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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Info of Vehicle Preventive Maintenance

1. Lets begin with an oil change. Have the engine oil changed every 3000 miles, or every 3 months, whichever comes first. During the oil change, have all fluids checked and replenished if needed, the air filter checked to see if it needs replacement, as well as tires, suspension, brakes, belts, hoses, exhaust, wiper blades, battery, and lights.

2. Take the vehicle for a tune-up every 6000 miles, or every 6 months, whichever comes first. At this point they will change the spark plugs, spark plug cables, cap and rotor, engine oil, transmission oil, radiator cap and fluid, fuel filter, and they will do a full check like in step one.

3. The timing belt should be changed every 90,000 miles. Along with the timing belt, the water pump and all attaching belts and hoses should be changed.

4. Finally, you should also maintain the body and finish in good condition by avoiding dents and washing regularly. Interior maintenance is just as important. This will help in maintaining higher resale or trade-in value.

Must know 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.

Nitrogen Inflation

Nitrogen inflation allows the tyres to lose air at a slower rate. This is possible because the molecules are smaller than regular oxygen which means it’s harder for the gasses to escape smaller gaps in the tyres.

One of the advantages of replacing regular compressed air, which is concentrated oxygen, with concentrated nitrogen is that it won’t cause resistance allowing you to use less fuel overall. This is beneficial since the fuel economy is at its worse and the less fuel we use on a daily basis the better it will be on our pockets.

Nitrogen doesn’t change temperature much when the car is in motion. High temperatures can damage the tread of the tyres plus it can cause wear and damage. The quality of the tyre endures also because the pressure within it doesn’t drop rapidly causing wear on the edges of the tyre.

With this relatively new inflation technique, the tyre and the tread have better grip. The improved grip comes from the strong resistance to pressure leaving the extruding parts to remain “popped out”. The weight of the car plus the motion when driving applies high force on the tyre which leads to deflation.

Nitrogen Inflation is perfect for all weather conditions because of its ability to retain tyre pressure in any temperature. Nitrogen also has less humidity and is less prone to create water inside the tyre. Water and moisture inside the rubber could cause terrible rotting leaving you with a destroyed element that will need to be replaced. Because nitrogen has less moisture in its composition, it is lighter than normal air.

Many racers would choose to have their tyres filled with nitrogen gas because of how light and efficient it will make the racing process. There will be less friction on the track and less wear on unnecessary parts of the rubber.

When choosing different accessories and installations for your car, it is wise to consider those items that will lead you to spend less money in the long run. This means that you need to find parts and components that will allow the car to use less fuel. Nitrogen tyre inflation is a very good option when it comes to being economical as not only is it lighter in weight and light on fuel but it also helps the environment and causes less gas to escape the car.

Giant Cars Lifted

While working under a raised car make sure that,

  • You know where the controls are located and know the controls properly. Untrained persons can be dangerous in times of emergency. Such persons aggravate the situations instead of bringing it under control.
  • Make sure that unauthorized persons and customers are not allowed in the area.
  • The feeder that feeds electrical power to the hydraulic pump should be in off position and the switch locked to prevent the power being fed to hydraulic pump.
  • If it is possible lock the lift in that position with mechanical lock.

Some dos with Hydraulic Car Lifts

1. Ensure that the lift does not go beyond the maximum position where it might be unsafe for the lift and mechanic.

2. Ensure that lifts are used only for jobs for which it was made. Using it for any other work can be deadly.

3. See that the controls get the manufacturer’s checks regularly. Get these checks done by the manufacturer or a mechanic trained at manufacturer’s training institute.

4. Get the hydraulic lifts checked regularly and check for leakages from the seals or hydraulic hoses. If you detect any leakage any time, keep clear of the raised lift. Bring it down as early as possible consistent with other condition. Attend to the lift and test the system and then only use the lift once again.

5. Keep a watch on hydraulic pressure when lifting the load. If you notice that the pressure is higher than the normal, do not use the lift till it is certified safe by the maintenance personnel.

6. Check the fluid level regularly and top up with recommended oils.

7. Remove any dirt around pistons and cylinders.

8. Check the structure of the platform and see if any defects are noticed during inspection

9. See that the weight being lifted is within the capacity of lift.

10. The dimensions of car being lifted do not go beyond the frame of lift structure.

And Now Some Don’ts with Hydraulic Car Lifts

1. Do not use the lift that works with jerks (No not the one working below it)

2. Do not use the lift that settles down slowly when you settle down to work

3. Do not use a lift that blows oil through the air breather

4. Do not use the lift that has damaged platform