Thursday, December 16, 2010

Helpful Hints for Winter Car Care

Here is a list of helpful hints I got sent today about care care for cold weather.  While we all "froze" here in South Florida last week, it isn't going to Ice Up in Wilton Manors.  We just don't get a freeze.  But for those of you who are driving North for the holidays, and you know who you are, have a close look!

Thanks, Velma!

Helpful Hints For  Winter

Keep  your headlights  clear with  car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your  headlights. It contains special water repellents  that will prevent that messy mixture from  accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.  ( I used this one a lot on the windshield.  It made the wipers more efficient too since water beads off! Bill)

Squeak-proof your wipers with  rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth  saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This  one trick can make badly streaking &  squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence  & clarity.  (Rubbing alcohol will dissolve rubber so you're basically "sharpening" them by removing the oxidized bits.  Bill)

Ice-proof your  windows with vinegar! Frost on it's way?  Just fill a spray bottle with three parts  vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all  your windows at night. In the morning, they'll  be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic  acid, which raises the melting point of  water---preventing water from freezing!  (Just keep it away from the paint to be careful.  Bill)

Prevent car doors from freezing  shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil  on the rubber seals around car doors & rub  it in with a paper towel.  The cooking  spray prevents water from melting into the  rubber.  (It creates a barrier so the water will bead up since Oil and Water Don't Mix.  Bill)

Fog-proof your  windshield with shaving cream! Spray some  shaving cream on the inside of your windshield  & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving  cream has many of the same ingredients found in  commercial defoggers

De-ice your  lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just  put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the  lock & the problems solved!

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