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    Emergency Repair Procedures - How to Get Your Car Home Safely During an Emergency

    Emergency Radiator Hose Repair - YouTube Video by EricTheCarGuy

    1. If your radiator is leaking, pour one one-half container of black pepper into the feeler neck of your radiator to stop the leak. Wait until the engine cools, pour in the black pepper and reinstall the pressure cap. The leak should stop within minutes or starting the engine. This is a temporary fix. Flush the cooling system thoroughly before installing a new or rebuilt radiator. Also, replace the thermostat to gaurantee the repair.

    2. Use duct tape to fix small leaks on coolant hoses. For large hose leaks, cut the hose at the point of leakage and install a spacer and fasten each ends with clamps. If you can not find a spacer, use a socket from your toolbox. It will work and the water flow will be sufficient for cooling.

    3. If your car is over-heating and there is nowhere to get water, pull over and let the engine cool for 15 - 20 minutes and restart it again. This procedure takes longer for you to get home or to a shop, but it beats the alternative: a blown head gasket. Do not exceed 3 miles of driving without water. This could lead to a blown head gasket.

    4. If your car overheats and you are stranded, you may be able to find a small pond of water on the roadside. Find a bottle or can and fill it with water. It's best to start the engine while pouring in the cold water. This will prevent cracking the block. Now you are back in business!

    5. Oil leaks around seals can be fixed with thick lube and oil conditioners like Lucas, STP and other additives for both the engine and transmission.... 

    6. If your master cylinder fails, you can still get home using your parking brakes but drive slowly and keep a safe distance behind traffic. The parking brakes are only 25 - 30% efficient - so use extreme caution when using this procedure.

    7. If your transmission forward gear fails, you can put your car in reverse and drive backward on the right side of the road until you get within a safe distance for help. This is not recommended in city traffic, just for emergencies on back roads within 1 or 2 miles from home. Be careful and remember that your steering has a whipping action when backing up, so drive slowly.

    8. If you lock your keys in the cars, use a cloth hanger and 'fish the keys out' or tie a hook around the door handle or locks and open the door...

    9. If your fuses blow, use a discharged bullet shell or a piece of aluminum foil to wrap your fuse. Be careful, if there is a short-to-ground, your wires will be fried, and you car could catch fire...

    10. If your electric door window jumps tract or drops down in the door, or will not stay up -you can prop it up with small suction cup (type used for hanging reefs on windows).

    11. If your battery will not hold a charge - put 1 teaspoon of epson salt or drop one aspirin in each cell and it will rejuvenate itself and last for several more months or even a year.

    12. Clean your windows with newspaper to avoid streaking and lint. 

    13. If you have a carburetor on your engine and it backfires and start a blaze, crank the engine over several turns and it will suck the fire back into the intake manifold. This is so amazing and works better than a fire extinguisher!

    14. If you get stuck in the mud, carry a long chain or rope and get someone to pull you out.

    15. If you lose your lug nuts and your wheel falls off, take one lug nut off each wheel and install your spare tire. This will get you home or to a parts store to purchase additional lugs.

    16. Fix-a-flat will get you back on the road until you get your flat fixed.

    17. If you are a driver and have a blow-out, and do not know how to fix a flat - you can take a chance at getting someone to help you or drive on the flat until you reach help. Pull to the far side of the road and drive slowly. You'll probably destroy the tire and rim, but these can be replaced. Do not exceed 15 mph.

    18. If your windshield wipers fail during a rain storm, wait it out! Don't be a hero and drive without this critical safety component.

    19. Wipe lemon juice on the inside of your windshield to prevent windows from fogging. This works great if your defroster isn't working. Don't forget to let the windows down and let in some fresh air to help defog the windows.

    20. Need a warm sandwich or hot pizza for lunch, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it on top of your engine in a secure place. At your next rest stop, open the hood and enjoy delicious hot pizza and sandwiches. During summer months, sat the aluminum foil in your back glass window and enjoy a hot lunch every day.

    21. If you are speeding and suddenly see a police radar trap, tap your brakes to cut your speed immediately - then release the brakes before you cross the speed trap. If you apply your brakes, and the police see your brake lights on - this is a sure sign that you are guilty. Switch to the inside lane and flow with the traffic at the correct highway speed.

    22. If you are in the car with a driver that is falling asleep, start talking to him or her and they will wake up and resume driving normally. Don't shout or this will cause them to jerk the wheel. This can be disasterous and get you hurt or killed.

    23. If someone suddenly stops in front of you, veer to the right and go off the road to prevent an accident. If this doesn't work, pray that your ABS system works correctly.

    24. If your car has a standard transmission, push-start your car if the starter fails to crank the engine. As an alternative, park on a hill or incline, put the transmission in 2nd gear or reverse (if backing), turn your key to the "run" positions and let your speed increase to 10 mph. Release the clutch and let the engine shutter to a start. Pop the clutch once the engine starts and accelerate to keep the engine live. Resume normal driving.

    25. If your car has an automatic transmission, jump-start your car with booster cables and another vehicle if the battery fails to crank the engine. Don't forget to check for corrosion on battery terminals. Push-and-wiggle the cables to reestablish a tight connection at the battery. If there's "no sound" or "no click" from the starter and the lights are bright and the horn blows stong - you may have a defective starter relay. If this is the case, raise the hood and pop open the fuse/relay box and swap it with an exact match. Try shifting into neutral or make sure the car is in park and try it again. One of these should work. If the starter clicks, and still fails to crank the engine after a boost and/or known good battery - the starter probably needs replacing. Get a skilled technician to replace it, or do it yourself if you know how.

    26. If your accelerator pedal becomes jammed and your engine began speeding out of control, apply your brakes firmly and shut down the ignition by turning the key backward one click - to the off position. Do not turn the switch too far back, or you will lock the steering wheel in the "off" position and create another dangerous situation.

    27. If you drive frequently with your "low fuel" light on, carry and empty gas can in your trunk. Soon or later your luck will run out! Also check your trunk for a spare tire, jack, and tire tools. Other emergency repair items include booster cables, a small tool kit, duct tape, channel lock pliers, assorted screwdrivers, battery booster or small electric air compressor, tire gage, tire plug repair kit, sharp knife (including scissors or side cutters), and a first-aid kit.

    28. Never crawl underneath a car unless it is supported securely with a jack stand. If no jack stand is available, forget doing the repair and let a professional do the work for you. Your life is more valuable than a hunk of steel. 

    29. If your inside door handle breaks and you need to get out of the car, simply let down your window and open the door from the outside. If this is not fast enough for an emergency exit, crawl over the passenger seat and exit from the passenger side. Get this fixed immediately, you never know when you'll get stuck on a train track. 

    30. If your serpetine belt breaks, your can try using several sizes of bicycle inner tubes that can be stretched to lentgth for threading around alternator and water pump pulleys (these two are  most critical). Cut off the valve stem section and avoid threading around air conditioner and power steering pulleys (if possible) that require greater pressures. Forget the panty hose trick for serpetine belts, it don't work. Try to avoid this failure by changing the belt every 60,000 miles or whenever it shows sign of cracking or fraying. 

    31. Bonus - If you don't want to be bother with all these emergency tricks, take out your cell phone and call someone to pick you up. Please move your car far enough off the right side of the road to prevent interference with traffic. Turn on your emergency flashers and wait it out. Don't accept help from strangers - tell them politely, help is on the way.

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