Automobiles & Boats

How To Prepare Your Boat For Winter

If you love all the water activities your boat allows you to enjoy, then you’re probably not looking forward to the winter. You’ve taken care of your boat all summer to keep it running it’s best, now you have to take some special steps to make sure it’s ready to go when you are when spring arrives.

Not taking the proper steps to protect your boat and motor from the cold weather could mean costly repairs. And, in extremely cold weather it could even mean having to replace your motor before you can use your boat again. The little extra effort spent on winter protection, will be well worth the time.

Many gas stations now have gas that contains 10% ethanol. This gas is fine to use in your boat as long as it’s not allowed to sit in the tank and lines for long periods of time. If it just stands in your fuel system, it separates into gas and water and can cause a lot of damage.

The best way to make sure there’s no damage to your boat from the gasoline, is to completely drain the tank and lines. Drain as much as you can out of the tank and then run the motor long enough to empty the carburetor and the fuel lines.

If you have an idea of when you’re going to be using your boat for the last time of the season, it’s a good idea not to put more gas in the tank than you’ll be using for the day. But, you don’t want to go to the trouble of draining the tank, then make sure that you top the gas tank off.

It’s much better for it to sit all winter with a full tank of gas than one that is half empty. Just remember to leave a little extra room so that the gas will be able to expand. A tank that is completely full won’t allow for air flow through the vent and will result in condensation and the fuel separating.

I always helped my Dad when he’d get ready to prepare his boat for the winter. He always emptied his tank, he never left any gas in it during the winter in all the years he owned his boat. It really didn’t take that long to get all of the gas out of gas out of the boat.

Aside from the fuel separating and causing damage, the ethanol can chemically react with many of the tanks that are made out of fiberglass. It will cause the entire tank to deteriorate and you’ll have to replace the fuel tank.

Some fiberglass is especially made to withstand the chemicals that ethanol contains. But, unless your owners manual states that your tank is made of these materials, or you can talk to the manufacture, it’s not worth taking the chance of damaging the tank.

Next you will want to drain the water from the motor and then refill it with antifreeze. Take the fog cylinders and spark plugs out and use an clean rag to wipe the engine with a good lubricant to help prevent rusting from the winter moisture. You can add some extra protection to your boat motor by changing the oil and oil filter.

Once you’ve gotten your motor ready for winter, make sure to keep your boat well covered to protect the boat itself. This was one problem I had with my Dad. He always wanted to use the cheap blue tarps, they will not hold up to the weather and unless you want to replace them several times before spring, invest the money in a good quality boat covering.

Protecting your boat and motor from damage is very important, but your trailer should get a little extra attention to. It’s best if you can put it up on blocks and get it off the ground. Make sure you oil the trailer jack, the winch and the rollers really well and take the time to grease the wheel bearings.

Last of all, remove the battery and store it in a dry place such as a garage or storage shed. This will help it maintain a charge and also help to keep it conditioned. And, you should check on your boat now and then just to make sure that the wind hasn’t blown the tarp or covering loose.

How To Stay Safe While Enjoying Your Boat

Following a safety regimen on your boat is just as important as following one in your home. While many people have items such as fire alarms and extinguishers in their homes, they don’t think to take the same safe guards on their boats.

If your boat has a cabin it should have a fire alarm and for added safety install a carbon monoxide detector. Getting a early warning can literally save your life!

The American Boat and Yacht Council now requires that a carbon monoxide detector is installed on all new boats. Even if your boat is powered by a generator it doesn’t mean that your safe from carbon monoxide. Heating and cooking appliances and even lanterns can emit deadly carbon monoxide.

You should always carry a fire extinguisher aboard your boat no matter what size it is. For the best fire protection, make sure that there is a fire extinguisher on both ends of your boat even if it’s a small boat.

It may surprise you to know that the regular 10-BC dry chemical type fire extinguishers will only last for about ten seconds if you need to use them! They are great for really small fires or fires that you see immediately, but if it turns serious they won’t be any help.

There are also Coast Guard regulations that you must follow when choosing a extinguisher for your boat. If your boat is over 26′ long, you are required to have at least two 10-BC extinguishers onboard.

