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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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Do your brakes need to be replaced or inspected?

October 16, 2015 in Car Maintenance by admin

Brake safety awareness, celebrated by car care council in august as to remind motorist that, routine brake inspection is pretty much important in order to make safer driving for you, your passengers and others on the road. Brake system, is the essential part without which you cannot slow down or stop a vehicle. This part is one of the features, which should always be in a top working condition. The Brake problem will start out a little, but can become bigger and costly, if eventually it is not replaced or inspected by auto service professionals. The car care council has indicated seven signs to look out for, if your brake system requires inspection or need to be replaced.

1. If you hear the brakes squeak, then it means there is some problem with them. The grinding noise is also a sign of inspection, as it indicates that pedals have begun to wear or already worn out. In such cases, either it needs adjusting or to be replaced.

2. If vehicle pulls to one side or other while applying brakes is an indication of poor brakes. The reason behind this could either be a brake fluid leak or they are worn out. Whatever the situation is, unexpectedly, it can prove to be hazardous when you drive.

3. Low pedals, responds once it touches the floor.

4. Hard pedals, opposite of low pedal that needs extreme pressure to press onto before it reacts. This means that air has gone into the brake line. An issue with brake pedal typically means an issue with brake system.

5. Brakes respond quickly at the slightest touch to the pedal is also a sign of inspection.


6. Brake pedal vibrating or pulsing even during normal break condition is an indication of wear.

7. Brake light illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.

Regular Maintenance is Important

For the person who drives regularly through heavy traffic, the brakes are vital to keep from wear out. In many situations, it happens like you are on the brakes more than the gas pedal. If that is the case, then it will be smart enough if you get your brakes checked by auto service professionals once. The heavier you are on the brakes, faster they will wear out and damage other parts that could be costly or dangerous to fix.

Fix an issue before it is worse

The Brake is a normal wear item on any vehicle and it will naturally wear down depending on various situations, including vehicle type, quality of a lining material, driving habits and operating condition. If they are worn down beyond a level, then it might damage other parts surrounding the brakes. Not only rotors are expensive to replace after worn, but also not safe for you and your family members who are in the vehicle.

For owners maintaining vehicle’s brakes is a very big task for them. But keeping brakes in a good condition can reduce cost and more importantly, help you avoid collisions.

The Car care council offer free personalized schedule and email reminder service that lets driver take informed decision of when their vehicle has to go for inspection and possibly replace brakes based on the vehicle condition. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart and save money.

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Local motors aimed at shaking up the auto industry

September 22, 2015 in Art cars, Auto News, New Cars by admin

Car manufacturing companies face a major problem of wasting large amount of money in production, looking for suggestion and solutions to consolidate and eliminate redundancy. Local motor CEO Jay Rogers perceived the same challenge and attacked completely in a different direction. He says manufacturing process of building a car is same from 1915, with thousand of individual parts on assembly lines.

With the idea of changing manufacturing process and keeping cost-cutting as the major factor, local motors came up with a new innovation called as ‘strati – a 3D printed car’. This Classic (hot-looking) car was built in amalgamation with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The strati is a small two-seater electric car.


3D printing can be done in several versions, most commonly used is a laser to form solid objects from epoxy resins to powdered titanium. Local motors used a different method where it can build up objects, mainly one pixel at a time. They demonstrated the concept publicly, where the prototype was same as strati, which had barely 50 auto parts. Two factories, with an employ of 100 each, has scheduled to complete its construction by the end of the year.

The 3D-printed car is crude by design, its flanks, meanwhile, resembling the exposed parts of BMW i3’s matte carbon tub. Roger says, some parts of the car look like, it came out of the printer and it can be changed according to their user’s requirements. The most important feature of 3D printed car, it can be recyclable by putting a vinyl wrap on it.


How strati is made?

Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic is used for printing, a versatile, strong and cheap material, which may have advanced features to enable safety. Printed car is built in layers and each layer is removed from nozzles of the printer. If the tub is damaged, it can be recycled by removing the motor and melting the car.

Roger mentioned “last car which he tested was a McLaren 650S that cost more than $300,000. This strati, lackluster motor could cost $5000. He added, developing countries will love this technology for its reasonable rates with advanced features. Even a rich guy will like it because of its thousand horsepower with having his own choice of design“.

The strati took 40 hours to print and local motor company is currently looking for an electric-power train supplier. However, the research is ongoing and they have claimed that, they are working on techniques that could increase printer speed by as much as 500-fold.

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