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March 27th, 2015

Five Steps to Care for a New Car

by Edwin Rosenthal

Buying a new car can be intense and many people think that there is no need to maintain it which making a misconception. If you want to keep your car new then you should protect your car by preventing it from exposing to harsh environmental elements. For keeping the new vehicles in superior condition one should learn what to do and what not do.

Five steps for car care: wash- clean- perfect- protect- maintain
Proper care for your car is necessary whether it is ten years old or a brand new one. Old cars take more time than that of new one’s as they require removal of defects like scratches, swirl and oxidation. Long term protection of your vehicle depends on how properly you prepare and protect for it. This article will help you understand the significance of the five steps used for proper car care.

  • Washing: Loose dirt and grime can be removed by thoroughly washing your car.

 

  • Cleaning or clay the new car: Even though being a new car it will be subjected to environmental affects and getting contaminated.
    • Hence the paint should be cleaned with detailing clay for removing surface bonded contamination did before polishing process that gets stuck up to the paint which is usually not removed by normal washing.

 

  • Polishing the exterior: Polishing enables to remove defects in your paint, staining and finally improve overall shine.
    • The paint surface of the new car can be protected from harsh environmental affects and prevent from other aging process by covering it with paint protectant or paint sealant and car wax.

 

  • Protecting the interior: The interior of the vehicle usually have the vinyl and plastic which needs special care.
    • Either apply a protective product over the surfaces or allow them to breathe either for a month or two.

 

  • Maintaining
    • Oil changes: Oil should be changed only after driving about 20 miles.
      • In new engines, it will release small pieces of metal due to the rubbing of surfaces inside it.
      • Hence the oil should be changed after the initial rubbing and ensure that particle do not move through the components of the engine.
      • The rubbing dissipates after the initial 20 miles and normal conditions occur after certain point.
  • The initial engine operation: Initial engine acceleration which is required for the cylinder walls and piston rings occur with the first drive from the production line to the parking lot.
    • This is necessary for creating the right seal between the cylinder bores and the piston rings for opening the choke all the way up.
    • To avoid breaking in new vehicles, one should be driven at constant speed for the first 1000 miles.
  • Brakes operation: After driving first few miles, the extra brake pad material wears down and enable steady braking whenever required.
    • Better to avoid complete stops from high speeds for initial 20 miles.

New vehicles are irresistible investments made, so its important to follow few steps for protecting them and make them last longer. The above information helps to understand the steps to be taken which makes a big difference thus extending the life of your car.
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March 17th, 2015

Things to Do When Learning Ground Fighting Techniques

by Andrew Veazey

Are you learning ground fighting? It is a difficult thing to learn and it requires good techniques to become familiar with. So, would you like to know a few things to improve your ground fighting skills? Then read this article, here we have tried to include a few important things to learn ground fighting techniques.

Should avoid combat sports mindset
At first you need to get out of combat sports mindset. In violent situations your main goal should be to work towards attacking your opponent’s attack zone and also to increase the ability to control the opponent by changing the tactics. You should get comfortable on the ground but should learn effective techniques for offending the attacker. You shouldn’t have a mindset of minimizing the damage and getting back to your feet.

Employ collapsing defense
During training, you should carry a gun and practice drawing it from a grounded position. Here, the muzzle should be pointed away from the body. Once you imitate the shooting, ask your opponent to attack in some repetitions of the drill to make you develop the mindset in which he always stops after shot.

Regain control
Start your ground fighting skills from bad position which forces you to switch into survival mode. Controlled force will teach you to start your fighting from the ground when your opponent grabs your weapon. To retain your side arm and gain an advantageous position you will have very less time and after that the second and third attacker comes and drill will be more competitive which drive the importance of getting to your feet quickly. Try to keep your focus on more attackers and not on a single person.

Protect your face
When both of your keens drop down during the fight, your partner will start initiating series of punches on your face. During that moment if you try to protect your face, move your body quickly upwards and twist the body of the attacker as if you are doing side abdominal crunches. This will make the opponent to make himself stay balanced instead of bashing at your face.

Get to your feet
In this step you need to get your opponent off you by bucking him with your hips. If the attacker is experienced it becomes difficult for you to counterattack him. So, use a groin strike to distract him to break his balance. Once he gets back to his position get back to your feet and use better tools such as weapons or head strikes.