You may also be surprised to learn that even if you follow the Coast Guard regulations, you’ll only be equipped to extinguish small fires! For better protection keep at least a B-II extinguisher onboard, or better yet go for at least a 60-BC rated fire extinguisher.

Another Coast Guard regulation requires that you keep three day time use and three night-time use flares onboard if your boat exceeds 16′ in length. But, no matter what size your boat is, flares may be your only way to signal for help in an emergency.

Flares should be kept in water proof containers and make sure you check the expiration dates regularly. The flares often still work beyond their expiration dates and can be kept aboard as long as you add new ones.

Even if you and your passengers are expert swimmers, no boat should leave shore without life jackets for each person onboard. An expert swimmer will still drown if they’re injured and can’t swim!

There are three different types of life jackets, Type I, Type II and Type III. While having any life jacket on your boat is better than none at all, the right one could make all the difference in life or death!

The best type of life jacket to carry is Type I. In an emergency it can save your life literally without any help from you! It has more buoyancy than the other two types and will keep you floating face up.

Type II is a lot cheaper, but cutting corners on a life saving device isn’t the best way to save money! Compared to the buoyancy of the Type I jacket, this one only has about a third as much. It is very uncomfortable and won’t keep you floating face up in the water.

Type III life jackets live up to all the requirements of the Coast Guard, but in reality it’s only good for emergencies that happen close to shore. They do provide about the same buoyancy as the Type II jackets and are very comfortable.

If comfort is a main concern opt for manually inflatable PFDs, they are also Type III life preservers. They keep you afloat face up and are extremely comfortable to wear.

How to Maintain Your Boats Fuel System

With this great weather you’ve probably already taken your boat out on the water. But, with it sitting all winter long you really need to clean and maintain your fuel system before running the motor too much.

One of the best ways to make sure that your boat always runs it’s best is to make sure you have clean fuel! Pour a small amount of the fuel into a glass jar and let it set for awhile, any dirt and contaminants will settle on the bottom of the jar.

If you do see debris in the jar, just make sure to filter all of the gas before putting it into your boat motor. About 90% of engine problems can be attributed to dirty, contaminated fuel!

If your boats motor runs on gasoline, a little bit of water won’t do a lot of damage. But, any amount of water can destroy a diesel engine! Even if you have a water separating filter on your tank, if there’s a large amount of water in the fuel the filter can’t detain it all.

Water doesn’t just get into your tank from the fuel. The fill cap should be tight to prevent water leakage and water will even naturally form from condensation inside the tank. It can also leak in if the vent fittings get flooded.

Regularly check all of the gaskets and seals on your deck fill or tank caps. And, keeping your fuel tank topped off can help prevent the build up of condensation in the tank, especially if the boat is going to be sitting for awhile.

No matter what you do to ensure that your fuel and tank is clean, over time sediments will settle in the main bottom of the tank. At the beginning of each season you should siphon some fuel out of the bottom and check it in a glass jar to see if it’s got sediments in it.

If the fuel is dirty you need to find a way to remove all of it and start over with clean fuel. If you’re tank has a drain or port to clean out the tank you can use that to remove the contaminated fuel. But, if it doesn’t then you’ll need to figure out a way to siphon all of it out.

Diesel engines are equipped with two separate fuel filters. There’s the main fuel filter and a secondary fuel filter. The secondary filter is meant to only catch small particles that escape through the primary filter.

The primary filter should keep all of the water out of the engine. Both of these filters need to be inspected on a regular basis. These also need to be changed regularly, you can check your owners manual for the suggested time periods or choose to do it on your own time schedule.

If you have a choice, choose a primary filter that has a clear sediment bowl. That way you can inspect it at any time and will immediately know when there’s water in your tank. If you have to empty the bowl frequently, then you’ll know that the tank needs cleaned out.

Metal fuel lines will last a lot longer that rubber lines. But, metal lines won’t give very much with vibration or movement and can easily crack or snap into!

