How to repair hot wheels cars

Written by tom becker
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How to repair hot wheels cars
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Hot Wheels are classic American toys. From race cars to utility vehicles, these simply-designed toys often endure lots of heavy use. As durable as they can be, a Hot Wheels car that has seen many hours of play will need to be repaired. Repairs are essential not only to keep Hot Wheels in usable condition, but to maintain the quality and value of these highly collectable toys. With a few tools and the right technique, Hot Wheels cars can be repaired at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hot Wheels axle tool
  • Screwdriver
  • Clean cloth
  • Replacement interior
  • Replacement windshield
  • Hobby paint
  • Small paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Set the groove at the tip of a Hot Wheels axle tool on the axle between the interior side of the wheel and the body of the car. Using a rocking motion, bend the axle with the axle tool until it is straight.

  2. 2

    Wrap the tip of a screwdriver with a clean cloth to diminish scratching of the paint. Insert the tip of the screwdriver between the body of the car and the chassis. There are two tabs on the middle of both sides of the car body that attach it to the chassis. Insert the screwdriver under one of these tabs and pry it upwards. This should remove the body from the chassis.

  3. 3

    Press inward on the windshield from the outside to push it out of the car body.

  4. 4

    Push the replacement windshield into the windshield frame from the inside of the car until it snaps into place.

  5. 5

    Insert the tip of the cloth-wrapped screwdriver under the interior of the car. Pry upwards until the interior is removed.

  6. 6

    Set the replacement interior on top of the chassis of the car and press it into the chassis until it snaps into place.

  7. 7

    Place the body of the car on top of the chassis. Press it into the chassis until it snaps into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Repaint the body of the car using hobby paint and the small paintbrushes. The body may be removed from the chassis and the windshield can be removed as well to prevent accidentally painting unwanted parts.

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