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Cleaning Car Interior

Cleaning the interior of a vehicle could be considered an easy task despite the amount of “collections” you have in it. One of the tips that you should keep in mind when cleaning your car’s interior would be to think that after you are done, you would have a car that not only looks new from the outside but also feels and smells new from the inside.

Before starting out, make sure that you park your car in a cool and shady place. This is because direct sunlight actually heats the cleaners you would be using. When the cleaners are heated on your upholstery, the natural oils of the leather would be actually taken out. This would leave your upholstery looking old and brittle, which is something that you would not like to have. Also, make sure that you would have at hand everything you would need. Make sure that you use the right products. Using cleaning products that are not very friendly to your interior could only create a big mess.

Then, start

Antique Car Restoration

Antique car restoration projects come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and styles. What is nice about having your antique car restored is that you get to make most of the decisions, if not all of them. If you want, you can decide to restore your own antique car or hire a professional antique car restoration expert to do it for you. The same can be said for how your car is restored. You can choose to have your antique car restoration project be as large or as small as you want it to be; the decision is completely yours to make.

The cost is another benefit to having your antique or class car restored. As previously mentioned, you can choose to have your antique car professionally restored or you can do your own antique car restoration. Whichever method you choose, you will likely be getting a deal. Of course, you will be able to save money on labor by performing your own do it yourself antique car restoration project, but it is also important to remember what you

Transmission Trouble

Basic transmission care is so simple, it just takes a few minutes and it will extend your vehicle life by years.

1. Change the Transmission oil and filter at least once every 50K miles.

2. When you start your vehicle let it set in neutral to the count of 20 before you put it in gear every morning.

3. Come to a complete stop before you shift into neutral, reverse, or drive.

4. Check transmission fluid frequently and NEVER over fill it.

5. Never spin your tires on pavement, this causes wear and tear on your transmission.

Taking care of your transmission is not difficult, but it does require serious thought as to drive patterns, behaviors, and habits of the driver. You must consider your vehicle and never expect more than it should be able to provide mechanically. Overextending the simple uses wear on engine and transmission parts.

Keep your tires aired to regulation levels and carefully consider your driving habits. Do they need to change?

Becoming a good driver also means being a safer driver. Extending the life of your

Alloy Wheel Repair

Alloy wheel repair

It is a common misconception that alloy wheel repair is almost next to impossible. Most people believe that it can be a complete waste of effort and money. However, alloy wheels can actually be repaired to a great extent. Alloy repair is in fact a well studied operation. Many professional wheel repair companies can undertake the job perfectly.

Common alloy wheel problems

The most significant of damages that can affect an alloy wheel are radial runout, lateral runout and cracks. These damages will not only make the wheel look ugly but it can also greatly affect the car’s driving performance. Let’s take a closer look!

Radial runout affects the balance of the tire across its diameter. This results in the tire moving up and down with respect to its central axis while rotating. Lateral runout is damage that affects the balance of the tire across its width. Lateral run out is often left undiagnosed as the tire can look true but balance testing will prove otherwise. In the case of lateral run out if there is significant damage it will often be irreparable. Cracks, depending on the location can be repaired

All about Fuel Pump and Injection

Electric fuel pumps will experience problems with wear after many years of continuous service. Gradual loss of pressure and flow can result from the wear on pump vanes, rollers or gears. If the inlet filter sock lets sediment or rust get by then you will also have accelerated wear. This can even cause serious problems such as overheat and burn out if the pump becomes jammed with the sediment. Lubrication and cooling of the fuel pump only occurs when fuel is passing through it.

If you start having problems with your fuel pump then the first thing you should do is check the voltage supply and the electrical connections. You may simply just need to replace a fuse or loose wire. However, if everything is fine then you will need to run a measuring static output pressure and fuel delivery test to check the ability of the pump to deliver fuel. If your pump is not meeting manufacturer’s requirements after these test then you will need to replace the entire fuel pump.

When replacing your fuel pump always remember to disconnect the battery to prevent unwanted sparks during the replacement process. And always remember to drain

Replace Brake Pads

Avoid any possible risk working in a safe area.

