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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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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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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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Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly?

Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cleaning a Jerrycan

I have a couple of 10 Litre steel jerrycans which I used for draining kerosene (UN1223 28sec burning oil) from a tank. After disposing of the kerosene I left the open jerrycans upside down over some ...
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Should I clean the engine area

Should I clean the engine area to remove years of built up grease and dirt? What are the benefits?
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How should I clean brake dust off my hands?

Wiped a bunch of brake dust off my car's wheels and got some on my hands; what's a good, responsible way to wash my hands after I get brake dust on them? I don't really know if it's unsafe to get it ...
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Removing tree sap from exterior?

While camping in hot weather, pine tree sap dripped onto the windows and exterior of the parked car. The drops of tree sap are sticky, and verrrrrry slightly runny. I guess it's easy to remove from ...
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Cleaning interior of long stored car

Just bought a car which has not been driven and stored inside a garage for several years. How do we fumigate and clean the interior? Part looks like it is leather and part vinyl since some areas have ...
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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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How should I clean the engine area

What is the best way to clean the engine area at home. I'd like to avoid damaging the electrical system or other components present.
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Oil cap has come off and oil has spilled after adding oil

I've opened the bonnet to discover that the oil cap is off, and oil is all over everything. How can I get it cleaned up, and what damage will it have caused, if any?
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What is the correct way to clean and lubricate the chain of a Yamaha FZ 16?

I own a 2011 Yamaha FZ 16 bike; which has an open chain; occasionally dirt gets accumulated to the chain and despite my many attempts I am unable to properly clean the chain. Also could you also help ...
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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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What is the best way to clean axle components?

I'm currently servicing (changing seals/gaskets, some cleaning and repainting some parts) my front axle on a Toyota Land Cruiser 87. I'm also putting new brake rotors/calipers/pads. What is the best ...
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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 clean/dispose of oily/greasy shop rags?

I have some rags (as I'm sure we all do) that are covered in oil and other various fluids. Is it alright to wash these in a standard washing machine and then air dry them? Is there a specific ...
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Pollen filter, air heater and dust in the air ventilation

I bought old car - VW Bora 2001 - and the air ventilation is full of dust, especially when I turn the air heather on I can smell burning dust. How can I clean the air vent system besides changing ...
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What is an effective way to clean up gasoline spill?

My gas tank started leaking and left a rather large area covered in gasoline. What is the best way to remove the gasoline from the ground? This is pavement. I covered the stain in kitty litter and ...
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How to use BG Fuel Injection System Cleaner?

Recently, after a periodic servicing visit for my car (which has a multi point fuel injection system), the mechanic handed me BG Fuel Injection System Cleaner Part No. 210 and asked me to put it in ...
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Serpentine belt area has insane amount of gunk

I had to replace the alternator on my Toyota Tacoma V6 4L and I noticed an ungodly amount of gunk collected on and around the old one. The truck is 2007 with just over 100K mi on it. The old ...
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How do you clean battery corrosion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps? My roommate's car wouldn't start, and we found a ton of corrosion on the battery posts. He ...
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Cleaning Admission

I cleaned the air intake spraying a Sonax liquid air intake cleaner. I took off the air filter, sprayed, waited to get dry and started the engine. It works well in my car that I think it was clean ...
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Do products like Redex work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly? Do products like Redex, which state that they "[help] to stop harmful deposits build up on the carburettor ...
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Is 3m injector cleaner a good product? [closed]

I want to add an injector cleaner to a Nissan Tiida 2012. It has around 15000 miles and I never add any fuel additive. Sonax injector cleaner costs 20 dollars and 3M costs 10 dollars. Which one do you ...