Prepare for stress
Stress making will make your training realistic and makes the attacker to distract or limit you. This makes the situation more challenging for you to win on the attacker. This will make you better prepared.

These are few things that you need to do when learning ground fighting techniques that will help you be prepared for the fight.
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December 16th, 2014

Tips to Extend the Life of Car Tyres

by Jonathan Cogley

While in regular inspection of the car, did you find that your car tyres need many replacements and worried of it? Here are few tips that can extend your car tyres’ life and helps you when your car stops for much time.

Regular inspection
Regular inspection here means, whenever you are parking the car, you should make sure that your car tyres are in the safe place and are away from glass, nails and other sharp objects that can damage or blow out the car tyres. Make sure that the car is parked in a safe place.

Precautions when driving
While driving, you need to maintain some speed limits and drive in the area that doesn’t have much roughness, though the tyres are made to face the harsh roads. These precautions help you avoid the premature damage of the car tyres, prior to the manufacturing defects.

Alignment angles
If you doesn’t set the proper suspension alignment of your vehicle, this may lead to the tyre wear. Thus, it becomes difficult in maintaining a straight course and increases the fuel usage. So, in order to avoid these risks, you need to check the alignment for every 5 to 10 thousand miles, based on the condition of the roads and the driving habits. Improperly aligned wheels will not point in the desired direction and leads to the condition called scrubbing, causing the uneven and increased wear of the tyres. But, regular and consistent tyre rotation will help a lot to distribute any uneven tyre wear; and also in giving more time to correct the suspension problems.

Check for proper inflation of tyres
Improperly inflated tyres bring a lot of problems to cars such as – increasing the fuel consumption, increasing the wear of tyres and sometimes also leads to more dangerous situation, causing accidents etc. So, regularly check the pressure of your car tyres; and if they are under inflated, keep them pressured. Prior to that, you need to track what is the correct inflation pressure of your tyres; and based on that, you need to adjust the pressure of the tyres.

Inspecting the suspension
Every time you change the car’s oil, it is better to check the suspension for tolerance and wear. Some of the parts that are to be inspected are – struts and shocks; tie rod ends and sockets, ball joints, and other parts. If steering system has any deflections, you need to correct it as soon as possible, as it may affect the car tyres and control of the car.
Following these tips can extend the life of your car tyres.
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December 13th, 2014

Basic Car Maintaining Tips

by Jonathan Cogley

Car is very important living consideration in modern world. And we invest much income to buy cars. You need to maintain it properly to get long life and also to get good value when you resale it. Below are the basic tips to maintain a car properly

Check your oil level and change it frequently
Engine needs oil that we all know. It reduces the heat generated by the engine. If any engine related problems occur that costs more. So if you check your oil level and oil color you can know about the engine conditions. Dipstick is used to check the oil level. Oil level should not be low and should not be high. If it level is low you can add some amount. Some times oil color also changing. It becomes muddy. That time you need to change the oil. There no universal time for oil changing. It is better to follow owners manual. But the average time for oil change is 10000 miles.

Clean your car Engine
You need to clean your engine at least once in a year. Because cleaned one will runs cooler than a dirty engine. And also if you clean it properly you can find if any leaks are there. If you want to do it your self then you need to take care of some sensitive parts.

Maintenance of tyres
Tyre maintaining is very important for car safety. So you need to check that frequently. And also tyre pressure you need to maintain as mentioned in your user manual. If you maintain tyres properly it saves your fuel consumption and also tire life also increases. Whenever the steering vibrates then it is indication that your tyres are not balanced.

Battery check ups
Battery is main component in your electrical system of car. So you need to make sure that it is cleaned and having no problems. This will gives a long life for battery. For every 3-4 years it is better to change and place a new one.

Change Wipers
Changing wipers once an year is good thing. Because some people don’t care about the wipers until they replaced by technicians. Wipers are very less expensive and easy to fix. So you can also fix that when it is needed. And also make sure your glass is clean not only from the out side but also from the inside.

Take help of Technology
Now a days due to technology improvements many apps are available for maintaining a car. They will tell you about the car conditions and mileage and also it will remind you when ever the services are needed.

