When a car won’t start, there are quite a few things that could be wrong. One of the most common problems that vehicle owners experience is when the car acts like it is out of gas. The car sputters along, and then that final sputter comes out and the car dies. It appears the car ran out of gas, but it still has a full tank. If this sounds familiar, these are the first things that DIY mechanics are encouraged to check for.
If a car was recently running low on gas, it’s a safe bet that the filter needs changed. When cars run low on gas, the dirt that is in the bottom of the gas tank gets sucked up into the car, and it begins to circulate just like gas does. It attempts to run through the filter, and most of it stops there. This is good because it does not have the chance to damage the car, but it can be bad because it can easily clog the filter up.
While this is less common, it never
The Canadian winter season can considerably influence driving conditions. In situations like this, drivers are more prone to accidents. It’s critical to focus on cautious driving to protect yourself and keep your family. Safe driving also helps minimize your insurance rates while reducing wear and tear on your vehicle.
Here are a few checks that you can perform to ensure that you, your family and your vehicle remain safe over the winter months:
Take your auto in for a tune up before the first snow fall. Having the peace of mind of a well maintained vehicle all year is an excellent idea, but it’s particularly essential during the winter when driving conditions are impaired.
Ensure you have the right oil for your vehicle. In general, thinner oil like 5W30 works better in cold winter conditions than 10W30 or 10W40, which are thicker. Thinner oils circulate easier, which makes lubrication of your engine easier in cold temperatures. To find the right oil for your specific vehicle, check your owner’s manual.
Keep your gas tank full. A full gas tank lowers the chances of running out of gas and being stranded. In addition, it brings down the possibility that your gas lines will freeze up because
Some people wind up with a car that seems to run perfectly for five years while other individuals remain discouraged because their car seems to break down every two years, and they wind up buying another one. To go from the second group into the first, it’s important to remember that car maintenance is the key to keeping a car running wonderfully for many years to come. One of the most important things is to guarantee that a car receives a regular tune-up.
Most people that have their own mechanic or know a few basic things about cars choose to do their own tune-up. Making sure that these things are changed during a tune-up will drastically improve the performance of any car, and help prevent problems down the road.
NGK Spark Plugs
NGK Spark plugs do not always need replaced, and there are a few ways to check to see if they can go for another 30,000 miles or so. First, if there are no problems because of bad NGK spark plugs, they may not need replaced. To double check, vehicle owners are encouraged to ensure that the gap is what it is supposed to be, and to visually check NGK spark plugs
Simply put, this is glass that you would find in an automobile. Not too many know that there are two major forms of auto glass. Each one is used on certain windows in the automobile. Both types of auto glass are more impact resistant and stronger than regular glass. These two types are:
• Laminated safety glass-this glass is generally used on a car’s windshield. It is comprised of a couple of pieces of glass that has a slim layer of vinyl. The glass is then heated and pressed together in an autoclave, which is a type of oven. When this glass receives a tough impact it will shatter also but usually the shattered pieces will stick to the vinyl and not fall on the ground.
• Tempered glass-this type of glass is generally used on the side and rear windows. To make tempered glass it goes through a special process. It is heated and then it is cooled quickly. When it receives a tough impact, it will shatter and fall on the ground in little pieces. They do not have sharp edges like broken regular glass.
Auto glass can be damaged when there is an accident and may need replaced but auto
No matter how careful we are with our car, there will be a time when it will get dinged or dented. Most of the time, these dents are not a big of a deal and don’t affect a car’s performance.
However, people want to get rid of them because they don’t look good aesthetically. That being said, the best method used to repair this damage is the Paintless Dent Removal. But, why choose this method? Keep reading and we will show you.
• By using PDR, You will also be able to avoid a stop by the body shop, and that way you’ll be saving lots of money. Most of the body shops do a full body work, while most services charge by dent.
• The process of this method doesn’t include paint, sanding or body fillers. It’s simply done by gently pushing the dent from the inside with the right tools. That way, you can be assured no extra harm will be done to your car from using other substances. This takes us on another advantage of PDR: the original factory paint will stay intact.
• Paintless Dent Removal doesn’t touch or damage the original factory paint of your vehicle. That way if
When there are windshield cracks the owner may be able to fix it themselves using a kit or have a professional auto glass technician do the job. The kit has all the tools that are necessary to fix the crack, including the resin. One thing to note is that these cracked windshield kits will only work on little holes or dings or thin small cracks. With larger cracks, they may not disappear no matter how many treatments are applied. For long or deep windshield cracks or ones that do not respond to treatment with the kit, should be taken to an auto glass repair shop to have the windshield replaced or fixed. When they look at it, they can tell you if it is repairable or needs to be replaced. Most insurance companies will take care of the repair or replacement.
If you are going to use the kit these are the steps that will need to be taken.
• The first step is to remove any loose debris in the crack and any glass. You can use a razor blade to scrape out the crack gently to make sure noting remains inside.
• Wash your windshield to remove any leftover loose
As a driver you need to be aware of unusual signs that your car displays while you’re driving. Strange sounds or movements could mean that there is a problem with the car. If the steering wheel is shaking, there is a possibility that the problem is with the wheels or tyres.
At the top of the list of problems is whether any of the wheels is unbalanced. Unbalanced wheels are caused by worn or deflated or underinflated tyres.
Misaligned wheels could also be the cause of your steering wheel shaking so much. Alignment problems could cause damage to your tyres making future drives uncomfortable and irritating.
There is a possibility that one of the side walls of the tyre is damaged. It could either be the front or the rear one depending on whether you have a front wheel driving or rear wheel driving car. The shaking will only be felt if the rack and pinion gear is connected directly to the axle.
A damaged sidewall is incredibly dangerous and you should get a new tyre replacement before you end up in an accident. The sidewall can’t be destroyed and be fixed later on. Once this part is torn, you need to replace it
There might be a time in your life where you will have to change the tyre of your car. Many people are unable to do this task because they were never taught how to. Here is a simplified tutorial on how to change the tyre safely and efficiently.
Before you do anything you need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools. This list includes a lug wrench or tyre iron, a jack, an inflated tyre and the manual as the manufacturers may have specific instructions.
Upon realising that you have a flat tyre you must drive extremely carefully. Don’t suddenly brake or turn as it could damage your wheels. Slowly reduce the speed and park in a place where you are safe and off the road.
Once you have stopped in a safe location engage the handbrake to prevent the car from moving whilst you are changing the tyre. It’s also important to engage the handbrake as you need the wheel to be still.
It would be wise to put bricks or wedges behind and in front of the tyres that don’t need to be changed so that your car is safely static in one place.
Now you can remove the hubcap
We rely on our vehicles to get us where we need to be. This means long hours on the road and lots of wear and tear on out vehicles – so by rights, auto repair services must be a part of our anticipated expenses. However, these vehicle repairs don’t have to a constant part of life. There are a number of proactive things we can do to keep the time spent at the mechanic’s shop to a minimum.
If you have never considered being proactive about auto maintenance, then now is the time to do so. Better yet, you don’t have to be an auto repair service specialist or have a huge garage full of tools to do these simple tasks. Rather, just some basic knowledge and tools will suffice. Let’s get started.
Tips for Minimizing Auto Repairs
1. Read the manual. Your vehicle manual will tell you things like how often to change the oil, what to watch for in how your engine is running and many other useful facts. Knowing and following them will save you a great deal of aggravation.
2. As soon as your engine light comes on, take it in for a diagnostic check. Taking care of small problems
1. Do not attempt to start the car!
It’s tempting to turn the key and see if the car still works, but if there is water in the engine, attempting to start it could damage it beyond repair. Don’t try to start the car. If there’s water in the engine, transmission or fuel system, you’ll just compound the damage. Your best option is to have your car towed to a mechanic work shop.
2. Determine how deep the car was submerged.
Mud and debris usually leave a waterline on the car, inside as well as out. If the water didn’t rise above bottom of the doors, your car will probably be fine. if water reaches the bottom of the dashboard, you car won’t definitely not be fine.
3. Dry the interior.
If water got inside the car, mole will grow quickly. Mold and corrosion are setting in now. You need to clean out as much liquid and mud as you can and dry out your car as soon as possible Start by opening the doors and windows and putting towels on the floor to soak up water, however you should plan on replacing anything that got wet, including carpets, floor mats, door
Has the tread on your vehicle’s original tires started to wear out? If yes, then you know it’s time for a replacement. Considering that the tires are the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road, replacing them when they are worn-out is inevitable.
A great place to start your tire search is from the dealer who sold you the car. However, this idea is not always realistic, especially when the dealer is far away from where you are. So, the best idea is to take your search to the internet. Believe it or not, you will come across thousands of tire dealers with a simple search online. The challenge now is for you to find one dealer who is right for you.
But because buying new tires is a bit expensive, especially when you are replacing all four, finding a dealer who can offer you good quality tires for less is a good idea. There is a lot that you need to understand when buying cheap tires. After all, they say that cheap is always expensive. Therefore, to ensure that you don’t end up spending more by buying tires for less, read on.
Here are some tips on how to
What do you do if the windshield of your car is damaged? There is no other option but to replace it. But did you know the broken windshield can be recycled? Yes! It is possible to recycle windshield of cars and create numerous useful products from it.
Wondering what products? If you look around, you will realize that you are surrounded by different types of glass products. Although it is fragile, products made of glass add a touch of class. In fact, glass is replacing wood in many applications.
Why recycle windshields?
A shattered windshield is of no use to the car owner. Besides, if it is just abandoned, it will occupy the precious landfill. Our planet cannot afford that. Recycled glass serves as raw material for manufacturing a variety of glass products. The recycling process also reduces the quantity of carbon-dioxide released into the atmosphere thereby reducing the carbon footprint.
How are windshields recycled?
Earlier recycling the glass from windshields was difficult. This is because windshields consist of two layers of glass with PVC membrane between each layer. But the advancement of technology has created machines that can successfully recycle glass from windshields through a crushing process.
The machine for recycling glass is seventy inches
It may be surprising to hear that one of the leading causes of death among children is auto injuries. This is often due to parents not taking proper precautions. It is estimated that of children under 12 years of age who died in car crashes in 2015, 35% of them were not in a safety seat or using a seat belt. For parents, just a little knowledge can go a long way in ensuring children’s safety in vehicles.
Sadly, drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of child passenger deaths, and over 60% of these deaths are from the children’s own parents drinking while they are driving. When a parent drives drunk with their children, over 60% do not properly restrain or buckle up their child. For your children’s safety, never drink and drive.
It has also been found that children learn auto safety habits from their parents. Nearly 40% of children that are riding in a vehicle where their parents didn’t bother to put on their seatbelts also did not have their seat belts on. Simply teaching your children to never get in a car without putting on their seat belt can be life saving.
Another big issue with child safety
Driving is the most common activity people do nowadays. With so many people on the road, we all have to abide by the law and stick to the road rules. This is good, but it you also need to be polite and friendly for a good driving experience..
Driving on highways is more difficult these days because of the amount of cars on the road. This sheer volume of cars causes congestion which brings with it other problems. The easiest way to get the best out of the driving experience is by being courteous and polite.
- Let a driver through – if you see a driver indicating and moving ahead of you to change lanes, let them through. It won’t affect your trip in any way and you will feel better knowing that no one will swerve in front of you.
- Stop at a pedestrian crossing – when you reach a pedestrian crossing and see that people are waiting to cross the road. Do the right thing and stop. Allow them to cross safely then proceed. Do the same at a stop sign. Many people do slow down at the stop sign and proceed when they know it’s their turn. Remember that a
Driving can be a tedious task especially if you have a long way to go. Whilst driving there are many ways that can help you to stay focused and avoid your mind from drifting too far.
First of all, it is important to remain awake and alert while driving. The best ways to keep your energy levels up are to drink coffee or tea and to have food in your system so that you have something to burn off. Making sure that you have snacks in the car is useful when you are the type of driver that tends to stop for food often. The snacks will keep your hunger levels down, energy up and keep your mind sharp for the duration of the trip.
As we are all human, we get distracted easily especially if we are exhausted and fatigued. Sometimes we might see a location that we would like to visit. In cases like this it is necessary to have someone in the car with you or a GPS system that constantly reminds you of where you have to be and when you have to turn. A visible clock also helps to keep track of time. It reminds you of
If you are in the UK, you will have to pass two tests to get your driving license, and the Hazard Perception Test is part of the tests. This test includes MCQs as well. Let’s know more about this test.
In a developing hazard situation, the driver has to change the speed or direction of the vehicle to avoid a collision. With time, developing hazards change. In the beginning, they include a non-threatening situation and takes 10 seconds to develop into a situation where the driver has to be defensive to avoid running into another vehicle. Most of hazards are quite predictable, and the driver is expected to control the vehicle based on the warning signs.
How Does The Test Work?
The test involves a theoretical part where you have to respond to around 14 video clips. The duration of the clips is around 60 seconds. The total points of the score are 75. You will get 5 points each time you will spot a hazard. In first set of 13 videos, you have one hazard to spot, and the remaining video has just 2 hazards. If you want to pass the test, the minimum points you need are 44. None of