You don’t have to be a car mechanic to keep your automobile in top shape. These hacks will help you maintain your car and let you know when it is time to take it in for a professional tune-up.
Your car is an extension of your home, but how often do you treat it with the same tenderness and affection you give your house? Keep your wheels in good condition with these simple yet genius car hacks that will make life on the road easier, and a lot more comfortable. Below are few hacks to help your car keep the shape and help you live a more comfortable life.
Use a Plastic Container as a
A plastic container is just small enough to make the perfect trash can for your car. The flip-top opening ensures that whatever you throw away does not end up all over the floor after a sharp turn. Just line the container with a plastic shopping bag, and you’re ready to go, this helps you also to dispose of off whenever you like.
Keep Cup Holders Clean with Cupcake Liners
Dust, crumbs, and all sorts of stickiness can accumulate in a car cup holder, which is perhaps the most notoriously difficult to clean the corner of any car. Luckily, there’s a trick that can keep your cup holder clean without the hassle. Simply drop a paper cupcake liner into the bottom of the cupholder. When it gets dirty, just replace it with a fresh one, as simple as you can ever imagine rite.
De-Fog Your Headlights with Toothpaste
As headlights get older, the plastic covers oxidize, which causes them to become yellow and foggy. Restore them to their former glory by rubbing some toothpaste (one with baking soda works especially well) onto the headlights, then give them a good scrub with an old toothbrush. After the toothpaste has dried, splash with some water and wipe the paste off with paper towels.
Give Your Tires the Penny Test
Do you think it may be time to replace your tires? To find out, take a coin and place it headfirst into the tread groove. If you can see the entirety of the coin head, then your tires are too worn and need to be replaced. If part of the coin head is covered, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth left and can wait on new tires.
Remove Sticker Residue with Newspaper
Whether you’re dealing with a parking permit or a vehicle sticker, when it’s time to peel it off, the sticker leaves behind a gummy mess. The next time you’re facing down a sticky spot, place a piece of wet newspaper on top of the residue and let it sit for about 15 minutes. When you come back, the glue will have softened up and will be much easier to wipe away.
Keep Rubber Resilient
When the weatherstripping around your car doors starts to fail, so does its protection against the elements. Fortunately, you can put off replacing seals by lubricating with WD-40 once a month to counteract the drying and cracking that happens in extreme temperatures.