Wash With the Right Suds
Even though hand dishwashing liquid is a great degreaser, it’s not the thing to use on your vehicle’s finish. Yes, it removes dirt, grease and old wax. But it also sucks important oils right out of the paint’s finish. Use it repeatedly and you shorten the life of your paint job. Instead of dish soap, use a cleaner formulated for vehicles (available at any auto parts store). Once you’ve mixed the suds, go one step further—fill a second bucket with clean rinse water. Use it to rinse the wash mitt often. That’ll remove most of the road grit from the mitt to prevent scratches. When you’re finished, throw the mitt in the washing machine to get it completely clean.
Pluck the Finish
A car hurtling down the road at 60 mph becomes a dartboard for any crud in the air. Your vehicle’s clear coat deflects some of it but can hold the sharper grit. Washing removes the surface dirt, but clay-barring is the only way to pluck out the embedded stuff. Buy a clay bar kit (one brand is Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit), which includes
If you have bought a new car or applied a new car paint color to change the look of your vehicle, the last thing you want is to create a situation that could cause the paint to fade. Understanding the common causes for fading to car paint can help you to avoid them.
Even when the sun doesn’t appear to be that bright, the ultra violet rays can still remain powerful and can cause the car paint color to fade. The sun’s rays degrade the finish of the paintwork which is designed to protect it. This then leaves the paint exposed and susceptible to damage and fading to the color. With the sun comes the heat, which is absorbed and stored in the metal of the car’s bodywork and can also be the cause of fading and discoloration. If you find the problem with faded car paint color is mainly a problem on the roof, hood and boot then this is likely to be the cause. Wherever possible, avoid parking the car in direct sunlight and store the car within an enclosed garage or covered
Not everyone has the luxury of driving their pride and joy 12 months out of the year. For those who have to regularly make use of a winter car storage facility – whether that be their own garage, a space rented at a local storage lot, or a dedicated parking garage where your automobile won’t be disturbed – it helps to know that there are few things you can do to make the period without your baby that much easier.
We’ve put together a quick list of the top five winter car storage tips that will make sure your vehicle looks as good as new when you crack open the garage door in the spring and bring it back to life.
01 – Add Fuel Stabilizer To A Full Tank Of Gas
When left for a long period of time gasoline can separate into its component chemicals, which can make for a gummy mess in your tank that has the potential to clog carburetors, fuel pumps, and injectors when you fire up your engine in the spring. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent this from happening by
Car donations can assist several people gaining the life`s fundamental necessities like shelter, clothing, and food. By providing relief as well as assistance, it can assist the pressed to a large extent. In making car donation, there are no hassles involved here, which is the most significant thing. Soon after the value of the car gets evaluated, cars that are not operated for years are received as well. When donating a car, the car`s title is very much significant. Note that in case the title is not available, the institution still capable of making important admission. In this regard, the Motor Vehicle Department from the state of the donor can assist this too. On the car, there should not be a lien.
There is no requirement for the donor to get the car driven to the charity institution. All is handled by the institution itself. The car will be towed away by the institution using a towing company with license, bond, and no cost at all. The towing company calls the donor in three to four working days at the soonest and arrange the place and time suitable for the two parties and then the towing of the car will be
Everyone complains of fuel prices increasing. But, there’s hardly anyone who contributes towards saving the precious resources. While just a few think of purchasing new cars that make use of alternate energy resources, even few think of ways of boosting the mileage of their used cars. This article has been written for those who think it’s impossible to increase the fuel efficiency of a new or used car. Read through for 5 easy car tips for better mileage.
1. Do You Leave Your Engine Idle?
You may have been told a hundred times to conserve fuel and have your car engine running when parked. However, if you know that you don’t have to wait for over 30 seconds, it is advisable to have the engine running rather than idle. The reason being, fuel consumption is higher when the engine is re-started as compared to when it is working without acceleration. Secondly, isn’t a running engine more fuel-efficient than one that’s just switched on?
2. Constant Speed Helps Save Fuel
If your car’s equipped with cruise control, make use of the feature. When you drive at a constant speed, your car is capable of returning up to 14 per cent better fuel economy. Varying the
There is always a difference between an ordinary vehicle and a muscle car. A muscle car brings on a cool attitude when you are driving. If you prefer extreme driving and love sports such as drag racing, a muscle car can suit you best. These exclusive vehicles are available in various designs. Different models have different styles and features. They are tough, hardy, trendy and reflect a masculine attitude. These types of cars are eye catchy and can easily be spotted with its unusual bright look.
