Questions tagged [cleaning]

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

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

Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly?
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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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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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Effective 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Windex safe for the windshield?

I see conflicting information on whether or not Windex (or ammonia-based glass cleaners) is harmful for the windshield. For example, thoughtco claims: In reality, auto shops and auto-glass ...
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Using Sprayway glass cleaner as waterless wash?

I bought a four pack of Sprayway glass cleaner at Costco today, and it's amazing. I tried it out on my car, and it makes it so shinny, it looks like it has just been waxed. However, I want to make ...
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How can you prevent condensation/damp when you plan to leave a car idle?

My old car tends to develop condensation quite easily. If you leave your car in a cold climate not ventilated for an extended period of time I guess that is what happens. If we plan to leave our ...
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Best way to remove rust from brake calipers without removing wheel

I have rang a few garages but none offer to remove rust from brake calipers, a lot of people say it is going to rust around there a bit anyway but I wanted to make them look shiny new for when I give ...
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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 clear air vents of leaves and other such debris?

Car is a civic vti 99. It was left under a tree for some 8 months or so. Recently started to use it and smelt bad. Cowel screen and under it was covered in leaves and pollen and the the cabin filter(...
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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 . ...