If you happen to see a gasoline fuel tank truck filling at the gas station, find the next gas station near by. Why? Because as the station being filled, the new gasoline being pumped to the underground tanks can create a turbulence that can stir up the sediments in the tank. If you fill your gas when there is sediment in it, it can clog your fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance.
If you want to minimize your repair and maintenance cost of your car, you should be car considerate. After your break-in period, driving with care can reward your car with longer intervals without excessive maintenance and repair. Here are some car driving care tips for you.
- Do not rev your engine at start-up. This can adds wear to your engine, especially during the cold weather.
- Do not let your engine idle during warm up in the driveway or in your garage. I have seen many people do that when warming up their engine. This is not a correct way to warm up your engine. The engine doesn't operate at its peak temperature, resulting in incomplete fuel combustion, soot deposits on cylinder walls, oil contamination, and ultimately damaged components.
- You should accelerate slowly when you begin to drive to warm up your engine for the first ten minutes. The first ten to fifteen minutes is when the most wear to the engine and drive train occurs. So do not accelerate hard during your first ten minutes.
- You can put less stress on your transmission and engine by shifting your gear to neutral at the stop light. Otherwise, your engine and transmission are still working when it's stopped.
- Avoid or limit accelerate hard or drive at high speed when it's very hot or very cold outside. This can result more maintenance and repair to your car.
- Avoid holding your steering wheel to an extreme right or left position for more than a few seconds as this can damage your power-steering pump.
- Avoid and limit quick turns, starts, stops, potholes. This can extend the life of your tires.
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Did you just buy a dream car of yours? You might have heard from your dealer that you need to properly break-in your car in order to make it last as long as possible for the best condition, but very few people know how to properly break-in the car. Here are some general tips to remember when you just bought your new car during the break-in period.
- Keep your car speed under 60 mph or to the speed recommended by your car's manufacturer for the first 1000 miles.
- If you operate a manual shift car, try to keep your engine below 3000 to 4000 rpm recommended by your car's manufacturer.
- Always lightly accelerate your car.
- Do not let your new car to idle for a long time if you want to have longer life of your car. If you let your new car to idle too long, the oil pressure generated may not be sending oil to every part of your engine.
- Do not overload your drive train during your break-in period, such as towing trailders or loading piles of heavy stuffs onto the car.
This is a type of fluid that's rarely touched by others. However, Differential Fluid is as important as other fluid that runs for your car such as engine and transmission fluid.
So What's a differential and why do I need it? Basically it allows your car wheels to spin at different speed as your go around the corner. If your car has a differential installed, the inside wheel will spin slower than the outside wheel during cornering. The gears inside your differential help your engine to distribute the energy to the axles and then to your wheels. This is why it's called differential. Just like the engine oil, your differential oil must also be changed regularly but not as often as the engine oil.
There are some consideration before you change your differential fluid. Differential fluid comes with different weight, or viscosity, and GL rating. Before you purchase your differential fluid, you would need to find out the weight and GL rating for proper lubrication to your differential gears. Check your local auto store or your service manual for the correct specified differential fluid. Once you have bought the correct fluid, then changing the differential fluid is very similar to changing your engine oil.
See the video below for better instruction:
How to Drain Differential Oil for Rear Axle
What Type of Differential Fluid to Use
Factory Service Manuals can be purchased in either in a book form or on a CD. The book form is generally the most widely spread, and it is very self explanatory; it comes with table of contents and index. The table of content then breaks down into sections such as Engine, Brakes, Suspension, Body, Wiring, Chassis, Interior, Front Axle, Rear Axle, Exhaust and Emission system, electrical components, and etc. Then each section is broken down into components.
Manuals on CD is a newer form, and it may not be available for your car. They are often in a PDF file format, so you would need an Adobe Reader to read it. Adobe Reader is free and you can get it from Adobe's website. It comes with everything that a book format has. The CD also often comes with this amazing feature that each referenced sentence or section is linked, and you can just simply click on the link, and then you will be to that page. Another words if you are reading on how to change your brake rotors, before you change your brake rotors, you have to uninstall your brake pads. An Uninstalling Brake Pads section will be linked in the Brake Rotors section, and you can just click on the link, and you will be in the Brake Pads section without flipping or finding pages like in the book form. This linked feature is also available for your Index section as well.
So which type of service manual form should you purchase? Well, if you don't like storing a thick book in your garage or bookshelf, or afraid the book might get wore down or tear pages, you could probably consider purchasing the service manual in a CD form, especially with the linked feature. If you don't like reading your manual on a computer, you can also just print the sections or pages you want from your computer. If you end up printing all the pages from your computer, you might as well just buy the factory service manual in a book form to save you money on the ink and paper because there are simply just too many pages.
A Factory Service Manual or FSM is a service auto repair manual that is published by your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). The word "Factory” basically means the unit where automobile parts or devices are manufactured and supplied as the product by the branded company or manufacturer. In this type of manuals, they address the exact procedures and ways on how to repair, troubleshoot, diagnose, and maintain your vehicle and parts.
FSMs are mostly more informative and endorse better quality in terms of presentation. Since the source of the service manual contents come from your car's manufacturer, you can often trust and rely more on information they provide in the manual. It is always better to go for the specific repair manual for your car if you have the budget; otherwise there are also Aftermarket Service Manuals available in the market for lower price, such as Haines, Clinton, and etc.
Factory Manuals can also be purchased in two forms: Book and CD. For more information on this, you can read the Difference between Factory Service Manual Book vs CD here.
Economist and analysts had predicted the gas price will be rising back again. Are you still driving a gas eater car or truck? Do you think you can keep affording your gas money when the gas price is doubled or even tripled the value? Currently, hybrid cars or are being widely developed for all car brands, but they are always more expensive than a non-hybrid car, and smaller engine displacement cars are not that powerful for your driving needs. Is there really no other way to save gas for bigger cars?
Now you don't have to worry about the higher price tag hybrid car or small engine car, thanks to Gas4Free. Gas4Free was founded by Vic Lawson, a Scientist, Researcher, and water-fuel consultant. He had spent numerous of dollars on wasted materials and to prove that a water powered car is possible, and finally Gas4Free has developed and has tremendous of success. Gas4Free has been tested on thousands of cars to make sure it is safe.
How does Gas4Free work? Basically it is a simple device, and you can use the electricity from your batter to separate water (H20) into a gas known as HHO. HHO is two parts Hydrogen and 1 part Oxygen. HHO is a supercharged gas that burns effectively and produces significant energy, greatly improving your fuel economy. Incredibly, the waste product is water!
Here are some advantages by using the Gas4Free system:
- Double or triple your mileage per gallon depends on your vehicle type. Pickup/SUV's have been known to increase mileage as much as 200% running on Gas4Free system.
- Save $100 or more per month depends how much you drive for a month.
- Lower emissions that is more environmental friendly.
- Enhance performance because your engine runs a lot cleaner.
- Quieter engine and it cleans your carbon build up inside the engine.