These all are the basic tips to maintain a car properly.
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December 10th, 2014

Winter Vehicle Care and Driving Precautions for Drivers

by Edwin Rosenthal

You need to take special care of your vehicle in winter. This is because – lower temperatures may bring several problems to the vehicles as well as the driving conditions. Here are some winter driving tips along with a checklist that would help you make your vehicle prepared for winter.

Preparing the vehicle for winter
This is the first step that you need to take to make your driving smooth and hazard less in winter. For this, you need to winterize your vehicle – check the working conditions of various parts of the vehicle and get them repaired, if any. This helps you avoid sudden breakdowns. For this, you need check the following parts and keep them in a good condition either by repairing or by replacing those parts. Some of them are:

  • Batteries
  • Wiper blades
  • Antifreeze
  • Brakes
  • Ignition system
  • Exhaust system
  • Heater
  • Tiers and their air pressure
  • Thermostat
  • Any leaks in the vehicle etc.

Keep the winter emergency kit in car
Once the above step is done, keep all the necessary and emergency things in your vehicle. These things include: torch and batteries, ice scrapers, battery jump leads, extra screen wash, reflective jacket, shovel, windshield scraper, tow rope, etc. This emergency kit can help you in times of need, throughout the season.

Essential measures before you drive

  • Check the conditions of the road.
  • Watch out for weather forecasts, traffic reports and instructions with the help of your car radio.
  • Avoid shortcuts and stay on designated roads.
  • Fill your vehicles oil tank before start traveling.
  • As said above, keep all emergency kit in your car especially for long drives.

Necessary precautions on the road

  • Use brakes with caution to avoid skidding – especially when you are driving in snow or ice, and in intersection points.
  • Use fog lights or dim headlights when you are in fog, to make sure that the way is clear for your driving.
  • Go in low speed and maintain the distance from the other vehicles to avoid accidents or hazards.
  • Never try to go in blowing snow, as there may be vehicles which are not visible.
  • Be physically and mentally alert when driving.

Taking care of your vehicle, apart from having a car driver in winter would avoid hazards.
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November 21st, 2014

Tips to Get the Accent of the New Learning Language

by Edwin Rosenthal

Ever tried learning a language and found that people cannot understand what you speak? Not only learning the grammar rules and vocabulary are important but also should have the command over accent which forms a key.

  • Learn proper pronunciation: Pronunciation relates to recording of words spoken. Try to go through the guides of pronunciation if you have one. Never go learning everything at once. Take help of native speakers and try to grasp the way they move their lips, Pronounce and the gestures they show off.

 

  • Find internet resources for the language you are learning: Listening to recordings and watching videos will help in learning the native accent. Practice them and compare the way you sound with that what the native speaker sounds.

 

  • Recoding the words: One best way where in case you cant listen your tutor is by recording the sounds in your recorder and use them when practicing the accent. One should pronounce and repeat the words along with the recording for excelling in accent.

 

  • Try listening the accent or sound carefully: Listen to the inflections, tones, sentences and phrases spoken by varied native speakers.
    • Vocabulary can be gained during this process and by hours of careful listening to the rhythms and speech sounds will add up value before beginning to pronounce them by self.
    • It can be practiced by watching television movies and shows in the language you are interested to learn.
    • Turn on subtitles fro proper understanding and ensure to pay attention to the pronunciation and dialogue when watching.
  • Know about phonetics: One should know about phonetics which forms a part of the language. Learning about phonology and phonetics helps to learn pronunciation. Go start with international phonetic alphabet which shows up all the phonemes forming a reliable tool for pronunciation of human speech.
  • Try doing some basic translations/ interpretations in your language.
  • Take enough time to learn things once you get done with the tuning of your ears with the language and learning at your own pace.

The above data provides with some of the best ways for learning accent efficiently and very easily. By keeping these points in view and learning through proper counseling and guidance helps one to develop the accent effectively.

October 5th, 2014

Tips for Keep Your Home Secure when You Are Away

by Debbie Harry

If you are planing for a vacation or if you are going away from your home, you need to take certain precautions for the safeguard of your home. Today, security issues are more frequent, so you need to make sure that you abide by certain things. Here are a few tips.

Avoid making know that you are away
You can ensure this, by keeping the house lit. This is likely to be a deterrent to intruders such as burglars. Burglars tend to attack houses that give an impression no one is inside. You can keep the curtains, drapers, etc. on windows open, which gives an impression that people are in.