Flexible fuel hoses can handle all the vibrating and movement of those big waves. But, you need to use certain types in certain areas on the boat. Your feed hose should be Type A-1 and any fill or vent hoses can be Type A-2.

Maintaining your boats fuel system can save you lots of money on expensive repairs and maybe even keep you from having to rebuild or replace your motor. It can also help keep you from getting stranded out in the middle of a really large lake!

How To Restore That New Shine to a Fiberglass Boat

If you’ve had your boat for a few years, it may not have the glistening shine it had when you first purchased it. The elements can cause your fiberglass to become dull, faded and even chalky looking.

Most fiberglass boats are coated with a special material called gelcoat. Gelcoat is applied for various reasons, it will protect the hull of your boat, but it also gives the boat it’s shine and color.

The first step in trying to restore any surface is usually to clean it throughly and your boats surface is no different. You can add a cup of any detergent to about a gallon of warm water and use a sponge to clean the surface.

If there is any mildew on the boat, you can simply add a cup of bleach to the soapy water to remove it. If there’s a lot of water scum deposits on the boat body, you’ll need to purchase a special cleaner to remove them without damaging the surface.

You won’t get the desired results with waxing your boat if the gelcoat surface isn’t completely clean. Detergents won’t always remove the grease and oil and wax won’t adhere well.

To safely remove any grease or oil on the boat, wipe the surface with a old rag soaked in acetone. Keep turning the rag over to clean areas as you wipe and when the rag is really dirty get a different one. You will want to wear some rubber gloves when cleaning with the acetone.

The best way to keep your boat shiny is to keep it waxed from the time you buy it new. The gelcoat can shine like new for over 15 years if a good coat of wax is regularly used to protect it.

Follow the manufacturers directions on the wax that you plan to use. Generally the wax is applied with a soft cloth or sponge in a circular motion. The wax is then left to dry and buffed with a soft cloth or towel.

Polishing will remove any pitted spots in the gelcoat. It works like a fine grit sandpaper and is abrasive. Polish should be applied to small areas and rubbed in a circular motion just like the wax.

Keep polishing the area until it becomes shiny and glassy looking. Then apply a good coat of wax to give it more shine and added protection. You can purchase polishing compounds that have wax already in them for added convenience.

If you’ve tried to polish the shine back to the fiberglass and it’s still dull, you will have to use a rubbing compound. There are many types of rubbing compounds, so you need to make sure that you purchase one specially made for fiberglass.

Rubbing compounds are even more abrasive than polishes and any wax will need to be removed before you use one. Just like before you’re going to apply the rubbing compound in small circular motions until the surface is shiny again.

Since rubbing compounds are very abrasive you shouldn’t rub one particular spot for too long or you may remove the gelcoat. The gelcoat on your boat is normally about ten times as thick as the paint applied to a car, but it can still be damaged if you keep rubbing the same area for a long time.

After you have gone over the entire boat with the rubbing compound, polish it throughly and then apply a coat of good quality wax. Then use a soft cloth to buff out the shine. This process has been known to restore even the most damaged fiberglass surfaces.

Checking and Adding Fluid to Your Automatic Transmission

You should always check the automatic transmission fluid when you are checking other fluids in your vehicle. If you have small leaks they will turn into larger ones over time. Fixing a transmission leak is very inexpensive compared to repairing, or even replacing, your entire transmission, which is very costly. (more…)

Ladie’s You Can Change Your Own Flat Tire!

There’s no good time to have a flat tire, but the worst time is either late at night or when there’s no one around to help you with the job! But, ladies you can learn how to change your own tire and prevent yourself from being stranded in the middle of nowhere!

Sure most of us carry cell phones now, but what if you just happen to have a flat some where that you can’t get a signal? Or, what if the person that can come to you and help, is an hour away?

And, unless you belong to an auto club, what if you just happen to not have the money to call a tow truck for help? Knowing how to change your own flat tire could come in very handy!

Make sure that you get the car off the road far enough that passing cars aren’t going to be a problem. A well lit area would be nice, but chances are you’re not going to have that luxury. Carrying a flashlight with fresh batteries can be a life saver in cases like this!

