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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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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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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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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

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 21st, 2014

Things to Keep in Your Car When You are Going for a Drive

by Debbie Harry

Are you going for a drive in your car? If so, you must keep certain things that might be necessary for you some or other time. Some of the things are listed out here.

  • Car Maintenance Kit
    The car maintenance kit is an important thing that you need to keep it in your car, because the car may brake down any time. We can’t predict the situations that are going to occur. Therefore, it is better to keep the car maintenance kit always in the vehicle. This kit should contain all the tools necessary for the repair of the car and spare parts such as tiers, etc.

 

  • First aid kit
    This kit will help when you meet with any kind of accidents or small injuries during driving. First aid kit not only helps you it may also help the other people in accidents spots when you meet with other vehicles. This kit will also be useful to make the first aid treatments before taking the people meet with accidents. This may save the life of them.

 

  • Blankets
    This may be helpful when you are going for a long drive in winter or rainy seasons. This keeps you safe from the bad weather conditions. Protects you and makes your drive smooth without any distractions. Make you comfort while driving.

 

  • Flashlight
    A flashlight is a very useful tool. In some situations when your car light is not working and when you can’t see the gears or steering it torch will help you a lot. In such situations if there is no torch you may not clearly observe the vehicle parts and this may cause or lead you to accidents. so, better to have a torch with you always.

 

  • Ice Scrapers
    This will help you when you are driving in winter season where the snow fall is too much. This ice scrapers will helps your cars windshield get cleared easier and faster.

 

  • Water Bottles and Tissues
    This will be useful when you eat some food or when you are thirsty while driving. During long drives you must have water bottles with you especially when you are traveling in the areas where there won’t be availability of water. In that situations tissues will also help a lot to wash your hands etc.

 

  • Extra money
    Money is necessary always. When you are going for long drives better keep some money with you apart from ATMs because some areas may not have the facility of ATMs or banks to access your money when you need them urgently. In that conditions it will horrible if you don’t have money with you. So, have some money with you always.

These are some of the necessary things that you must have always when you are driving.
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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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March 6th, 2014

When Do You Need to Change Your Car Battery

by Edwin Rosenthal

The battery is a part of the larger system of the car. It connected to different parts of the car. If something is wrong with the working battery it may provide less electricity than normal. Dead battery is the most obvious sign in the battery problems.

  • Life of the battery: In normal conditions car battery lifespan is four years. Here normal means many conditions have to satisfy. In the real world we use GPS, MP3 players, and other devices that depends on the battery. The other factors like short trips, vibration, temperatures etc. are also effect. We can easily identify how these factors affect on normal battery life with a typical lead acid maintenance free battery. The chemical reaction that helps produce electricity in the battery can be disturbed by a host factor.

A poorly secured battery or vibrations caused by the rough travel can damage or loose the battery plates. The extreme heat can speed up the chemical reaction and shorten the batter life. Extreme cold can slow down the chemical reaction and sometimes it prolongs battery life. The driving habits also impact on the battery. If you are going for a short trips, you need to start every time with your battery. It takes a big jolt to start every time and the battery needs to recharge. In short trips driving the battery don’t get recharge.

  • Check these before changing battery:
  • Measure the car battery strength by using voltmeter. First remove the negative wire and then positive wire. Follow the same order to avoid short circuit. Touch the voltmeter’s red wire to positive end of the battery and black wire to the negative end of the battery. If the volt meter is showing your battery strength is less than 12 volts, you need to replace the battery.
  • If the battery is damaged in an accident, you should replace the battery immediately. Don’t neglect to replace the battery, it will lead to dangerous chemical leaks.
  • If you left your car battery lights either interior or headlights turned on for a long period, the battery will be drained.
  • You can recharge your battery by using jumper cables and other vehicle’s working battery. It will helpful to you in short run. If your car battery needs it constantly, replace the battery.
  • Sometimes a white substance (sulfate) builds up on the battery terminals. Clean it by using water baking soda solution. Make sure the car engine is off while you are cleaning.

You can test your battery at every oil change. It will help you avoid the problems suddenly on a happy trip or an urgent work. It will take very short time and saves your money, time and rid off from a lot of discomfort in the trip.
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March 5th, 2014

How Can Your Car Steering Go Wrong at Different Dynamics

by Andrew Veazey

You know that when we turn the steering wheel of the car, the car’s wheel also turn. There are a lot of interesting mechanisms going on between this cause and effect. The basic components in the car steering system are almost same throughout the world. The steering components are steering wheel, steering system, track rod, tie rods, and the steering arms. The steering wheel connects to the steering system, the steering system connects to the track rod, the track rod connects to the tie rods, and tie rods are to the steering arms. In this article, we are going to learn how the steering can go wrong at different dynamics.

  • Over steer: When the car goes far more efficiently than you think, it is called over steer. This means you go into a corner which is much more quickly than you expected. By car losing the grip in over steer bring the weight to the rear wheels under braking. It results in the rear as kicking out in the corner. If it is racing, the driving will end up by spinning the car inside of the corner backwards. In normal driving, the driving will end up in the way you come by pointing back.
  • Under steer: When the car steers less than that you pointed is called under-steer. It can be brought on by all manners of speed issues, suspension and chassis. It means on the front wheels car is losing its grip. When you appliy the brakes, the wight of the car is transferred to front. In this case, the front tires mechanical grip overpowered and they lose their grip. It results that the car goes very wide corner.
  • Counter steering: When you are experiencing over steer, you need to do counter steering. The situation like car’s back end is loses its grip and swing out, opposite direction steering to the corner can often catch over steer.

In the simplest form of steering system, the direction of both the front wheels are always in a same way. When you turn the steering wheel both wheels will point in a same direction around the corner. By doing this, you will end up with a vehicle that crabs around the corner, loss of grip and tires scrubbing. As well, the outside wheels of the car travel further than the inside wheels when you goes around a corner. To make the front wheels and tires to do not get stress, they point at little different angle to the car’s center line. All of this is to do with the geometric circles. With the simple geometric arrangements of steering components, this difference of angles can achieve. At present most vehicles do not use the pure Ackermann steering. Because, some of the dynamic things do not take. But some of its derivatives use in almost all steering systems.
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