Make sure to lock doors and window
Lock the doors and windows. Avoid keeping the keys that burglars can easily spot.
Use good quality locks, use locks that have ANSI grade 1 rating.

Don’t hide a spare key
Avoid hiding spare keys in surroundings of their homes like fake rocks or flower pots or some thing else. Burglars can easily find them. So it is better to give the spare key in relatives homes or any other people who you trust.

Inform police
If you are planning for a long vacation say more than a week, it is sensible to inform to the police about your trip, especially if you are living in a small town because whenever they are patroling, they may visit your home and they will have attention on your home. Make sure that your house number is known to police.

Keep the area around neat
If your door number is covered by a tree branch or bushes. Cut it before your going for a trip. These places might become hideouts for burglars.

Make friendship with your neighbors
It is helpful if you make your neighbors as your friends. This is because you can build up a bond with them. And, that will helpful for you in many ways, say when you are away from home, they will take care of your home.

Make sure newspapers and postal delivery collected by your neighbor. Avoid stopping getting newspapers. If newspapers are found lying at the door, your home it may signal to the thieves.

If there is an option like community group it is better to join that. They will also keep an eye on your home when you’re away. Likewise, you need to have a look on their homes when they are in vacation.

Therefore, it is always advisable to you is think some time about home security when you are planning for a trip.
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September 17th, 2014

Traveling Tips: Learn the Art of Packing

by Debbie Harry

Packing is an art
Believe it or not, packing luggage is an art and everyone is not capable of doing it well. Good packing leads to less luggage and a nice journey. It is good to prepare a checklist so that you do not miss out on any important things.

Perfect clothes for perfect trip
You should do a little research about the culture, climate and tradition of the place and pack your clothes likewise. Just the required number of clothes will do and you do not need to stuff a whole boutique for a trip. Keeping light and comfortable clothes is preferable. You should restrict to clothing that do not violate the cultural and religious beliefs of the place. Clothes that attract the attention can make you victim of burglary or molestation. So be wise while choosing clothes. Be comfortable, be appropriate.

Don’t forget cameras and other gadgets
Life has become tech savvy now-a-days. We have gadgets and devices for everything. Likewise, if you want to go on a trip, gadgets are there. Camera being one of them is very important while on the trip. It helps you to capture memorable moments that make you nostalgic long after the trip is over. You can capture every bit of your fun and trip if you keep a camera with you. You come across some wonderful thing, snap it with and share it with friends and family. Always keep Mp3 players and video games with you so that you can keep yourself amused during hectic and dull journeys.

Keep the first aid and medication
Becoming sick can devoid you of the fun and enjoyment. Just as a matter of precaution, keeping a first aid comes handy, particularly if you are traveling with children and old people. Likewise, if any of you is already undergoing some medication for some ailment, you have to make sure that medicine is bought in enough quantity. Always keep antiseptic lotion, band aids, antacids and few other medicines while traveling.

Extra space to accommodate shopping
Sighting different things and colorful things in the market, tourists develop a tendency to go for shopping. Usually they shop a lot and thereafter they do not find space to accommodate them. So if you have any such plans, take with yourself some extra luggage.

Passports, visas and tickets
Get passports, visas and tickets renewed and keep them in a safe place and do not forget them at home. It is necessary to keep them safe during the trip. Missing them can place you into legal complications. Preferably, keep copies of these documents or mail them to your email account.

Organize your stuff
Though every thing on your checklist is important, while packing you have to pack in a good way. You have to prioritize your things. Packing should be done in such a way that if you want something from your bag during the journey, you do not need to get everything out. Also the things should be kept in a organized manner in bags. Proper packing saves a lot of space. So, it can reduce your number of bags and accommodate more in less space.
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September 4th, 2014

How to Replace the Wiper Blades of Your Car

by Edwin Rosenthal

The wiper blades are used to clean the front window of your car. These are very helpful in rainy on snowy climate. Wiper blades are generally made of rubber. They would be a wear and tear of wiper blades after endlessly wiping snow, rain and dust from your windshield. Replacement of the wind shield is very easy and you can change them by yourself. In this article, we’ll discuss how to change the wiper blades of your car.

