Archive for the ‘DIY Maintenance’ Category

How to make my tires last longer?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
person pulling new tire off of rack

4 Tips to Make Tires Last Longer

When it comes to car care, keeping your tires up to snuff is one of the easiest things you can do. Let us here at CrossPointe Motor Cars show you how.

Here are four ways you can make your tires last longer.

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How to fix seat belt latch facing the wrong way?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
person buckling their seatbelt

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.

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How to fix a scratch in my car’s paint?

Friday, February 19th, 2021
Person inspecting long scratch

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.

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How to unstick a parking brake?

Friday, February 12th, 2021
front brakes being serviced

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.

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What kind of battery do I need for my key fob?

Sunday, January 31st, 2021
two 3V batteries in a pile

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.

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How to clean a windshield without streaking?

Friday, January 29th, 2021
person wiping down car windows

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.

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How to get cigarette smoke stains out of car seats?

Friday, January 15th, 2021
Person using carpet cleaner on car seat

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.

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How to roll up a power window that is stuck?

Thursday, December 31st, 2020
Smiling person leaning out car window while holding keys

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.

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How to mix 50/50 coolant?

Monday, September 28th, 2020
person checking engine coolant

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.

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How to get bad smells out of cloth car seats?

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
driver holding her nose because car smells bad

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.

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