It’s safer if you block the wheels to keep the car from rolling as you jack it up. Large rocks or anything will work that you can place behind the tires. It’s best to block all three wheels, but if you can’t find anything to put behind them all block as many as you can. I’d also recommend putting your emergency brake on.

The hardest part of changing a tire for us ladies is removing the lug nuts. Often they’re put on with air tools, have been on the car so long they’re rusted and loosening them is no small feat! If you’re lucky enough to have a can of spray lubricant in the trunk, spray them and let it set a few minutes to help make it easier to loosen them.

I have literally had to hold the lug wrench on with one hand and use my foot to push the wrench to loosen the lug nuts! If you have a four way lug wrench, it helps to place a small pipe over the end of one of the arms. You can get better leverage and it’s easier to get the lug nuts loose.

The other problem might be the jack placement. Every woman should find out where to put the jack just in case she needs to change a tire! If you have the owner’s manual for your car, it will show you exactly where to put the jack.

At first you just want to get all of the lug nuts loosened, don’t completely remove them. Place the jack under the car and raise it enough to get the flat tire off of the ground.

Now you’re ready to remove the lug nuts and pull the tire straight off of the wheel studs. Place the spare tire on the car and put the lug nuts back on as tight as you can with your fingers.

Once you’ve gotten the lug nuts all back on, use the lug wrench to tighten them a bit more. Now lower the jack and let the car all the way down onto the ground and then tighten all of the lug nuts as tight as you can get them.

Congratulation’s! You’ve just changed your first flat tire! Now you’ll want to stop at your nearest garage and have the tire checked. Have a mechanic check to make sure that the lug nuts are tight and there’s no danger of the tire coming off!

If your spare was one of the small “donut” tires that normally come with most vehicles, it won’t last long. Those types of tires are basically a make shift tire to get you to the nearest garage or home!

Sometimes having a flat tire is unavoidable, if there’s something in the road that you can’t see there’s no way to prevent flats. But, often flats are caused by bad tires that are just worn out.

Having your tires checked regularly for flaws, tread wear or any other thing that may cause the tire to lose air is very important. Keeping the air pressure in your tires at the right amount for the size and type of tires that you have can help extend the life of your tires.

How to Change the Brake Pads on Your Car

There are a lot of things that you can do in order to keep your car tuned in the right way. Some of these things that you can do are change the oil, change the transmission fluid, rotate the tires, and change the brake pads. It may seem hard to change brake pads, but if you follow a few easy steps it is pretty simple. (more…)

Spotting Signs that Your Car Battery is Dead

Your car’s ability to run properly will depend on the life of the battery. If the battery runs out of power or has reduced power then the car might not start or it might have reduced performance. Even though it may be the case that your car does not start, it does not mean that it is only your battery. It is important that you know the signs to look out for to know if you battery is either dead or losing its power. (more…)

Caring for Your Car the Green Way

One of the major contributors to the wasting away of our environment is the automobile. The best way to promote the green environment is to conscientiously change the way you maintain your vehicle. Here are a few tips on how to care for your car the green way:

Try to wash by only using a bucket. If you were to travel to other countries you would find that many take nothing but a bucket with light soapy water to wash the car and then another bucket of clear water to rinse. After the rinse, just polish and buff. This helps care for the green environment by not wasting water (you use only what you need) and no excessive dumping of harsh detergents down city drains.

Just give your car a quick wipe if that is all it needs. If all your car has is some spotting from rain or puddle splashing then all it should take is a quick wipe with a clean, damp, and soft rag. This helps care for the green environment by using very little water if any.

When you care for your car by waxing the exterior, it is much easier to clean. That way the water that accumulates overnight can just be wiped off quickly. No need to get the garden hose.

Change all filters at regular intervals. The important ones are the fuel and air filters. Proper maintenance and care of filters keeps your car running efficiently and helps the green environment by saving fuel.

Keep your car tuned up. Although newer cars do not need tune-ups quite as often as their predecessors, you still need to do it per the manufacturer’s specifications. Newer cars have computerized control systems and tune-ups are best done by a certified mechanic.

