Author: Terry Wade

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Start Protecting Your Car Paint Today! Here’s How…

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Car maintenance doesn’t just involve maintaining what’s under the hood. It also involves maintaining the interior and exterior side of your vehicle.

And hey, let’s be honest: everyone likes driving around in shiny new-looking car or truck.

So while we’re always talking about under the hood maintenance so for today’s post we’re going to change it up a bit to we’ll focus more on the exterior part of your car, specifically the car’s paint.

Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your car’s exterior paint.

Beware Of Bird Droppings

That small white splat on your car may cause more harm than you think. Bird droppings seem to be harmless animal excretions, but they can be corrosive on the car paint.

The longer you let that corrosive substance stay on your paint, the more damage it can cause. So the next time you see bird droppings on your car, clean it up immediately and don’t wait until the next car wash day.

Ever noticed your that your car is covered with a sticky film when you park under lime trees during spring? The term for that phenomenon “honeydew”.

Sweet as it may sound, it does nothing good for your car. The sticky film is excrement from aphids. Just like bird droppings, it can also be corrosive to paint especially when in combination with direct sunlight.

Don’t Skip Your Regular Washing Schedule

Cars should be regularly washed to ensure that you get rid of all the dirt and other harmful substances that can deteriorate your paint. When your car goes through regular car washing, it is less likely for you to spend on more expensive paint touch-ups.

The frequency of car wash should depend on how you use your car. Don’t be afraid of washing your car often. Just make sure you use the right products to avoid damage to your paint.

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A Proper Car Wash

Like we just said, washing your car often does not damage it unless you use harmful products or tools. Whether you use a brush or a washcloth, make sure it isn’t contaminated with sand or else it will be like using sandpaper. Can you imagine what that does on the paint’s surface?

Like your car, the tools you use for your car should also be properly maintained. Clean them every after use and make sure that they are still suitable for use.

Similarly, the products you use should also be carefully selected. Opt for a mild cleaning agent with a low pH. Pressure washing can also be done but you have to make sure the pressure isn’t too high or else you’ll also be damaging the paint.

Additionally, you can use wax or any topcoat to further protect the car’s paint. How often you wax your car will depend on it’s exposure to various weather conditions. Most will advice waxing the car at least two times: one in spring and one before winter.

Touch Up Sooner Rather Than Later

Discovered a small scratch on your car? The best way to handle it is to touch it up or have it touched up immediately. There are paint pens and spray cans that can be used with each vehicle. This prevents further worsening of the scratched area.

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Basic Car Care For Non-Mechanics

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It takes years to learn and understand how the mechanical systems function and integrate on all the different makes and models out there today.  Personally I learn on average 3 new things a day – things change that quick.  With all the new models and functionality coming out with each new release; it a full time job keeping up.

As a consumer, it just makes sense to hire a solid mechanic to service your vehicle at regular intervals. With that in mind it’s important you understand some basics of your car, SUV, or truck, but it’s even more important you get on a schedule for maintenance.

Here’s my quick thoughts on the subject…

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Broken Down Car On Highway

The 4 Most Common Reasons Your Car Won’t Start

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If your like most people, your car is an integral part of your lives.  Basic things, like getting to their workplace on time and shuttling to the kids to their school, just to name a few.

Since we rely so heavily on our vehicles for daily living, your car not starting is, well…a non-starter!

I been blessed to be doing what I love for many years now, and while there may be a hundred reasons why your car won’t start, there are a few that bubble up to the top as the most common.

So while I may just write an article on the wackiest reasons for a dead car, in this week’s post, I’ll aim to highlight these most common of reasons…

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Can My Punctured Tyre Be Repaired?

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It’s a sunny day and you are ready to hit the meeting but guess what? Your car tyre is punctured. We all have been through these frustrating scenarios where one is clueless and numb.

You just can’t waste time blaming the nail or debris on the road for puncturing your brand new tyre. It’s the moment to take action and get your hands dirty in order to repair and get going with your routine.

Before fetching the disassembly tools you first need to figure out that, can your punctured tyre be repaired? Today, we’ll guide you on how to analyze a repairable and non-repairable tyre.

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Transmission in Trucks: Some Basic Info

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Truck driving takes some serious experience and skill if you want things to go the right way. Back in the day’s people who drove manual transmission trucks were genuinely known as the only Truck Drivers but that isn’t the case anymore. As technology is evolving day by day with pace many have accepted the automatic transmission as changing a few gears efficiently doesn’t make you the ideal trucker.

