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Category Archives: Automotive

Find Affordable Car Parts

Your car is acting funny and something doesn’t sound right. When you bring your vehicle in to the mechanic, the mechanic informs you that something fell off of your vehicle and/or is missing from it entirely, meaning that you will need to replace the part. What do you do? You most certainly cannot afford to drive around with a car that is missing a part. What if something happens?

All car owners eventually find themselves in a situation where they need to replace a part on their vehicle. Most people take their car to their local repair shop and hope that they are not over charged for the part and labor. In order to help avoid this potentially expensive process, many car owners choose to save money by purchasing their parts themselves.

Before beginning the process of shopping for car parts, it is important that a car owner know how much the car part in question costs. A quick search on the Internet can often help car owners get an idea of how much a car part for their vehicle should cost. When searching, be sure to visit your manufacturer’s web site and search for your vehicle’s model and year. This will provide you with the most accurate information on the parts needed for your vehicle so that you will know what parts to look for and price.

When you have an idea of how much the car parts should cost, it is time to start shopping around. A quick and often affordable way to find car parts is to call salvage yards or junk yards. There are often cars that have been wrecked and left un-repaired for various reasons. These cars contain many good car parts that the salvage yards are able sell for very reasonable prices. Another way to get great deals on car parts is using the Internet to order the part directly from a manufacture. Many web sites offer deeply discounted prices either because the parts are being sold by a wholesale company that makes their money by selling a large quantity of items or by holding auctions.

About Car Maintenance Schedule

For many years, car manufacturers have applied the concept of ‘regular service’, for the car maintenance schedule. It has been observed that usage of a car largely determines the maintenance schedule of that particular car. The user manual provides specific guidelines, regarding the schedule that needs to be followed by the owner for car maintenance. It is just meant give you an outline and should not be followed religiously. Maintenance schedule is a function of car usage and hence will vary from one vehicle to another.. There are websites that provide you useful inputs and tips on car maintenance. Some websites even provide Online organizers to help track your car maintenance schedule. Listed below are few tips that would help you in keeping your car in an immaculate condition.

  • 3000 Miles Maintenance: Changing engine oil and filter is recommended after 3000 miles. Brake fluids, air filters, tyres, hoses and fan belt should be checked regularly.
  • 5000-10,000 Miles Maintenance: Tyre rotation and wheel balancing should be done every five to ten thousand miles. This will ensure a even wear and tear of tyres and prolong their life.
  • 15,000 Miles Maintenance: Changing air filters every 15,000 miles, will improve the fuel efficiency of your car. Brake pads and fluid should be checked and replaced if needed.
  • 30,000 Miles Maintenance: Checking the transmission fluid level is recommended at this stage is recommended. The owner’s manual will have directions of how to drain and replace the fluid.
  • 50,000 Miles Maintenance: Examining the coolant overflow tank to check if it needs top up.

Change a Flat Tire by Yourself

1. Put your vehicle on a flat surface- Make sure your vehicle is on a flat surface, or lifting the car may result in damage. Turn on the hazard lights.

2. Remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts- First remove the hubcaps, if any, and loosen all the lug nuts on the tire, but do not remove them. It is best to use an anti-slip lug wrench, as it will give a firm grip to loosen the nuts.

3. Place the jack underneath your car- Using the owner’s manual, place the jack in the proper location so that it won’t end up in damaging you or the vehicle.

4. Jack up- Lift the vehicle by cranking the handle of the jack. Lift the vehicle until you can easily remove the tire.

5. Remove the nuts- Now remove the loosened nuts and store them safely. Do not lose them, as you need them to attach the spare tire.

6. Remove the flat tire- Hold the tire and pull it towards you by lifting it slightly. Tires may weigh from 20 to 30 pounds or more depending on the vehicle, so be careful while lifting it.

7. Move your spare- Mount the spare on the hub, place the nuts, and tighten them just with your hands – not using wrench.

8. Lower the jack- Lower the car until it is in contact with the ground, and remove the jack.

9. Tighten the lug nuts- Now tighten the lug nuts that you previously tightened with your hands. First tighten one nut, then the nut most opposite it. Repeat this pattern, always moving to tighten the next most opposite nut. Once all the nuts are tightened to some extent, tighten them more securely one-by-one.

10. Repair the flat (or replace it) as soon as possible- You may not know when you will need a spare tire again.

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.

Hydrogen Car Conversion

The way this works is by drawing a small current from your vehicle’s electrical system. This is then fed into a reservoir that will contain a mixture of water and a tad bit of baking soda (sometimes a little bit of washer fluid too if it’s cold). Using the electrical current, the water molecules are separated into HHO gas, or Brown’s Gas. This is a very stable, clean burning type of gas compound.

