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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.

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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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Check your Tires wear and tear for vehicle’s safety

October 20, 2015 in Car Maintenance by admin

To maintain and prolong tire life, it takes a penny to examine if tires are worn or losing tread. It becomes necessary to check tire pressure and alignment at least once a month to ensure your vehicle is safe on the road and help in improving gas mileage. According to car care aware, tires are critical to handle, but vital to maintain for vehicle’s safety. Routine checking will reduce tire wear, increase fuel economy and improve handling. Tires to be inspected in 3 ways, they are: i) examine all four tires; ii) feel the tread by hand to detect wear and iii) check tires using pocket type pressure gauge. Generally there are six warning to look out for, if tires require inspection or need to be replaced.

6 signs your tire need inspection

1. Over Inflation

The tire riding in the center of the tread and excessive wear indicates that tire pressure is too high. The reason behind enormous air pressure is pumping the tire unless there is no bulge at the bottom. To avoid or cure this problem, you should always check the pressure with a reliable tire gauge after pumping.

2. Under Inflation

Opposite of over inflation, when a tire is under inflated and wear occurs prematurely, because outer tread has too much contact with the road. This type of wear can be solved by regular tire inspection and replace if required.

3. Feathering

Feathering is a condition where, rounded edge on one side and sharp on the other is developed by each tread rib and you can feel that by running the hand over the tire. This wear occurs because of incorrect toe-setting, so we can solve by placing it correctly. There may be a case where even after placing the toe correctly this wear occurs. It could be due to deteriorated bushings in front of the suspension.

4. One side wear

When rib wears faster than a tire, the need for wheel alignment is indicated. Make sure that the car is loaded in a proper way, this is more important for rear suspension car. Sometimes, misalignment can also occur due to worn ball joints or control arm bushing.

Tires wear and tear

5. Cupping

Scalloped dips or cups started appearing around the edge of the tread on either side, which may lead to wearing of suspension parts. This condition can occur, if any worn components connect to the wheel of the car. The easiest way to cure cupping problem is, to adjust wheel alignment.

6. Second-rib wear

The cause of second rib wear can be, a steel belts end in relation to the treads. This problem can be solved by paying minimum attention to tire pressure and frequently rotating the tires. Most importantly, to be careful when oversize tires are installed on narrow wheels.

The car care council recommends vehicle owners, to check tires and other spares on a monthly basis and more often during winter. The tires should be inflated according to the recommended level, so that the life of the tire is increased and tire or tread wear is reduced.

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What Can Cause a Car to Breakdown or Overheat during summer

October 19, 2015 in Car Maintenance by admin

The heat of summer is not only wearing you down, but also tough for cars as high temperature can destroy batteries and stress the tires and cooling system. During peak of the summer, it is unbearable for the one to drive because the car interior is heated up to the dangerous temperature with a few not having the luxury of A/C. This issue can be solved by doing few things that can make you, your children and pets safe from heat.

1. Parking in the shade

Finding places to park in the shade is a difficult task. Instead, take time, to park in the shaded area like under trees, buildings or underground parking lots. Parking in the shade not only keeps car cool, but make car survive for a longer period. If there is no shady spot, then open all doors for a few minutes before entering. Another option is leaving windows open less than a width of a person’s arm, in order to allow hot air to escape while parked.

2. Use UV-heat shield or sun shade

The one who can’t escape from parking outdoors, then it is a necessary for them to purchase sun shade or UV-heat shield to protect their car’s interior from harmful sun rays. If you can spend little more and purchase custom sun shade, it will protect your windshield like a glove, and virtually no UV rays can get in.


3. Use bottom vents

Many people open the windows immediately to cool the upper body of the car. Rather, the best method is to, push hot air from bottom to cool the vehicle. Pushing hot air from bottom to top helps the air to escape through open windows by adjusting the fan settings to max and closing the upper vents. Switch to upper vents once hot air is pushed out, while driving.

4. Change A/C settings.

If you have air conditioning in your car, make sure you set it to ‘fresh air’ instead of ‘re-circulation’ for first 5 to 10 minutes and after that switch to re-circulation.

According to car care council, vehicle components to be checked periodically and at same time, precautions have to be taken to avoid breakdowns and car problems. The automotive tips have been mentioned below:

i) Battery Life

Excessive heat causes the battery fluid to dehydrate, which damages the internal structure and shorten the battery life. To get life out of battery, council advice that electrical system should be regularly checked and add distilled water if necessary. The second recommendation is keeping the battery clean. If dirt is formed, then corrosion will be accumulated and therefore the life of the battery will get reduced.


ii) Tire care

During summer the heat add stress to tires, thus tires should be checked monthly mainly during high temperature. The council also suggests, checking the pressure when tires are cold.

iii) Cooling System

The cooling system will work effectively, if distilled water and coolant mixture in a vehicle’s radiator is 50:50. The hot radiator should never be opened while checking the coolant level in reservoir. A pressure test, thermostat test, a cooling fan test must be done annually. The radiator to be kept clean periodically, using a garden hose and a soft brush.

A little extra maintenance and money will definitely minimize the breakdowns and car problems during summer. Therefore, implementation of preventive steps will make you and your passengers, a good driving experience.

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