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Leaving Car Outside in Summer Heat for Few Months

I am going on a trip and need to leave my car outside. I found a spot on a friend's private property. I am planning to use a car cover to protect the car from the Texas heat. Aside from that, is ...
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How can I remove or superficial scratches on my wheels?

When getting my tires rotated, the guy scratched a few of my wheels, but when I touch them it’s not rough, it’s smooth. Is there any way to remove these scratches? I’m getting new wheels and these are ...
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How to repaint your steering wheel emblem?

I have an older car with a chrome steering wheel emblem. The chrome has started to flake off and look unpleasant. Half the emblem is chrome and half is dull off-white plastic: What is the easiest way ...
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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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Brown splotchy stains on my tires

I got brand new tires in April. In July they started growing unsightly brown stains. Even after I wash them the stains reappear within hours. Kind of annoyed because they were hella expensive and they ...
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Is it possible to plastic weld a bumper with a heat gun?

I have a 1500 watt heat gun with 12 settings from another project (the Wagner 3500, if anybody is curious.) I have an acquaintance that managed to crack their bumper, and I was hoping that I could ...
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Hit a wall with my car how to remove paint?

Hit a wall with my door handle. What's the best way to remove paint? Thanks
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Motorcycle: Way to stop plastics fading?

I have a 13yo motorcycle that has a black plastic instrument panel. Although it is not regularly exposed to the sun the black plastic is fading to a chalky white. I was wondering if anyone knew of a ...
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What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?

I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla. What is the purpose of the large plastic cover that stretches over my valve cover? Does it have a particular function? Are they just for looks? Or are they designed by ...
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Considerations when painting brake calipers

Aside from not getting paint on the discs and pads, do you have any advice or tips when preparing and painting brake calipers?
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How do I fix a sagging headliner

My headliner has started to sag right over the front passenger. While it is not causing me any issues (it is not so low that it hits the passenger or distracts me) it is very ugly. What is the best ...
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How to remove a small dent in the front door of the car? [closed]

Recently, a guy came and crashed into my vehicle's front door in the parking lot. My vehicle now has a small but easily noticeable dent. Is there a way to remove the dent in a easy and really cheap ...
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