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Category Archives: Automotive

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 done, because we still have the ability to say no thanks I’ll take it somewhere else.

Most people want a discount, but most people don’t like negotiating. Let’s face it, it’s not for everybody. The reason car repair is set up for negotiation is because your mechanic or service manager knows that he can give you a discount but he certainly is not going to offer it. You’ll be surprised to see how easy they will give you 10% just for asking. The next time your you need a car repair follow these steps to get a 10% discount::

1. Make sure you tell the service manager or mechanic to call you BEFORE he does any work to your car.

2. Always ask for an estimate when he tells you what repairs you need.

3. What ever amount he says, ask for at least for a 10% discount. It’s much better saying a specific price instead of 10%, so make sure you have your math ready.

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 minimum of automation and a maximum of human handiwork.

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. If your automobile is painted, you will want to look for any small paint bubbles that may remain after the work is done. In addition, you will want to make sure that the glass is placed securely back inside the car and will not rattle or shake, which would indicate the window is loose.

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 cold water from the hose on a hot or warm windshield causes the crack to spread. Try to leave the car in a protected garage as much as possible to avoid cold or hot weather from expanding the crack.

Once the crack is large enough that you can’t stand it anymore, it is time to replace the entire windshield. This process only takes a couple hours at a local auto glass shop. Better yet are the companies that come to your home of office and replace the windshield on site. Make sure to call the auto glass shop as soon as possible to make sure they have your windshield in stock. They will usually need to order one, but it does not take very long to get it.

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 yourself by getting customized decals that are dedicated to the special ones in your life. It would also make them happy to know that you care for them so deeply to have their names etched on your jeep.

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 it looks great you are finished if not continue to the next set of steps. Spray degreaser on the areas to remove the hardened grease and oil. Allow about 30 seconds of dwell time for it to soak in and then Blast at close range with 15 degree tip and zero tip if needed. Rinse with wide angle tip and repeat until you are satisfied and continue this process on other sections.

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 trip to your local junkyard: shop the internet.

That’s right, online auto parts wholesalers carry Jeep heater cores and heater cores for just about any make/model of car out there. Best yet, when shopping with a wholesaler like the Heater Core Experts, you can save big bucks. By purchasing direct from the manufacturer, a first class wholesaler will turn around and sell a heater core to you for less. A lot less than what Mr. Parts Dealer would charge and without you having to pay for labor costs either.

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 the plates and loss of the electrolyte.
When your vehicle has start up or charging problems, the vehicle troubleshooting procedure should start with a test of the battery. You do that with a visual check followed by a voltage test. If the battery is ok, other components of the electrical system is probably the reason, but battery problems are by far the most likely reason.

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.

Benefits:

  • They are soft and quiet making it a comfortable drive. They also produce less dust than semi metallic pads.
  • They produce friction without too much heat needed.
  • It is cheap and suitable for everyday driving under different weather conditions.

Flaws:

  • They work well in specific weather conditions but in extreme conditions you could be dealing with brake failure.
  • They wear much quicker than other types of materials.
  • They can’t be used for performance driving because high heat could damage the material.

Semi Metallic Brake Pads – These brake pads are made of steel, iron and copper. These metals are combined with friction modifiers and fillers and graphite lubricant.

Benefits:

  • Braking performance is better than that of the organic pads.
  • They can withstand higher heats because of the metallic content.
  • They last longer than the organic material.
  • It can be used for racing and everyday use.

Flaws:

  • They are generally quite noisy
  • They tend to produce the most dust which could damage your wheels.
  • They wear brake rotors relatively quickly.

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 for those that are badly worn. Getting your car into solid physical shape will make you feel even better about ordering the body kit to enhance your vehicle.

4. Get a detailed interior cleaning and exterior wash. Although you could wait until after you use your body kit to have the cleaning done, why not go all out and make your car look great? You can always have a second, less important cleaning afterward. Removing dirt, grease, debris, and smudges, especially in the areas affected by your body kit, will prepare your car for any body kit you want to install. You will feel like you have a new car when you get the vehicle looking great inside and out.