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Category Archives: Automotive

Some Reasons Car Needs Oil Change

To understand how an oil change can save you money, you must first understand what this lubricant does for your car. In the modern engine, it serves three main purposes. It works to draw heat away from the combustion chamber and prevent carbon buildup inside the engine. In addition, the substance works to help keep all the components operating smoothly. When it gets old and dirty, the lubricant does not protect the engine as well and can actually make it work harder and run less efficiently.

Now that you understand why an oil change is important, you have the daunting task of determining what type to use. Documentation that accompanied your vehicle will state what viscosity you should use, for example 10W-30. If you do not have the owner’s manual, this information should be located on the reservoir cap or an information slip located under the hood.

While you must use the appropriate viscosity for your car, there is the question of conventional vs synthetic. While conventional substances are created from petroleum, synthetics are created from chemicals. You may think that makes the synthetic a better choice for your environmental impact. Sadly, both types have similar impacts on the environment. Despite synthetics costing more, it really is the lesser of two evils for one reason: mileage. You will not get the same number of miles out of conventional oil as you will synthetic.

The general rule for an oil change has always been every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. You want your car to run in top condition, so you want to get rid of the old lubricant as soon as possible. That is because conventional substances do not last as long.

Thanks to technology, the synthetic brands run cleaner, although not necessarily greener, for longer periods. This means you can go 5,000 or even 7,000 miles before your next service. There are some newer synthetic brands on the market that advertise anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 between services, but that is for drivers who go short distances in clean climates.

If you travel long distances at a time or drive in dusty, dirty environments, then you should have your oil changed more frequently. It is important to remember the environment you live and drive in will affect the lubricant in your car. Factors like towing objects and extreme heat also play a part.

Tricks Maintain New Car

  1. Check the engine oil

The first key way to maintain your new car is checking the engine oil regularly-monthly for a vehicle in good condition; more often if you notice an oil leak or find you need to add oil routinely. The car should be parked on level ground so you can get an accurate dipstick reading. Don’t overfill. And if you do have a leak, find and fix it soon.

  1. Check tire air pressure

The second key way to maintain your new car is checking tire air pressure once a month and before any extended road trips, use an accurate tire-pressure gauge to check the inflation pressure in each tire, including the spare. Do this when the tires are cold (before the vehicle has been driven or after no more than a couple of miles of driving). Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer, not the maximum pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewall. The recommended pressure is usually found on a placard on a front doorjamb, in the glove compartment, or in the owner’s manual. Also be sure to inspect tires for abnormal or uneven wear, cuts, and any sidewall bulges you can see.

  1. Give it a wash

The third key way to maintain your new car is to try to wash the car every week, if you can. Wash the body and, if necessary, hose out the fender wells and undercarriage to remove dirt and road salt. It’s time to wax the finish when water beads become larger than a quarter.

Meanwhile, when your car running for 200,000 miles, there other things you need to pay attention.

For normal driving, many automakers recommend changing the engine oil and filter every 7,500 miles or six months, whichever comes first. This is sufficient for the majority of motorists. For “severe” driving-with frequent, very cold starts and short trips, dusty conditions, or trailer towing–the change interval should be shortened to every 3,000 miles or three months. (Check your owner’s manual for the specific intervals recommended for your vehicle.) Special engines such as diesels and turbocharged engines may need more-frequent oil changes.

SUV Repair and Service

These services are simple procedures that you can find in your owner’s manual. The manufacturer recommends these services every 7,500 miles: oil change, tire rotation and wheel alignment. Routine oil changes will help keep your SUV running in top condition and improve your fuel efficiency. Proper tire rotation and wheel alignment ensure your driving safely and also add to fuel efficiency.

General engine maintenance can also include changing spark plugs, sensors, air filters, engine coolant and belts. Some parts such as oxygen sensors may only be noticeable to the driver through a notification or indicator. This will be visible on the instrument cluster or on the notification screen of the multimedia interface. If an indicator light or notification is visible, the best thing you can do is bring your vehicle to a certified service center.

For longer intervals, it may be necessary to flush your transmission, transfer case and change the fluid. This will also extend the life of your Rover.

If you want to keep your SUV at peak performance, it’s recommended you seek attention before a problem arises. Some people won’t seek break service until they have a problem. However, it’s strongly suggested to schedule maintenance for breaks before you hear a strange noise. This can include replacing the pads, and resurfacing the rotors on a specialized lathe. While in service, your provider should also inspect the brake fluid lines, connections, fittings and rotor stone shields.

Other maintenance issues might be just cosmetic. Washing your vehicle does not just help it look good, but also prevents the paint and finish from eroding. It also helps maintain the integrity of the body. Regularly changing your windshield wipers not only helps you see the road in adverse conditions, but also helps keep the windshield in good condition.

Find Experts You Can Trust

Don’t take your repair lightly; and please don’t take your vehicle just anywhere for maintenance. It’s always better to find certified technicians that can perform all the necessary arrangements on your vehicle. When you choose a quality service, you are avoiding future problems and saving money ahead of time.