Buy re-treaded tires. If you buy re-treaded tires from a reputable company, you can get quality at a fraction of the price. It takes oil to make tires and you obviously help care for the green environment by re-using them. Re-treads are best if most of your driving is in the city. In other words, you don’t do a lot of high speed highway driving.

You don’t need to change oil every 3,000 miles. That oil change place you took the car to last time probably put a sticker on your windshield saying to come back in 3 months or 3,000 miles. Take a look at your car’s owner manual and you might see that the recommendation is to change oil every 5,000 miles. You save money plus you help care for the green environment by using less oil.

Use green oil. Petroleum-free oil products for your car’s engine are beginning to appear on the market. You might want to read a little on the product and get all the information you can before using it but it appears to hold promise for the green future.

Care for your tires by inflating to the correct levels. When your tire pressure drops too low, you may not notice it visually but you will feel it as harder steering. The low pressure makes it harder for your engine to move your car resulting in fuel waste. Plus, if tire pressure is too low, you will notice that the outer edges of the surface that touches the road begin to wear first. That abnormal wear can mean that you have to replace tires sooner causing waste and not helping care for the green environment.

How To Fix Those Chips in Your Car’s Paint

At one time or another most of us have had a passing car fling a gravel and chip the paint on our vehicles. Taking your car to an auto body shop can be pretty expensive even for a small chip! But, you can save lots of money by doing it yourself.

You should always repair chips as soon as possible. If they are left unattended they will get worse and eventually start to rust into the frame of your vehicle. Once it’s gotten to that point it will be harder to do yourself and may have to be left to a professional.

The repair might not be completely invisible, but if you take your time chances are no one but you will ever notice it’s there. Choosing the right color to match your car’s finish for touching up the chip will help ensure that it’s less visible.

Most auto parts stores carry a wide selection of automobile touch up paints. There should be a booklet in the paint section where you can look up the paint for your specific vehicle model and year. If there’s not, the salesperson will be able to find it on their computer.

If your car is blue and there’s several colors of blue listed for your cars make, then you will need to use your cars VIN number to find the right one. Ask the sales person for assistance if you’re still not sure which color to buy.

You will only need a small container of the auto paint and a small can of auto primer. If the only paint the parts store has in your color is in a spray, you can spray a little of it into a small container to paint it on your car.

These types of repairs should never be done in the bright sun or if the temperature is below 50 degrees. First you want to thoroughly clean the area with soap and water and then use a soft cotton cloth to dry it completely.

Neither the primer or the paint will adhere securely if there’s still moisture on the area. Just to be safe you may want to wait a while and let the spot air dry as well. You can even use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

Then you’ll need to rub the area with some polishing compound to smooth the rough spots. Don’t rub the area too much, you could damage the clearcoating that’s used over the paint and it will become cloudy looking.

You should also remove any dirt or wax by cleaning the spot with a small amount of denatured alcohol and a soft cloth. You can use a match or any other object with a small tip to apply a small amount of primer. Make sure that you fill in the entire area of the chip, carefully just touching against the paint.

You’ll want to get both the primer and the paint as smooth as you can, if it’s left rough or bumpy it will definitely show through the paint! Once you’ve got the area filled in let it dry for a half hour.

Once the primer has dried, cover the area with a small amount of the auto paint. Wait about an hour and then apply a second coat. Now, you will need to let the paint sure for a few days to make sure it sets.

After several days lightly rub the area with polishing compound to blend the edges of the new paint. If you’ve taken your time and followed the steps, you should be barely able to see the repair.

Simple Ways to Save on Gas when Taking Road Trips

When you go on a road trip one of the main expenses can be for gasoline. Just because gas prices are very high these days driving is still one of the cheapest ways to travel. Plus you will be able to see a lot of America if you drive rather than fly. (more…)

Change Your Own Spark Plugs and Spark Plug Wires

Changing your cars spark plugs may seem like a really intimidating task, but it’s not as complicated as you might think. Almost anyone can change spark plugs with little or no problem and you only need a couple of tools.

Over time spark plugs become covered with carbon deposits, these deposits look like black soot. Carbon can cause your car to lose the power it once had, misfire and can greatly increase gas consumption.

