Q: A fast easy way to
remove sap is Dawn dish soap — original blue. It works really well
and won’t scratch paint or windows.
— D.R., Quakertown,
Q: In today’s paper
there was a question on removing sap on the windows and trunk. This
will sound crazy. I tried many things, but what worked was Cutter
Skinsations Insect Repellent. It totally removed the sap with no
damage to paint.
— R.C., Deerfield
Q: Everybody has a
solution for getting anything off your car paint. For years I have
kept a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid on my shelf in the garage.
It is an instant degreaser and anything-else remover, and on a car
surface, it will remove just about anything. The nice thing about it
is it dries almost instantly and will not damage paint or even
remove the wax on the car.
— M.B., Chicago
A: These are a few of
the myriad suggestions we have received. And now we will put this
subject to bed. As Porky Pig says th, th, that’s all, folks.
Q: I have purchased a
2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe, with the 3.6-liter engine. It has the
start/stop feature that shuts the engine off at every stop. There is
a switch on the console to turn this feature off. However, when you
turn the car off, it defaults back to on. How can I permanently
disable this device?
— C.N., Aurora,
A: We currently know
of no way to permanently disable the stop/start feature. Some people
initially find this feature annoying but, in the long run, they get
used to it. Besides, it improves fuel economy. Remember, you get
zero miles per gallon at idle.
Q: In regards to your
recent column, one should verify that the LED bulbs used with garage
door openers have been certified to an FCC certification of Class B.
The Class B is a stricter requirement than the Class A that is meant
for industrial use. Not all LED bulbs sold at the big stores have
the Class B certification.
— B.C., Chicago
A: You are right
about some LEDs causing garage door opener problems. We researched
the FCC website as well as those of LED lighting manufacturers, and
yes, buyers should take care to get Class B lamps. Many internet
sellers offer the low-cost Class A, so shoppers should beware.
Cheap, Class A lamps emit excessive radio frequency interference (RFI)
or “noise” that interferes with digital devices, such as garage
Q: I saw the subject
of LED bulbs in garage door openers appeared in your column again
today. Genie (the same company that sells garage door openers) sells
a 60-watt equivalent garage door opener LED bulb. As it says on the
package: “Standard LED light bulbs can create significant
interference between your remote and the garage door opener.
Genie’s LED light bulb minimizes this interference.” At about
$10 each, they’re a little more expensive, but I think it’s
worth it. The bulbs are available at home improvement stores. Check
out the website: http://www.geniecompany.com/garage-door-openers/accessories/led-light-bulb.aspx.
— B.P., Chicago
A: We thank you, and
so do the millions of automatic garage door openers throughout the