Posts tagged ‘Automotive’

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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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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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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August 25th, 2014

Benefits of Purchasing Used or Recycled Auto Parts for Your Car

by Debbie Harry

Are your worried whether to purchase used or new parts for your car? To give you a solution we have came up with an article that shows the privileges that you get when you purchase used car parts over the new ones. Read the article and get benefited by purchasing recycled or used auto parts for your car.

You can get exact part
If you go for choosing a used auto parts then there will be chances of getting the exact auto part that matches your cars auto part specifications. But, when you go for new ones the availability of exact part is very less as the chances of manufacturing the part is less. Manufacturers are trying to discontinue the manufacturing of old parts as the new parts are always on the way. So, it is better to go for used parts.

Customization for less amount
As used auto parts will be available for less amount when compared to the new ones you can customize your car as much as possible and get benefited with more accessories and services. This will also enhance the look and comfort of the car without spending much.

Mechanic net profit is avoided
If you have approached the mechanic for the repair of the car he may go through the inspection and let you know the problem or asks you for the auto part replacement as it may be worn out. In middle he may gain some net profit for the inspection or else uses old part without your intention or saves money on purchasing new one on their own. So, it is better to ask the mechanic twice or thrice for chances of using old ones instead of new ones so that you can cut down the net profit of him.

Save money
With the used or recycled auto part you can save lots of money when compared with the brand new parts that are very expensive. There will be chances of saving at least 50% of money on the used or recycled ones.

Protects environment
Using the used or recycled parts there will be chances of reduction in the e-wastage through the vehicles that are out in the landfills.

Gives ways for new parts
Using or purchasing old parts will help the manufacturers or manufacturing companies to produce the new ones i.e., they are giving the way for the new generation of the vehicle parts according to the changing needs of the environment and it is must.
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August 21st, 2014

School Bus Safety for Children

by Andrew Veazey

The safety rules and regulations for school buses come in the light of the fact that they are being used for carrying children. This makes their objective for safety even more important. All the safety measures for the buses should be made keeping in mind the safety of the children. A school bus driver is the person responsible for the safety of the passenger children. Hence he should be conscious towards it and adhere to safe driving only. His mistakes can take toll on many innocent children traveling in his bus. So taking into consideration the delicateness of the situation, the driver must ply the bus with utmost safety measures.

Guidelines for bus drivers

  • It is important for the driver to restrain the kids with seat belts as much as possible. A seat belt should be used for a single child only and multiple kids should not be restrained by a single seat belt.
  • The driver should ensure giving proper pauses for the bus at the stop when children board or get down the bus.
  • Children should not be allowed to sit in the front rows and anywhere near the driver. They can distract the driver from the road. Children must be made to remain calm and not make noise that may distract the driver’s attention off the road.
  • The school buses should avoid close quarter clearances from other vehicles and other vehicles are also advised to maintain adequate clearances from a school bus. This is in the mutual benefit of both the parties. The driver should get his side mirrors adjusted to get the view of other vehicles overtaking the bus from either sides.
  • Doors of the vehicles should be closed properly. Though they should not be locked. Routine emergency drills must be rehearsed and children be made wary of the emergency exits in the bus and the way to use them.
  • Children should be asked to keep their body parts like head and hands inside the bus only and avoid protruding them from the windows. This can be dangerous as vehicles tend to pass by close in dense traffics. The driver should ensure this by using the side mirrors.
  • Vehicle must be checked regularly before the job for any anomalies and the bus should be ensured in perfect condition. A GPS system should be installed in school bus through which the movement and speed levels of the bus can be continuously tracked.
  • Driver of the school bus should be well experienced driver and should be mentally and physically fit. He should be responsible enough with a clean track record and should not be drunk or drowsy while driving bus.
  • The driver of the school bus should follow the road safety rules strictly and should be very cautious while crossing railway crossings. He should watch out on both sides before moving ahead.

These are very basic things but play a very crucial role in ensuring the safety of children in a school bus. Additionally a school bus driver should be aware of the fact that he is carrying children and it is a responsible job.
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August 21st, 2014

Things to Remember While Negotiating a Car Purchase

by Edwin Rosenthal

People purchasing a car should know how to negotiate so that they can get the best price. Only few people will have an idea in making negotiations but, most of the people who want to get the car at best price don’t really know how to negotiate. So, in order to help you out we have came up with some negotiation points. This will help you to negotiate.

Find the right time
If you are going for car purchase, better to find a good time when the dealers will be free. Because it is the best time to negotiate. Dealers will be free to talk to you only in that time.

Start negotiation process
It is suggested that don’t directly start with negotiation process because there will be a chance of making the dealers irritated. At first start by asking about the car specifications, features, cost, etc. Then start the negotiation process.

Don’t show your emotions out
If you are very much attracted to the car and you are ready to buy the car at any cost, don’t show your emotions out. Because, this may make the car dealer understand your feelings about the car and they will come to know that you will buy the car at any cost even if the money is more and they won’t make a commitment in selling the car at low price. Then there may not be a chance of getting the car at best price.