There are some car repairs that are better left to a professional, but there are many things that you can do yourself to save on the costly expense of garage maintenance.

You should never try to work on your car while the engine is hot, especially when your working on anything that is electrical. No matter how careful you are one little slip could result in a serious burn.

A ratchet and a socket are the only tools you will really need, but you can buy a special tool to remove the plugs wires. You don’t really need a tool to remove the wires as long as your careful and don’t pull on the wire itself.

The socket will need to be a deep one, there are sockets especially for spark plugs. It will either be a 13/16 or 5/8, depending on the size of plugs needed for your car.

Just concentrate on one spark plug at a time, never remove all of the wires at once. The spark plug wires have to be in a certain order to each cylinder of your motor, if they’re put back on the wrong plug your car may not start at all.

When you pull the plug wires off make sure to hold the boot of the wire. The boot is the part closest to the plug where it is the thickest, pulling on the wires can break or damage them.

Once you’ve gotten the wire off look around the plug to see if there’s any dirt or debris. You want to be very careful to not let anything fall down inside the motor. If there is anything around the plug you can use a small brush to sweep it out.

After you’ve got it cleaned use the ratchet to remove the plug, you will need to turn it counter clockwise to remove it. Insert the new plug into the hole taking care to keep it straight with the slant of the hole.

Twist the plug in with your fingers as far as you can and then use the ratchet to tighten it. The spark plugs need to be tight, but if you tighten them to much they can break. Once you’ve got the new spark plug in place all that’s left to do is to replace the spark plug wire.

Then just repeat the same steps until you’ve changed all of the plugs. You can of course, just change the spark plugs. But, if your plugs are getting old and worn out then chances are your wires need replaced to.

If you’re changing both the spark plugs and the spark plug wires, you can easily change both at the same time. Just remove the wire from the spark plug and follow it to the back of the motor, pull it loose and replace it with the new wire. Just remember to only do one at a time!

Having your car worked on by a professional is usually pretty expensive. Even a small job such as changing the spark plugs and spark plug wires can cost quite a bit. You can save a lot of money just by doing some of the simpler jobs yourself!

Ladies, I Learned To Change My Oil And So Can You

Changing oil in your vehicle can be done easily at home whether you are a man or a woman. From a woman’s standpoint, changing the oil is not hard to do at all. You will need an oil drain pan, a rag, socket for loosing the oil pan bolt and at least four quarts of oil. Check your owner’s manual to see what they recommend for the type of oil. There are different types of oil for different types of vehicles. You will also need a new oil filter and a filter wrench for loosing the old oil filter.

Once you have all the tools and supplies you need to change the oil, you can put on some old clothes and begin. Some vehicles are so close to the ground that you may need to jack up the front of the vehicle slightly. Place a block behind the two back tires and the passenger side tire to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards. I prefer to use a floor jack because it is easier to use than the jacks that hook on the bumper. After jacking up the front slightly, place a block or jack stand under the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from slipping off the jack and falling on you.

Now you are ready to begin the oil change. Crawl under the vehicle with your rag, socket and drain pan as well as your new oil filter and filter wrench. Locate the oil pan drain bolt. In most cars, it is on the bottom side, but some can be on the side of the oil pan. Once you locate the bolt, place the drain pan under the bolt and use your socket to loosen the bolt. Once you have it loose, the oil will start to drain out.

While that oil is draining, take your filter wrench, place it around the oil filter, and loosen. You can then unwind it the rest of the way with your hand. Put a rag on the ground under the oil filter because it will have some spillage when you remove it. Do not tip the oil filter because it does have oil in it.

Now you have some time to rest while the oil drains out. The time varies for every vehicle, but the oil usually takes about ten minutes to drain out. Once the oil stops draining, you are ready to replace the bolt and the oil filter. Grab the drain pan out from underneath the vehicle and crawl back under. Use the socket to tighten the oil pan bolt. It is important that you have it tight, but do not over tighten the bolt.

