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Old 01-01-2017, 04:18 PM
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I don't want to pay to fix the problem of my washer fluid leaking out after one use. so I have a gallon jug of water, turn on the wipers, and presto.
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:56 PM
Location: 76102
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Default Try this.

Duck tape.
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:32 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Or butyl tape.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:19 PM
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LOL @ the OP:

I had a vehicle once that I had a whole rigamarole to get and keep going:

1}hot wire the fan to the battery

2}Add one pint power steering fluid

3} add one quart of oil

4} start engine, if it would, sometimes taking a couple tries.

5} BUNGEE cord the passenger door closed to the center console to keep it from swinging open when you turned left.

6} roll down all windows, yes even on rainy days.

7} turn heat on high, no matter how hot the day was, on defrost was least likely to toast you out

8} TAPE with duct tape the gearshift button down to change to gear

9}hold turn signal while it operated

10}coast and break carefully

11} add 1/2 bottle of premixed antifreeze each week

12] reverse most processes when I arrived at destination.

It was the vehicle i could afford.

One day at work, the manager asked if another employee could borrow my car to go to another store to pick something up, and I said "if my {minivan} goes, SO DO I, you won't believe what I have to do to drive it."

FOr those who have followed my posts, this was in the late 90's after being homeless {with no car} and living under a bridge near the RR tracks, and before the emergency $10,000.02 operation, when i worked two part time minimum wage jobs one early morning, one late at night with only 4 hours between them in the afternoon and overnight.

But hey, I was in heaven!!!! I had a vehicle, a roof I could call my own { a cheap 1 br "cottage" it was called that was really run down, old and very drafty, and had only 1 kerosene heater room heater for heat and an electric heater for the BR/carry to bath when you used it.} and was working!!!! I fully furnished the cottage with curbside cast-offs picked up on garbage night !!

Ah hte fond memories of the"good old days".....
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:48 PM
Location: Gulf Coast
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galaxyhi, that was priceless to read!

We just fixed an a/c fan in a truck. We'd fixed it 3 times and gave up putting money into parts because we couldn't figure out what was causing the problem with the switch. Probably a very very pricey board part inside the dash (you haven't lived till you've taken one of those apart). So we got an automotive switch, bypassed the other and now have a funky looking odd switch on the bottom part of the dash - which works and the a/c comes on!

I've given up on the windshield washer in my car, we've fixed it several times. I carry a bottle of window cleaner.

For that matter, I've given up fixing the dings and dents. It isn't worth the price.

Just put nice outdoor fabric patch over part of the head liner which has begun to shred and shed foam. DH says he's too busy to help redo the whole head liner. Hey, patches used to be ok on our jeans growing up, it's great on a headliner too. At least I matched the color!
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:55 PM
Location: Ohio, dammit!
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If I happen to get those big, pleated tea bags(Like Lipton), I keep the used one on a plate on the kitchen counter, then use it twice more to make a cup of tea.

I also wash out ziploc food storage bags, and use them again. Keep doing it unless the bag gets stained, worn, or had meat in it.

I do this at missusjimmy's behest, but I've gotten used to it and it's no longer a bother.
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