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Richard Keane has sent in this very useful and important tip.

When disconnecting a car battery always follow this procedure : negative/earth/black terminal to be removed first and connected last. Because if it is not and a tool bridges the positive/live/red terminal to the body, the resulting short circuit can fritz electronic components like engine management units and alternator rectifiers. Vast expense, inconvenience and immobility will ensue.

Remember, a short circuit is not only likely to damage your car but it can cause severe injuries as well.

  If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident involving a foreign lorry then bear in mind that many overseas lorries have a different number plate for the cabin part to that of the trailer.

Ensure you take note of both numbers as these will be required by your insurance company.

Margaret Reeve

The A.A. have made available to the general public the following site which you might include in your motoring section as I am sure your site visitors would find it very useful,  the address is:-


David Dempsey (40 Years on the road}

  The best way to free jammed steering locks is to remove the load from the steering mechanism.  To do this jack up the front of the car in the middle of the axle.  Then normally the steering wheel and lock will be no longer under load this allows the key to be turned as normal.

Information received from David Demspey (ex. AA)

To stop windscreen wipers squeaking rub a slice of apple onto the blades.

Contributed by Andrew Atkinson

  When cleaning electrical components in your car i.e. fuses etc. use an electrical contact cleaner such as "DeoxIT" as it actually improves the conductivity of the metal.  Although fairly expensive it can be used elsewhere and a little goes a long way.

Thanks to Andrew Muschett for this one.

To remove oil from drives pour on a small bottle of Coca Cola, cheap and effective!

Sent in by Carol Bransby

  A liquid spray called "Muck off" sold to clean mountain bikes is great for cleaning soiled alloy car wheels.

This product is apparently available in Halfords in the U.K., presumably there is something similar available in other parts of the world.

Contributed by Victor Hunt

Ignition key won't turn in lock and wiggling the steering wheel does not work, try spraying some WD40 onto the lock.

Personal experience of Angelia Thomas.

When approaching a tunnel blink quickly this will adjust eyes to the tunnel lighting. 

John Mercieca

Obviously care should be taken when driving to avoid accidents.

Use any type of carbonated soda (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) to pour on a windshield (windscreen?) to remove road grime when it is raining and your washer fluid container is empty or washers are broken. 

Just pour over the windshield while the wipers are on low speed; it cuts right through the road grime.

Make sure it is still raining. Leaving soda on a car may damage the finish if it is left on the car and dries there. 

Jim Clifton






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