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Monthly Archives: October 2017

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 by removing all of the collections you have been keeping inside your interior. Check behind the seats and even under the seats. Of course, make sure that you remove all big pieces that would be too large to vacuum. Then, start from the top going down, vacuum your car’s interior. After you are done vacuuming, wipe the dashboard, the gauges, and the console. Use a damp terry cloth towel. By doing so, you are actually removing any additional surface dirt. Make sure that you go through each nook and cranny of your seats. Do this with other parts of your interior like the console and the transmission tunnel.

Vacuum your vehicle’s floor mats well. You can use a soft scrub brush along with some cleaning products. However, when you do use cleaning products, make sure that you rinse them well with water after you are through. If you have a carpet that has stains large enough, it would be best to run them with a professional carpet-cleaning machine or service.

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 get from a professional restoration expert. Most antique car restoration experts are trained and experienced in what they do. This almost always means better results. That is why it has been said that the cost of a professional antique restoration job, no matter how much it actually ends up costing, is well worth the price.

As you can see, there are a number of benefits to having your antique car restored. In fact, the above mentioned benefits are just a few of the many that exist. For more information on antique car restoration, as well as other benefits of doing it, you are urged to contact one of your local restoration shops.

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 vehicle with good driving habits may actually save your life. Consider the alternative to bad driving habits.

* lower gas mileage

* longer tire wear

* better long term performance

* lower costs and repairs

* better maintenance values

* less wear and tear on vehicle

* better resale market values

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 but in certain extreme cases it is safer to get a replacement alloywheel than to use one that has undergone alloywheel repair.

Repair for non-forged wheels

Alloy – wheel repair is often recommended for wheels that are non-forged. Forged alloy wheels are tougher and can also be more expensive. Most of the time, forged wheel repair merely consists of having the wheel refinished. Two-piece and three-piece alloy wheels are also more prone to damage as the outer lips of the wheel are commonly made of softer alloy materials.

Alloy wheel repair- the right timing

The best time to plan for alloy wheel repair is during the warmer months. Normally, alloy repair can take anywhere from three to five hours depending on the extent of the damage. If you want to minimize the damage, use high pressure especially when you are using low profile tires. However, it is important to make sure that the wear of the tire is still even.