Some people prefer to choose sophisticated cars for smooth driving. Normally youngsters prefer extreme, hard hitting driving. They require fast moving cars that can withstand rush driving or extreme driving through hill areas. If you are adventurous and enjoy being with a sporty group of friends, then you may like to enjoy thrilling experience in your vehicle. Muscle cars will be the best option for you in this situation. These types of cars are hard and designed in a stylish way. You get a wide range of variety of these vehicles at affordable prices.
If you are determined to buy a hardy automobile, you must know the difference between this sort of hardy cars and other
Here’s what you should consider when preparing for winter car storage
1. Storage location
Choose a safe and dry building to house your car during the winter. A home garage, can work just fine. If you don’t have a garage, look for a storage facility that has a concrete floor, not bare earth like in an old barn. The facility does not need to be climate controlled but should not have excessive moisture.
2. Check engine oil
Pull the dipstick to observe the engine oil. If it is really dirty and you’ve reached the mileage limit, change it before storage. Otherwise you can wait until spring and start the season with fresh oil. The most important factor with engine oil is kilometres used. Modern oil, especially synthetic, is stable for a year in the engine. Fogging the engine is not necessary unless you are storing a vehicle for longer than a year.
3. Wash and clean
Before parking your car for the final time, wash and fully detail it to ensure there are no contaminants left on the surfaces for the duration of the storage period.
4. Top up fluids
After washing the car, go for one last drive to the gas station to evacuate the water from
1. Do Your Research
Do thorough basic research regarding the used cars in reference to essential knowledge. Examine for auto magazines, car portals, online reviews as well as point of view from your relatives and friends who experienced purchasing a used car in order to make a smart choice.
2. Check out a Fuel Economic Car
Fuel economy is considered as one of the most notable features of a car in Pakistan since people he’re obsessed with fuel efficiency owed to relatively low salaries and the ever increasing fuel prices. So, it is recommended to select a car that’s low-priced in terms of fuel usage.
3. Select a Car and Refer to the proper Channels
The third step is to make a decision (brand name or even model) based on the suitability of your budget amongst a vast range of used cars that are available via particular individual sellers or even authorized dealers.
4. Avoid Purchasing Cars with no Spare Parts
Stay away from those too old car models that have gone out of production because their spare parts aren’t available in the market. Additionally, these cars have routine maintenance issues; it might be lower priced in sale price but such cars can prove
What Is Brake Fluid?
The brakes are one of the most important hydraulic systems in your car. They rely on brake fluid to slow and stop your car under your direction. When you place a foot on the brake pedal, brake fluid rushes through the lines and to the brake discs. This action causes friction that allows the car wheels to slow down.
Brake fluid doesn’t last forever. It needs to be replaced periodically even when it looks fine. Contaminants such as debris and water can affect its quality. In addition, brake fluid can lose its integrity in preventing corrosion to brake system parts. Additives such as corrosion inhibitors and antioxidants are added to brake fluid. Yet the heat breaks down and destroys these inhibitors quickly to cause different types of corrosion such as ABS corrosion.
The brake fluid will pit the metal in the brake system. The iron, steel and brass particles will float around in the fluid to stick to other components and cause further damage as you will need to buy new safe parts.
Checking Your Vehicle’s Brake Fluid
It’s ideal to check your brake fluid periodically to ensure the fluid is at the right level and to check for degradation. To
1. Tires – Worn tires can be a hazard on the road, as they no longer have enough grip to stay in contact with roads that are wet or icy. As a result, drivers can hydroplane, losing control of their car in inclement weather and posing a danger to themselves and to other drivers. Before a road trip, have all tire treads checked. If any tires are worn enough to pose a safety risk, replace them.
2. Brake pads (and brake pad sensor) – Brake pads are critical to your car’s ability to brake. Over time, these get worn down each time you come to a stop. As they wear down, they’re less likely to perform. If your brake pad sensor is made with cheap materials, such as inferior plastic that can melt and cause the sensor to malfunction then your safety is at risk. You might continue driving without realizing your pads need replacing. Protect yourself when installing new brake pads by insisting that a PEX brake wear sensor is installed, so it can warn you next time pads wear out!
