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Written By: Guest Author on January 7, 2013 No Comment

The only part of your car that actually touches the road are your tires. These small rubber circles have more importance than any other part of your car, not just for the reason that without them you wouldn't be able to go anywhere, but they could also mean the difference between a wreck or safe drive. Thousands of dollars are put on the line, so having tires that you can trust is vital! Let's learn how to tell if you need to replace your tires.

The Tread Of Your Tires

This is the part of your tires that is what you are going to put most of your attention on. The tread of your tires is the groove pattern that you will see along the outside of your tires, and this is used to help your car grip the road. For example, on a extremely rainy day there may be many puddles along the road, and your tread will help prevent you from hydroplaning should you drive through one of them. Without your tread, you would go sliding and possibly would wreck.
How are you able to tell if you need new tread on your tires? There is a simple test that you can do with only a penny. Take a penny and put it in the thickest part of the tread with Lincoln's face facing you, upside down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the tires need to be replaced as soon as possible. Even if Lincoln's hair is visible than you need to replace them. If you can't see his hair, then you can wait awhile before placing them.

How Long Has It Been?

Even if your tread isn't too low and still looks good, that doesn't mean that you don't need to get new tires. In order to prevent your tires from popping, which can occur after a tire has undergone too much wear, you need to replace them after a certain amount of time. It is typical to replace your tires at least once every six years, or sooner if possible. If you live in an area that has a lot of irregular temperature, you may want to consider replacing them every three years. Temperature changes cause a lot of stress on your tires, which will wear them down even faster. This is why it is often a good idea to keep your car parked in a garage.

Kornel K. enjopys writing and blogging about various topics.  Click on Tires Lancaster Pa for more useful information.

Written By: Vito Sanchez on January 3, 2013 No Comment

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Car tinting is extremely popular among those who seek to enhance the look of their vehicle or would like to enjoy a certain level of privacy. Federal regulations state that no tinting shall be allowed on the front windshield of a car and that light shining through the tinted part of the window shall not be less than seventy percent of its original strength. While many state laws vary on the degree of tint allowed on motor vehicles, the federal standards are the most stringent.

If not done properly, window tinting can have a damaging affect on your car's windows. Following some simple steps will help save time and avoid some of the major mistakes involved with window tinting.

What You Need

Before beginning the tinting process make sure that you have the following items close by: Single-edged razor, cloth, knife, sponge, window cleaning solution and squeegee. Make sure you read the instructions that came with the tinting material prior to starting the process and check your state's local laws regarding window tinting.

Clean Your Windows

The first step is to clean your vehicle's windows inside and out. If necessary, use the razor blade to remove any small amounts of material that a normal wash will not take care of. Use the squeegee and window cleaning solution to achieve the best results.

Inspect The Film

Unroll the film and inspect both sides. When applying the film to your windows you need to make sure that the "sticky" side of the film is facing in towards the window and that the "silk" side is facing outwards.

Measure The Window

Measure the window before applying the film to the vehicle. You need to make sure that you have enough film to do the job. The tint should measure to fit one-fourth of an inch above the top of the window.

Apply The Film to the Window

Next, carefully apply the film to the window with the sticky part facing down. Make sure the film covers the entire window. Slowly move your hands across the window to ensure that no bubbles form under the film.

Cut The Film

With your knife, slowly cut the excess film from the window. Roll your window up and down slowly to cut both the top and bottom portions of the film correctly. Then, peel off the film liner from the window slowly, ensuring that none of the film comes off with it.

Spray With Solution

Spray the outside of the film with the solution that came from the manufacturer. Make sure that the solution does not drip onto any part of the car.

After you have covered the film with the application solution, use a squeegee to remove the excess moisture from the window. Roll the window up and down to apply the solution to the entire window.

Once you completely covered the film with solution, wrap the last parts of the film around the top and bottom portions of the window to complete the installation process.

Repeat this process for your other windows. Remember that you will need to allow ten days for the film to completely cure before you can drive your car.