  • Make sure your car will not move at all, set the handbrake and park in a plain area.
  • Loosen the lug nuts before jacking the car up.
  • Jack the car up so you can remove the wheel as if replacing the wheel. (Use two jack stands for your safety)
  • Remove the caliper bolts and make it slide away from the disc: brake pads are the black parts that were near the disc surface.
  • Remove them from the caliper: there are several kinds of calipers so you have to see how it works in your car but you should easily do it: it’s just a matter of bolts or clips.
  • Take the occasion to check brake rotors condition, rotors must be the more smooth possible and must not have any asperities. If it’s damaged you’ll have to get a new one. Discs can also be reconditioned but it’s not recommended.
  • Now, with the new thicker pads you need to push the caliper piston back to its original position in order to create enough space for the new pads, you might need an adjustable spanner or a C-Clamp.
  • Apply brake pad grease on the part that won’t

Clean Bugs Off of Car

Cleaning bugs off a car can be a lot of work. However, there is hope for you and your car yet. The first thing that you can do is to attempt to clean your car with warm water and car cleaner. Do not use dishwashing liquid on your car as it can cause streaks and take the wax and shine off of your car. Buy liquid wash that is specifically designed for cleaning cars.

Apply the cleaner using a soft cloth or a car cleaning sponge. Never use an abrasive brush or a sponge that has been used to clean other things as they can scratch the car paint. Apply the soap and warm water in a circular, scrubbing motion. Rinse when you are finished and apply the soap again if necessary.

For stubborn bug stains, you can use WD40 and a soft cloth, but it should be rinsed well after you have wiped off the bugs. WD40 can also be used as a preventative measure against bugs. Before going on a drive, spray WD40 on the grill and front of your car which will keep bugs from sticking to it. Rinse your car off as

Get Into Mobile Auto Detailing

Starting an auto detailing shop can be expensive of course, however if you start a mobile detailing company, well that does not cost a lot and all you need is some business cards, equipment and a good head for marketing and customer service. Well, you also need to know something about cars and work your way into the tougher jobs of buffing and using buffers without damaging paint later.

You can get started with a complete auto detailing rig and all the equipment you need for about $3,000 and you can do this by putting together all the components yourself or buying a package that is available, for perhaps a little more money. Sometimes that makes sense, as it would come with manuals and other important things that you might need if you had no experience at all or were a little unsure of yourself.

Pay for Emergency Car Repairs

1. Be Prepared

The best way to avoid an emergency is to be prepared for an emergency. If you can set aside a little bit of money each month in case of any emergency (be it medical, automotive, or accident), then you will be able to manage any unexpected situations. However, if the time has come and you haven’t planned ahead, there are still some ways that you can get money.

2. Stay Calm

One of the most common mistakes that is made during emergencies is to lose your cool. If you lose your cool, you might forget to use common sense. Use your common sense to shop around. Even if you need a tow right now, consider calling a few places for quotes before having them send someone over. The ten minutes that it takes you to make some comparisons might save you twenty dollars or more. That makes the use of time well worth your money. Remember, you will be late anyway, so take your time in getting there.

When the tow truck driver arrives, be sure that you know where you want to have your car towed. You should also do

Information of Paintless Dent Repair

In comes paintless dent repair. Paintless dent repair has been around for over ten years and was first started at local car dealerships for fixing used cars and increasing used car revenues (like headlight restoration). Paintless dent removal is the repairing of small dents and dings by massaging them out.

Paintless dent technicians are trained with tools similar to pry bars, mirrors and special lights to gently return the bent and stretched metal to its former shape. This may seem difficult, but actually most repairs can be done in 20 -30 minutes and the results are nothing short of amazing. Unless the dent is on a door edge or a difficult crease, the result will be like the dent or ding was never there. It is completely removed.

The average cost is around $50 per ding or dent. Obviously a used car dealership with a lot of inventory will have lower volume prices around $30 per dent. Paintless dent removal, like headlight restoration, is a high profit margin business that any automotive business can use to add to their bottom line. Many businesses actually pay their entire lease or rent from these add-on businesses alone.

