DIY Car Maintenance with function over finesse!!

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DIY Car Maintenance with function over finesse!!

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I am starting this thread for contributers to document details of jobs they carry out on their cars rather than the more general DIY with function over finesse thread which was intended to be non motoring projects. Thus hopefully it will serve as a resource and guide for members tackling jobs for the first time :-D

So whatever tinkering you are up to write it up here and members can make whatever they want of it. Of course the normal disclaimers prevail and nothing found in the thread should be taken as either accurate or recommended by anyone. They are just stories of jobs which may prove amusing, helpful, entertaning but above all interesting!! For proper technical guides refer to the appropriate section of the forum for your car!! :)
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Possibly the most common, and maybe the easiest car maintenance job is to wash the car! Often looked on as a cosmetic thing it does have other significant benefits which should not be ignored:
1 Going over the whole car with a sponge or a leather gives you the chance to spot issues that otherwise may go below your radar, eg windscreen wipers splitting, window rubbers fatigueing, dinks that will rust if left untouched etc.
2 Removing the surface grime will also help prevent the ingress of nasties into the parts of the car where they may cause rot and decay.
3 An opportunity to check the tyre condition and tread depths
4 The feeling of satisfaction and possibly even pride when you finish the task and step back and admire the results of your work.

Why am I posting this you ask? Well it's simple, I am feeling that warm glow having just completed the task on my MX3 ! :-D
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That was always the first job when I took a car part exchange Mick, it would have been nice to have been able to do it prior to buying sometimes. :)
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The best use I've ever seen for a Honda
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drive the car and rubbish to the dump and walkaway. I'm joking, but wow that's alot crammed into the car. Any tips on dump runs as the inside of my C8 is suffering...
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I give you the 'temporary repair' on the headlamp adjuster...
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07 May 2022, 16:51
Anyway there was enough pin left on the bottom, and I got the top joint freed up, so it's wired back on. Will see if it stays - it's only temporary - unless it works!!

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Working fine for 2 months!!
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=D> now that is DIY maintenance!
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Ever heard of 'your that thick you'd crash into a parked car'? Well someone was thick enough to hit mine! I'm lucky it was just a bumper scuff that ripped my paint off...
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so out came the T Cut,
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, I'm trying a touch up paint at the moment, I'll send the photos of the results after its done. I'm currently testing on inside door metalwork but looks promising. Going back to marcthemaveriks first post. It's a great idea to keep your car clean, in a car park people will treat your car as you treat it, If it looks like a banger people will treat it that way.
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Got some touch up paint from an online seller, if it works well I'll get it in aerosol form for the washer jet cover replacement.
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first coat.
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second coat overlapping first by half.
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third coat looks promising. Weather permitting I should be able to show some results of stone chip repairs to see if actually any good rather than a door slam.