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Category Archives: Automotive

Buying Auto Parts Online

Manuals & Auto Repair Information

There are many resources online that may help you install your auto part. Check out 10w40 for manuals and information for many makes and models of vehicles.

Auto Forums

You can find information on your make or model of vehicle as well as ask questions and get answers about repairing and maintaining it. You will also be able to talk with other auto enthusiasts. Some popular auto forums are Automotive Forums, AutoForums, CarForums, Autoforum Universe and the forums at Automotive. You may be able to get advice on where the best place to get parts is for your specific make and model. There are also forums available for specific makers which should also have excellent information on where to get parts.

Books

You can easily order any of the auto repair manuals you need online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. This may be more convenient for people who don’t have a bookstore or auto parts store near them. The most popular and reliable publishers of auto manuals are Chilton’s and Hayne’s. Buying the manual online, you may be able to save money by comparing prices at numerous book sellers, you can use AddAll to do this.

Auctions

Auction are a great place to search for your auto parts and eBay Motors is where you will want to begin your auction search. Currently there are a staggering 546190 listings on eBay Motors under Car & Truck Parts alone. You will want to drill down to the specific category for your desired part, then try to narrow the search under that category.

Avoid Auto Service Scams

Just ask the dealer the question of routine maintenance and what is recommended at each service. If you open your owners manual it will tell you what is recommended for normal driving habits and some may give you recommendations for harch conditions. Regardless of your climate and weather most service advisors will tell you that the area of your country qualifies for harsh and extreme weather – they are trained to do this as it requires more services and makes them more money. Its not whether your car needs it – most people will qualify as normal conditions and require a lot less servicing per the National Highway Traffic Safety Association and AAA. The manufacturer made those owners manuals after millions of dollars were spent on design, research, and testing – I think I would listen to the manual.

On calling several dealers as to recommended mileage intervals between oil changes we got a range of 3,000 – 3,500. It didn’t matter what area of the country we called. The answer was the same. Upon reading the owners manual of several cars it says 4,000 – 5,000 for normal driving habits. We then called asking about the correct mileage to change a timing belt 60,000 to 70,000 was the answer range we got. The owners manuals gave a range of 90,000 -100,000. This is proof positive that profit hungry dealers are pushing up more expensive services, requiring additional and unnecessary services, and basically scamming and ripping off customers. We could not find an honest new car dealer in the bunch, but we did find one service and repair shop that did not require anything over the manufactures

Ford Truck

Automatically Check the Fluids When You fill Up with Gas.

When you stop for a quick fill up, check the fluids. This simple procedure can save you many miles of towing, by giving you a heads up warning of any low fluids, changes in the engine operation, and reminders of vehicle irregularities.

Routinely Check Rubber for Damage.

Hoses, belts, and tires should be viewed weekly for frayed edges, weather checking, and other visible damage. Again, if you’re used to checking them, you’ll recognize an irregularity that may cause a breakdown.

TIP: Maintaining proper inflation in your tires increases gas mileage and decreases irregular wear on tires.

With simple maintenance habits, caring for your vehicle becomes a routine of cutting costs, prevention, and understanding of how your vehicle operates, what you can expect, and how you can improve performance.

For instance: If you are aware that when your oil is a quart low, your mileage drops by two or three miles to the gallon, you can easily increase your mileage by keeping the oil levels up.

Air Flange Tool

This is designed to use the compressed air supply in your workshop to deliver a compressive force to a piece of metal in order to fasten it into place without the need for welding. By using the air flange tool you crimp one piece of metal onto another, and thanks to the enormous force that the tool can deliver, it creates a very tight fit that will last.

An all-new panel will not suffer from any of the defects that you may get in one that has been beaten back into the correct shape, and will also sit better on the car than a wholly replaced door. If the panel is cut properly to shape in advance, then actually using the air flange tool can be a great deal quicker than actually hanging a door on the car and installing all the electrics.

Of course, there are many other uses for one than reattaching panels, and the tool can be used to punch neat and clean holes in sheet metal for bolting into place, or for allowing wiring looms to pass easily into the correct place. The breadth of different jobs that you can use the air flange tool for will soon become apparent as it finds its way into your hand whenever you need a reliable tool.

There are a number of different ones on the market, and all of them are compatible with the standard compressed air supply that you find in most modern workshops, meaning that it can be integrated seamlessly into your current work shop environment, and be used immediately.

Prices for an air flange tool start from under $65 for the pistol grip style Astro Pneumatic AST600PT model, which is a robust and reliable tool that is flexible enough to carry out most day to day jobs. While it will not handle the heaviest duty sheet metal, it, forms a smooth crimped edge that is set up ready for welding. Thanks to its relatively light weight at just two and a quarter pounds, you will be able to use if over extended periods of time without having to worry about getting tired.

Of course, by investing a little more in your tool, you can get something a little more powerful like the Mountain MTN 7378, which retails at less than $90 at Red Hill Supply. This tool can handle punching holes through metal up to 5/16″ thick, and will crimp metal up to 5/32″ inch, making it ideal for body work jobs.

At the top end of the market, there are a number of specialist tools that use this technique to reliably and quickly re-skin doors. By spending around $280 on an Astro Pneumatic ASTDS1000 Pneumatic Door Skinner, you can complete the task of adding a new skin to a door to a factory standard very quickly.

Repairing Car Heater

When it comes to car heater and radiator problems, the most common one is low engine coolant level. You should always check it before you go on a long journey. Also, if you’ve got an older car you could have faulty engine thermostat and that should be changed at car repair shop.

When you enter the car you should check the temperature gauge and make sure it’s in the normal range. You could also check the temperature yourself by using a metal case thermometer placed into the filler of the radiator when the engine is cold.

If temperature and fluid level are good and you still have heater problems then it might come from poor circulation through the heater core. Test that by keeping your engine running at good temperature and try to feel the heater hoses. Both hoses should have the same temperature. If their temperature is different you should try flushing them or replacing them.

When you’re working around the car heater always use caution because it could be very hot and never try to work at it while the engine is hot. You should also use some gloves to protect your hands from being burned.

Hydrogen Car Conversion

You won’t actually be storing any hydrogen in your vehicle anywhere, which is a good thing. Hydrogen is very explosive and dangerous. Instead you will be creating hydrogen on demand by creating a simple conversion system that anyone can do in under a couple of hours. A skilled mechanic can do it easily in under an hour.

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!!

Windshield Wiper

Wiping the edge of the blade with soft cloth is also helpful in case the blades are dirty. The other option is to replace the wiper blades that are a complete assembly consisting of metal frame and refills. Although this is slightly expensive, it can be done quickly and increases the windshield wipers’ efficiency and stops damage to the wiper. The windshield washer fluid reservoir has to be inspected and refilled when it is low. Windshield washer fluid is easily available in automotive parts stores.

In case the wipers move slowly or stop moving in extreme cold, the wiper motor must be checked. Removing the motor and adding grease and a drop or two of oil lubricates the motor and allows it to function at a normal speed.

The windshield wiper arm is the mechanical component that connects the windshield wiper blades to the windshield wiper motor that provides the movement. Without the windshield wiper arm, the entire windshield wiper system is of no use. In case the windshield wiper arm gets damaged, the only option is to replace the arm of the wiper with a new one. In case the wipers are frozen and stuck to the windshield or packed with snow, it’s important to free them before trying to use them. The windshield wiper system should be serviced periodically to ensure uninterrupted functioning.

Repair Made Simple

How does one go about headlight repair for their car? First off and the easiest of the repairs is to restore cloudy headlights. 90% of cars have some degree of cloudiness and damage to the lenses which will diminish light output. This can easily be fixed with a headlight repair kit. The headlight repair kit has been proven so effective that it is backed by numerous government agencies and it even earned a federal patent. It is a very economical alternative to replacing the headlights which can cost as much as $300 each. “Clean the headlights or have them professionally restored and repaired (our department uses headlight repair on all our police cruisers and department vehicles. Dirty headlights will decrease visibility by as much as 90%,” New York Police Traffic Division’s Traffic Safety Team. Headlight repair works to restore your cloudy headlights to new again and will increase your safety at the same time.

A second important item is to have your headlights properly aimed. Headlights that are improperly aimed can throw off depth perception, make it harder to see, and increase night time glare. Glare from oncoming cars is also a big factor in night time crashes. Even if your lenses are only slightly off the mark it can still greatly reduce your ability to see and greatly increase night time glare. A quick inspection can reveal whether your lenses are correctly aimed or not. For a small fee they can quickly calibrate and correct your lenses. Proper aiming and calibration of your headlights is an essential part of headlight repair.

Brighter bulbs should be made standard on all cars and an essential part of headlight repair. After removing the cloudiness and correctly aiming your lenses, you should look into some of the brighter replacement bulbs that have greater illumination fields and have higher light output. With recent advances, xeon bulbs and similar are not very expensive and can greatly increase your field of vision and your safety at night. They normally start at around $5-$10 a piece and will increase your light brightness by as much as 35% or more. Brighter bulbs add a nice finishing touch to a proper headlight repair. It not only looks better but will be that much safer.

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.