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I have a condo on the water 200' long what kind of rock salt do I use to keep ice from forming in winter. That will not harm the new fiberglass.

Just completed a new fiberglass job on balcony and do not want to harm it.

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10 Tips to Prep your Car for Winter Driving

Inspect your antifreeze while your engine is cold by using a tester to check the mixture for its freeze point. A 50/50 ratio means 50% distilled water and 50% antifreeze, which is sufficient in most climates, except in extreme cold. <br /> Have your charging system checked for free at any Advance Auto Parts store. Cold weather starts make the vehicle battery work much harder and getting stranded in the cold is no fun! <br /> Change your oil and oil filter. Clean, high quality engine oil goes a long way in protecting the motor in cold start situations. Use the oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. <br /> Visually inspect all lights; marker bulbs, tail lights, third level brake lights, especially headlights and driving lights. Daylight savings time requires bulbs to work longer hours. <br /> Tire Tread condition; check it yourself, or have it checked. Winter driving requires good traction in snow and ice. Quality tire tread sheds the snow, ice and road grime more quickly, providing better traction for improved safety. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially in colder temperatures. Follow the recommended PSI found on the driver's side door post for maximum traction. <br /> Visibility is key to your safety; make sure that your wiper blades are in top condition, to fully clear your windshield, and back window if the vehicle is equipped. Road salt and slush can jeopardize visibility. Use washer fluid containing de-icer and Rain-X Treatment on windows to avoid the chiseling of ice early in the morning. <br /> Inspect your engine's belts and hoses. Cracked, frayed or worn out rubber won't stand up to temperature extremes. Don't get stranded on your next trip because of a $10.00 belt or hose! <br /> Replace the Cabin Air Filter if the vehicle is equipped. Outside contaminants from Fall and Summer driving are stranded in the cabin air filter and running the heater on "high" in the extreme cold only sends the micro-particles deeper into the vehicle. <br /> Protect your vehicle's paint. Rain, snow and salt are extremely tough on paint. A tough coating of quality car wax will add another barrier in-between road grime and your vehicle's paint. <br /> Last but not least, prepare a roadside emergency kit including a flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles, cell phone, jumper cables, flares, Fix-a-Flat, HELP Sign, and a first aid kit.

on Apr 02, 2011 | Honda S2000 Cars & Trucks


Deicing Your Windows

Summary: During the winter months, or even a freak spring storm, it isn't uncommon to find the windows of your car covered in ice. Deicing your windows can be a bitterly cold experience, so why not learn the best possible ways for both preventing ice from forming on your windows and removing it in a hurry when you need to. Here's how. I really don't like going outside every morning to deice my windows. If you live in cooler (or even colder) climates, then chances are pretty good that you know what I'm referring to.

Over the years I have tried many different methods for deicing windows. I discovered that some work (though at a risk) while others seem to work just fine at preventing ice from forming (what better way of deicing your windows-provided you remember to do it, and others work-but require you to get really cold. Here are some methods, and a brief description of what happened to me when I used them.
  • Defroster. Probably the most common method available. Unfortunately, this method also comes with risks. While a properly working defroster can quickly (no more than 20 minutes usually) remove icy build up, it can also worsen any preexisting cracks in your windshields if turned on too high. There is another drawback to this method, and that is its cost. You can't really run the defroster without turning on the engine, and that takes gasoline.
  • Scraper. The traditional method for removing ice from windshields, a scraper should be in every vehicle that is in a cold climate. In fact, many car rental companies include them in their cars when you rent a vehicle from them during the winter. On average, this method can take about as much time as the defroster method, and while you are not as likely to crack your windshield, you will most likely get cold.
  • Vinegar. One of the best ways for deicing your windshield and windows is to prevent the ice from forming at all. However, not everyone has a garage that they can store their car in. In those situations, it is best to use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Use half vinegar (any kind, though I prefer white since it does not smell as much) and half water in a spray bottle and spray it on your windows at night. This helps prevent ice from forming. The only drawback is that you have to remember to use it at night, otherwise it doesn't do you very much good. Although you can still remove ice by spraying some on your windows in the morning, you'll just need a whole lot more.
  • Rubbing Alcohol. For those who really need to move, try putting about 5 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol into your windshield washer reservoir. This turns the regular windshield washer fluid into a deicing agent at a fraction of the cost, and works wonderfully. Simply spray and use your windshield wipers as normal.
  • Blanket. This is perhaps the easiest way to prevent ice build up on your windshield. Just place a blanket over your windshield at night, and remove it before driving anywhere.

