16 ways to fix and adapt your car
Ah, the open road! Your favourite track on the radio, the horizon in your sights, just you and the wheel rumblin' to anywhere.
Is there anything better than the freedom of driving? Don't let awkward breaks or bad design hold you back from your dreams. Hit the road this summer with peace of mind.
Here are 16 ways to fix and adapt your car with Sugru Mouldable Glue.
Fix those awkward breaks
1. Fix cracked wing mirrors
Wing mirrors are vulnerable, sticking out either side of our cars into the big wide world. And there's nothing worse than an awkward crack - with the only fix seemingly being a complete replacement part.
Save money on replacing your wing mirror all together, and fix it with Sugru! Sugru is ideal for this fix because it is strong, durable and waterproof.
Check out the how-to guide for fixing your car wing mirror for more info, or have a look at Gemma's great fix below.
2. Patch up cracks in plastic interiors
Bumps and bangs are inevitable, especially if you run a busy ship! Whether it's the inside door or your dashboard, repair cracks in your car with Sugru.
Sugru is ideal for this project because it is strong, durable, and you can mix colours to make make custom colours.
3. Keep rain where it belongs - outside the car!
Johanna from The Netherlands sent us this charming little story.
"My adorable car is an old-timer, an east German Trabant from 1968, a follow-me car from a former Berlin airport. But the front window rubber had a huge gap on the upper side, so every time it was raining, water would pour in and run down from my right knee right into my shoe!"
A piece of tape was my very temporary fix. I had to bring my car to a garage to replace the window rubber for a new one. An expensive project, and risky for the safety of the window, so I hesitated. After discovering Sugru, I got an idea... I removed the tape, applied Sugru on the gap, and now I drive DRY for ever more!!"
And how cool is her car?!
4. Restore a steering wheel to former glory
Conor discovered that his steering wheel was wearing away from excessive friction, so he restored it with Sugru!
"Just one of several Sugru fixes keeping my baby in great shape", he says.
5. Freshen up your interior
Yep, we know what you're thinking. That's a Fiat 124 Spider America!
Stefano just loves these cars, and he found one near Stuttgart in Germany. "We re-painted it, repaired a lot of parts, but the sun visor ("aletta parasole", in Italian) on the left-hand side kept ripping. It seemed impossible to stick the two parts of the plastic cover together, but with Sugru I could create a bond between the two ends... and now it is really repaired."
6. Seal torn rubber
This is the magnificent Il Tempo Gigante — the most famous car in Norway. A couple of years ago, Jane was in Oslo for an event to help introduce Sugru to all the Jernia staff from across Scandinavia. Then she spotted the most amazing car ever, and it turned out to be Il Tempo Gigante from the cult Flåklypa Grand Prix!
On closer inspection she noticed the horn had split. It emerged that people had been looking for a replacement for years - even searching around Europe - but no-one makes horns like this any more. So... we introduced the guys to Sugru, and we got fixing!
Wouldn't it be great if all modern cars still had horns as cool as this? Whether you're fixing the rubber seal on your horn, or patching up a leaky door seal, Sugru is great for repairing tears in rubber.
7. Avoid expensive key fob replacements
It's one of life's great mysteries. Why do broken key fobs always cost so much to replace?
8. Replace awkward missing pieces
Every car has them - those little pieces that do such an important job, and we don't realise how important they are until they've gone! And how on earth do you replace them?!
When Sally lost the little hook that held her parcel shelf in place, (that's the "rear deck" if you're American), she replaced it with Sugru. As good as new!
9. Fix with personality!
The best fixes have personality! Jakub took advice from a special mechanic - (his 5-year-old daughter!) - and repaired the shattered VW emblem on his car with Sugru.
Sugru loves the outdoors. It's strong, durable and waterproof, ideal for braving the elements!
Make your stuff work better
10. Customise your dashboard mount
Whether you're adapting a dashboard holder for a handheld GPS or ensuring a better grip for your phone (see image above by Sugru-er BvStaeye), Sugru's grippy, mouldable properties make it the ideal solution!
Or why not try Hannah's idea, and use LEGO for a "snap-on, snap-off" holder?
11. No space? No problem!
This is Ed's pride and joy, a vintage Volkswagen Beetle that he is refurbishing.
There isn't much room on his dashboard for a GPS mount, so Ed got creative and constructed a custom one with Sugru! (What a beautiful dashboard)
12. Keep things tidy
The last thing you need when you're driving is awkward wires getting in the way.
With Sugru, you can mould custom hooks and grips to keep those pesky cables under control. Just like Sugru-er Lee, who can keep his GPS widget anywhere on the dashboard without it getting in the way.
13. Think BIGGER
Why settle for small, when you can go BIG!
Sheddie made this awesome tablet support for a dashboard by making two Sugru hooks and using some cord and a piece of an old wire clothes hanger.
14. Go quirky
Looking for a quirky solution to a weird problem?
Arménio moulded a custom bluetooth speaker holder onto his dashboard with Sugru. Now he can listen to the music on his phone while he drives!
15. Make your own secure cup holder
Greg needed a cup holder for his Chevy HHR, so he took the removable one from an old child seat...
...and with a little Sugru modification, it slipped right in! Now he has his affordable, removable cup holder right where he needs it!
16. Make life easier
Find the buttons on your steering wheel or dashboard difficult to distinguish or press?
Thanks to Sugru's grippy and colourful properties, you can solve this problem easily! Like Peter, who customised the buttons on his steering wheel.
"Sugru lets me keep my eyes on the road with these tactile buttons," he says. Nice work, Peter!
Whether you're on two wheels or four, (or three!), Sugru is ideal for keeping you on the road.