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Old 13th October 2005, 15:14   #1
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Default Home remedies, tips & tricks for your car.

We all know of a few of these - passed down from the generations when things were not so freely available. There are times when you may get stranded out in the middle of nowhere and who knows, these old tricks may just be the thing to get you out of a situation the high tech gizmo's of today cannot.

Lets see what kind of list we can put together.

The first one that springs to mind is using a potato/onion on your windscreen if at all your wipers are not working. Simply cut a potato/onion in half, rub the inner side on the glass and presto, the original "Rain-X"!! It will wear off pretty quick, but simply repeat as many times as needed.
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Old 13th October 2005, 15:35   #2
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well i remember my dad telling me to spray fresh tobacco powder from the cigarrates on the windshield to avoid water sticking to the glass..works really well..
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Adding Haldi to plug minor leaks in the radiator ( was haldi right ? )
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well i remember my dad telling me to spray fresh tobacco powder from the cigarrates on the windshield to avoid water sticking to the glass..works really well..
Another reason why one SHOULD smoke...
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Adding Haldi to plug minor leaks in the radiator ( was haldi right ? )
I thought it was chilli?... here is what I used to do in chicago when the windshield usually got covered with snow and I was driving and ran out of windshield washer fluid. I used to take my hand out of the window on a stop light and clean the driver side of the mirror
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Placing tiger excrement in your garage or where you park the car will scare away mice and rats.
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Adding Haldi to plug minor leaks in the radiator ( was haldi right ? )
Haldi, yes. So did I hear. No first hand experience though. Clean wiper blades with a tissue paper if they are not cleaning properly.

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An AA badge and a strategically placed TBHP transfers on the license plate will cause most cops on the highway to NOT stop your car. It helps if the car is white, too.
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whether it classifies as a remedy or not, But have seen vehicles which have water in fromt of the radiator grille. A friend of mine told me that the u get kool water and would be useful during hot summer journeys.

Can anyone shed some light..pls
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Before the days of airconditioning we used to use coir mats on the ar roof. we soaked the coir mats with water at regualr intervals. Although it is not adviasable to do so regularly once in a while you can throw a bucket of water over the carbefore you drive it if it out in the sun. It will help cool the car significantly and help the aircon do it's job faster.

If you do this regularly you can damage thepaint job on the car.
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If you are driving an Amby through rain, you should frequently apply breaks lightly even if there is no need to do so. This is because the Amby has only drum breaks, and the wet break liners will create a "break fade", resulting potentially dangerous break failures.

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Placing tiger excrement in your garage or where you park the car will scare away mice and rats.
Placing a tiger near / inside your garage will then scare away mice, rats and car thieves....

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One more to the leak-list.

Seal leakages on the outside of parts with a small piece of Soap.

Works well.
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preferebly an ambassador with a revolving light on the roof...
works in the city too!!!

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Remember something like pouring an egg white(raw) into a leaky radiator to fix it. The white would solidify with heat sealing the leak ( god knows what else ) . Never tried it though.
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This thread could very well turn to the Official Joke thread part II.

Placing an open packet of tobacco in the engine bay prevents from rats entering and chewing the wires off. Read this in Outlook Money.
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