Archive for the ‘DIY Maintenance’ Category
Straightening Out a Stubborn Seat Belt Latch Plate
Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars in Winchester, VA, we love teaching you DIY maintenance skills to help you keep your car in tip-top shape. Today, we want to show how to fix one of the most annoying things that can happen in your vehicle: the seat belt latch is facing the wrong direction.
Follow the step-by-step guide below to fix a seat belt latch and get it facing the right way again.(more…)
Touching Up a Scratch in Your Vehicle’s Paint Job: Step-by-Step Guide
Before we start, let’s get this out of the way: touching up a scratch at home isn’t a replacement for professional painting and refinishing. However, unless the car you’re trying to touch up is precious to you (like with a classic or luxury vehicle), then the following fix will adequately repair most scratches, even deep ones.
Here’s how to fix a scratch in your vehicle’s paint.(more…)
Fixing a Stuck Parking Brake
Maybe you pulled up on the parking brake a bit too hard. Perhaps you use your emergency brake to drift around corners. Or it could even be that you never use the parking brake and the one time you did, it got stuck. Whatever the reason, it’s a hassle to deal with.
Here’s how you can unstick your vehicle’s parking brake. Note: this blog is not for a parking brake lever that won’t go down, but for when your vehicle’s parking brake won’t release.(more…)
Replacing a Key Fob Battery? Get This Battery
Not every vehicle is the same, but most of them utilize the same stuff to work. Your vehicle’s key fob is no different.
Here’s the kind of battery your key fob will likely need.(more…)
Get a Streak-Free Windshield by Cleaning It Like This
When it comes cleaning your vehicle, nothing is quite as frustrating as spending 15-20 minutes cleaning all the windows in your vehicle and then finding that there are streaks all over them. Let us help.
Here’s how to clean your windshield and windows without leaving streaks behind.(more…)
Getting Pesky Cigarette Smoke Discoloration Out of Car Upholstery
Maybe you recently found a used vehicle for a great price, but the upholstery has cigarette stains all over it. Or perhaps you are a smoker and are looking to thoroughly clean out your car before you sell it. No matter why you’re here, we can help.
Here’s how to get cigarette smoke and nicotine stains out of your vehicle’s seats.(more…)
Quick Fix: How to Roll Up a Stuck Power Window
Here are two ways to get your stuck windows rolled back up. However, these fixes are just bandages: they don’t fix the actual problem. They should be used to roll your windows up the one time before you get your power window motor replaced.
That being said, here’s how to roll up a stuck power window.(more…)
How to Properly Mix Coolant and Antifreeze
If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road due to an overheating vehicle without no coolant in sight, then this guide is for you. We’ll show you how to properly mix coolant so you can have some on hand to refill and be on your way.
Here’s how to mix all kinds of antifreeze and coolant, with step-by-step instructions and coolant-to-water ratios for different types of coolant.(more…)
How to Deodorize Your Vehicle’s Cloth Upholstery Yourself
When it comes to detailing a car, a professional is always the best choice. But professionals cost quite a lot. So, whether you need a quick fix or don’t feel like forking over a bunch of cash, we can help.
Here are five cheap ways to get bad smells out of your car’s cloth seats.(more…)
Car Paint Maintenance Guide: The Easiest and Hardest Colors to Care For
We think that everyone can agree that Cherry Red and Jet Black look super slick. However, if you’ve ever seen those colors after a single trip down a dirt road, then you know that they get really dirty, really fast.
So then, which automotive paint colors are the easiest to care for?(more…)