 

This article was written by Vito Sanchez on behalf of Shades Shutters Blinds, a supplier of high quality roller shades for your home. Since you're taking care of your car's windows, you should do the same for your home windows!

Written By: admin on January 3, 2013 No Comment

Thanks to advances in anti-theft technology, car theft's a tougher racket for most. Unfortunately, that hasn't deterred many from trying. These days, thieves are coming up with newer and scarier ways of stealing vehicles, from stealing components to cloning VIN numbers and even stealing cars at gunpoint. The following info should be of big help when it comes to sifting through insurance coverage options on websites.

Car Cloning

Car cloning is what happens when one or more vehicles are stolen and registered with a VIN number from a perfectly legal vehicle. This tactic is designed to keep car thieves one step ahead of the authorities - at least until legitimate car owners or the authorities themselves discover what's going on. According to the FBI, car cloning makes up a significant percentage of vehicle thefts, although the agency is unable to calculate car clonings true economic damage.

There are plenty of ways to tell if the vehicle you're planning to buy or if the one you already own is a victim of car cloning. For starters, you may want to contact the proper authorities if you start receiving unpaid traffic tickets you haven't gotten. For car buyers, scratches and other evidence of tampering near areas where the VIN number is usually found is a sign of theft and car cloning.

Component Theft

Automotive components such as airbags, car stereos and catalytic converters are juicy targets for thieves in search for a quick buck. Component theft is a serious problem that continues to grow due to strong demand for replacement parts. For instance, the FBI recently reported that over 75,000 airbags are stolen each year. And it's not just the usual components such as car stereos and airbags that are being stolen. Xenon headlights have also become an appealing target for thieves, along with easily removable components like GPS units and wheels.

Keeping easily portable yet valuable components such as GPS units out of plain view can help reduce the possibility of component theft. Keeping your vehicle in a secure, well-lit area with plenty of traffic can also help prevent thefts. Meanwhile, automobile manufacturers are coming up with stronger electronic security measures that provide a strong disincentive for theft and resale. Small measures such as VIN etching have made easy fences that much harder to pull off.

Carjacking

Carjacking is the most dangerous of the three theft trends, especially since it involves thieves coming into direct contact with their victims. According to the Insurance Information Institute, carjackings constitute approximately three percent of all theft, but carjackings are still common in many urban areas of the United States.

Keeping your doors locked and yourself away from areas known for carjacking and other serious crime are two ways of staying safe. However, there's not much you can do when you find yourself in the middle of a carjacking. Since most carjackers are armed with guns, knives and other weapons, it's best to simply surrender your keys rather than risk getting hurt or worse.

Prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure when it comes to avoiding the three C's of car theft. However, if you end up the victim of theft, you'll want to make sure that the insurance company you chose through a website like http://www.autoinsurance.us/ is capable of processing your claims with ease and understanding.

Richard Ackerman has worked in the auto insurance industry for many years. He likes to share his expertise on the subject by writing for auto blogs.

Written By: Vito Sanchez on November 23, 2012 No Comment

With the extreme weather that is seen various parts of the country, it is important for car owners to understand how to properly care for the heating and air conditioning units of their vehicle. Preventative maintenance is one simple way to extend your car's climate-control system's lifespan, and ensure that you don't end up with any unexpected problems.

A Little Patience Goes a Long Way

Between breakfast and getting kids to school, all while trying to mentally prepare ourselves for the day that lies ahead, it is easy to simply blow off warming up the car in the morning. However, failure to do so can be hard on the engine. After all, a car that sits outside all night in freezing temperatures needs a chance to warm up the working parts for optimal performance. Furthermore, you will be more comfortable as you enter a warm car to begin your commute.

Although not as large of an issue, the car should be allowed to idle for at least a minute in the summer as well. Just as it does in the winter, this allows the car to prepare for the journey that lies ahead. Those who feel they will struggle employing this method of heater and air conditioner care can consider installing a remote start system in their vehicle. This allows the owner to start their car using a small remote on their key chain. This locks the car doors automatically and warms up the car until the driver is ready.

