Water spots? How to get rid of them?

My fiancee and I bought a used car, 2015 Mazda 3, last week. I noticed these water spots on the “chrome trim” pieces and windows. We took it through a car wash and they still persisted. We got home and I took some Dawn and water with some shop towels to try and wash them out that way, no luck.

It seems the used dealer had washed the car with something and didn’t dry it properly. These spots only show up on the windows and trim, not on any painted part of the car.

Does anyone have any idea how to get rid of them? Any help would be appreciated.

Water spots? https://imgur.com/gallery/wMcWg

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Uses for Curil T Sealant?

Hi all,

I have a huge tube of Curil T sealant sitting around after a Porsche project. I don’t think I’ll be using it on the Porsche for a long while and it seems like a waste to have it sitting around. Ended up using a tiny dab of the sealant around IMS bolts but installed the new oem Porsche RMS dry per forum recommendations.

I’m going to be doing a bunch of maintenance work on japanese cars soon and was wondering what some of the good uses for the sealant would be?

Here are some upcoming projects: headgasket, valve cover gaskets, oil pan gasket, transmission gaskets, front/rear main seals, cam seals, etc.

Should I just start smearing it all over every new gasket and seal I install to use it up? Based on my limited knowledge of the sealant it’s basically rtv but doesn’t blob up and clog oil passages like rtv?


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Car Culture

It’s hard not to notice automobiles everywhere. Over the past 100 years or so, automobiles have become mainstream, almost everyone has one. They are the things that we couldn’t imagine living without. To a lot of people, a car is more than just an object to get from point A to point B; they are an extension of one’s self. The cars are cared for like one would care for a dog. The car culture scene is everywhere, it encompasses almost all major cities in America creating communities, social events, careers, and an all-around great thing that many people overlook or are missing out.

Something similar to compare car culture, to get an understanding, is owning a house. Any house owner loves their house. They bought it for a reason: for an investment, for pleasure, for customizability. Homeowners renovate, add to, change the flooring, or change the countertops because it’s something they love, something that is cared about. The same thing can be said by petrol heads in the car community. People in the car community change, edit, take out, add, to their cars all the time: change the rims and tires, change the color, tune, add aftermarket performance parts, and many other things because it’s something petrol heads love, something that is cared about. Car culture has impacted many lives by creating jobs, making new friends, and giving petrol heads things to do in their free time. I have had the pleasure to be around 2 thriving car scenes, Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada.

Growing up in Las Vegas is hard. Finding something to do in Vegas is challenging, either it’s too hot, it costs a lot of money, being too young, or it’s just illegal. In high school, I found a group of kids who were heavily into the car culture scene that Las Vegas had to offer. Every day after school we would hang out in the parking lot and talk about our cars, what we have done to them etc. Hours upon hours were talked about cars during those days after school. We would all go to the late-night car meets at the local park and make new friends almost every time we went. Everyone would chill, hang out and talk about anything for hours. One major event series Las Vegas has is called Vegas Drift. Out at the Las Vegas motor speedway, an event organizer would set up in an empty parking lot, set up pylons to make a race track, set up a speaker system to blast music. This would turn into a huge event many Vegas kids would go to on Saturday nights. We would watch amateur and pro drifters drift around this track creating huge plumes of tire smoke. One other thing we did is drift in the streets. I lived up in northwest Las Vegas where there are no street lights and rarely anyone on the roads because of the low density, rural properties. We kids, with nothing else to do at one in the morning, would go around throwing it sideways, drifting in the moonlit streets of rural Las Vegas. With everything that Vegas had to offer in car culture scene, I walked away with lots of new friends, lots of knowledge, and lots of memories to look back on. Those are just a couple things people miss out on, that any city’s car scene has to offer.

My second taste of a completely different car scene is in Reno. Even though I’ve only been in Reno for about 3 months, I’ve already met so many new people, made new friends, and been to many events. Car culture in Reno is a very different demographic than in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas there were many different types of cars because of the weather, it never snows so you can have a car with any type of drivetrain. In Reno, it snows so many people have all wheel drive cars. At car meets there are predominantly Subaru’s, Audis, and Mercedes because of their all-wheel-drive capabilities. One fun thing to do in Reno is to track your car. “Tracking” it means to race it in a time trial. Reno has an event called autocross where someone can go and race their car around a track, made out of orange pylons, trying to get the best time possible. At these events, one can socialize with other racers and talk about their cars. They can network with other drivers and other car enthusiasts and possibly make being a petrol head into a job or career rather than just a hobby.

Car culture has provided many people with jobs and careers. The internet these days has made careers for people that love cars. With YouTube, people can document everyday occurrences with their cars or other people’s cars. One example from YouTube is Adam LZ. He created a YouTube channel to document his life in the car scene. He has now gone from owning one car to now having over 8, competing in drift events, and having a fun time without having a nine to five job. YouTube is his job, he documents his day, edits it, and posts it on YouTube for millions of people to watch. With Instagram, every photographer has a platform to post to for millions of people to see. They have the ability to gain a following and post their photos for people to enjoy and possibly make it into a career. An example of this is my friend’s brother. He started a car Instagram page for himself, back in 2011, to share the photos he takes. It’s called Speedhunters. He now has over 1.2 million followers and makes a living taking photos and hosting car events in the greater Los Angeles area. It all started with a simple Instagram account. People are missing out on the many opportunities that car culture has to offer.