3. Windshield wipers – If your windshield wipers are defective, they will not be able to wipe away dirt or
Caring For The Engine
The engine is the life of your car. Without it, you are left with an unmoving, two-ton mass of metal that will get you nowhere fast. Practice routine engine care at least once a month to ensure the engine won’t give out on the busiest highway during your morning commute to work. Pop the hood and inspect these important aspects of your engine.
Spark plugs and wires
It only takes one loose spark plug wire or foul spark plug to have your car stuttering to a stop without any power. Check all of your spark plugs and make sure there are no loose connections.
Your car has different filters equipped in it to keep fluids separated, regulate the amount of fluids that parts receive, and to prevent air contaminants from reaching the engine. You need to check and replace the air filters, oil filters and fuel filters so they operate at optimal performance.
Oil, Coolant and Power Steering Fluids
You have blood pumping through your body to keep everything working at its best. Your engine has the same vital fluids that will also keep it running. You should always regularly check the engine oil, coolant (antifreeze), and the power steering fluids.
1. Check Tyres
The change in temperature alters the tyre pressure. Check tyre pressure once a month. Don’t drive with under-inflated tyres as they lower the fuel efficiency of your car. Also, avoid over-inflated tyres as they reduce the contact patch with the road. Also check the tread life, uneven wearing and cupping.
2. Maintain the Air-Conditioner
The most common cause of malfunction of the air-conditioning system is the low level of refrigerant. This is mainly due to leak in the air-conditioning unit. As most of the modern AC systems are complex, functionality test should be done by a qualified technician at least once in every three years.
3. Check Battery
Extreme weather conditions shorten the lifespan of a car battery. Due to the heat, the chemical reaction inside the battery can speed up, causing it to overcharge. Detach the battery cables and clean the terminals regularly. Make sure all connections are secure. If the battery caps can be removed, check the level of fluid once in a month.
4. Check Brakes
Brakes are the most essential safety system of the car. If there is any problem in the brake – like grabbing, noises, pulsations, longer stopping distance – have it checked or repaired as soon as
One way to keep your car looking new is to keep the car paint color the way it came. That means doing everything you can to avoid fading. Sure, paint will fade, but there are steps you can take to prolong the fading process and keep your car looking nice longer.
Understand the Process
If you want to keep your car from fading, one thing you should do is understand what causes it to fade. The most well-known contributor to paint fade is ultra-violet rays, and that means sunlight. There are many people who believe that it’s the only cause, but it’s not. Pollutants and other chemical and biochemical residue contribute to fading. Things like pollutants in the air (too small for the eye to see, but solid particles in the air that build up
We all use our cars for a great many reasons—to go to work or to take the kids to their after-school activities. So, how can we keep our cars from becoming the final resting places for so many items? How can we keep our car interiors from getting downright filthy?
Well, we decided to see what life hacks could find to help you in order to help you get better prepared before braving your daily commute or gathering up family and hitting the road.
1. Nail Polish Remover
If you live in a place with lots of trees, then you will love this nail polish remover life hack. Just put a dab of nail polish remover on a rag and use a bit of elbow grease to work off the sap from your windshield. This is one tip that can save car owners a lot of time, frustration, and money, as many sap removers are expensive.
Disclaimer: You can use this tip on the body of your car as well, but you should be more careful about how much product you use, as you don’t want to strip the paint.
2. Hanging Shoe Rack
Another life hack that could be useful on the road is using
It’s absolutely mind-boggling how many people abuse the cars they spent so much time researching once they have them. There are driving habits that can damage your car; causing it to consume too much fuel, accelerating its need for maintenance, and in some cases even flat out fail. When these things happen, many people usually blame some aspect of their car—which, when you think about it, is actually reasonable. After all, problems like these can always be traced directly to the nut behind the wheel.
Driving With A Low Fuel Level
OK, so you’re driving along and you notice your fuel gauge is reading very low, so you pull into a gas station, pump a few gallons into the tank and go on your way. If you do this consistently, you’re wreaking havoc with your fuel system. You might think you’re saving weight by driving with a light load of fuel, but you’re making your car draw its fuel from the very bottom of the tank—where all of the sediments in the gasoline settle. This pulls them into the fuel line where they can clog your fuel filter, and in some cases slip past it into your engine. Experts suggest always keeping
People overwhelmingly depend on their cars for everyday needs, from driving to the grocery store to driving to work. That’s why they cannot afford to have their car sitting in a shop for longer than necessary.
