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Preventative Maintenance for Novices

Even if you’ve never picked up a wrench before, you can learn how to maintain your own vehicle and cut your car repair expenses by doing simple repairs. How do I know? Because, with the help of some books on car repair and some online research, I learned how to do my own maintenance and minor repairs on my vehicle. I started this blog to help others learn the same skills. Here’s where you can learn which tools you need to have and what supplies to keep on hand. Find out how to locate used parts and save money where ever possible. Knowing how to do DIY car maintenance and repairs can save you a lot of money every year.



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3 Easy Ways To Clean Used Car Parts

When it comes to car maintenance, replacing old or broken parts can get costly. To help reduce the amount of money spent on car parts, more and more drivers are looking to used car parts as a viable replacement option. In order to ensure that used parts work properly in your vehicle it is essential that these parts be clean before they are installed.

Here are 3 easy ways you can clean your used car parts in the future.

1. Brush Off Dirt And Debris

When a car part is in use, dirt and debris can collect along its exterior. You can increase the efficiency of a used car part by ensuring that it gets a thorough cleaning before installation in your vehicle.

Removing dirt or debris from the exterior of a car part is best done with the help of a stiff bristle paint brush featured carbon fiber or polyester bristles. These brushes are stiff enough to scrub off any dirt present without scratching the metal finish of your used car parts. If you don't have access to a stiff bristle paint brush, a plastic bristled cleaning brush will also do the trick.

2. Use A Degreaser

The engine oil that circulates through most automobile parts can leave behind a layer of grease on many used auto parts. Removing this grease can be beneficial when it comes to extending the life of your used parts, since clean parts are able to work more efficiently. In order to get grease off the surface of your used parts you will need to use a degreaser.

You can make a natural degreaser at home by adding 5 parts water to 1 part baking soda to create a cleaning paste. Allow the paste to sit on greasy areas for a few minutes, then wipe away with a clean rag.

3. Use A Sandblaster

If you notice any rust on the surface of your used auto parts, you will need to rely on a process known as sandblasting to get the part clean. Sandblasting uses pressurized air to shoot tiny sand particles onto an object at high speeds. These sand particles loosen rust, allowing it to be easily removed.

It is important that you invest in a blasting cabinet before you sandblast your used auto parts to prevent the abrasive sand particles from damaging items in your work area.

Taking the time to clean your used auto parts before placing them in your vehicle will extend the amount of life these parts provide.