Negotiate Car Repairs

Car repairs can be negotiated just like anything else, more so even. Your mechanic or service manager at the dealer, knows for a fact that you are being over charged, that means that all you have to do is ask for a discount. If your mechanic is worth his salt he calls you before he does any work on your car, that is when the negotiation should start. When your mechanic tells you that you need a new “flex capacitor” and it cost around $800, your first reaction should be “Can you give me a better price?”
Or better yet “Can you do it for $700” . You need to make it clear from the very beginning that you want a discount. A ten percent discount is always a good starting point, you are only trying to get a small discount, which is better than nothing. The biggest mistake you can make is to wait until your car repair is finished. At that point he basically is holding your car hostage until you pay him, so that means he is in full control of the negotiation. The very little control we do have is before any work is

Fiberglass Body Kits

Ordinarily, fiberglass is very good material for a body kit. But unlike metal, it can easily be damaged, and it also fatigues over time, leading to cracks. Professional body work experts should be able do repairs, but there are many instructional kits available as well. However, if you’re doing it yourself, be careful. Fiberglass can cause some serious eye and skin irritation. And unlike metal, it can particulate, or separate into its component fibers, which can very quickly become very difficult to control, let alone repair.

If you live in an area that has snow or rough roads, you may choose to select urethane because of its endurance. If you live in an area where the roads are smooth and the weather is decent, then fiberglass can be used. Just as metal bodywork rusts, fiberglass cracks under such adverse weather conditions.

Because fiberglass can be molded, there are several outlandish designs out you’ll find on the market. A normal wing and body kit combo may cause around $350 to $800, or more. Customs designs are also available, at a much more exhorbitant price, since custom designs are by definition done one at a time, with a

Find Quality Auto Body Repair Shop

– First and foremost, take a glance around any auto body repair shop before you commit to hiring them for your repairs. Is it well lit and clean?

– The next thing to consider is whether or not the auto body repair shop has up-to-date and modern equipment. Does their equipment look as though it’s in good condition and well cared for?

– If they allow it, ask someone to give you a tour of the facility or if you can browse around on your own. For reasons of safety, some auto body repair shops will not allow a tour but others may permit a brief one providing a technician is with you.

– While inside, take a brief scan of the area to see if there are any signs, plaques or other indication of the training that the auto body technicians have undergone.

Qualifications and training are extremely important when it comes to auto body repair. If the job is done well, repairs should help the car to look brand new again. Window replacement, painting, parts replacement and other work are some of the more visible repairs that are done following an accident.

Repairing Windshield Cracks

Windshield cracks and blemishes can be troublesome. You can never really guess what is going to happen; they almost always start small and end up spider webbing across the remaining windshield. Some rock blemishes only leave chunk of glass missing. If not treated correctly it can turn into a large crack as well.

Taking care of small chunks or blemishes is the easiest fix for a windshield. There are professional companies that will come out to your vehicle and use a resin mixture to fill the star or crack that is existing. By filling the mark the crack is aesthetically more pleasing, and more importantly the resin prevents the crack from spreading further. This method is great for prolonging the life of your windshield and saving you money up front. However, eventually the windshield will need to be replaced.

If your windshield has a large crack, the best option is to replace the entire windshield instead of attempting a repair kit. Repairs are meant for smaller stars and chunks, but larger cracks are uncontrollable. The most important thing to do is prevent the crack from getting larger. Avoid temperature change. Do not wash your car; the

Pick Decals for Jeep

Think of What You Believe

One might be forgiven for saying that belief is in short supply these days owing to things happening around the world in the name of God and religion. However, the fact of the matter is, all of us, individually, believe in certain things. The beliefs might be delusional in nature, or they might simply be the source of inner strength.

No matter what it is, you are entitled to show it to the rest of the world. And what better way to show it than having it as a decal on your jeep? People would get to know something about you simply by taking a good look at your jeep, and you would feel more at home in your jeep, as it would become a reflection of who you are.

Think of Who You Love

Love, like belief, is another great source of strength. Again, many might say that love has more potential for heartbreaks than it does for giving one strength, but the fact is, love does create a lot of hope and optimism in one’s life.

You can turn your jeep into something truly inspiring for

Cleaning Car Frames

When you hit areas of where the frame comes together or where there are holes in the frame, which have paint chips or rust, you will want to hit these with the zero tip. Be careful to wear eye protection because the deflected water will still be moving very fast. The non deflected water if it hits your body can easily break the skin.

