Anything to do with cleaning the interior or exterior or removing things like stickers and decals.

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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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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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How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?

I want to remove a dealer's sticker from my car. The sticker is on a painted surface. What is the best way to do it? Could I remove pinstripe decals in the same way?
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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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Is it all right to clean a car radiator with vinegar and chlorine?

I got the idea from this article, where it suggests cleaning your washing machine using chlorine bleach and then vinegar. I have successfully used this method to clean my household washing machine ...
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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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How can I achieve a streak free windshield?

I can never quite get the streak free shine on my windshield from using Windex. Is there another product that works better?
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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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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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Tips for an oil change at home: cleanliness and disposal?

Drain oil, add new oil... find oil everywhere. It spills, the funnel is full of it when I'm done and drips forever, and I'm pouring kitty litter all over the driveway. If I had a proper garage this ...
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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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What is the best way to detail your car inside?

I bought a used car and its seat, doors, dashboard all needs some good cleaning job. I am thinking to shampoo the seats and side doors and then vacuuming it. But I don't know what shampoo to use and ...
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Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly?

Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly?
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How to remove Duct Tape residue?

I recently had my window get stuck only after having it rolled all the way down. So I had to put a trash bag in its place temporarily, to keep rain from damaging the interior of my vehicle, and it was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I clean the dirt build-up in my alternator?

The alternator in my '04 Lumina SS is its Achilles' heel. It lasts a few years before it starts to overcharge the battery, after which the only practical remedy is to replace it. While I cannot be ...
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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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Will brake dust corrode my wheels?

I've had my car for 1 month and 2,000 miles now and my wheels, which were once very shiny chrome, now look like I painted them gray because the brake dust is so bad. First of all, is brake dust ...
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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 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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How to remove droplets of paint on my car?

I'm not sure if its paint or cement, but my car is covered with droplets of it. I had my car washed, but its still there. Its removable if you scrape it with your nail. Is there any liquid material ...
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What are good techniques for cleaning metal filings out of a crank case?

My Honda Rebel managed to beat one of the pistons into a billion pieces and bend the offending piston rod. I've identified all the damaged parts and ordered replacements, or had them repaired ( ...
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Car runs uneven and jerky, but why? (Mazda 626)

I have a Mazda 626 (sedan) -97 and lately its been running uneven and jerky. Have had in in for repairs and changed battery, oil+filter and spark plugs. Still had problems and tried to use a engine ...
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Remove interior stickers such as airbag deployment warnings from car

I would like to remove the stickers on my visors that explain about the airbags from my car without damaging the visors. What is the best way to accomplish this?
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Dealing with deposits on salt flats/mines

I am planning to visit Bonneville Salt Flats in a few weeks, and wanted to take my bike out for a spin there. Not breaking any speed records, you see, just for fun, and the sense of history, so to ...
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What can i use to get insect/bug remains off my vehicle?

I recently went on a 10000k road trip, and accumulated a lot of insect remains on my vehicle. After several car washes, one of them that even included a bug spray before you entered the main wash, ...
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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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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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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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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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how to clean up spilled oil?

I changed the oil in my pickup a couple months ago, and had about a quart of clean oil left in the container when I was done. I don't have a garage or other handy place to keep stuff like this, so I ...
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Motorcycle chain degreasing

What are the pros and cons of the various chain degreasing techniques. I want to maintain my chain and sprockets to the best possible standard and have heard many schools of thought on chain cleaning ...
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How to Get Seagull Dropping Off of Vehicle Without Ruining Finish

During the day I park my car in a surface lot, which makes it vulnerable to the seagulls' refuse attacks. After baking under the Sun all day, their droppings becomes harder than cement and impossible ...
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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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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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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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Cheap (or mix-at-home) tire dressing that gives flat/matte finish

I like the way my tires look after running my car through one of the better drive-through car washes. They look nice and black, but not shiny at all. And it lasts, at least until the next rain. ...
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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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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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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 ...