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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Transmission Trouble

1. Change the Transmission oil and filter at least once every 50K miles.

2. When you start your vehicle let it set in neutral to the count of 20 before you put it in gear every morning.

3. Come to a complete stop before you shift into neutral, reverse, or drive.

4. Check transmission fluid frequently and NEVER over fill it.

5. Never spin your tires on pavement, this causes wear and tear on your transmission.

Taking care of your transmission is not difficult, but it does require serious thought as to drive patterns, behaviors, and habits of the driver. You must consider your vehicle and never expect more than it should be able to provide mechanically. Overextending the simple uses wear on engine and transmission parts.

Keep your tires aired to regulation levels and carefully consider your driving habits. Do they need to change?

Becoming a good driver also means being a safer driver. Extending the life of your vehicle with good driving habits may actually save your life. Consider the alternative to bad driving habits.

* lower gas mileage

* longer tire wear

* better long term performance

* lower costs and repairs

* better maintenance values

* less wear and tear on vehicle

* better resale market values

Windshield Repair

A windshield that has a rock chip or ding at the end of winter needs to be repaired before thermal shock causes the minor ding to become a major crack. