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Questions tagged [cleaning]

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

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If I don't have throttle body cleaner, what can I safely use as an alternative?

Pretty much as the title states, I need to clean my throttle body, but I don't have any 'throttle body cleaner'. Are there any other common solvents I could use instead, that would be both effective ...
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How to clean up carbon

I was wondering what the best way to clean up carbon off of the Pistons and valves is since I have to change 2 head gaskets I heard abrasive cloths and cleaners aren't so good for the piston heads, ...
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Can hand wrenches and sockets be cleaned in a sonic cleaner?

Since tools are a big part of motor vehicle repair I've run across some old hand wrenches and sockets that have rust on them and I'd like to keep them but wanted them cleaned. I was curious, due to ...
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Cleaning inside of headlamp housing

my family owns a 2009 Maruti Suzuki Alto. Sometime back the RHS lamp exploded inside the housing, since then the housing became hazy, although the light output does not seems to be affected much, I ...
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Ways to protect paintwork from minor damage?

Assuming you plan on actually using your car as the manufacturer intended minor damage to the paintwork is inevitable - bird droppings, stone chips, light scratches from people brushing past, "swirl ...
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How to clean spilled drink from dashboard and control buttons?

A sports drink was recently spilled over the dashboard and control surfaces (radio, climate control, etc) of our 2011 Chrysler Towne & Country. The drink was immediately cleaned up and no damage ...
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just changed head gasket reusable?

so, my car was sent to the shop to change a new head gasket just a few days ago. my car is an old 2e toyota engine which I was thinking of painting it to look nice. But in order to paint it I have to ...
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How to clean parts under the hood

Would you advise how should I clean the parts under the hood? When I say "parts under the hood", I mean the parts in the picture below.
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Will dislodging carbon deposits harm the catalytic converter?

If I use an intake valve cleaner that dislodges chunks of carbon from the intake valves or piston head, and they flow through to the exhaust, could they harm the catalytic converter? I'm interested ...
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Car wash after applying car sealant?

I applied car sealant (https://goo.gl/KcipK3 amazon link, no affiliate) to my car. After that, I should use only water when washing my car? Or going normal car wash is fine? (I mean, as long as the ...
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Removing “granny-mirrors”…?

I've had my charming classic Lincoln Town Car, for a year. On both exterior wing mirrors, it has small round "assistance mirrors" or "granny mirrors": I believe these were simply added by a user - ...
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Given my bad shoulder, what can I use to clean the inside of my windshield?

Does anyone have an idea of how to wash the inside of the windshield with something with a handle or equivalent? I'm an older lady, with a bad shoulder, and can't seem to be able to reach my whole ...
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How to get rid of a decal on the rear window?

I've bought a car which has ugly label glued to its rear window. What are inexpensive and effective ways to remove it without residue? Edit: my car has it on the outside on the blank glass but it‘s ...
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Suggestions to clean duct tape(?) from interior

I recently purchased a GTI mk4 and it needs a little fixing up but it runs great. However, I would like to clean up duct tape residue but could possibly be other things as well from the interior of ...
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How to clean and maintain the underbody of a convertible

Normally, with hard-top cars, the easiest way to clean the underside of the car is to run it through an automatic car wash. On convertibles, where doing this can cause damage to the top seals and ...
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How to clean a muffler from the inside?

I want to clean the muffler (final exhaust pipe) of my motorcycle (2004 Cagiva Raptor 125). It is a 2 stroke engine so a bit of oil has sort of... sedimented on the inside of it. How am i supposed to ...
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Windshield wiper fluid in a temperate climate

I've moved to the west coast from the east coast and am now living in a place where it'll never snow again. PHEW! I was getting sick of the snowmageddons. But with the weather so nice, I wonder what ...
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Is there a type of product or chemical I can use to flush out a motorcycle engine block and gear box?

