle somewhere (...
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Best way to clean inside of windshield?

The inside of my windshield has a thin layer of grime. When the light hits it a certain way, it drastically reduces my visibility. I have used glass cleaner with clean microfiber car cloths and ...
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Why should I clean bug and bird debris off my car?

I have a relatively new car with nice clean paint. I've read and been told that cleaning bugs and bird debris off of my car quickly is important because it can damage the paint. Do I really need to ...
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Brown splotchy stains on my tires

I got brand new tires in April. In July they started growing unsightly brown stains. Even after I wash them the stains reappear within hours. Kind of annoyed because they were hella expensive and they ...
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Headlight sealant?

So a year ago the headlights on my ten year old car started going yellow and opaque. Ive often heard you can clear that up with toothpaste. So I gave it a shot and it worked perfectly. My ...
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Formula For Homebrew Gasket Remover

I looked around many shops in my area, and pretty much no one even knew what gasket removing compound was. Are there any effective homebrew formulas for making gasket remover / softener? I found the ...
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Washing Engine Bay / Underside From Oil / Dirt

I'm considering getting a power washer for the purpose of cleaning engines, bays and car / engine undersides of built up dirt and oil and was wondering what the minimum PSI and flow rate required are ...
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Removing oil stains from the driveway?

A few weeks ago, our car seems to have spilled some oil on our driveway. I regret that I didn't ask sooner but I hope it's not too late: --> What can I do to remove these stains? As for the car, I'm ...
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How to dispose of battery terminal clean up leftovers?

Today I cleaned up the corrosion on the terminals of my car battery. I have a 2010 VW Jetta. I used a toothbrush and baking soda mixed with water to clean the battery terminals. Now the terminals ...
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Car body cleaning is a tedious job

I live in part of the world where dust is a very serious issue. I get my car washed and can find lot of dust on body within hours. Is there any easy and cheap method to clean car body?
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Cleaning blowby with Seafoam

As I have most of my engine taken apart pretty much for a head gasket replacement, I noticed it has, over the 8 years and 120+K miles, collected a fair amount of carbon blowby inside the cylinder ...
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Removing material scraped onto car paintwork from plastic wingmirror

What is the quickest way to remove material scraped onto a car's paintwork from another car's plastic wingmirror? Removing even a small amount is so far taking a large amount of elbow grease.
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Washing shop clothes with lots of motor oil on them

What's the most effective way to wash your shop clothes that have lots of motor oil? I don't want to put it in the washer together with my regular dirty clothes to avoid spreading the oil onto them. ...
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Does Crud Hold Old Engines Together?

I've read anecdotal accounts here and there that cleaning various parts of older engines can cause various parts to fail, or be pushed over the edge. Basically, people say that as the engine ages ...
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Flushing built up Rust and Mineral Deposits in Cooling System

The previous owner ran tap water in the cooling system for few years, and we have very heavy, mineral rich water locally. When I bought the car about six months ago, I drained the water, and put a ...
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Look at the Valves Without Taking Everything Apart

I was thinking it would be nice if I could look at the valves without having to take too much stuff apart. Could I thread a small endoscope down through the air intake and be able to see the top / ...
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What are some Seafoam Alternatives

I read this procedure for using Sea Foam ( also listed on their website ) to clean the intake manifold, injectors and crankcase. I think this would be useful for my vehicle, however Sea Foam isn't ...
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How to Clean Lightly Fouled Spark Plugs

My car was running without a thermostat for a few months after I put in new spark plugs. The plugs are a bit fouled ( not horribly so ) and I was thinking about cleaning them. I've seen suggestions ...
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Using Sprayway glass cleaner as waterless wash?

I bought a four pack of Sprayway glass cleaner at Costco today, and it's amazing. I tried it out on my car, and it makes it so shinny, it looks like it has just been waxed. However, I want to make ...
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How to remove white stains from Lumina Dashboard?

Today I noticed that my Lumina 2008 has some white stains on the dashboard. Previously I used to gently wipe it with soft cloth with tap water. But now I started to clean it with drinking water and ...
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Neutralizing sulfur-like smell from car

A full bottle of jewelry cleaning (links product and material safety data sheet below) broke in my car and went unnoticed for a few days. Now the car has a sulfur-like smell whenever I go into the ...
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Why is my Toyota dashboard shiny and sticky, and how do I clean it?

I have a 2008 Toyota Camry, which is primarily kept in Florida (southern U.S.). My entire dashboard has been sticky / tacky for years. I do not know why or how it got this way. It accumulates dust ...
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Best way to remove rust from brake calipers without removing wheel

I have rang a few garages but none offer to remove rust from brake calipers, a lot of people say it is going to rust around there a bit anyway but I wanted to make them look shiny new for when I give ...
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Removing Interior Shine Spray

The Problem I'm buying a used approved vehicle. When I test drove it today, it has been "professionally" valeted and they have used some kind of synthetic spray all over the interior plastics and ...
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Carburettor Cleaner Additive? how good are they

I'm just wondering whether anyone has any experience with fuel additives that clean injectors and carburetors. I have an old motorcycle that starts, but can't keep it self running for long before it ...
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Remove rust from brake rotors

I have noticed some rust formation on the rear rotor. I am able to scrape the rust off with a hard toothbrush. I noticed other rotors, but they appear to be fine. What is the best way to get rid of ...