How to change the wiper blades on your car

  • Before changing Know what are the part of the blade to be changed
    • Windshield wipers consists of three basic parts: the lower wiper arm that prolongs from the base of the windshield
    • The metal blade attached to the lower arm and a rubber blade that wipes the windshield. Make sure that if you were really want to changing only the rubber blades that get worn down by water and bad weather conditions.
  • Buy a new replacement wiper blades
    • Before buying a new wiper blades find out the size replacement blades you need by gong through the owners manual or by measure the old rubber blades using a measuring tape.
    • Now note down the measurements and go to the automotive spares shop and buy a new rubber blades with exact sizes that fits your car.
    • Check the left and right wiper blades because they may not come in the same size. One blade is often one or two inches smaller than the other one.
  • Raise the metal wiper arm away from the windshield
    • Raise the metal wiper’s arm away from the windshield after raising make sure that it should be able to hold in a steady position perpendicular to the windshield.
    • Be careful with the positioning of the wiper blade, the metal wiper arm is a spring-loaded and it could roll back and crack your windshield.
  • Disconnect the old wiper blade
    • Locate the joint that connects the rubber wiper blade and the metal arm.
    • Make sure that a small plastic stopper holding the blade is attached to it.
    • Press the stopper and remove the old wiper blade and separate it from the metal arm.
    • Some wiper blades are equipped with pins to hold the rubber wiper in place of hook.
    • Make sure one hand carries the wiper away from the windshield during the entire process.
  • Install a new wiper blade
    • Move the refill wiper blade to the same end of the arm where you removed the old wiper out.
    • Now gently turn the new wiper blade until the hook moves to its original position to secure it.
    • Reconnect the wiper blades back against the windshield of your car.
  • Repeat the same procedure for the second wiper blade
    • The procedure is same for replacing of the second wiper blade.
    • Just you need to make sure that your using the correct size for each side.
  • Inspect the new wiper blades if they are working properly
    • After installing new wiper blades to your car inspect them by turning on the wiper blade mechanism.

It’s important to replace the windshield wiper because it’s likely impair visibility when driving, which may lead to fatal collision.
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September 3rd, 2014

Symptoms of Failure of Spark plug and How to Replace it

by Jonathan Cogley

Get to know about Spark plug
The main function of the spark plug is to ignite air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber/ cylinder. Spark plugs are mostly used in petrol engines. The electric spark is produced by the electronic control unit. The electric spark ignites the air-fuel mixture. The ignition coil sends high voltage electric spark to the distributor. The distributor sends High voltage electric spark plug according as required. Spark plug is an important component in the ignition system of a car/ vehicle.

Spark plug location
The spark plug is an essential component in the fuel ignition system. It is located above/top of the cylinder in the engine. A series of spark plugs are connected to the cylinders. Each cylinder consists of one spark plug. The number of spark plugs in the engine depends upon the number of cylinders.

Symptoms of failure of spark plug
Some symptoms of failure of spark plug are:

  • Poor acceleration
  • High fuel consumption
  • Engine surging

Poor acceleration

  • One of the common signs a faulty spark plug is poor acceleration.
  • When you accelerate your car, you will come across the issue of not picking up speed even you accelerate this is due to the failure of spark plug.

High fuel consumption

  • If spark plug is in bad condition, your car consumes more fuel than normal.
  • Due to failure of spark plug, incomplete combustion takes place and even misfiring of ignition system at the exhaust occurs.

Engine surging

  • If the spark plug is in bad condition, your car takes more air than in normal combustion process.
  • This issue can cause jerking of car and even continually starts and stops, it is also known as engine hesitation.

How to replace spark plug

  • First, switch off the engine of your car and locate the spark plug.
  • If you are not aware of where the spark plug is located, refer to the user manual.
  • The spark plug is located at the top of the cylinder/engine.
  • Disconnect the wires that are mounted on the spark plug.
  • Remove the spark plug wire carefully and gently to avoid breaking of spark plug wires.
  • Now remove the spark plug from its position.
  • Check spark plug you will find white lime built up around the electrodes of the spark plugs, cracks on spark plug.
  • Take a new spark plug, before installing clean surrounding where new spark plug as to be installed.
  • Now install a new spark plug and tighten the screws.
  • After fastening the spark plug, put anti-seize lubricant around the threads of the spark plug to prevent reaction between dissimilar metals.

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