Ensure Proper Fluid Levels

Just like living creatures, vehicles require certain fluids in order to function. While most car owners understand that maintaining their oil and antifreeze levels is important to ensure the engine does not fail, many fail to realize that insufficient levels of antifreeze can cause the heater or air conditioner to blow out air the temperature of the outdoors. The first thing that should be checked when a heater or air conditioner is not working properly should be coolant levels.

Use the Air Conditioner in the Winter

Although it may sound crazy, it is important for car owners to utilize their air conditioner year-round, as it prevents fungal and bacterial build-up in the pipes and vents. This can cause sore throats, headaches and an unpleasant overall odor in their vehicle. During the winter, drivers should use the air conditioner to defrost the windows. While the air may be cold, it is still at an appropriate temperature to cause ice and snow to melt away.

When Problems Arise

Despite regular implementation of proper care for a car heaters or air conditioners, problems will still arise. When a unit malfunctions, it is important to understand exactly what is wrong before attempting to fix the problem. While do-it-yourself projects can sometimes save money, it can just as easily cost more than having it looked at by a professional, if the initial problem is not resolved. Often, the best idea is to employ the services of a trusted professional mechanic. They can fix the problem right the first time and provide personalized tips to help the consumer extend the life of their heater and air conditioner.

If you care for your car's AC, you should care about you home's as well! Check out First Class Heat and Air, a Dallas air conditioning repair service dedicated to increasing the lifetime of your AC.

Written By: Vito Sanchez on November 14, 2012 No Comment

The transmission is a vital part of your car that allows the engine, with a very narrow range of speeds it can operate in, to control your car, which might need to move at anywhere from one to one hundred miles per hour. It can also be an expensive and troublesome part of your car to repair if something goes wrong. Educating yourself on proper transmission maintenance and care can save a huge headache, and a huge bill, down the road.

As with many aspects of car upkeep, checking your transmission fluid and tending to it regularly is probably the simplest task with the most reward you can perform. The transmission fluid in an automatic transmission is vital for cooling, lubrication, and power conveyance. Usually there will be a dipstick for easy checking of your fluid level. You can also consider adding a friction modifier to your transmission fluid. They can be difficult to locate in your local parts store, as it is often considered a specialty product and thus available predominantly at professional transmission centers, but additives have been shown to add life and reliability to a transmission.

 

The greatest enemy of a transmission is heat, understandable when temperatures can exceed 300 degrees Fahrenheit: seals can harden, fluid breaks down, and clutches burn. An auxiliary cooler can help alleviate some of these heat issues, especially on vehicles that regularly carry heavy loads or tow. In the same vein, installing an in-line filter in transmission cooler lines can significantly reduce particles that find their way into the transmission fluid. Your transmission fluid is also cooled by your car’s overall cooling system via a heat exchanger in the radiator tank. Ensure your cooling system is working properly to avoid problems that may extend to the transmission (and guard against engine problems as well).

 

Transmission problems, like so many others, start small but grow significantly worse the longer you avoid addressing them. Pay attention to indicators such as a check engine light on the dashboard or a few drops of fluid you notice on your driveway as you pull out. If you notice any unusual noises or bumps during gear shifts, take your vehicle to a repair center for a diagnosis so you can pay for a minor repair instead of a major one. An annual service of your transmission has a similar preventative effect, including a complete transmission fluid and filter change.

 

The relationship between the engine and the transmission means that care of your engine extends to care of your transmission. Any problems with engine performance can put unnecessary strain on the transmission. Keeping your engine properly tuned means less stress on the transmission and better performance overall.

 

You can also actively try and help the transmission during shifts: pay close attention to what speed your gears shift at in your vehicle, and just before they do, back up off the accelerator. This forces the shift and reduces the load on the clutches, improving your transmission life in a satisfyingly active way. Always be sure to come to a complete stop before putting your car in reverse (or switching back to drive), as changing while your car is in motion can cause significant harm. Engage the brake pedal and the parking brake before putting your car in park, and only change from park to drive when the engine is totally idle.

 

Always remember that transmission care depends heavily on what you do with your car. If you regularly carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or other vehicle, or are constantly crossing uneven terrain, consider taking extra preventative steps and making more frequent checkups.

 

This article was written on behalf of Mr Clutch, Northwest Washington's leading clutch repair and transmission specialists.

Written By: admin on November 6, 2012 No Comment

Car care accessories are essential to keeping your car looking good. Unfortunately they can so expensive that you may think that you can't afford them. The good news is that you can save money on essential car care accessories by utilizing the following tips.

Shop Around

Shopping around is a great way to save money on essential car care accessories. Many times stores will have drastically different prices. Because of this, it is a good idea to not buy the accessory you are looking for at the first store you find it at. To make comparing prices easier, consider using the internet to do your research. By doing so you will be able to find the price of the product you are looking for at both online retailers and many local stores in Australia. If a store doesn't have its price online, you can usually call them and they will give you the price over the phone. Some stores may even give you a better deal if you tell them that a competitor is selling the product for a lower price than they are.

Use Coupons

Coupons can save a lot of money on those car care accessories that are essential. It is a lot easier to find coupons than you may think. All you have to do is a simple internet search using the words "coupon" and the name of the accessory you need or the store that you plan to buy it at. These coupons can range from a certain percentage off to free shipping on the accessory. The money that you save using coupons can be used towards other accessories or saved for future purchases for your car.

Buy Used

Not all essential car care accessories need to be bought new. Used car care accessories are a great choice for those who do not plan on keeping their car long or for those that do not plan on using that accessory very much. Often times, with a little bit of looking, you can find barely used car care accessories at a fraction of the cost if they were new. You may even be able to find accessories that someone bought but never used and are just trying to sell to recoup some of the money spent. The key to making sure that you get a quality accessory is to thoroughly inspect it before purchasing it to make sure that it has a lot of life left. Before you purchase a used accessory remember to check to make sure that it hasn't been recalled. This will keep you from wasting your money on something that isn't of the quality that you need.

Owning a car can be expensive and you need to save money anywhere you can without sacrificing essential car care accessories. By utilizing the above tips, you can save money but still get the product that you need. It might take a little bit of time, but in the end the saved money will be worth it.

Guest post contributed by Taylor Ritchie for MyNRMA. They provide car accessories for sale on their website. Taylor is a freelance writer with a penchant for cars.

Written By: admin on October 16, 2012 No Comment

If a new car buyer comes to know that she or he too needs auto repair to some extent, the chances are very high that the buyer will not agree to it. This is because such buyers feel that repair has nothing to do with new vehicles. They are of the opinion that repair is needed only by old or damaged vehicles. Although they are not wrong in what they believe, they are actually not aware of the complete truth. The truth is that auto repair is required even by the new vehicles.

Why Repair Care for New Vehicles

Whether it is a new car, truck, or a jeep; regular auto repair is indispensable so that you can retain the efficiency, value, and luster of the new vehicle. It is vital for the new vehicle owners to take various precautionary steps to ensure that the vehicle continues to function well, retains its value as much as possible, and maintains the overall reliability. Some kind of proactive planning as well as its implementation is required so that your big investment in a new asset do not demand more money in near future in terms of more frequent and higher repair and maintenance costs.

What Kinds of Repair May Be Essential

A new car or truck buyer will need to keep an eye on the oil levels after every drive or after every month depending upon the frequency of usage. Similarly, she or he also needs to go for regular oil changes, emission tests, and diagnostic tests for keeping the automobile in a great form and health. It is just like taking a new baby to doctor for frequent health check-ups so that an unhealthy event does not hit the happy moving life later.

Getting the vehicle tested by a licensed and reliable mechanic is essential in case the new car does not have those built-in diagnostic tools that tend to notify about any problem just occurred in the vehicle. It is much recommended to invest in such a vehicle as owning or renting such an automobile becomes much easier and affordable, as both time and money are saved by avoiding a visit to a repair shop or by facing a sudden roadside assistance. But in case your vehicle does not have these diagnostic incentives, a diagnostics test by a mechanic becomes indispensable.