Many people think to be a part of a car scene, they need to have a nice car. That is one of the things that many people get wrong. I don’t have a car that I can take to a car meet and park where all the other modified/ nice cars are parked. That’s why car culture is so beautiful. One doesn’t need to spend a single dollar to be a part of something so amazing. I’ve made all of my connections and friends from just showing up and talking to people.

Car culture is overlooked by many people, misunderstood, or underappreciated. One huge take away from being a part of car culture is the social aspect of it, building a network of people. Just in the three months, I have lived in Reno, I have already made a network of around twenty friends. Just in this time alone I have already made friends with a guy that is in the early stages of designing and building a race track in the Reno area. Cars are more than just something to get you from point A to point B, they are art pieces, extensions of one’s personality. This is a community of friendly people who love to socialize and help each other out. It’s a community that is commonly overlooked by your average joe.

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New driver here. This is my mother’s old 2009 Highlander. Is this a really bad amount of rust?

Link here.

Knowing my mother, she probably didn’t think at all about taking care of her car and didn’t bother getting some anti-rust treatment or anything like that. I need to know if this is a problem and what to do about it. For what it’s worth I’m probably going to buy my own car (thinking a ’97 Miata) over the summer after I pick up a job but my brother will get stuck with this thing soon after.

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(Update – Car Purchased:) Buying a $5k second vehicle. Scams are everywhere. How do you connect with good used $5k cars?

Update from this thread

Thanks for the tips everyone.

The used car market at my price point was a scam-fest. I say sort of, because one car flipper gave me the area low-down. If you aren’t even semi-handy on a car, this price point should scare you. After a lot of dead ends looking for all the examples in the previous thread (Lexus, Crown Vics, Camrys) , I found one decent car.

I found an unmolested 2009 DX sedan with a manual transmission. Never thought finding a clean, well-maintained one was possible.

This car is somewhat fun to drive and a lot better on road feel than similar offerings from Toyota. I see the appeal. While this car is less “fun” than my Mustang, I am unlearning some sloppy shifting habits with the Civic. I’m finding out its just a lot easier to drive a manual when you have a ton more tire, brake, and torque on tap. Practicing precision with the manual is keeping this car fun and interesting.

The Car

The car had the good maintenance records. The previous owner bought it new, and maintained it with the care that is sort of common with engineers. He was a regular working professional with kids and wanted to squeeze out more profit than what a car lot would give him.

The car had the right level of cosmetic stuff wrong with it to lower the price. Scratches were on several panels and there was some light damage on the rear bumper cover. He tried to cover some scratches – poorly. The interior was clean with a few examples of stains he tried to clean but could not fully remove. The guy has a family. It was a kid oops from a normally careful guy. This was helpful because I couldn’t afford a mint 2009.

The tires were shot, of course. I never found a nice set of tires on any car at this price point. Surprisingly, the door/window moldings were also rubbish and needed to be replaced. Apparently, this is a common problem with these cars.

Mechanically, the car was in excellent shape. The brakes and the CV axle were serviced recently. The suspension was in decent shape for 100k miles.

I gave the guy the max I could afford ($4400), knowing I was going to get a tag, pay taxes, replace the tires, install new window molding, and probably service other parts. After maintaining these and several other parts, I have a really pleasant long distance car.

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Delivery using employee’s vehicles w/o commercial insurance… how do they get away with it?

How do restaurants doing delivery via employee’s private cars (e.g. with illuminated signage on top) get away without providing commercial insurance? My State Farm agent told me in no uncertain terms they are not covered if in an accident while doing so. #legal

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Car totaled while parked outside my work. It’s my first time, getting mixed messages and could use some advice on how to proceed.

I’m 23 years old so it’s kind of my first time dealing with a major insurance claim like this. I purchased the car, a 2011 Mazda3 with 75k miles on it, in April of this year for ~11.4k and it was about 87k miles before it got totaled. The vehicle was parked in front of my office on a quiet street when it was hit by a distracted driver in a Ford pickup who pushed it about 50 feet into a parked minivan, then pushed the pile another 20 feet. I have GEICO. I am still waiting on the police report so I can get the driver’s info–he was injured so he was taken away in an ambulance.

Many of my coworkers are telling me to contact HIS insurance. I first reported it to my insurance as I needed the tow–I don’t really understand what is up to my insurance and what is up to his. In any case though I had comprehensive coverage + collision coverage through GEICO. The adjuster examined it and sent me an estimate of 10.1k. I just got the car in April, does 1.3k less than what I paid for it really seem fair? Is this why I’m supposed to contact his insurance instead?

Also, I had a lot of personal property damage because I had an entire set of backpacking gear, some pieces custom, in my trunk from a trip I had just returned from, as well as a camera. The total replacement cost for these items is over 1.3k. Do you think his insurance will cover the full replacement cost for these damaged items? I have invoices for all of them although not all could be removed from the trunk since they were sandwiched between layers of metal. Any advice is appreciated… not really equipped to deal with this but want to make sure I get a fair offer on all of it.

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