Don’t Fall For These Fake Car Life Hacks
Sandpaper under your windshield wipers, replacing blinker fluid, screws in tires for traction… These fake life hacks for your car are pretty funny, but very dangerous and should never be attempted.
Let’s take a look at the most popular fake car life hacks and the experts at Turn Key Auto Repair will explain what’s wrong and why you should NEVER attempt them.
Icy Windshield? Put Sandpaper under your wiper blade.
There’s so much wrong with this and you should never try this, unless you want to ruin your windshield. Might it help scrape off ice… possibly. Will it scrape your windshield to the point of destruction… absolutely!
Tired Of Scraping Your Windshield? Boil a bucket of water and throw it directly on the windshield.
No! What do you think happens when you put something hot on something incredibly cold? In this case you’ll have a shattered windshield and a very, very bad morning.
Add Oil To Your Washer Fluid To Lubricate Windshield, This Aids In Ice Removal
Please don’t do this, you’ll end up with an incredibly dangerous situation where you won’t be able to see out your windshield. That doesn’t even include the repair bills to fix your wiper fluid system.
Put Several Screws In Your Tires For Instant Snow Traction
We’re sure to some this may make a bit of sense on the surface… But what will happen if you fill your tires with holes? Here’s a clue, you’ll be needing our tire repair services!
Change Out your Summer Air To Winter Air To Avoid Your Tires Freezing
This one won’t hurt you, other than your ego when you tell your friends what you do. All air is the same and you absolutely don’t need to rotate your air.
Be Sure To Loosen Your Lug Nuts For Winter
Okay, this is probably the most dangerous fake car life hack we’ve seen. By no means should you ever attempt this one. Your lug nuts are torqued down to the right tightness to ensure your wheels don’t come off on their own when you’re driving. Do not, ever, do this.
To Stop Your Brakes From Sticking This Winter, Put Some Oil On Your Rotors
Nope, this really doesn’t work this way at all. Adding any lubricant to your brakes just make them not brake as well as they should. If you have a problem with brakes sticking, the best solution is to contact us to get back on the road safely.
It’s Getting Cold Outside. Replace Your Coolant With Water
Sure, you’ll often here coolant referred to as just that, coolant. However it is technically a coolant mixture that is often a 50/50 mix of coolant and antifreeze. Don’t replace this fluid with water unless you want a frozen engine in the morning!
Cold Engine? Hold It In The Red For A Faster Warm Up
Please, make it stop! This is the last fake car hack and one that will surely lead to an unhappy visit to the mechanic. Modern vehicles don’t require warming up, other than getting the heat going in the cabin. Just give yourself a few minutes in the morning to warm up before hitting the road.
In Conclusion. Are There Car Life Hacks That Are Real?
There’s a lot of bad information out there about car care and preparing or winter. The good news is if you regularly maintain your vehicle life hacks are really not needed. The only real car hack you need is to look at that little sticker on your windshield and come in to Turn Key Auto Repair on your scheduled date to keep your car or truck in top shape!
Still have questions? We’re here to help. Give us a call at 843-293-6793 or Contact Us if we can help debunk a fake car life hack or just get you back on the road.