It suddenly hit me while out in the garage that I've not seen many general purpose tips on this board since i joined and so thats the idea for this new thread! I figured that we've probably still got members here who are looking for tips when it comes to working on their cars and if we could all share some common bodges, then we might save some more shiters!
I'll get the ball rolling with one i saw on wheeler dealers:
If you have an open hole such as a radiator, ATF cooler etc and you need to plug it, just cut a finger off a disposable rubber / latex glove, fill it with tissue and then squeeze it into the hole. The tissue will re-expand from your squeezing and the rubber / latex will provide the seal needed to stop fluids etc leaking out. If it's a big pipe then just fill the entire glove and stuff that in.
Oh and if you're a bit prone to accidentally spilling fluids (like me) while under the car, a cement mixing tray is totally excellent at catching the large majority of fluids if you slide it in under the engine:
(and yes I did spill oil still... but i was removing a radiator panel with an ATF cooler rad that still had ATF fluid in it.. and a pipe etc.. didn't know about the glove finger trick then lol).
One more... If you're trying to undo a very tight wheel nut / bolt or axle nut, put the socket and breaker bar over it and then use your trolley jack to pump the handle upwards to undo it. There has only been one occassion where it actually lifted the car instead lol.