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Category Archives: Automotive

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.

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 the tank first. Before putting in a new fuel pump it is always a good idea to also replace the filter screen and use new o-ring and gaskets.

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 be in contact with the rotor and put them inside the caliper.
  • Reassemble everything as it was and proceed with the other side and the rear axle if your car has four disc brakes.

You’re done, go out for a test and drive slow. Pay attention, the brake pedal might be softer and braking spaces longer. In few days the new pads should reach their final position and any noise should disappear.

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 soon as you are finished your drive.

You can also search online for cleaners specifically designed to help with bug removal from vehicles. Make sure that you read reviews on the products before applying them on your car as they could do more harm than good if they are not a good quality project.

It is very important that you take the time to clean bugs off of your car. The more they sit there, the harder they will be to remove. Also, leaving bugs on your car can eventually cause your paint to chip off the car, which you definitely want to avoid.

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 some comparison shopping for this. You can even call a friend and have them make some of your phone calls for you. If you don’t know what is wrong with your car, have it taken to a mechanic or dealership that you trust. They will tell you what’s wrong, and you then be able to decide how much (it might be all) of the work you want to have done.

3. Review your Options

When you buy a car, you often get a warranty. You might be signed up for AAA or CAA. Your insurance company might cover some of the repairs needed for your car. Before you go about paying for all of the repairs out of pocket, find out what repairs are covered. Then get approval from the institution that will help you pay. It is easier to get them to pay upfront than to get them to reimburse you.

Consider keeping a membership for CAA or AAA. This means that you will have free towing if you are ever in an accident or if you ever have a breakdown. There is an annual fee, so you would have to weigh the pros and cons of membership. I, personally, find that I have gotten a lot back from my membership, including a peace of mind knowing that I am covered while I travel.

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.

As lives become more hectic and unless you always want to park far away you will get dings and dents. There is no way out of it. They could even come as hail damage from a bad thunderstorm, a ding from the neighborhood kids soccer ball, etc… It will happen, but you don’t have to pay through the nose to have them fixed. Paintless dent removal is the best solution.