This compound is then directed to your vehicles combustion system resulting in an extremely efficient combination of air / fuel / and HHO gas. This combination burns much cleaner and much more effectively than your ordinary mixture. The result is a dramatic increase in your MPG.

Will it harm your vehicle? Not at all. The mixture actually burns cooler and cleaner, so it will actually extend the life of your vehicle. Will it void your warranty? No again. The hydrogen car conversion is 100% reversible. Any process that is reversible cannot void your warranty. How much water does it require? Not much at all. Just a small 16oz fill of water will last several weeks.

If it runs out, the system will not be interrupted, but be sure to keep it full to experience your desired MPG gains! Won’t it cost a lot of money? Nope. You can perform the conversion for under $100, an investment that will pay for itself time and time again. Imagine buying gas half as much. How quick will that add up for you?

A hydrogen car conversion is surprisingly simple to do, and extremely effective. Your car will be a gas saving machine, not to mention it will be much better for the environment by reducing the harmful emissions put off by normal fuel systems. One of the best things… You can actually claim this as a tax write-off as an alternative energy vehicle!!

About Car Battery Reconditioning

The most important of these actions can be performed by anyone with the proper equipment and the necessary accessories and best of all it will not cost you over $40. In fact, these tips can be put into practice when it comes to various batteries reconditioning, from car batteries to cell phone and even iPod batteries.

You can even take things further, because if you learn how to recondition batteries, you may even find it to be a profitable business venture on a small scale. There are several things you have to take into consideration when reconditioning a battery.

First, batteries of all sorts, car batteries included, are filled with dangerous acid and proper handling is vital to avoid any accidents. If you injure yourself while reconditioning a battery, consult a medic at once, as many dangerous chemical elements are included in a modern car battery. Batteries nowadays are more environmental friendly than a couple years ago, but they still have components that are dangerous to the environment so dead batteries and batteries’ parts should be disposed of in their proper places.

So let us get started and you will see how easy battery reconditioning really is. Modern rechargeable batteries allow users to forget about annoying power cables that hinder the manipulation of power tools and that restrict movement of any device to length of the cable from a power source. Many electric devices are portable and their batteries are very compact as well. When reconditioning batteries, it is important to take on board that an unhealthy battery can have its causes in the chargers that malfunction.

However, more frequently, it is the battery, which is killing the charger. People will go and buy new chargers all the time, without knowing that the problem is in the battery itself.

Every battery has a determined lifespan in which it functions properly and once this period has passed, a battery will require reconditioning. Car batteries are no different. They are charged while the car is moving, but after some years, a car battery will require maintenance as well. New batteries develop a memory effect but reconditioning a battery properly should remove this effect completely.

Windshield Replacement

The main cause of having to have a front window replaced is because of cracks that are less than three inches away from the edge of the glass. These cracks can be caused from a rock hitting the windshield and can start out as small as the point on the end of a needle. These cracks can also come from mechanical stress, temperature deviation, or even tension pressure from the interior of the actual vehicle. Front windows may also need to be replaced due to vandalism, weather damage, or cracks that have been ignored and have spread too close to the edge.

The most important thing to remember when realizing that your windshield may need to be replaced is to not wait too long. Your front window is a very vital and protective component of your vehicle. The front glass of a car is there to protect the driver and passengers from anything flying through the air and to hold up the roof of a car. If someone waits too long to have a faulty front window replaced it could shatter or cause some sort of major problem at the most inopportune time, such as when you are driving down the road. If you were to get into an accident at the time that you had a windscreen that needed to be replaced it would be possible for you or your passengers to go right through the front area of the car because the windshield was not in any condition to be performing its job of protecting. There are over 12,000 fatalities each year from Americans being thrown from the car or badly hurt from the vehicle rolling over. Faulty windshields play a large part in this high number of deaths.

To ensure that your replacement windshield is properly installed and that it does not detach from your vehicle while you are driving, it is best to employee the services of a highly recommended, highly skilled, professional auto glass company. There are many determining factors that can help you choose what auto glass contractor is the best choice. The company that you choose should consent to the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard, be a member of the National Glass Association (NGA) and be certified by the NGA, give you a fast and accurate quote for the cost of your replacement, and be able to tell you how much time the replacement should take. The company that you use should be able to come to your place of employment or home to complete the replacement job. The only glass that should be used to replace your windshield is O.E.M quality auto glass. This is certified to meet or exceed all NGA standards. Usually the replacement will take about an hour but as your technician will tell you, the car should not be driven for at least one hour after, but the adhesive that holds the window to the front of the vehicle will not be at their full strength for about 24 – 48 hours.

