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tl;dr: How much did you pay for that shirt? How often do you wash it? Why would you bother? Shirts just get dirty anyway. Can't you get another shirt? Are there any benefits of washing the outside of my car? Do you live in an area without salt, birds, tree sap, pollution, abrasive sand or road tar? Do you also drive around with brake pads that ...


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The reason many people wash their car every week is to keep it looking nice and from the good old days of bad paint and no rust protection. These days, paints are significantly better and stand up to some serious abuse, and the cars are much better rust proofed (galvanised etc...). The washing your shirt analogy is a little unfair as with a dirty shirt, ...


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I clean the inside with washing-up liquid (like Fairy in the UK - a mild liquid used for handwashing plates, cutlery etc), then Windolene (a glass cleaning product) and then finish up with Rain-X Anti-fog. That gives me a pristine surface that resists fogging, especially in the winter.


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Using dish washing liquid on your auto paint will strip off any of the good "stuff" which is on there, such as waxes and or oils. This leaves it unprotected. If you use stuff specifically for washing your car, you'll leave the wax in place and it will last much longer between applications. This site says it pretty well: While the detergents in dish soap ...


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Unless you've got an extraordinary circumstance or legitimate reason for using it, don't. Chances are the usage will temporary make the symptoms subside, only to return again later. The way I see it, if your vehicle required it you would find it listed in the recommended maintenance items list in your owner's manual. I think another side to this question ...


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I would definitely not intentionally put sodium hypchlorite bleach in my radiator. Vinegar is one thing, but the sodium hypochlorite will attack anything aluminum in your radiator, intake manifold, block, or head. It'll also attack (vigorously) any rubberized gaskets that're in contact with coolant. Even disregarding outright measurable damage, it'll release ...


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Standard automotive brake fluid (DOT 3,4 and 5.1) are made from polyethylene glycol (PEG). PEG is soluble in water, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, benzene, and dichloromethane, and is insoluble in diethyl ether and hexane. A long way of saying it will clean up with soap and water. DOT 5 brake fluid is diorgano polysiloxane (Silicone). It is not soluble ...


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MAJOR UPDATE - TOYOTA WARRANTY EXTENSION FOR "STICKY DASHBOARDS" Today ( 12/29/2014 ) I received in the mail a Warranty Enhancement Notification regarding my Toyota. Complete coincidence that I received this a few weeks after I posted the original question. A relevant December 18th, 2014 article from a consumer investigator regarding this issue. ...


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Clean the stickers and the immediate surroundings using a strong solution of car all purpose cleaner and water or car shampoo (without wax!) and water. Warm the sticker with a hairdryer or a hot air gun to about 30 degrees Celcius. Start peeling of the sticker gently, you might want to use some thing plastic tool like a plastic putty knife of an ATM card or ...


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I would not use that solution to clean my radiator. Remember that a radiator itself is primarily made of fairly thin aluminum. The bleach/vinegar could very easily damage the structure and weaken it. A washing machine is made of (in most cases) a steel drum coated with porcelain, or stainless steel, both of which are very sturdy and are made to last a long ...


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I use a garden weed sprayer, its less powerful than a high pressure washer yet can have its jet aimed in a small area. Additionally you can fill it with hot water which will help loosen the mud. Something like this Try a few applications of something like Muc-off too. Normally its best to try to remove the gunk as soon as you get home rather than wait ...


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Clean with soap and water, rinse clear, then dry with a microfiber cloth. The key is the microfiber cloth.


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Oil changes are a boring job! As Hasen says, a larger size oil catch pan is the only real solution. Before you start, try and estimate the direction of flow. If the drain plug is on the side of the sump (oil pan), the oil will begin to flow horizontally, curving down with gravity, and hit the ground around 9-12" out from the hole - assuming you're worknig ...


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tl dr - To directly answer the question, SeaFoam is a pure petroleum product. If an alternative product is made up the same as Seafoam, then I'd think it would work just fine. If its makeup is not similar, you probably won't see the same results. Below is what you are looking for and a recipe for making your own substitute. I found this answer for a SeaFoam ...


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You should be able to pull off hard-to-remove contaminants with a combination of clay bar and lubricant. Clay bar is very good at removing surface contamination. Step-by-step instructions are shown in this video: lubricate the windshield with clay lubricant (soapy water should work just as well) knead the clay into a flat roughly palm-sized square Apply ...


