Tuesday, December 30 , 2014

Fix for Frozen Car Locks

We don't mean to imply that you're full of hot air, but this trick will help open your car if the door lock has frozen. Take a plastic drinking straw, squeeze it if you have to and put it into the lock hole. Then blow through it and into the lock. After a minute or two of this, the lock should be warm enough to open. If you know sub-zero weather is coming and you want to make sure you'll be able to get into your car in the morning without a lot of deep breathing, this is what you can do…

Spray WD-40 (available at hardware stores) in the car door or trunk lock before it gets cold—this will prevent the lock from freezing. You can also spray it into the locks after they've frozen to defrost them, but we think the straw trick is more fun and provides a bigger sense of accomplishment and self-reliance.

And here's what to do for frozen car doors.

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Tuesday, November 11 , 2014

No Ice Scraper? Use This

Darn, this year's first frost came out of the blue and you can’'t find your ice scraper. Here's what to do...

If ol' Jack Frost visited your car windshield last night and you don't have a proper ice scraper, use a plastic dustpan—it will do the scraping job without scratching the windshield.

What? You don't have a dustpan? What are we going to do with you? Go grab that half can of cola (it's OK if it's flat) on your kitchen counter, and pour it onto a clean cloth and rub off the icy buildup. The cola should not refreeze (unless you live in the Antarctic and it's 40 below).

Caution: If the cola splashes on other parts of your car, wipe it off quickly. It might eat through the finish. Kind of makes you think twice before drinking it, huh?


Monday, September 16 , 2013

How to Remove a Bumper Sticker Without Scratching Your Car

Time to remove the old campaign sticker? The college decal? The bumper sticker that once seemed so funny—but isn't anymore? Saturate a cloth with distilled white vinegar, and cover the sticker with it. Wait at least 30 minutes for the vinegar to soak through and dissolve the glue. Then peel off the sticker, or gently scrape it off with a straight edge like a credit card. If some glue still remains, you can rub it off with a rag or a sponge moistened with a bit of vegetable oil.

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Thursday, March 22 , 2012

Driving in Fog

Since it’s difficult to see oncoming cars when you’re driving in a thick fog, keep your window open. Chances are, you’ll hear the cars coming toward you before you can see them.