Fixing Rust Spots, what car reviews, When we get older we start to show our age and our cars and trucks do the same thing. Vehicles show their age through rust spots and fixing these spots on a car requires a little cosmetic work. In order to complete this project, you need some sandpaper (rough and fine), automotive car paint, primer, and clear coat. A paint sprayer would be ideal for this job, but the purchase price of such an item can be prohibitive, so try renting one instead. If this is beyond your financial means, then you can use spray paint, but use extreme care and apply an even coat each time you use it.
1. Prep. Sand the area until it is clear of the rust. For the really tough or large spots use the rough grit first and then work your way down to the finer grits. You’ll know you are finished when you run your hand over the area and you don’t feel any noticeable difference in level between the painted and non-painted area.
2. Prime. Apply a thin coat of primer to the area and allow it to dry for a minimum of 10 minutes. Rub the area lightly to make everything nice and smooth. Repeat this process at least two more times.
3. Paint. Apply a thin coat of paint and allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, lightly sanding between each coat to ensure smoothness. It might take several coats to get an exact match to the existing paint, but the work is going to be worth it. After you have applied the final coat of paint, let it sit for about 90 minutes.
4. Clear Coat. Clear coat is a protectant layer that helps keep your paint job nice and sparkly. Apply this the same way you applied the paint and primer. Allow about 15 minutes between each coat for it to dry. You should only need about three coats.
5. Wash/Wax/Clean. Clean the car thoroughly and wax it. Take a step back and admire your work.
Fixing Your Windshield Wipers
Fixing Your Windshield Wipers, what car reviews, If you turn on your wipers and they don’t work properly, there are a couple of things you can check. The first rule, however, is to be safe: If you turn on your wipers and they are not cleaning your windshield so you can see out properly, signal and pull over to the side of the road. It is easier to solve the problem if you aren’t trying to dodge traffic or worrying about other vehicles you can’t see very well.
If you tried to turn on your windshield wipers and neither one of them came on, then it is possible you’ve blown a fuse. Take a look in your vehicle’s fuse box and see if you can locate the fuse that controls the wipers. Replace it with a fuse of the same rating and see if your wipers start working again.
If your wipers still don’t work (neither one of them moves), then it is possible that some control circuit or the wiper motor itself needs replacing. Check with your local auto repair shop to see if they can test and repair the wipers.
If you try to turn on the wipers and only one of them moves, there is a good chance that the cause is a loose wiper arm nut. On most cars, wiper arms are secured to the motor rod through the use of a securing nut. If you look at the base of the wiper arm, you may see a plastic cap that can be removed. Slip a small flat-blade screwdriver under the edge of the cap and pry it so that it pops open. Under the cap you should see a nut that fastens the wiper arm. Tighten this nut using an adjustable wrench, and try your wipers again. If they work properly, then you can replace the cap over that covers the nut. If they don’t work properly, then you’ll need to visit your auto repair shop.
The most frequent failure of windshield wipers is that they don’t move smoothly across your windshield and remove all the rain or snow there. If this is the case, then you will probably need to replace the wiper blades. These are inexpensive and can be purchased at any auto parts store. Check the guides inside the store, and they will let you know the proper blades to get for your car’s make, model, and year.
Replacing wiper blades is generally straightforward and can be figured out by looking at the blades that are already on your wipers. Check the instructions that came with the replacement blades as well, as there may be some special directions for the new blades. Normally it only requires a small screwdriver and loosening or fastening two small clips.