Some things aren’t taught in driving school, but that doesn’t mean you have to remain in the dark forever – with this guide we will teach you how to keep moving when you experience car trouble and are unable to get to a mechanic or repair shop immediately.
The best part? You’ve already got all these items around the house.
- PROBLEM: Stone chip on your window.
- Even the smallest windscreen chip can quickly get out of hand if left untreated. A small chip can develop into a full-blown crack almost overnight – which is both dangerous and costly to repair.
- SOLUTION: Clear nail polish.
- While nail polish is far from a permanent fix, it will stop the chip from cracking further – buying you some time to get to a windscreen repair specialist.
- PROBLEM: Car polish on your windscreen.
- It might not seem like an emergency, but still poses a hazard (not to mention what a pain it is to remove). It hinders your ability to see clearly, and could lead to an accident if you don’t remove it.
- SOLUTION: Nail polish remover.
- A small amount of nail polish remover on a cloth will clear your windscreen right up.
- PROBLEM: A leaky radiator.
- A leaking radiator can cause your car to overheat, putting your engine at serious risk of seizure.
- SOLUTION: An egg, some turmeric and some curry powder.
- It sounds like a delicious breakfast, but could also help you out in a pinch. Turmeric powder is used in the production of radiator sealants and can thus be used as a temporary fix until you are able to get to a mechanic (turmeric could also be substituted with curry powder).
- Alternatively, use an egg white to form a plug, as the heat of your radiator will cook the egg and seal the gaps.
- Neither solution is a good long-term solution – so we recommend plugging the leak and ensuring you get your car to a mechanic immediately.
- PROBLEM: A build up of lead sulphate on your battery.
- A lead sulphate build up on your battery can corrode your battery terminals, and cause your car’s electronics to malfunction. It appears as a white substance covering your battery.
- SOLUTION: A can of coke and an old toothbrush.
- For safety reasons – put on a pair of safety gloves and disconnect your car’s battery. Once the battery is disconnected, dip the toothbrush in some coke (yum) and scrub the lead build up off the battery.
- Once the battery looks clean, you can take a damp cloth and wipe off the coke residue. Let it dry and reconnect the battery.
- PROBLEM: Sun damage to your headlights.
- As much as we love getting in our daily dose of vitamin D, the sun’s rays can damage your car’s headlights over time, making them appear dull and murky.
- SOLUTION: Toothpaste
- An oldie but a goodie. Polish your headlights by squeezing some toothpaste onto a cloth and lathering your headlights generously. The toothpaste will clear up the murky appearance, making your headlights shine as bright as they did the day you bought your car and improving your visibility when driving at night or bad weather conditions.
You might need to visit a mechanic for more serious car trouble, and when any unusual lights starts flashing on your dashboard – it might be time to visit CMH Suzuki Pinetown to test drive your next set of wheels.