You can Install Auto Glass Without Partner

Another good reason to work alone is when there are issues like leaks and damage to a vehicle, your partner may have been responsible for them yet you will bear some of the blame. If you did the job by yourself, you know where the problem comes from. Also, if you install auto glass by yourself, you will learn very quickly how not to mess up. You are the only one who can be blamed for your mistakes.

When I first started out in this business I worked with a partner who was training me. I learned a lot in a short period of time yet I couldn’t master the trade. My instructor would do all of the hard parts and I would get the easy stuff to do. When I finally was released on my own, I still wasn’t very good and had to learn from experience. It was almost like learning all over again. The hard parts were very hard for me because I never did them during the training period.

The biggest reason to learn the trade by yourself is going into your own business. If you want to start your own business, you better know how to install auto glass by yourself. When you first start out you will not have a large customer base so you will not need to hire anyone. If you can’t work alone, you can’t go into your own business.

My advice to you if you are going to be trained on the job, ask your instructor to let you do all of the work even the hard stuff. More than likely he will agree and he will also sense that you are serious about it and that you want to learn and be good at it.

You will enjoy working on your own a lot more than working with a partner. You will be your own boss, you won’t have anyone to answer to and you will create a reputation for yourself in the auto glass industry.

Change Own Flat Tire

  • Find a safe spot to pull over. Taking the nearest exit is safest if you’re on the freeway, even with a blown tire (just put on those hazard lights). If getting to an exit isn’t an option, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible and on a straight and flat stretch of road, not on a curve where cars may not be able to see you when coming around. Don’t park in the middle of a curve where approaching cars can’t see you. If you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear. And don’t forget to set your parking brake!
  • Turn on your hazard lights. Get the lug wrench, jack, and spare tire from the trunk and bring them over to the tire that is flat.
  • Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench. “Loosen” is the operative word. Don’t remove the lug nuts yet; just loosen them by turning the wrench counter-clockwise (just remember “lefty loosy” “righty tighty”). If the lug nuts are extra tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it. Hitting the wrench arm with a rock is also an option. Note: You may need to remove the hubcap (if your tire has one) to do all this.
  • Lift the vehicle off the ground with the jack. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific locations to place the jack as different models have different spots. Once the jack is securely in the correct spot, jack up the car until the tire is approximately 6 inches off the ground.
  • Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car. NOW, you can remove the lug nuts. Put them all in one spot so you’re not missing one when you need to put them back on. Then pull the tire straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheel base.
  • Place the spare on the car. Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare, and push the spare all the way onto the wheel base until it can’t go any farther.
  • Put on the lug nuts. But don’t tighten them all the way.
  • Lower the car back to the ground. Bing the car back down to ground level using the jack and then pull the jack out from underneath the car.
  • Tighten the lug nuts. Now that the car is on the ground, you can now tighten the lug nuts, but don’t tighten one all the way then move onto the next one. Start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50%, move to the opposite nut and tighten that one about the same amount. Keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut is as tight as it can be.
  • Put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk. Be sure you don’t leave anything on the side of the road.

Dead Auto Battery

• Car accessories stop working:

This is one of the easiest ways to understand that the culprit is nothing but the car battery. Battery is the only part that supports all other parts and accessories to work, especially when your alternator has stopped working. So, when you get to see that you car do not show up any signs of life, then probably you should check the battery.

• Starts well but stops the next moment:

This is a problem which remains constant in a dead car battery. Such signs show that either the battery has a loose or broken terminals or any type of parasitic draw. In such scenario, first you need to check the cables of the battery. Make sure about the firm fitting of the cables to the points. If you find that there are no issues with the cables and terminals, then probably it is the time for replacement.

• Engine starts cranking and fails to start:

While starting your car, if you find the car engine is not starting, then the culprit is the battery. Owners live in a misconception that this is due to a bad starter and sometimes mistaken for alternator problem. Most of the time, the problem is due to a dead car battery.

At this specific point, most of the car batteries will successfully recharge if you use an alternator. But hardly it will support you for a few days. So, the wiser choice lies in starting your hunt for a used car battery before you face a hard time while driving.

Tap Into a Wire

Another common method for attaching an accessory wire is to use an inline style connector, sometimes know as a vampire connector, because they “bite” and “suck power”! In reality they are inline wire taps and T tap connectors. T taps and inline taps are installed by trapping the feed wire and accessory wire within the body of the connector. Next the connector is folded over the wires and pinched closed with a pair of pliers, driving a metal guillotine like blade into the wires. These connectors are very easy and cheap to install but have some drawbacks. I have noticed that this style of connector tends to crush the wire and damage the covering in the process of piercing the wire. This type of connector also tends to allow moisture into the connection, which will in time cause corrosion and failure. Wrap this type of joint securely with electrical tape to seal out moisture, as it is too large for shrink tube. If there is no room or time for soldering the best wire tap connector I have found is the posi tap style of connector. It is a screw on style of connector as opposed to a guillotine or crushing type. This connector makes a very strong connection, is water-resistant and reusable. The top of the connector unscrews to accept the feed wire, and is then screwed down driving a small pin through the wire insulation. The other side of the connector unscrews to accept the striped end of the accessory wire, which is then threaded back on to lock the wire in place.