Taking an overall care of your new automobile also means to maintain the integrity of its body as well as of its parts. With more and more eco-friendly vehicles dominating the market, it becomes vital to ensure that the engines and catalytic converters comply with the environmental standards. Whether it is a car or SUV; general maintenance is essential for their long-lasting satisfactory performance. Although two-wheeler, three-wheeler, and four-wheeler automobiles demand different care strategies, some general auto care tips are applicable to all kinds of vehicles in order to maintain a well functioning coupe.

So, by taking care of your new asset just like a new baby, you tend to save not only high maintenance cost and sudden mishap cost but also tend to save your health from the stress being faced due to such incidences.

Bio: Patricia Peterson is a German car driver and loves to write on auto repair and various types of automobiles. For those who are looking for a reliable auto repair technician in the Bellevue area of Washington DC, he recommends A&M Auto Bellevue.

Written By: admin on September 24, 2012 No Comment


Cars are no doubt one of the main expenses when it comes to the majority of households. With the economic recession biting hard, the majority of consumers are looking more in detail at their daily outgoings, but also their monthly outgoings as well. So if they are looking to purchase a new or used car, it is likely that they will want one that is not only cheap to buy originally, but also cheap to repair. The top 10 most expensive cars to fix are still vehicles that are highly popular, but in hard economic times are certainly the ones to avoid.

Vincentric is a company that basically analyses data within the automotive industry. Their statistics show which cars are the most expensive initially, but also which cars in the long term are going to cost the most in the long term. Obviously these figures are averages, but it does give a rough idea as to which of the vehicles are going to cost the most. The following vehicles have an average 5 year repair cost of $1,867, making them the most expensive cars to repair:

  1. 2011 Porsche Panamera,
  2. 2011 Porsche 911,
  3. 2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class,
  4. 2011 Audi S4,
  5. 2011 Audi S5,
  6. 2011 BMW X6,
  7. 2011 BMW X5,
  8. 2011 BMW 7-Series,
  9. 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class,
  10. 2011 Porsche Cayenne.

Being classified as such – it is relatively cheap to buy any of these vehicles, especially if you use car finance to facilitate your purchase. Cars that are notorious of being money pits – are losing value quicker than the more economical options.
It goes without saying that expensive vehicles that have expensive parts and technologically advanced features incorporated into them are going to be the ones that end up being the most to fix. This is why the top 10 lists consists of the premium brands such as the Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and of course, BMW. The lower quality cars may not be as reliable, but the fact of the matter is, the parts are cheap to buy and they tend to be a lot easier to fix if something does actually go long. Labor costs on vehicles that are complicated (and may require a specialist rather than a normal mechanic) also tend to be a lot higher, which helps to further increase the overall cost of the repair bill.

Here is the thing; the average car nowadays will have computer systems, anything up to 20 in total. The older vehicles simply do not incorporate this technology. Whilst they might be nicer to drive, the fact is they complicated to fix. For instance, a BMW with lots of technology might cost $300 to fix, where as a much more simpler engine such as the Vauxhall Corsa might be in the region of $150, which obviously represents a huge amount of cash. This is because a specialist may need special tooling and training to do the simplest task on a BMW, where as most qualified mechanics would have no problem fixing a Vauxhall.

When purchasing a new car, regardless of whether it is new or used it is important to consider a few different things. First of all consider whether or not the car is actually a reliable model and in good condition. Then consider the costs to fix the vehicle if anything does go wrong.

Written By: admin on September 19, 2012 No Comment

If there’s one thing that annoys any new car owner, it’s the moment you first spot a scratch or a chip in the paintwork. How long did you spend picking out just that shade of pepper red? It niggles because, although you know you can pay someone to touch it up, it’s going to cost. There’s no guarantee you won’t have to fork out on similar expense when you get another scratch in a couple of months.

There’s no practical way to avoid the sorts of situations which can lead to your car getting scratched. Sure, you can be a careful and considerate driver - avoid reversing into hedges or trying to squeeze into parking spaces which really are too small – but unless you’re going to take route planning to a whole new level, you can’t avoid newly laid roads or following a gritting lorry at some point.

What you can do is lay down protection beforehand to stop all those little chippings tearing your paintwork to pieces. There are various car paint protection products available. Each has its own benefits and work in subtly different manners, but the underlying principle is the same; creating a barrier between your car’s paintwork and the environment.

Once applied, the protection agent forms a permanent barrier. This not only keeps stones, chippings and branches away from the paintwork; it also offers an effective barrier against the sun’s UV rays, which are the primary cause of paint fading. For environmental reasons, oil-based paints are no longer used in car production. Whilst the water-based paints with which they have been replaced are undoubtedly kinder to the planet, they are prone to fading – a source of annoyance to many car owners.

Car paint protection treatments offer a defense against other sources of damage to your car, including oxidisation (i.e. rust), acid rain and road salt. Common or garden dirt can also damage your car’s paint job if your car is left unprotected. If not washed off, it will eat into the paint.

In fact, protection of this sort doesn’t just keep your car safer from dirt – it also makes it easier to clean. Because the dirt is sat on the smooth gloss finish, rather than embedded in the paint, it can be easily wiped off. Just like putting plastic sheeting over your furniture.

Many drivers rely on a wax and polish to keep their cars shiny and bright. Whilst this is certainly better than nothing, such applicants can wear off in as little as two weeks. And then you’re back to square one. Proper car paint protection, on the other hand, can last up to three years.

In order to achieve the maximum length of protection, certain treatments may require some aftercare. In return for a regular polish with the recommended products, you will receive a guarantee which could see your car paint protection treatment covered for a number of years.

Jeff works with Ultimate Car Paint Protection, independent specialists in car paint protection. Unlike most dealership, Ultimate Car Paint Protection offer a cost effective service, carried out at a time and place convenient for you, by trained technicians.

Written By: admin on September 18, 2012 No Comment

Even the highest quality tires can become flat and damaged, but if well looked after, your vehicle’s tires can last for much longer.
Tire failure is a frustrating experience which no driver wants to go through. Besides the inconvenience of not being able to get to where you want to go, there is the added stress of having to fork out hundreds of dollars on breakdown services and mechanic bills. By following these simple techniques you can avoid breakdown risks and ensure your tires last longer.

Check Your Tire Pressures

Regularly checking your tire pressures with the help of a handy tire pressure monitoring sensor will keep your tires in good shape. Under-inflated tires can cause nasty accidents, increase your gas consumption and damage the overall structure of the tire. Over-inflated tires can be equally as harmful, causing uneven wear and reducing grip.
With a tire pressure sensor you can easily monitor the air pressure from the convenience of your driveway. Tire air pressure can significantly affect vehicle safety and efficiency, and with these easy to use diagnostic tools, you can ensure you’re driving with the correct air pressure, day after day.
With the appropriate tire air pressure, your ride will have shorter braking distances and optimum handling characteristics.

Replace Your Valves

Tires which regularly become flat often have a faulty valve system. The valve is the section which allows air to be added or removed. You should check your valves at least once a month as they can become damaged and worn. If your valves have a broken seal, this can reduce tire life by approximately 25%.
Specialist distributors of tire maintenance and repair products such as Young Automotive Direct, supply a wide range of valves, suitable for nearly all vehicles. Schrader valves (often referred to as American valves), are the most popular type of valve on the market as they have a unique design to stop any dirt entering the core. This extends tire life and stops any leaks or jams.

Cut Out Bad Driving Habits

Fast turns, constant starts and stops, and speeding causes more tire wear. Bad driving can also force the tire rubber to overheat, causing you to have a blowout. Obstacles such as curbs, potholes, logs and rocks should be avoided at all costs as this can cause a puncture or wear down the rubber.

This article was written by Seth Watson on behalf of Young Automotive Direct – suppliers of tire maintenance and repair products, and workshop consumables.

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