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Latest Post: 7 EASY CAR HACKS FOR BEATING WINTER PROBLEMS

1) FROZEN DOOR LOCK:  The only thing worse than getting into a chilly car is not being able to get into your car at all.  If you’re stuck out in the cold because your car lock is frozen, coat your key with hand sanitizer, gently insert the coated key into the lock and wait about 30 seconds.  The ethanol and isopropanol alcohol will melt the stubborn ice

2) FROZEN WINDSHIELD WIPERS:  If your windshield wipers are frozen in place, de-icing your windshield will be a whole new level of difficulty.  Luckily, there are a few magic elixirs that can thaw your wipers out quick.  Grab a spray bottle and fill it with vinegar and water, pickle juice, or vodka and water.  Spray your wipers down to speed up the melting process.   You can also use cold weather windshield wiper fluid to help soften the ice on wiper blades.

3) FOGGY HEADLIGHTS:  Foggy headlights might be a minor nuisance on most days, but they can be downright dangerous on a winding, dimly lit road.  Luckily, the solution is easy.  Rub your headlights with regular toothpaste with baking soda – Yes, the tube in your bathroom will probably do! (skip the kind with cooling beads, these might scratch your lights).  Apply a thin layer of toothpaste with a rag and let sit for 15 minutes.  The, scrub your lights with a toothbrush and finish by rinsing them clean with water.

4) SPINNING TIRES:  When the snow starts to melt into mud puddles, it’s easy to get stuck.  If you hear nothing but a whirring noise when you press on the accelerator, take your foot off the gas.  You might be making the situation even worse.  Instead, put your car into park, take your car mat out and put it in front of your stuck tire.  Get back into your car and accelerate gently until you are unstuck.

5) THICKENING FLUIDS:  When temps reach sub-zero levels, car fluids such as antifreeze, oil and transmission fluid will likely thicken or become less viscous.  This makes the fluids more likely to move less freely within your car’s systems.  To counter this, leave your car running for at least 10 minutes to warm up the fluids before your drive.  You should also consider changing your fluids before temps fall and maintaining the fluids at recommended levels is always advisable.

6) DEAD BATTERY:  a dead battery is among the most prevalent of car problems that you are likely to experience in the winter.  When temps fall below the freezing point, your car battery gets overworked.  If your battery is already 3 or 4 years old, you might consider purchasing a new one ahead of the cold season.

7) FROZEN FUEL LINES:  This is a notable car problem that you may encounter in the winter.  Your car’s fuel lines may freeze during the cold weather because of condensation which tends to form in the gas tank.  More so when you run low on fuel.  The freezing temps may cause the condensation to freeze preventing the fuel from reaching your car’s engine. 


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