Detect Common Auto Repair

Unusual noises

You may notice some unusual squeals, clicks, clunks and screeches coming from your car. It’s very important to take the car for immediate diagnosis and repair because these noises may signify serious trouble. For instance, clicks and squeals usually occur when there’s an issue with the engine speed or a loose component like a wheel cover or fan blade that’s not intact. Your brakes will screech to tell you that it’s time for maintenance. Basically noises emanating from your car mean that something needs to be fixed. Sometimes the car will start making weird noises because of using gas with the wrong octane rating than what has been recommended by the manufacturer. You need to ask your mechanic to explain the reason for any kind of unusual noise and how you can prevent it from reoccurring.

Unusual smells

Sharp odors emanating from your car usually signal something. If you notice a burning smell, make sure the issue is diagnosed because it could be an electrical shock or burning insulation. The smell of gasoline vapors could signal a leak in the fuel system. This is an issue that can be very dangerous when left to escalate. You need to have a mechanic repair that immediately.

Preventative maintenance is very important because it helps to avoid costly breakdowns. Issues like changing the oil can end up costing you a lot of money and making your car unreliable. To find out how often your car needs routine maintenance, you need to check your owner’s manual. The number of times the car needs maintenance will largely depend on your type of driving. If you use your car quite often then you’ll need more frequent servicing than what the manufacturer has recommended. The best person to advice on this would be your mechanic who also understands the condition of your car. Find a suitable maintenance schedule and you’ll keep your car in perfect condition.

All about Basic Car Maintenance

NGK Spark Plugs

NGK Spark plugs do not always need replaced, and there are a few ways to check to see if they can go for another 30,000 miles or so. First, if there are no problems because of bad NGK spark plugs, they may not need replaced. To double check, vehicle owners are encouraged to ensure that the gap is what it is supposed to be, and to visually check NGK spark plugs to see if they appear to be worn.

Vehicle owners that are not sure as to whether they should replace NGK spark plugs are encouraged to replace them. Getting a new set will not hurt the car, and it may improve the performance of the vehicle.

Double Check Safety Options

This is the time when everything should be double checked, including but not limited to: windshield wipers, headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and the horn. These parts of the car are a necessity to making sure that everyone riding in the car is safe, particularly in dangerous weather. Headlights can determine whether a driver sees another car coming down the road or not, and may prevent a fatal car accident.

Brakes

The brakes do not automatically need to be replaced, but it is a good idea to take off the tires and give them a quick look while performing maintenance on the car. If the brakes show an excessive amount of wear and tear, and it looks like they may be close to the indicator, it is a good idea to replace them at the time and get it out of the way, although it is not necessary.

Oil change

Every car needs an oil change some time, and this is the one thing that most people neglect. Instead of getting an oil change every 10,000 miles as recommended, some owners never get an oil change. If this isn’t being done on regularly, at the very least vehicle owners are encouraged to get an oil change when they are doing their own tune up. The oil can become gritty and then it will not lubricate the engine properly, resulting in a wealth of damages later on down the road.

When your Car Engine Is Overheating

Whether you notice your dashboard’s temperature gauge climbing, or see smoke bellowing from underneath your hood, when an engine begins to overheat, it is critical to stop the vehicle as soon as possible. This means pulling over to the side of the road, shoulder of the interstate, into a parking lot, or neighborhood development. No matter where you are, you must immediately find a place to stop and park.

If you feel like you can make it to the nearest service center, the first thing to do is shut off your AC, open all the windows, and turn ON your heat. This sounds crazy in the summertime (or even the winter opening the windows), but turning on the heat and opening car windows relieves pressure from the engine and can buy you some time to get to an auto repair shop.

Once you are at a stop, whether on the side of the road or a service station, be sure to not open the hood until it stops steaming. This could take up to 30 minutes. If you are at a service station, a technician will handle everything, including this; but if you are by yourself on the road, just be sure to wait before you pop the hood.

Once the car cools down, you can pop the hood and open the radiator cap. Check to see that you have engine coolant and that it is the color it should be (whatever color it is when it’s new). If you notice reddening or odd coloring, then your coolant is dirty and needs replaced. If it is just low, try refilling it with your emergency stash of radiator fluid in the trunk. Everyone should always have radiator fluid and windshield wiper fluid on hand at all times for emergencies.

If you do not have coolant on-hand, simply use water instead. You don’t have either, it is best to contact a local roadside assistance service for help. Then have them transfer your vehicle to the nearest service station for inspections and service.