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How To Change The Oil On Your Car

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Change The Oil On Your Car

Oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine and must be changed as often as possible to ensure that the car is running at maximum efficiency. Changing the oil will clear out all the contaminants that are polluting the engine and running through the oil. Changing the oil yourself will save you time and money, while improving the performance of your vehicle. Changing the oil can be easily done if you follow the steps outlined below. 1 – Start by parking the vehicle in a safe place off the road and away from any potential oncoming traffic. Make sure that you are on level ground and have ample room to maneuver around the vehicle without any obstructions. 2 – Pop the hood latch and prop up the hood into the open position. Then locate the oil cap over top the engine and twist it open. The oil cap will have the image of a tiny oil can imprinted on the top of it to properly label it. Make sure you place the cap in a safe place, as your will need to put it back to complete the job once the oil has been changed. 3 – Slide a car jack underneath the body of the driver’s side and pump the car jack up six to eight inches off the ground. Slide your body under the car and locate the oil plug and then place an empty container under it to catch the oil. Using a wrench, remove the oil plug and allow all the oil to completely drain into the container. Put the plug back securely into place using the wrench. 4 – Locate the oil filter and remove it by twisting it off, but be careful that there could be oil remaining in the filter. Take a brand new replacement filter and lubricate the edge of the filter with fresh oil. Twist the new oil filter back into place of the old one until it is secure. 5 – Under the hood of the car using a filter, pour the recommended amount of fresh oil into the engine where you removed the oil cap. Fasten the oil cap back on after the oil has been put into the engine. 6 – Lower the car back down to the ground and remove the car jack, before you start the engine to test that the car is working properly after the fresh oil has been installed. If for any reason the check engine light or the oil light comes on the dashboard you should immediately take the car into a professional mechanic. If the engine is making any noises when you drive the vehicle then consult with a professional mechanic to make sure the oil change was done properly. Also, if you don’t feel comfortable changing your own oil, contact a business such as The Dyno...

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3 Tips For Choosing A Good Off-The-Road Spot For Mobile Truck Repair

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Choosing A Good Off-The-Road Spot For Mobile Truck Repair

Ending up stranded on the side of the road can put you in a tough spot when you are a semi driver. One good option is to hire a mobile truck service that will come out and perform on-the-spot repairs for you. Then, you do not have to stress about finding a good — and expensive — towing service to take your truck to the stop. Plus, hopefully, you will be able to have your truck repaired as quickly as possible so that you can get back on the road and finish your route. If you want your mobile truck repair service to be able to repair your truck on the side of the road, however, you are going to have to pick the right spot. These are a few tips for pulling your truck over to an area that will be as conducive as possible for mobile repair. 1. Get Off the Road as Much as Possible Having your truck even partly on the road can be extremely dangerous for passing motorists, can put your truck at risk of damage and can make it difficult for someone to come and work on it. There is a good chance that your repair professional isn’t going to be able to work on your truck if it’s on the road, so you’re going to want to pull off as far as possible. 2. Consider the Location of the Part That Needs Repair As you are parking your truck, consider the location of the part that needs repair. If it is a tire issue on the right side, for example, you are going to want to ensure that there is not a ditch or other obstacle on the other side of your truck that might make the repair difficult. If it’s your engine that is going to need to be worked on, you may want to angle the front of your truck away from the road. 3. Consider the Lighting Situation Your mechanic is going to need ample lighting to get the job done. Although he or she should bring along supplemental lighting, it will be helpful if the area is well-lit. If you aren’t able to pull into a rest stop, truck stop or other well-lit area, look for nearby streetlights or other light sources that might make it easier for your mechanic to see. Although you should pull off the road immediately if it’s dangerous to continue driving, looking for a good spot to pull over can help make mobile repair a lot easier. If you follow these tips and hire the right mobile repair service, you should be able to have the repair done as quickly as...

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Four Things That You Will Want To Do Before You Get Rid Of Your Junk Car

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things That You Will Want To Do Before You Get Rid Of Your Junk Car

For one reason or another, you may have a junk car sitting around.  If you simply have an old clunker that has reached the end of its life, you may want to recycle it for cash. Some companies will haul your car off and pay you for the weight in metal, but you may want to take care of some things before you get rid of your old clunker. Here are some tasks to accomplish before you have that old junk car hauled off: 1. Removing Working Parts To Sell Separately For Extra Cash There are many parts on an old junk car that may be in perfect condition. If you want more cash, you can remove parts like radiators and alternators to sell separately. You can either sell these parts to individuals or take them to a parts store and get cash from the company, who might ship the parts off or rebuild them.    2. Removing Valuable Metals To Sell To A Recycling Center There are also many valuable metals that you can find in your car. You may want to remove parts that are not steel to sell to a recycling center. Parts like engine heads and radiators are often made of aluminum, which is much more valuable than steel. Motors with copper for alternators and other parts can also get you more than the price of steel when you take them in for recycling. 3. Removing Personal Items And Getting The Documents You Need Before you sell the car, remove any personal items. Remove the tags and plates of the car and check the interior for any remaining personal items. You will also want to prepare the registration or a bill of sale to give to the service that comes and gets the car. 4. Making Sure That The Tow Truck Or Flatbed Can Get To The Car Sometimes, getting to an old junk car can be a chore. Before you call the junk car service, make sure that a tow truck or flatbed can get to the area where the car is located. If the car has wheels, put it in neutral and roll it to an area that is easy to access. If you cannot move the car, clear a path for the truck to get to the car and load it easily. Take these four steps before you have your old car hauled off, and contact a used parts service and ask them if they are interested in buying any of the good parts from your car.  To learn more about hauling junk cars, get in touch with a company like Woonsocket Auto...

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About Transmissions & Getting Them Flushed For Better Vehicle Performance

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About Transmissions & Getting Them Flushed For Better Vehicle Performance

Has your budget prevented you from getting a problematic transmission looked at by a mechanic? The issue may be that you need to get the transmission flushed, which is not an expensive repair. Leaving the transmission as it is will only lead to the problem becoming worse as you continue driving the vehicle. Discover below things that will help you understand why the transmission is important and how a mechanic can flush it out for you. Why Should Money Be Spent on a Transmission Flush? Before knowing how important a flush is to your vehicle, you must understand what a transmission is used for. Your vehicle is basically worthless without a transmission because you won’t be able to drive it around. The transmission works with the engine to give the gears enough power to move your vehicle. Basically, there is a part called the torque converter that sends transmission fluid to the engine to produce enough energy for the transmission to send to the gears. Contaminated or low transmission fluid can prevent the transmission from energizing the gears, which can lead to problems that include: A burning smell A jerking vehicle Delayed gear changing Transmission fluid leak Noises from the transmission The inability to move in all directions What Happens When a Mechanic Performs a Transmission Flush? The first step involved with a mechanic flushing out your transmission will be getting rid of all of the old transmission fluid by draining it out. However, even after the fluid is released, it can leave contaminants behind like metal shavings and dirt. So the next step will be sending a cleaning agent into the transmission lines in your vehicle with the use of a machine. The mechanic will turn the vehicle on during the cleaning session to make sure the cleaning agent is properly distributed for the best results. The flush can help your vehicle run better by preventing contaminants from getting trapped inside of engine parts. After the cleaning session is complete, the mechanic will pour new transmission fluid inside of your vehicle. Make sure that you specifically ask for a transmission flush and not a change, as a simple change means that a portion of the old transmission fluid will be left in your vehicle. You will end up with fresh transmission fluid being placed in your vehicle and getting mixed with the contaminants in the old fluid. All contaminants must be removed for your transmission to work at its best performance. Get your vehicle to an auto shop to see if a flush is all it needs to start running smoothly again! To learn more, visit a website...

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How To Decide Whether To Purchase A Used Engine

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Decide Whether To Purchase A Used Engine

If your car is otherwise in good shape, but your engine is shot, it would make more sense to purchase a used engine to save money rather than purchasing an entirely new vehicle. You will save money and you will also purchase an engine that has already been tested. All you need to do is simply conduct research to determine if the particular used engine is right for you. Understand That Older Engines Are Sometimes Better Than Newer Ones You may be concerned that a used engine is not reliable. However, the opposite is the truth. New engines may have defects that will not have been discovered yet. However, used engines will likely have already undergone any necessary recalls and will also have been proven to be highly durable.  Review The Service Record Of The New Engine Find out the service record of the engine so you can understand the type of engine you will be receiving. Do not rely on descriptions of the engine, such as whether the engine is considered to have been “rebuilt.” Look through the two-to-three page service record that should include everything that has ever been done to the vehicle. Investigate whether there was ever any damage to the engine. Ask if there was a front or rear collision. Determine if the engine was ever involved in a flood. Learn about the characteristics of the engine, such as whether it has: An oil pan Fuel rails Timing covers Consider The Engine’s Mileage Find the mileage. It is a common misconception that the lower the mileage, the better the engine. However, cars are made using plastic and other parts that can become brittle if they are not used frequently. Therefore, you will instead want to look for a car that has mileage that is appropriate for the age of the car. Also, the higher the mileage, the less important that the mileage becomes. High mileage can indicate that you will be able to receive an engine for cheaper that is still perfectly functional. Find out if the engine has been sitting for a while. If so, request that they start the engine first to verify that it still functions before purchasing it. Evaluating a used engine might take some time, but it will be time well-spent. To learn more about finding a used engine, get in touch with auto parts center like Auto & Truck Used...

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Should You Use Orange Or Green Antifreeze In Your Vehicle When You Tune It Up?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Use Orange Or Green Antifreeze In Your Vehicle When You Tune It Up?

It is important for you as a car owner to understand that there are two different types of antifreeze on the market today. While each type is sold under various commercial names, you can easily tell them apart by their color. One type of antifreeze is bright green, while the other is neon orange. The difference in color is simply for you and your mechanic to be able to immediately tell the difference between the two formulations. When you flush the radiator of your vehicle during its tune up, it is important that you replace the radiator coolant with the proper type of antifreeze for your specific vehicle. You will notice the color when you drain the existing antifreeze from the radiator to see if it is orange or green, and you can also read the specifications for your vehicle in your owner’s manual. Additionally, car makers that require OAT antifreeze often label the radiator and overflow bottles with this information. Orange Antifreeze vs. Green Antifreeze Orange-colored antifreeze is designed for use in certain vehicles made in the 1996 production year and after. These vehicles use a system known as organic acid technology (OAT). The orange color is added to designate that the antifreeze contains special organic compounds designed to protect the metal parts and gaskets inside of these specific vehicles’ cooling systems. While green antifreeze is mostly ethylene glycol, the orange version is specially designed to work with cars that use OAT. Mixing Antifreeze Types Together While mixing the two different types of antifreeze together will not lead to immediate damage in your vehicle, it is wise to use the orange-colored coolant in vehicles that it was designed for. The special organic compounds in this type of antifreeze are designed for the metal alloys and the gasket materials used during that time in automobile production. Mixing in traditional green-colored coolant will lower the level of protection for your motor, and over time, this will lead to wear within your cooling system’s gaskets and metal parts. Diluting Antifreeze with Water Finally, if you live in a mild climate where you do not need to be concerned with your car’s cooling system freezing in the winter months, then you can dilute the antifreeze in your car with an equal amount of distilled water. In colder climates, you should always use just antifreeze to protect your car from freezing in the...

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3 Reasons To Consider A Truck As A Bug Out Vehicle

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Consider A Truck As A Bug Out Vehicle

A bug out vehicle is a very important part of your disaster plan, because it is the means by which you and your family will be able to get out of danger and to a safe location until a disaster scenario passes. One of the best possible bug out vehicle options is a truck, mostly because it can provide you with a massive amount of storage, durability, and off-road capability. Massive Amount Of Storage One of the most important considerations when creating a disaster or evacuation plan is how you are going to transport your supplies. This is important, because you are going to need to bring enough supplies with you to ride out the entirety of the disaster, as you may not be able to resupply in the meantime. The main types of supplies that you will want to consider will include food, purified water, medical supplies, and fuel.  The reason that a truck is so useful as a bug out vehicle is that the bed of the truck can provide more storage than the majority of other personal vehicles that you may see on the market. In addition, the bed of the truck can also be used to evacuate even more people alongside you and your family if necessary. Durability Another reason to consider a truck for your next bug out vehicle is because trucks are often designed to be rugged and durable. This is because many people buy trucks to use them in very harsh and demanding fields, such as construction and hauling. Since these vehicles are designed with durability in mind, you can rest assured that it will not break down or give out on you en-route to your bug out location or while waiting for the disaster to pass. Off-Road Capability Finally, a truck is a good choice because many trucks are designed to handle off-road terrain, which is why many of them are offered with four-wheel drive options. This is ideal in a disaster scenario, as you will not have to worry about your bug out vehicle making it to a remote bug out location or safe area that may require traversing rough or unpaved roads. In addition, you may have to leave major roads behind due to traffic or other obstructions during a disaster, so being able to leave the road and go around the obstacles can be a great benefit.  Visit your local truck dealership as soon as possible in order to see the many trucks that would provide you with great bug out options. A truck such as a Chevrolet Silverado is ideal for your evacuation or disaster plan because it is durable, off-road capable, and offers a lot of...

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Save Yourself And The Earth Through Automobile Recycling

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Save Yourself And The Earth Through Automobile Recycling

What do you do when your car dies? Not when the battery is dead—that should be easy enough to deal with—what do you do when your car no longer runs? While many people try to trade in their car before it reaches the end of its life, any car owner could face the reality of dealing with a car that is no longer in operating condition. If this is the case with you, then you should take your car to an auto recycler.   Reason #1: Reduce Clutter In many neighborhoods, you will find houses that serve as a car graveyard. Here you will find cars in various states of decay. They serve no purpose other than to clutter up a yard. Often these cars are in the yard, because the homeowner felt like they had no other option. If you have no way to take your car to a recycling center, some centers will even offer to come pick your car up and haul it away at no cost to you.  Reason #2: Make Some Money Not only does recycling your car mean that you no longer have to worry about where it goes, it provides you with the ability to make a little money. Auto recyclers will harvest all of the usable parts from a car and then break down what is left so that it can be reused in the manufacturing of new cars. Selling used parts and recycled metal helps recyclers to make money, so they can afford to buy cars from people.   Reason #3: Its Good for the Planet If people never recycled their cars, then auto manufacturers would have no choice but to find new resources. Mining companies would have to break ground to make new mines, and this would mean damaging pristine environments. Furthermore, the cost of mining new resources is higher than the cost of recycling, so not recycling can drive up the cost of new cars. Thus, when you recycle your car, you can have the peace of mind that you are helping to take care of the environment.  Dealing with a dead car can be a hassle. Especially, if you just totaled your car in an accident, you might think that the last thing you want to do is figure out what to do with your now worthless car. Just remember that while it might seem worthless to you, you can still get some value out of it from an auto recycler (such as Miamitown Auto Parts & Recycling), and they can then reuse and recycle what is...

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3 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Cleaning Your Windshield

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Cleaning Your Windshield

Cleaning your windshield is obviously pretty important. Not only does it make your car look better, but it also improves your visibility when you are driving, which is important for safety reasons. However, you shouldn’t just clean your windshield in any old way. Instead, if make sure to avoid these mistakes during the process, you can help prevent scratches, cracks, chips, and other damage to the glass. 1. Don’t Clean without Proper Lubrication It might seem easy to grab a cloth or a paper towel and rub away at dirt on your windshield. However, if you don’t apply a cleaning solution first, this could cause problems. Not only could your windshield look streaky, but it could also become scratched. This is especially true if there is a piece of sand or dirt on the windshield when you start wiping. Consider keeping a small bottle of glass cleaner in your car so that you’ll always have some on hand when your windshield needs a good wipe-down. 2. Don’t Clean Your Windshield When It’s Hot During the summer months, you should avoid cleaning your windshield on particularly hot days, especially if your car has been sitting in the sun. Overly hot temperatures can already cause added stress to your windshield, and adding cool cleaning fluid could be enough to cause a crack due to the sudden temperature change. Consider parking your car in the shade to keep your windshield cool and to make it easier to clean without causing cracks. 3. Don’t Press Down Too Hard Even though you might feel as if you need a little bit of elbow grease in order to get all of the dirt and grime off of your windshield, don’t clean with too much force. Instead, wipe gently in a back-and-forth motion, and reclean your windshield a second time if it’s still dirty. Although your windshield is pretty durable, pressing down too hard if there is existing damage could be enough to cause your windshield to shatter. This existing damage doesn’t have to come in the form of a big, obvious crack, either; even a tiny chip can put your windshield at an added risk of shattering if you apply too much pressure. Cleaning your windshield should be a fairly simple task. Avoiding a few things when doing so, however, is smart if you want to prevent damage to your windshield and keep it in good shape. If you do notice any cracks or chips while cleaning, consider heading to an auto glass repair company like City Wide Auto Glass as soon as possible to have the issue...

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Tips For Packing A Travel Trailer That Is Going To Be Towed

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Packing A Travel Trailer That Is Going To Be Towed

If you are getting ready to go camping and plan on towing your travel trailer behind your truck, secure items inside of it with the following tips. Careful preparations and packing will ensure that the items inside of your trailer arrive at their destination damage free. Place Heavy Items Towards The Front Place heavy items towards the front of the trailer. If possible, set them behind a wall or heavy fixture that is secured to the interior of your trailer. While you are driving, you may have to stop suddenly or change the speed that you are traveling at without much notice. If heavier items are in the back of the trailer, they can move rapidly across the trailer and damage the structure and other items that are inside of it. Items that are placed towards the front and that are stabilized will not have room to move, reducing the risk of damage. Line each item up, side by side. Place a tarp over them and secure them with bungee cords or rope. Avoid Glass And Other Fragile Materials If you are going to be cooking and serving food, you will need sturdy cookware and utensils throughout your trip. Avoid bringing glass dishes and plates, baking pans, and other fragile items. Disposable dishes and plates are made out of sturdy materials and can be tossed out as soon as you are through using them, eliminating extra clutter in your trailer. If you need items to bake food in, opt for foil pans. These are lightweight and easy to store, taking up much less room than traditional cookware. Use Containers With Secure Lids Do not pile loose items up in the trailer because they can spread out and get dispersed throughout the premises as you move swiftly down the road, causing you to lose items that are needed. Instead, group items that you are bringing on the trip according to their type. Small first aid necessities can be secured inside of an empty coffee can. Label the side of it and place it on a low lying shelf. Stack clothing and place it in large, plastic bins with lids. Label the side of each one with the name of whoever the items belong to. Once you arrive at the campsite, each item that you need will be easy to find. All of these tips will not take long to implement and can drastically reduce the amount of confusion that you experience when you reach your destination. Once you arrive, enjoy yourself and relax and easily pack up your travel trailer when it is time to go...

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