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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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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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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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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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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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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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In conjunction with @Bob's answer, for next time, prevention is even better than cure: If you can't park undercover, our use a cover on your car, invest some time and money in applying a good polish and wax when you wash your car. Turtle wax will help mess slide off, even after baking in the sun.


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This is a very nice summary of a straight-forward procedure: Take a clean microfiber polishing cloth, fold it four ways to create a thick, plush wiping cloth. Next, spray one side with your favorite spray detailer, the idea is to hyper-lubricate the entire face of one side. Next place it onto the dried bird dropping. Wet the cloth with ...


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Aside from the general desire for cleanliness, there are couple things that come to mind: With clean engine it is easier to see if anything is out of order, such as fluid leak. This, potentially, can have dire consequences, if not caught in time as, according to U.S. NFPA report, 2/3 of vehicle fires are caused by mechanical or electrical failures. In ...


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I would suggest you try something like Turtle Wax Bug & Tar Remover. Not knowing exactly what the substance is on your finish, I'd start light and go stronger from there. The Bug & Tar stuff will do it's thing without damaging your paint finish. As you get more involved in what you are trying to do to remove the substance, the greater risk you'll ...


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Having a clean engine bay is really nice when you need to work on the engine, and it helps identifying leaks. There are a few things to be careful about when cleaning though. Pressurized water can get into electrical connections and cause shorts. Water causes corrosion. Cleaning old degraded plastic connectors and shields can cause them to fall apart. If ...


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As a fellow driveway warrior I feel your pain. I have a good experience with getting a large diameter oil container. If your car has its oil filter in a tough location you are just gonna have to live with some mess. But large easy to grab container helps. If I wanted to spend the cash I would shoot for a remote oil filter. A lot of BMW's have their oil ...


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I always use brake cleaner for all metal parts, some of which could be related to actual brakes. It's good for for anything from gears to axles, bearing races, rotors.


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I don't know about a homemade mix (I used to use dubbin but that is probably too shiny for you) but I know Black Magic does have a matte black tire spray. There are some reviews with pictures out there if you google it.


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Use a hair dryer to heat them up and carefully use a razor blade to get under the edge to start pulling it. Use alcohol to remove any residual adhesive. Since it is possible that alcohol may damage some fabrics, use cautiously/sparingly at first. Applying alcohol to a rag and using it to wipe is always safer than applying alcohol directly to the fabric.


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I usually just use a Steam Jenny basically a hot water pressure washer, starting at one edge working my way across the sticker. If you don't have access to that you can use a heat gun or hair drier to heat up the sticker and peal off the sticker starting at one edge keeping it at a 90 degree angle while doing so. You can also use a plastic putty knife or ...


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For cleaning carpets many of the high-end professional detailers avoid using shampoos since it's nearly impossible to rinse out completely and the residue will attract dirt in the future. Instead they use a steam cleaner. Here is a video demonstration: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7440721179397618761&hl=en Unfortunately these steam machines ...


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I personally use Stoner Invisible Glass wipes (good for inside and outside). However, as mfr suggested, water + soap, rinse, and then microfiber will work just as well. Most cleaning solutions will get you 95% of the way there no problem; if you want that extra 5% you need a good microfiber cloth.


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I'd use a degreaser as Chris mentioned, but would be a bit reluctant to use an engine cleaner since it can be a bit harsh. You didn't mention if you bed has a liner or what it's made of (newer Tacomas have a composite liner), but it's pretty safe to use Simple Green as a degreaser. It's also less harsh than many others.


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The best method I've heard for cleaning really dirty vents is compressed air. Depending on the sources available, you should be able to blow most of the loose dust off the sides of the ventilation system. Even a can of compressed air from the local office supply store is better than nothing. Obviously, depending on the configuration of a particular car, ...


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Brake dust will always be a problem with your current pads.When it is due for a brake job check out several brands as some offer low dust versions.If you are really concerned change the pads now even if they are still good.The big issue with brake dust is it is an abrasive.Use something made to wash wheels.It will suspend the grit in a liquid so it can be ...


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What I do is to first hand wash/rinse them in a 5 gallon buckets with a strong mix of laundry detergent. This removes most of the heavy oil along with the smell and the grit. Then they go in the washer on hot wash cycle. I then just hang them to dry on a rope in the shed. Using the dryer seems to release some of the waxes and residual oil onto the dryer ...


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There's a few methods, but remember, that if the bugs have been there for a while, the acidic content of the bugs might just have ruined the paint. Use a light scouring pad, like a “000” steel wool, to slowly and carefully shave off layers of the bug. Spray WD 40 on the bug, let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash off with soapy water and a cloth. ...


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If it's a relatively older car and you want to take care not to get water where you don't want it, just get yourself a roll of those blue automotive grade paper towels and a bottle of simple green ( or a similarly gentle cleaner ) and take an afternoon to wipe down your engine bay. That way it will be easy to avoid damaging any wires. Sure, it doesn't sound ...


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I've had luck cleaning Mouldy Vinyl with scrubbing bubbles spray. My car is also trashed, and has cheap vinyl inside, and I haven't had much luck cleaning it. Your best bet is to get the vinyl replaced, because it will likely crack or go brittle soon. As far as fabric goes, most supermarkets sell those powerful steam cleaning units, get one of those, and ...


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I would have thought it'd be fine to run to a nearby town to clean it - although if everyone is doing so, there might be a dedicated cleaning area set-up anyway? (assuming you're at an official meet) The reaction of salt and water will basically give you sea water - which is slightly alkaline. The problem is that the salt increases the conductivity of the ...


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I have had very good luck with the type of kitchen sponge/scrubber made for teflon pans. It is wrapped in a nylon mesh that takes off bugs and pinesap but is gentle on the paint. Spray or wipe on any Bug and Tar remover from the auto parts store. Do small area at a time. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes in the shade before scrubbing. Rinse the sponge often to ...


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Disconnect the battery, and take it out. You can clean the battery with coca-cola as it is the king of the cheap anti corrosives (or remover of corrosion). Do not confuse corrosion with the sulphate. The white thing on the battery can be easily removed with hot watter and latter a bit of coca-cola. There are some products that you can get in store, but as ...


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put the bike up on a rear stand clean the chain - use a degreaser designed for the purpose and a stiff nylon brush, wash a few bits at a time spinning the wheel to access more portions of the chain rinse off the degreaser use a water repellent to get rid of the water dry off with a rag use a good quality chain lube in a spray (there are different types ...


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I had a Ford Probe with a 2.2L Mazda engine with nearly the same issue. I did everything you said, multiple spark plug changes, fuel cleaners, sea foam, etc. etc. The problem was the spark plug wires. They looked perfectly fine, but when I replaced them as a last resort the whole issue cleared right up. I later noted a small crack in one where the wire was ...



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