Talk decently
While negotiating you need to talk decently. As dealers will be from a high level society they prefer talking decently. If you are not so, they will not even talk to you and they won’t have interest in selling your car. So, it is very important when you start negotiating.

Discuss before fixing price
Before you fix the price with the dealer you should talk to the dealer about all the things regarding the car. There may be some rebates and incentive which you should check before you commit the price. After the commitment if you come to know about these incentive or rebates then, it will be difficult for you to negotiate. Once you fix the price with the dealer they won’t try to reduce it, so be careful in this issue.

Once the negotiation process is completed then finally fix the price of the car that you can afford and get it. This is how you should negotiate when you go for car purchasing. These steps will help you while negotiating.
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July 30th, 2014

How to Lower Automobile Expenses?

by Edwin Rosenthal

Are you trying to reduce your car expenses? Then, we can help you by presenting a few tips, which will help you reduce your automobile expenses and save money from starting of the purchase of the car.

Purchase the car which you can afford by proper comparison:
When you go for buying a car you need to do a through research about the types of the car, its mileage, expenses etc. You can get the car with best features and in lower cost with proper comparison of the car with other brands available with the same features that you are looking for and also check the warranties and guarantees of the car. Buy the car that you can afford and maintain after.

Check for fuel economy
Check whether the car is fuel efficient or not. The cars that are fuel efficient can save lots of money on fuel consumption. This is the major thing that you should look because here you spent more on the car. Fuel efficiency will also depends on mileage of the car and the speed limit. Drive in limits of the car and avoid hard accelerating, braking etc to save the expenses of fuel economy.

Reduce maintenance cost
Maintenance means spending for car equipment or electronics that are essential for your car and avoiding cost that are wasteful.

Lower expenses through energy efficient vehicles
If your car has properly inflated tiers, it will give a higher mileage. You also need to check whether the car is energy efficient. Energy of the car depends on the oil or fuel consumption and the engine load. As gas prices may vary from time to time it is better to take car of the fuel and gas. See the specification of the car for this. There you can get all the details of the car. With this you can save an amount.

Save through insurance
Make sure to purchase insurance for your car when you purchase the vehicle, so that you don’t have to worry in case if your car is missing and there won’t be any loss for you. The insured car will not make you fall into troubles and do the renewals when ever necessary.

Reduce expenses on repairs
If you car is troubling you and if you yourself are a good car mechanic, get it repair it yourself. You may save money. If it is big problem which you can’t solve then go for a mechanic.

These are a few tips that will help you lower your car expenses. Maintain your car properly and save money.
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June 12th, 2014

Maintaining Pressure in Tyres of Your Car

by Edwin Rosenthal

Tyre care adds to the safety of the vehicle. Tyres should be checked before going on long drives and also at regular intervals. Tyre pressure maintained correctly in both will improve efficiency, fuel, safety of vehicle and extend life of tyres. Mostly tyres are neglected parts in a car.

Once a week check for pressure in tyres
Tyres leak and they need to be checked at regular intervals. Maintain the right amount of pressure in tyres to avoid poor mileage, tyre getting blown out or wearing of tyre. Poor tyre pressure affects the comfort level and handling or steering of car. Check for tyre pressure once a week and get them inflated as mentioned in owner’s manual.

Check for tyre pressure once a week. Rotate your tyres for every 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles to distribute wearing of tyre evenly in order to ensure longer road life. Your owner’s manual will mention the pattern and period of rotation you need to undertake else ask your car dealer.

Fill air in your car tyres for every 5,000 miles or 8,000 km
Under – inflation or over – inflation of tyres can damage your car. Fill air in tyres for every 5,000 miles or 8,000 km. Under-inflated tyres will expand and bulge putting more pressure on the sidewalls of the tyre resulting in poor driving performance. If you stay in a place where the temperature changes a lot, fill air in your tyres as and when required.

Check for tyre pressure during weather changes
When the weather changes, tyres are adversely affected. Tyre pressure changes during rise or soar in temperatures. As weather changes, you need to do regular maintenance once a year or twice a year. It is better if we check the tyre pressure for every two months or during extreme changes in weather. If you experience vibrations while steering then the tyres need to inflated. When there is rise in temperature the tyres can blow out.

Check for proper alignment of wheels
Wheel alignment should be checked for every 30,000 miles or as recommended in owner’s manual.
If tyres are not aligned properly, it will shorten the life of tyres and there will be problem in your steering too. An over-inflated, under-inflated, worn-out or not properly aligned tyre can be very dangerous especially during hot summer days. If your tyres are inflated properly, uneven wear shows the improper alignment of wheels.

Tyre depth should be maintained
The tyres should have a minimum of 1.6 mm of tread depth. Always keep a spare tyre with you in car. See that the spare tyre is properly inflated and has sufficient tread depth. Replace your tyres if your tread depth is low.
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