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Old 01-04-2015, 08:45 AM
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Tips I Found That Worked For Me....

Hi Folks, these may be 'old' to some but 'new' to others - hope they help.

1) When undoing a really tight bolt try tightening it a few degrees first.
2) To protect the under side of your ride from jack stands use an old radiator hose cut to length, split and placed over the top.
3) Small food containers are good for long and short term storage of small parts. Some containers can be installed in drawers to neatly hold stocks of washers etc.
4) An effective small parts washer can be made from tin cans. A larger outer and a smaller inner with a wire handle and holes in the base. Degreaser to half fill the inner can and lower the inner can of parts. The degreaser flows in through the holes in the base. Lifting out by the handle keeps your hands from being degreased.
5) To get a smooth finish on silicone sealant use the sliver foil backed plastic from around some sweets and cookies. Once the sealant has set the foil will peel off leaving a smooth finish. Ordinary tin foil is weaker than the bond between it and the sealant. The plastic/foil is the winner.
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I've just changed my wiper blades and now my reverse lights don't work. Should I change my fuel pump relay?

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Got a small trim screw you can't get a good bite on? Dip the end of the screw driver into some valve grinding compound. It'll grab that puppy tight.

Tree huggers worry that red meat is bad for you. It isn't. Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.

If you're trying to get a spark plug started without cross threading it, use a piece of rubber fuel line hose that fits snugly. Twist the hose and the plug with either go in or the hose will slip. No rethreading of threads needed.

Before you press down on that really dull knife, check to make sure it isn't upside down.

Use engine oi to lubricate door hinges and lock cylinders. WD-40 is excellent for many things but it's also a good cutting oil and any grit will eat bushings and lock tumblers up.

Lastly, if you're just getting over a case of the "runs", never ever trust a sneeze.
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Some good life advice there, O'G.
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I've just changed my wiper blades and now my reverse lights don't work. Should I change my fuel pump relay?
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