Open one can or bottle of oil and with your finger, rub a little oil on the seal of the new oil filter. Next, move the location where you removed the oil filter. Now you can start winding the new oil filter on until you cannot tighten it any farther. Place the filter wrench on the filter and give it one quick turn or so. Make sure it is tight. You are now done underneath the vehicle.

Take the jack stand out from underneath the vehicle and then slowly lower the floor jack. You can keep the blocks in place until you are done. Now you are ready to move to the engine compartment. First take out the dip stick and clean it. Now take the funnel and place it in the hole after removing the cap. Dump one can or bottle of oil and allow it to empty into the engine.

At this time, you can look underneath and make sure you have no leaks. Repeat this step until all the new oil is in the engine. Replace the oil cap, start the vehicle up, and press on the accelerator to rev the engine a bit. Turn the car off and look underneath to make sure you have no leaks. The last step is to check the dipstick to make sure you have enough oil in the engine. Pull the dipstick out and wipe with a rag, replace and pull out again. Now read the stick to make sure you have enough oil. Remove the blocks from behind the wheels and you are ready to go. Ladies, this is easy to do, after a while you will become faster at changing your own oil.

Replacing Electrical Fuses in Your Car

The electrical fuses in your car will protect all the electric devices. If there is a power surge a fuse will blow so the extra electricity does not reach the electric device itself, which will ruin it. Replacing an electric fuse in your car is simple and you need to do it periodically to make sure that your car’s electric devices are safe. (more…)

How to Check the Oil in Your Car

Having the right oil level in the engine of your car is extremely important to the longevity of your car. It is very easy and does not take a lot of time to check the oil in your car. But if you do not check the oil periodically it can cause major damage to your engine and cost you thousands of dollars. It is a good idea to check the oil in your car every time you fill up your car up with gas, or at least once a week. (more…)

How to Choose a Good Automobile Tint Shop

You may ask yourself, how does a consumer choose the tint shop that does quality work? Many times people go to a tint shop without looking into their work. This is a craps-shoot as you do not know if they do good work. There are some tips that you can follow in order to find the right tint shop that will do a good job on your vehicle. (more…)

The Three Basic Methods adding Pinstripes to your Vehicle

Pinstriping your vehicle can make it look great and give it the look of speed. There are three different methods you can pinstripe your vehicle. You can give the look of a sleek car with any type of vehicle you own. Pinsriping your vehicle is not difficult and there are three methods you can use to pinstripe your vehicle. (more…)

Tips for a Better Air Conditioning System for Your Vehicle

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How to Gain 5 Horsepower in Your Vehicle for Almost Nothing

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How to find Antique Car Parts

Having an antique car can be a great thrill as by driving down the street you will definitely be noticed. An antique care can also be a great investment as the older the cars are the greater their value. There are a lot of people that decide to restore an older car that they have bought. This involves a lot of time and effort but the result can be well worth it. (more…)

How to Prevent Car Damage

Car battery related problems are one of the main reasons for calls for roadside assistance. The simple car battery is one of the most crucial pieces of the car as it directly or indirectly affects almost every part of your vehicle. (more…)

How to Keep Your Car in Top Shape

Your car is a very important piece of your life and it’s also a very expensive machine that needs regular checkups to keep it in tiptop shape. There are so easy things you can do to ensure that your car operates at its optimal level. The major things you can do to keep your car running properly in to tune your engine, and keeping an eye on your filters and fluids. (more…)

How to Maintain Your Tires

Tires are a very crucial piece to a vehicle and truthfully you aren’t going anywhere if they aren’t working properly! So why is it that so many people neglect simple maintenance steps that could drastically increase the performance and lifespan of their tires? (more…)

How to Clean a Car Battery

Vehicles are very expensive possessions and require fairly regular care and maintenance in order to keep them in peak working condition, after all nothing is more annoying than breaking down at the side of road over a problem you could have prevented. We all are very good at staying on top of changing our oils, and filling up our cars fluids but we often neglect to clean our car batteries. (more…)

How to Clean Your Car Properly

You need to take precautions when you are washing your car as there are many factors that could result in damage to your vehicle. Take for example the automatic car washing systems that are spread throughout cities. (more…)