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The problem with using dish soap on your car is that it tends to wash away any wax that might be on the surface. Wax not only makes the car shine - it also protects the paint to a degree. So, will it hurt anything? Not that I'm aware of, but if you wax your car or use any other protectants, it would be best to stick to an actual "car wash" liquid.


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You will generally want to look for something that is a solvent, or is solvent-based. A good homebrew 'degreaser' would be using washing soda (sodium carbonate) diluted in water. You can make washing soda from baking soda by heating it (baking soda) up on a stove. There are plenty of videos and guides on how to safely to this. But in terms of effectivity, ...


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If it was anywhere other than the bed of a truck, the answer would probably be kitty litter, but I don't think that will work in this case. I'd look at some sort of degreaser - I know you can get engine cleaners which should do a good job of it, something like this. The standard warnings and disclaimers apply: try the product on a small spot to ensure ...


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If you have a real enviromental concern look for a hand cleaner that is citrus based.Wipe your hands on a disposable towel and throw it in the regular trash. Most of us just wash our hand and rinse it down the drain. The brake dust doesn't contain any grease or oils. It is a combination of metal particles,maybe some ceramic particles and binders that hold ...


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There are "sticker removers" specifically for automotive use that should be able to soften the residue so you can get it off. I also had reasonable success with Autoglym tar remover. In either case, make sure you're using something that's safe on automotive paintwork.


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First of all, is brake dust always going to be this much of an issue, or is it worse since I just got the car and it had been sitting at a dealer for months before. Yes, you're always going to have brake dust. A lot? It's hard to say. You'll always have more on the front wheels than the rears due to brake bias. Second of all, how long is it ...


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I personally prefer citrus-based cleaner. I had used Park Tools bicycle chain cleaner, because I had it laying around, and it works great, although expensive. I plan on buying generic cleaner in large containers. It also has a benefit of being bio-degradable (oil and gunk is not, but at least it doesn’t add to the water-table pollution hazard). I usually ...


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The main problem with using a cleaner like this is, while it removes all of the dirt and debris from the paint, it also removes any protection the paint might have on it, leaving it exposed to the elements and to UV rays which can cause faiding, oxidization, cracking, and pealing. Remember, glass is very resilliant stuff. It can withstand harsh chemicals (if ...


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Crumpled newspaper is my go-to for making glass look flawless. It removes streaks that many towels will leave behind.


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It may be your technique which needs work. Using two CLEAN micro-fiber cleaning cloths is a good way to go. You'll want to use one which has a short nap and the other will be a waffle weave pattern one. Something like these: Short nap: Waffle weave: The first one you use for cleaning with your choice of cleaning solution. The first key is to not use ...


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Upstream the throttle body A dirty intake by itself isn't the problem, but it is a sign of contamination of related components: MAF sensors don't take kindly to dirt This will usually lead to the fouling of the hot-wire(s), resulting in the underreading of air mass flow, which will lead to positive fuel trim correction. If the contamination is bad ...


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tl;dr: if you are new to cut and polishes, I would recommend starting with mild cleaner wax by hand. From looking at your pictures, you don't have major paint damage. More importantly, I don't think anything in those pictures is something that will polish out as such. My recommendation if you are super new to this is to start small and easy. Many vendors ...


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I would never do this for a regular wash. However, there is one time when you might want to use dish soap to wash the car: when you're getting ready to do a really good waxing. While the dish soap will remove all of the wax that you used to have on the car, it will also strip road grime, oils, bird crap and a lot of other nastiness. The surface that ...


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I work from home, so my car stays in the garage for long periods of time. It doesn't get much mud or salt spray, and after it's washed, it looks pretty fresh for a month or two. It's often 6-months to a year between washings, and it never really looks terribly dirty (If it does get really dirty, I will wash it). However, a couple of years back, when I ...


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If your climate is anything like where I'm based, the picture shown is a part that is dirty mainly due to fine dust. I would advise against using any sort of chemical product without removing that dust first. To remove the dust, in my experience, there is no decent substitute for the soapy water, toothbrush and elbow grease genre. The end result is usually ...



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