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                             AUTO & GARAGE
   Keep an auto maintenance book.  Write down dates that repairs, or
   maintenance was done.  Write down where the work was done or by
   On a piece of tape write the mileage down when the next oil
   change is due.  Attach this to your upper windshield or another
   convenient place to remind you when it's time to change the oil.
   Never wash your car in the sun to prevent streaking.
   A dust mop head, worn as a mitten is great for washing your car.
   Coca-cola and aluminum foil will clean rust off your car bumper.
   Remove old bumper stickers with lighter fluid.  Soak stickers for
   a few minutes then gently remove with a razor blade.
   Steel wool pads with soap cleans white sidewalls the best.
   Clean splattered bugs off with baking soda and a nylon net.
   When white walls are clean use a little vinyl top wax to keep
   them clean longer.
   Clean headlights, chrome and enamel with baking soda.
   Drop a business card or file card with your name on, down the
   window slot in case you ever need to prove ownership. 
   Prevent rust by keeping the underside of your car clean also. 
   Place a lawn sprinkle under your car and turn on full blast. Move
   occasionally so it will reach all areas. This is a good way to
   remove all salt and road grime
   If you chip the paint on your car, clean promptly and apply clear
   nail polish to area to prevent rust.
   Remove road salt from carpet with equal amounts of vinegar and
   Remove tar from rubber car mats, by dabbing a generous dose of
   linseed oil on tar.  Let it soak for about fifteen minutes and
   blot with a dampened cloth.
   Use newspaper to wipe windows dry after cleaning to avoid
   Make your own washer solvent that won't freeze by combining 1
   quart of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons liquid
   detergent.  This formula won't freeze down to 35 degrees below 0.
   Line your car trunk with a plastic rug protector to protect the
   carpeting.  It will make clean up easier if dirty or greasy
   objects are placed in the trunk.
   Leave one window open a crack to prevent frost from building up
   on the inside of the window.
   If car windows do steam up on the inside, carry a blackboard
   eraser in your vehicle.  This will quickly remove fog.
   When tuning up your car, set gap on plugs using the widest gap
   that the manufacturer recommends, Your car will run better, idle
   better, and will give you better gas mileage.
   Clean hard to reach areas (dash, cup holders) with a dampened
   sponge tip brush.
   Laundry prewash takes tar off car finish.
   Peanut butter has been known to remove tar also.
   Avoid putting air in your tire if the temperature is below 10
   degrees.  The valve could stick and let all of the air out.  
   If wipers are beginning to wear down, extend their life by
   rubbing briskly with sandpaper.
   Clean windshield wipers with a good scrubbing of baking soda and
   A radio antenna will slide up and down easier, if a coat of wax
   is applied occasionally. Wax paper will work great.  Rub the wax
   paper up and down the antenna, the wax from the paper will coat
   the antenna.
   If battery terminals are heavily corroded, the quickest and
   easiest way to  clean them is to pour carbonated soft drink over
   them.  It will eat the corrosion away.  Soda and water will also
   do the trick.
   Apply vaseline to battery posts for better contact.
   Grease one side of a penny and place that side down on the middle
   of the battery so corrosion will collect on the penny instead of
   the battery posts.
   If you don't have a sealed battery, make sure to check the water
   level.  Water evaporates fast during summer heat. 
   A broom is the quickest way to clean snow from a car.  You can
   cut the handle down on the broom and store it in the trunk.
   In the glove box, keep a few Handy Wipes to remove gas odor from
   your hands from filling the tank.
   Remove auto grease from hands with baking soda and water.
   A hubcap can be used as a shovel if your auto gets stuck in the
   snow, mud, or sand.
   Place a bag of kitty litter in your trunk, in case you get stuck
   in the snow.  Sprinkle some under the tires to get traction. 
   An unpainted garage entry door can swell and warp and be hard to
   open. Remove door and allow to dry. Paint door and all edges to
   seal out moisture.
   Grease and oil spots in garage are unsightly and also can be
   tracked into the house. Avoid ruining carpets by keeping garage
   floor clean.
   Auto grease can be cleaned up with ordinary baking soda and warm
   Make a drip pan to collect oil drips by placing corrugated
   cardboard in a cookie sheet.  Or fill a cookie sheet with kitty
   litter.  Change as needed.
   Oil drips on your garage floor can be absorbed with kitty litter
   or oatmeal.
   If your vehicle leaks fluids, leave kitty litter on floor and
   sweep up when saturated.
   To prevent dust from rising when sweeping out a dirty garage,
   shred newspaper and dampen with hot water.  Spread newspaper
   around floor and then sweep.   
   Fresh grass clippings can also be used to keep dust down.
   If you have an automatic garage door, and you often come home to
   find it open, try changing the frequency.  Your neighbor's garage
   opener may be set to the same frequency as yours.  While on
   vacation unplug opener to avoid garage door being open.
   If you have poor lighting in garage, place reflector tape on
   objects that might be hit.
   Paint a bright color strip or use luminous tape on center of back
   wall to aim the car down the center of garage.
   Use carpet strips, foam rubber, or pieces of rubber tire around
   support studs or framing that car doors open against.
   Paint parking spaces on garage floor for bicycles, lawn  mowers
   and other objects to help children return objects to the right
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