Changing an Oil Filter on Your Car

A spin on oil filter does not look like it would be hard to change since it is spin on you would think you can just twist it off and on and that’s it. But it is not that simple. Generally the area where the oil filter does not have much space around it to maneuver so just reaching in and untwisting it and spinning it on rarely happen. Add to the fact that an oil filter should be screwed on very tight and typically is covered in oil or grease. Because of this you should use a wrench. (more…)

Changing a Battery

Cars are very expensive possessions and require regular care and maintenance in order to keep them in working condition.  The majority of people are very active in keeping their car maintained through oil changes, transmission fluid changes, checkups, and other repairs but they often forgot or ignore their car battery.  (more…)

Changing Your Oil

Changing your oil frequently is crucial to both the performance and durability of your vehicle.  You should make an effort to change the oil in your vehicle every three months or six thousand miles.  (more…)

Do It Yourself Overheating Solutions

A car is a machine of great complication and requires many things to ensure that it functions the way it should. If one of the systems that makes a car operate is failing or starting to fail it can cause problems with the entire inner workings. This is one of those things that many do not understand. (more…)

Do It Yourself Brake Bleeding

Owning a car means many things, and one of them is the fact that you will have problems at one point or another. Many people believe that by purchasing only new cars they will avoid having any kind of problem, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. The matter is that cars are built by humans and humans do make mistakes on a regular basis. (more…)

Do It Yourself Oil Changes

Saving money is highly important these days. With the soaring fuel prices, people are looking for ways to keep the budget in balance, especially when it comes to their cars. This is why people are now looking to do the monthly and yearly upkeep on their cars themselves without the help of a professional. (more…)

Do It Yourself AC Recharging

The heat of the summer is a time when people are turning on the air conditioning to stay cool. For this reason a lot of people, especially those that believe in the do it yourself way of doing things. This is a pretty new concept for a lot of people because only in the last ten years have you been able to do anything with air conditioning yourself. (more…)

Do It Yourself Oil Leak Repair

If you own a car that is ten years older or more then you most likely have an oil leak or have had one in the past. This is very common as the oil seals on a car have a life of about ten years and then begin to break down over time. There is nothing that anyone can do to stop the oil leaks from occurring. (more…)

Do It Yourself Valve Cover Gasket Repair

Often times people will not give their valve cover any thought because it is one of those things that people with little knowledge of cars think about. The fact is that the valve cover is responsible for a lot of the engine and the way that it performs. With that in mind, it is also the most misdiagnosed issue in the entire engine system. (more…)

Do It Yourself Tie Rod Replacement

Many things are overlooked when it comes to automobile repairs by the do it yourself person and one of those is tie rods. Tie rods are the arms that attach the wheels to the steering system and give you the power to turn the car one way or another. These rods are a common part to wear out over the life time of a vehicle. (more…)

Do It Yourself Tune Ups

Saving on the high price of fuel is of the utmost importance these days. Since the cost went through the roof, there has been an influx of people who are trying to save the cost of gas by making their automobiles more fuel efficient. (more…)

How To Change Front Brake Pads

If you are the handyman do it yourself type person you may want to consider saving some time and money when it comes to the automobiles that you own. This is an area where a lot of money is spent throughout the year, but many never realize that the things they have repaired or maintained can be taken care of at home with little or no (more…)

Do-It-Yourself Rear Brake Shoe Inspection and Replacement

Part of owning a car is keeping it properly maintained. For many people this means taking it to the service center and having the professionals handle the problems and maintenance. Of course there are those brave do it yourself souls in the world that seek to save some money and take care of the issue themselves. So that is where we come to this junction with it and talk about the rear brake shoe inspection and replacement. (more…)

Tips for Secure and Safe Driving!

Usually when you think about being safe and secure while driving, thoughts of seat belts, air bags and prepackaged emergency kits spring to mind. While these items certainly enhance the safety of the vehicle as well as your sense of security should an accident occur, they do nothing to remedy the everyday problems and mishaps encountered during the routine drive. The following tips will help you be better prepared to handle any crisis that may arise while using your car: