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Important car maintenance tips before road trip

May 14, 2016 in Car Maintenance, New Cars by admin

Summer is the time, when everyone plans to take off from their regular work and wish to spend some time with their near and dear. Spotting the number of vehicles on the roads is more on summer compared to other seasons as it is the appropriate time to go on a vacation that weeds away your stress, agony and loneliness. When you think of road travel, the very first means of transport that hits your mind is the car. Nothing beats the excitement of the car travel that if all goes well as planned but if it is not up to snuff then you might experience the worst situation of standing alone or with your family on the side of a deserted road and trying to flag down the cars that will not even come nearby. Here are the few important car maintenance tips that help you end up with a pleasant road trip.

Engine oil is the key:

Engine oil is the key

Just like humans the cars also need the help of fluids to function properly. If the level of engine oil is too high or too low than the recommended level, your car is surely under risk. So checking it frequently makes your road trip smooth and hassle free. For inspecting the oil level, the car must be parked on a level ground. Once you park, wait for sometime so that the engine gets cooled, when it reaches normal temperature insert the dip stick into the dip tube and pull it out, check the level, if it is between high and low, then your car is perfect to head. It is always wise to wipe the dip stick with rag before inserting it into the dip tube, for clear readings.

Keep an eye on overflow tank:

Overflow tank is a semi white transparent container that bears two markings as “high” and “low” at exterior whereas the interior is loaded with coolant or anti-freeze. It is should be noted that the coolant maintains a level, between these two markings. If it is low, fill it with recommended type of coolant by mixing it with water. The radiator cap above the tank should not be opened unless there is a need, to avoid leaks that might cause serious issues.Keep an eye on overflow tank

 

Check the hoses and belts:

Hoses and belts are like arteries that take blood to the heart and it should be properly checked and ensured that there are no loose connections and each is connected to its destined location only. This way you can reduce the possibilities of your car getting a break down.Check the hoses and belts

 

Spent some time for wheels and tires:

Rotating (swapping the front and back tires) the car wheels for every 8000 km, keeps your car wheels in good condition as doing so even out the wear. It is ideal to check the tire pressure once in a week since imbalance in the pressure might affect fuel economy and your driving comfort. Dusting off the wheels is also quite important before you start your ride as the brake dust composing road grim and moisture would get stuffed on your wheels troubling your happy drive.Spent some time for wheels and tyress

 

Cleanup the batteries:

Most of the modern cars run in 12 volts negative battery and cleaning the caps of this battery makes it to appreciate an easy flow of power around the electrical system. Removing the terminal caps and cleaning the contact post gets you a clean metal contact surface that favors unlimited current supply.Cleanup the batteries

 

A travel in a perfectly maintained car is the most excited thing in the world that everyone would love to do and enjoying it safely wearing seat belts gives a protected comfort that heightens the joy of your trip.

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10 Must Items – You Should have in your Car

October 29, 2015 in Car Maintenance by admin

When talking about car safety, airbags are the item which rolls first, in everyone’s mind. However, we ignore small items, which can go for a longer way and control the emergency situation, if occurred. Some of them have their car trunks empty, while others have enough items, such that they can survive in car for a week or more. There are also some people, who will have all junk items that are not required during emergency. So, every car trunks should have essential items, which can protect from difficult situations.

1. First aid Kit

Make sure that First aid Kit includes bandages, scissors, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, instant ice packs, safety pins and adhesive tapes. This kit is essential, as it can administer the critical first aid in an emergency event.

2. Spare tire

If your tires get punctured by some reason, you need to be prepared by having a spare tire in your car. Tools that are required to change a tire, should also be kept in a trunk because without that spare tire is of no use.

10 Items to Keep in Your car

3. Car manual

If you are not provided with a car manual, then contact your car manufacturer or download it. This item is essential or invaluable, as it comes in handy when small problems like changing the clock or any other issues occur.

4. Jumper cables

In some situation, you need to leave your lights on, which might result in a battery failure. So, jumper cable is a better alternative during those events.

5. Ice scraper

In winter, the ice gets built up on windshields and makes it difficult to drive. So, an ice scraper plays an important role, by clearing your windshield faster and easier.

6. Blankets

If you get stuck in a storm and you have to wait for a while, then blanket or long towel will be invaluable in that situation. In such circumstances, blanket comes in handy because, it will keep you nice and warm during low temperature.

7. Food and water

If you have to wait for a while for any reason, you will realize how important it is to have a snack in the car. No one wants to feel hungry or lightheaded in such circumstances, probably it is not the safest option as well. A food goes a long way in similar cases.

Car emergency kit

8. Flashlight

The Flashlight is useful in many cases like putting the spare tire, walking to a gas station in dark and many other issues. Therefore, get a flashlight and keep it in your car trunk.

9. Full charged cell phone

Cell phone is the item, which is very useful to contact the other person during emergency situations. Thus, cell phone should be fully charged, as it can be beneficial in those cases.

10. Registration and insurance card

In case of accident or pulled out by authorities, registration or insurance card is required. Therefore, keep the copy of it, at home and in car trunk as well.

Hence, if a car trunk is filled up with all the above 10 items, then it can prove to be a safer driving for you and your passengers.

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How to qualify your car for winter Driving

October 22, 2015 in Car Maintenance by admin

Winterizing your car is a wise idea, as it will protect it from the cold and breakdowns during severe weather. If precautions are not taken, then it can result in a life threatening situation or unusual demand on its parts and equipment can rise. In this article, we’ll tell you a few ways so that, from using right tires to emergency gear are being stranded in a perfect manner.

1. Get your car inspected

It’s a wise idea to book your car into a garage before the winter weather gets worse, and have an inspection and replacement of any parts, if required. This will, hopefully, help in reducing the break down and risk at a later date.

qualify your car for winter driving

2. Look after your vehicle lights

Fog, dark evening and morning can make driving dangerous, if front or back lights are not working properly. Therefore, you make it sure that all your lights are clean and working in a proper manner. Otherwise, it might be a risk to your life, of not being seen by others on the road.

3. Inflate your tires

During winter, the risk of skidding is high as roads are lethal because of snow and heavy rain. Therefore, before driving you ensure that all tire pressure is correct and it must at least have 3mm tread depth. Instead, it will help in increasing fuel efficiency and lower petrol cost.

4. Inspect your battery

Throughout winter, the battery life of your car is at risk as it reduces to 50% or dies without notice. So, before winter sets in, make sure your battery is tested by mechanics and especially battery connection, if they are free from corrosion or not.

5. Inspect your car engine coolant

Engine coolant is designed in such way that, it prevents the car engine from overheating and corrosion. If you want your coolant to work properly, then ensure, it has a proper mixture of antifreeze and water.

6. Inspect car’s oil

The car’s oil should be according to the temperature. For instance, the oil must be thinner, less viscous, if temperature is below freezing.

7. Check your windshield wiper blades

It is very difficult to drive during cold weather and even worse if the windshield wiper blade is not working properly. So, make sure condition of wiper blades are proper and replace, if they are old.

4 ways for Emergency preparedness

qualify your car for winter driving

• Avoid driving during extreme cold and high winds. Before leaving from the starting point, tell your friend or a family member about your destination and approximation time it will take to reach.

• Car cover to be bright, neon color. If it is not available, then you can use vinyl, waterproof tape.

• Keep an emergency kit in your car. If emergency kit is not possible, then consider putting other items like:
i) Flashlight and batteries
ii) Candles. Lighter or matches
iii) Battery operated radio
iv) A bag of sand, when you get stuck.
v) A brush or ice scraper.
vi) A sleeping bag
vii) Food and water.
viii) A first aid kit and tool kit.

• Test your cell phone. Call an emergency number or the one who is aware of your destination. Do not get down from the car. Exit only to recover items from the trunk.

Be aware, that not all on the road will have a driving experience during severe weather. So, take time to plan on how to winterize your vehicle, which will keep you and your family safe.

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