It is best to work on one section at a time. It is also important to contain the dirty water flow once you start using the chemicals for cleaning. Many times you will be surprised at how well the pressure washer does without any degreaser or with light degreaser. To do this job correctly follow this easy step by step guide. First check the water flow to make sure dirty water will not enter gutter then lay down the plastic in the section to be cleaned and use two by fours to put under the outer edges of plastic to stop water flow. Rinse area to be cleaned prior to starting then spray at close range tough and stubborn stains and paint chips and rinse and see how good it looks,

If

Heater Core Problems

Playing with the heat settings does no good and a check of the coolant, hoses, and connections reveals that everything is okay. So, what is the problem? More than likely your Ford heater core has died. You jump in your car and head directly over to your Ford dealer to get a price on a new heater core. Within moments you are gasping for air as the man behind the counter looks over his computerized inventory and quotes an outrageously high price. For a moment you don’t know whether to whack the guy over the head or start driving around with a portable heater you plug into your car’s cigarette lighter. Quickly you dismiss either option and decide to take matters into your own hands.

Fortunately a heater core isn’t all that difficult to change yourself. For most cars, a heater core can be reached by pulling out the dash or checking under the hood adjacent to the firewall, locating the unit, yanking it out, and replacing it with a new one. Naturally, you will pay gobs of money through your dealer’s parts department, but you have other options besides visiting the dealer or making a futile

Auto Electrical Repair

An auto battery is built up of six cells, each containing stacked positive and negative lead plates. These are divided and separated by insulators and immersed in an electrolyte, a liquid blend of sulfuric acid and water. However, some batteries, use a gel instead of the electrolyte. This is considered to be safer and because you do not have to refill it with electrolyte, it has been labelled “maintenance-free”. Each cell generates or more correctly put, stores 2.1 volts for a total of 12.6 volts.

Between the electrolyte and the lead plates, a chemical reaction is created. This produces dangerous, explosive gases that vent through the battery cover vents. Because of this, caution should be taken when you charge or jump start a low battery. The same caution should also be taken every time you are working under the hood of your vehicle. It is important to provide as good ventilation as possible in the battery, so always keep it clean. All batteries, even those using gel instead of electrolyte lose charging capacity as the time passes. The reason for this is that the chemical breakdown of the connections inevitably takes place leading to the deterioration of

Types of Brake Pads

Ceramic brake pads – The name says it all: they are mainly made of ceramic material and have copper fibres embedded within the composition. Originally, they were made to prevent how much dust and noise was being made.

Benefits:

  • Quieter than semi-metallic pads because of the higher frequency being made impossible for us to hear.
  • They produce finer dust that doesn’t stick to the wheels. Dust in the wheel could alter driving experience that should be avoided.
  • They generally have a longer life span than the organic and semi metallic models. The material is so strong that it is difficult to wear away quickly.
  • These brake pads also do well under fluctuating temperatures from cold to hot without changing the way you drive.

Flaws:

  • Because of the strength they contain they tend to be more expensive.
  • Although they do well in different temperatures, they could fail in freezing weather. They also don’t absorb heat too well.
  • These brake parts aren’t fit for forceful and sudden braking in cases such as racing and industrial driving.

Organic brake pads also known as Non-asbestos organic (NAO). They contain glass, fibre, rubber, carbon and Kevlar all joined together with special resin.

Preparing Car For Body Kit

1. Schedule a tune-up. If your car hasn’t had one for a while, this is the perfect time to make sure things are running the way they should. Get the spark plugs changed and have all the inner workings checked to be sure everything is operational. You don’t need a dead battery or another inconvenience to mar your pleasure of the body kit improvements.

2. Get an oil change. Although this routine procedure has nothing to do with your body kit, just getting it out of the way, along with the accompanying door lubrications and fluid checks, will help to ensure that the car is working properly and ready to go. Then after your body kit work is done, you can drive anywhere you want, as long as you want, without worrying about the little incidentals that could crimp your style. Your car will drive better than ever without the hassle of planning extra needed maintenance.

3. Fix body dents and check the tires. Find an affordable expert who can take out the dings in the door and restore the fenders to their original condition. Make sure the tires are inflated properly, or consider buying replacements