Truck drivers prefer the manual transmission system as automatic transmission didn’t hold up to the promises in past. Now here we are with this piece that will reveal you both sides of the transmission story!

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A Little More Info on Your Car’s Air Conditioning

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We are quickly approaching the time of the year where we need our ACs to be literally blasting chilled air through the vents. When it comes to the car’s air conditioning system, we always want it to perform at its best. Having said that, we should keep in mind that it’s a small machine that requires lots of mechanics to perform properly. Also, it has to be kept well-serviced, especially during winters.

In this article we will give you some basic information on your car’s air conditioning system so that you can better understand the servicing needs of it.

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Basic Guide To Oil Change

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Oil is an essential part of car maintenance. It needs to be regularly checked and changed after some time or driving a particular number of kilometers. Oil change, although not very difficult to do, does require some basic skills and high level of carefulness. You can do that at home in a DIY style but that is not recommended as one loose bolt can result in some big problems.

There are many things to consider when changing the engine oil. In this article we will guide you through them….

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The Pros & Cons of Hybrid and Electric Cars

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There was a time when the only type of fuel for vehicles was gasoline. The advancement in technology gave birth to alternative fuel as well. These alternative include hybrid and electric vehicles. The popularity of these cars is increasing day by day as we are moving towards a more energy-saving world.

A hybrid car is one that uses more than one source of power to move. It can have electric motors along with gasoline engines. As you can easily guess by the name an electric car only uses one or more electric motors to move. Both the types of vehicles i.e. hybrid and electric have their pros and cons which we will discuss below.

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Wheel Alignment

Yes Mom, Proper Wheel Alignment Is a Thing

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The other day I was driving my Mom’s minivan on the highway and I noticed the vehicle consistently pulling to the right.  My mother, not one for keeping a regular maintained schedule (unlike like her mechanic son :), informed me that she had no idea of what a “tire alignment” was, or for that matter when the last time one was performed.  Needless to say, her car was in our service garage the next day for a proper wheel alignment.

And guess what?  Her Dodge mini-van drove as straight as an arrow on that same highway!

By now you’re probably guessing that I’m a big advocate for properly maintaining your car’s alignment.  Proper wheel alignment is crucial for many reasons, and it’s important to have it done as often as you get your vehicle serviced.

But first, what is wheel alignment?

Simply put, it’s the process of ensuring that the car wheels are perpendicular to the road. It ensures that the wheels are also parallel to each other, that the pressure between them is always constant and that no friction will occur. In layman terms, it’s the process of ensuring that your driving experience will be comfortable and smooth.

Well, there are numerous factors that lead to misalignment, including merely driving your car. Potholes are also one of the primary causes. Improper wheel alignment can cost you a lot and significantly affect your driving performance.

So, why is proper wheel alignment necessary? Here are some of the benefits you may want to know:

  • Reduced Tire Wear:  Premature wear of the tires can be quite costly. One of the major signs of wheel misalignment is uneven and excessive tire wear. If your car isn’t aligned properly, the tires will show wear more quickly as they are not rolling straight. You’ll have to replace them more often which can be very costly. At the end of the day, a proper wheel alignment will save you money.
  • Improved Gas Mileage:  In this day and age, we all look to better our gas mileage and save money. Well, having your wheels aligned properly decreases resistance while rolling which improves your gas mileage. It’s ideally important to ensure that the tires are properly inflated as this will increase gas mileage as well.
  • Improves Safety:  Correct wheel alignment also helps you drive more safely as is reduces tracking problems and improves steering. The enhanced control and handling of your car can help you avoid accidents.
  • Improves Car Handling:  Other major signs of wheel misalignment involve handling your car. These signs can be when the steering wheel pulls to the right or left, if it vibrates or it’s not centered when driving straight ahead. While driving, you may also have a feeling of wandering or looseness. All these signs can be eliminated by proper wheel alignment, eventually providing a smoother ride.

Get an alignment on your maintenance schedule…

If you want your car to perform optimally at all times, you may want to have it regularly maintained. It is advisable to follow the car manufacture’s recommendations as stated in the owner’s manual. However, as a general rule, you should schedule for wheel alignment and checkup every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

More often than not, car repair service providers include suspension system inspection as part of regular maintenance. This kind of inspection can allow your qualified and certified technician to spot potential issues before they become problematic and costly in the future.

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