Info of Conditioning Leather Seats

The product you choose should be one that doesn’t contain neats foot oil, lanolin, mink oil or any other lard based ingredient, although these are good conditioners, they will have undesirable effects. The animal based products leave your seats feeling greasy and can get on your clothing. So leave the mink oil for the boots. Some people have asked me about saddle soap, well if your trying to soften the leather for tanning, then maybe, but the leather is already tanned, all we are trying to do is replace the oils lost from evaporation not tan the leather. Always remember what you put on the leather stays in the leather.

Conditioning a leather interior of a car is really not rocket science but there is a trick so not to waste your money and effort.

Apply conditioner every 60-90 days depending on the weather in your area, hotter dryer climates need more conditioning. Using a damp microfiber cloth or terry cloth, making it damp keeps to much of the conditioner from soaking into the cloth, or just use your bare hand, it’s conditioner. Start by spraying the cloth or your hand with the conditioner, rub the seat in small circular motions. Start at the top and work your way down. Now depending on the vehicle, the face of seat is the only part you will need to condition. Most leather seats are a combination of leather and vinyl, the face is leather and the sides and back are vinyl, usually you can feel the difference, (but if not, BMW, Lexus, Porsche, most of your luxury vehicles, use leather over the entire seat) so heres where the saving money part comes in, you don’t have to put it all over the seat, just the face. Now after you have applied the conditioner to the face of the seat, wait….. usually about 20 minutes, about as long as it takes to wash the outside, this gives the oils time to be absorbed by the leather, then buff with a clean dry cloth to remove any excess. Keep the cloth you used to condition with, seal it in a plastic baggy, and use it over and over, conserve the oils still in the rag. Keep it in the glove box for touch ups.

Your done, easy huh?

By replacing the oils lost by the elements your keeping the leather soft and more flexible which can keep your seats from showing wear and can even save you from accidental punctures, the leather will flex and give more easily if its conditioned. So don’t forget every 60-90 days condition the leather seats to keep them looking new for years to come.

When Your Engine Needs Repair

For a low pressure condition the first place you should check is the dipstick. If you find that you have low oil levels then your engine can be either burning or leaking oil. A temporary remedy can be gained by adding oil but the problem will continue until you get proper auto repairs to fix the problem. For leaking oil problems you can get new gaskets or seal so the leak will stop. For an engine that is burning oil a wet compression test and/or a leak down test will help determine what the exact problem is whether it be a worn valve and seals or bad engine rings and cylinders.

The pressure sending unit is the next thing you should check if you oil levels are okay. Check the warning lamp or gauge reading once you disconnect the unit. There may be a short to ground in the circuit if the warning light remains lit when it is disconnected. If the gauge reading doesn’t change then you likely have a problem with the instrumentation and not the engine itself.

Just always remember that it is important to check your engine at the first sign of noise or warning lights. Whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, it will save you a lot of headache later on down the line. If you ignore the warning signs your engine gives you then you will likely start hearing a knocking noise which eventually ends in your engine seizing and stopping completely.

Auto Glass and Windshields

Laminated Glass

Windshields are made of a completely different type of glass than the rest of the windows found on your vehicle. The windshield uses what is called laminated glass. Used since 1927, laminated glass is created by placing a thin sheet of adhesive plastic between two layers of glass. This transparent plastic is called polyvinyl butyrate, or PVB, and is infused with the glass using extreme pressure and heat. The PVB sheet holds the glass together in the event of impact, and prevents the windshield from shattering. This helps prevent further injury to the occupants that may be caused from the shattered glass.

Tempered Glass

On the other hand, all the remaining windows of your vehicle, including the rear window, are constructed of tempered glass. This tempered glass is manufactured using rapid heating and cooling methods, which strengthen the glass. When the structural stability of tempered glass is compromised, it does not shatter; rather, it breaks into small, pebble-like pieces which are dull, and do not cut like shattered glass.

So what does this mean to you? Well, in a few words, laminated glass is repairable, but tempered glass is not. This is the reason why you see companies that advertise windshield repair, but not window repair.

Windshields

Windshields are a key component to the structural integrity of vehicles. In the event of an accident, the windshield is designed to take the kinetic energy from the impact and disperse it evenly around the passenger compartment of the vehicle, protecting the occupants.

In the event of a rollover, the windshield prevents the roof from collapsing inward into the passenger compartment. In some vehicles, the windshield can provide up to 50% of the auto’s rollover strength.