Note I don't mean flushing out the cooling system, I mean the actual block. I've got an air-cooled Yamaha XS400 engine whose cam shaft sprocket and chain got chewed up. In taking the cam out, I saw ...
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Clean car and look like brand new

How can I clean my car which will show like brand new, i have tried a lot by trying with different different clothes and different different tricks but result is same like as it was previously . ...
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Does it make sense to clean pressure solenoid when changing transmission fluid?

I was just watching "Ratches And Wrenches" where he had a truck which would not shift. He did a transmission fluid and filter change and then removed the solenoid and replaced with a new one. But at ...
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Battery acid clean up

I was carrying a battery in the floorboard of the backseat area of the car. I was going to return it to be disposed in a week. In the meantime, it tipped over and a good amount of the battery acid ...
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Is ATF effective for cleaning carbonized heads and pistons?

LS1 teardown underway, and it's not looking pretty I know I can use carb cleaner, but was intrigued by a suggestion online to use automatic transmission fluid (ATF), especially since I have a ...
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Clean mildew from inside interior paneling

My sunroof was left open during a rainstorm recently and the interior of the car got pretty soaking wet. I was able to dry up most of the visible water. However, a lot of water got inside the ...
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What clean, non-sticky lubricant can I use for door hinges?

I cleaned the hinges of my doors and tailgate, the grease had attracted all sorts of dirt and turned black, tar-like and abrasive (metal shiny when I wiped the stuff off). I used a toothbrush, WD-40 ...
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Cleaning toddler accident from car

A 20 month old toddler vomited milk in my car. The vomit landed on the rear seat and the foot area in front of the seat. I am sure a few drops flew into the rear air con vent. I have only wiped it off ...
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What is a good and responsible way to clean a lambda/O2 sensor?

I've got an LSU4.2 lambda sensor (wideband) here that is covered in carbon deposits. It's visible on the outside, so it's probably also present on the inside. The holes aren't blocked yet though, but ...
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New to mechanical work. Is this a safe way to clean oxygen sensor, or any similar part

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD9KXAukO9M So I found this video of a guy cleaning their oxygen sensor out with an ultrasound cleaner. I presume what it is doing is breaking up the carbon build up ...
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What's the easiest way to remove chewing gum from a medium-pile floor mat?

A circumstance rather sticky Unfolded and made things icky. This ungainly sight Of chewing gum white, Uprooting it seems quite tricky! How can I pull it out causing as little damage to the ...
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How to clean battery terminals?

My battery is at 12 V but the car is not starting (dashboard lights do come on but car doesn't start) and I noticed this junk around the positive terminal. How do I clean it?
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How to clean Car's HVAC and AC system

There is a relatively unpleasant smell in my car's HVAC, AC or heating system. Failed idea#1: I removed the cabin air filter and sprayed lots of Lysol in there. It did not help much. Failed idea#2: ...
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Avoiding the grease, dirt and oil from getting onto the skin and under the nails?

I started learning to maintain my motorcycle on my own, and cleaned the chain and lubricated it yesterday. Ended up with grease+oil smeared all over my hands and under the nails which haven't gone off ...
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Cleaning a Car Headliner

In my Mazda CX5 the headliner feels similar to corrugated cardboard. It has become dirty due to children, so I was wondering what the best way to attempt to clean the headliner w/o damaging it and/or ...
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Cleaning after a mice invasion in 2001 Toyota Corolla

How can the engine and ducts of a 2001 Toyota Corolla be cleaned after a mice invasion without using chemicals?
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Is it bad to use household window/glass cleaners to clean the windshield?

Is it bad to use household window/glass cleaners to clean the windshield? This answer for example recommends using household cleaners but doesn't mention any downsides. On the other hand, this post ...
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How to protect floor mats?

I recently sold my old Clio and bought a new Polo. On my old Clio I had rubber mats on top of the original mats, which were super easy to clean with some water and maybe some scrubbing when they ...
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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? ...