on Feb 03, 2011 | Chevrolet Malibu Cars & Trucks

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05 honda pilot has the top left and the bottom right brake light not working. I've replaced bulbs and checked all fuses ieven switched light relays but the problem is still here. Any Ideas?

bad wiring, (and connector)
did someone put on a trailer hitch kit on this car? bingo
or prev. major collision
or you live in the SALT belt and this cause early car death and wiring horrors.
the salt belt is those places (not here) that salt the roads, with rock salt in the winter.
so......location does count and unstated.

Feb 25, 2014 | Honda Pilot Cars & Trucks

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Hi, my name is Brittney, and I have a 2005 ford focus zx4, when starting my car and pressing on the gas pedal it makes a really loud noise, almost sounnding like a harley. Sometimes I could even smell the...

Your exhaust system is subjected to all kinds of road debris and, depending on where you live, winter road salt. If the hole is in the pipe, a good muffler shop could cut out the bad area and weld in a fresh length of pipe. It it's the muffler, it's a simple muffler replacement. Unless the whole exhaust pipe is bad, don't pay for a whole new pipe. Whatever you decide to do, don't wait too long. The exhaust fuems you smell are only part of the problem. What yo can't smell is carbon monoxide, and it is deadly.

Jan 16, 2011 | Ford Focus Cars & Trucks


WInterize Your vehicle

The winter months are hard on your vehicle. Cold temperatures can affect its operation, while dirt and road-salt residue can cause problems with its physical condition. However, there are some simple checks and maintenance items you can do that will help your vehicle stay in top condition.

Good visibility is vital. If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on the windshield, or if the wiper-blade rubber shows any signs of cracking or stiffness, replace them with a new set. In addition, don't try to use your wipers to remove adhered ice from the windshield; keep an ice scraper in the car for frosty mornings. If the vehicle is parked outside, placing the wipers in the "raised" position before an overnight snow will keep them from freezing to the windshield.

With dirt, mud, and salt residue being kicked up off the road, it's likely that you'll be using your windshield washers a lot. Be sure to keep your windshield washer reservoir filled with a washer solution that contains an antifreeze agent. Also make sure that the heater is functioning properly and that plenty of warm air is being directed to the windshield when it's in the defrost mode. To help prevent your windshield from fogging up, run the air-conditioning system (with the temperature set at a comfortable level) to dehumidify the air.

Finally, check that all the vehicle's lights are working properly, so that you'll have optimum visibility at night and other motorists will be able to see you.

Consider a switch to winter tires. If you drive a lot in slippery conditions, it's a good idea to replace summer or all-season tires with a set of dedicated winter tires.

If you'll be using winter tires, you might consider having them mounted on inexpensive steel wheels. This will make it easier to switch between the two sets and it will save your more expensive alloy wheels from the winter conditions.

For extreme conditions, studded snow tires or even tire chains may be warranted. Because they can be tough on road surfaces, check if they're legal in your area before making the investment.

Keep the battery in good shape. Your vehicle's battery is especially hard hit when the mercury plummets. Cold temperatures reduce its cranking power. In fact, at about zero degrees F, your battery only has about half the cranking power it has at 80 degrees. At the same time, the thickened oil in a cold engine makes it harder to turn over. So the battery is asked to do more while in a weakened condition. Following are a few easy checks to make sure it's in as good condition as possible.

On conventional batteries, remove the plastic caps on top of the battery and check the fluid level (see your owner's manual). If the fluid is low, add distilled water. On maintenance-free batteries, check that the window at the top of the battery indicates a fully charged state (check in your owner's manual). If it isn't, have the battery professionally tested at a service station, auto parts store, or repair shop. It may just need to be charged. But if it's defective, it's best to replace it before it goes completely dead.