When running an auto repair shop, you must let your clients know that you are doing all you can to ensure they get the fastest service possible. At the same time, you must keep track of all the repairs and inventory to ensure you are making a profit.
Many auto shops have experienced great successes with new software designed to help with these issues.
What Can Software Do To Help My Auto Repair Shop?
There are many good programs to help businesses. There are, however, specific features you need to look for when running an auto shop. These include:
- Service updates.
The ability to post repair updates online will allow your customers to check the status of their vehicles.
- Automated work orders.
With automated work orders, you only have to fill in the customer’s name and select the services needed from a checklist. You can also program the work orders to fill in the price of the repairs for you.
- Inventory manager.
A proper inventory manager
The Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform these five simple steps to improve fuel economy and save money.
- Check Tire Pressure:Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.
- Use the Right Motor Oil:Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
- Replace Clogged Air Filters:Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
- Check Engine Performance:Keep your engine running efficiently and improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
- Fix It:Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent.
“Proactive vehicle maintenance is a motorist’s best money saving tip,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Routine auto care not only helps save on fuel costs, but it helps identify small issues so they can be serviced before they become bigger and more costly to repair.”
To help motorists increase fuel economy and take better care of their vehicles, the Car Care Council offers valuable tools on its website, including a free personalized schedule and email reminder service.
The Car Care Council is the source of information
Painting your car may seem like no big deal, but it can be an extremely complicated process on your own and should always be handled by a professional. Before you take the plunge to repaint your car, here are four things to know before getting a full auto body paint job.
- It’s Pricey
You have to ask yourself, “Is my car worth painting?” We get so many cars in our shop that are really not worth the cost of a full paint job. It’s always a good idea to check the value of your car. You can easily do this by looking up your vehicles make and model in the Kelley Blue Book. If a paint job for your vehicle costs more than 25% of your vehicle’s value, we would consider skipping the new paint job.
- Changing The Color
We’ve all looked for cars and found the right one, but in the wrong color. Changing the color may seem like no big deal, but in reality it makes the job more detailed, and therefore, more expensive. You may have fallen in love with a color that you can’t wait to see on your car, but there are some things to consider.
Changing the color of your
The toughest season of all on your car is winter. If you live in an Arctic environment, you’ll be driving through rain, slush, mud and snow. If you live in an area with mild but wet winters, you’ll just be driving through mud and rain. Either way, it’s tougher on your car than driving it on a nice and sunny summer day. If you’re going to make it to where you’re going and get back safely, or if you want to keep your car in as good a condition as possible, you’re going to need to perform some winter car care.
Winter Car Care: Battery
The first thing to attend to when the weather starts to turn colder is your car’s battery. Cold weather diminishes its charge. If your battery’s on the weak side, one day this winter you’re going to go outside to start your car and nothing’s going to happen. Avoid this by taking your car in for a charging system checkup before winter starts. If your battery is deemed marginal replace it.
Winter Car Care: Cooling System
It seems counterintuitive to talk about your car’s cooling system in an article on how to winterize your car, until you consider your car’s
Knowing how to bleed brakes on a car will help keep your braking system performing well and could prolong the life of its components. Before bleeding brakes the first step is to lubricate the bleeder screws well with penetrating oil. Use a box end wrench as it will allow more contact with the bleeder and will have less chance of stripping it. A stripped bleeder screw could require caliper replacement, a potentially costly repair.
There are several methods you can use when bleeding brakes, however whichever method is used the process normally starts with the wheel furthest away from the master cylinder and then moves on to the next furthest (unless the owner’s manual or manufacturer specifies otherwise). Some cars have ABS systems that require a special tool to cycle the ABS system to fully bleed the system. Whenever bleeding brakes or adding fluid to the system always use a new unopened bottle of the manufacturer’s recommended brake fluid. You should also consider flushing the old fluid out of the system as old brake fluid (both in the bottle and in your brake system) attracts water which can seriously impede your car’s braking performance.
The traditional (and cheapest) bleeding method requires only