The battery cables should be tight enough that they can't be pulled off by hand. If the battery cables and terminals have any white, crusty corrosion forming on them, it can create resistance and reduce the amount of power that can be drawn from the battery. This corrosion can be easily cleaned with a mixture of baking soda and water, which neutralizes the battery acid. Disconnect the battery cables and use an old toothbrush dipped in the mixture to scrub off any corrosion. While the cables are disconnected, it's also a good idea to use a wire brush or a special battery-terminal brush (available at any auto parts store or often in the automotive section of a department store or supermarket) to clean both the terminals and cable connectors. After that, reinstall and tighten the cables so they can't be rotated by hand. Finally, coat the terminals and cable connectors with petroleum jelly or grease to prevent future corrosion.

Make sure you use the right engine oil. Engine oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Check your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation, but generally, you should be using a multi-viscosity oil that has a "W" in the viscosity index, signifying that it's formulated for winter use. Typical formulas that are recommended for modern engines include 5W-20, 5W-30, and 10W-30, which provide good oil flow at low temperatures and can usually be used year-round.

If you expect to experience extremely low temperatures, you can have an engine block heater installed in the engine. When plugged into a household electrical outlet, it keeps the engine oil from getting cold and thick.

Check your cooling system. Extreme cold can cause rubber parts to become brittle and fail. Check the radiator and heater hoses for cracking, leaking, or contamination from oil or grease. The hoses should be firm yet pliable when you squeeze them. Replace them if they feel brittle or overly soft.

For most vehicles, the cooling system should be flushed at least every two years (check your owner's manual). This helps keep corrosion from building up in the system. If a flush is almost due, have it done before the cold weather hits. The system should be refilled with a mixture of antifreeze and water, typically in a 50/50 ratio. This will keep your coolant from freezing to well below zero. Colder conditions, however, can call for ratios of 60/40 or 70/30. Check your owner's manual or the back of the antifreeze container. Under no circumstances should you use a higher antifreeze-to-water ratio than this.

Prevent freeze-ups. Water can get into door and trunk locks and then freeze, effectively locking you out of the vehicle. To prevent this, lubricate the locks with a silicone spray or door-lock lubricant. If they're already frozen, use a lock antifreeze product to thaw them.

Let the engine fully warm up. Condensation in the exhaust system can cause premature rust-through of exhaust components. To help prevent this, try to let the engine reach its full normal operating temperature whenever you drive the vehicle. This will evaporate the moisture in the system. If this isn't possible, try to limit short trips.

on Feb 01, 2011 | Dodge Caravan Cars & Trucks

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Parking brake pedal will not set 0n 2000 blazer

Do you mean it won't hold very well or it just won't hold at all? If it won't hold at all, and there seems to be no resistance when you engage the parking brake, then the cable is possibly broken, depending on where you live. Northern states aren't very kind to metal due to the winter season, water and salt. If it won't hold very well, it just needs to be adjusted manually. Even so-called self-adjusting parking brakes seem to need manual adjustments every now and then (speaking from experience with my pickup).

Feb 04, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Blazer

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Salt was put into my gas tank had to replace fuel pump and fuel screen how much should this cost


A job for this kind of problem would also involve draining the gas tank and fuel lines and hauling off the gas as "Harmful Waste". If I were to take a guess, $300 - $500, depending on the shop and the extent of the damage.

Nov 13, 2009 | 2006 Kia Sorento

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05 xterra radiator removal son's car ...stated that bottom is rusted out .....maybe he can do the repair himself has just over 50.000 miles on it but upstate ny winters.

If this was an aluminum radiator salt was not the culprit and it was likely due to some sort of electrolysis. I have seen the entire inside of a water pump eaten away by this kind of problem. Aluminum is more electronegative than steel and will rust easier when in contact with steel while some sort of electric activity may cause oxidation or rust to happen easier.

Oct 18, 2009 | 2005 Nissan Xterra

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New tires

ya, and all the hills make it 10x worse. i'm from pittsburgh. it all depends on how much you want to spend. but make sure they are winter performance and not all season, they are better for snow and icey conditions.

good ($150-$200):
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3
Goodyear Ultra Grip SUV
Dunlop Grandtrek SJ5

best ($200-$300):
Michelin Latitude X-Ice
Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
Toyo Open Country G-02 plus

Dec 28, 2008 | 2004 Lexus GX 470

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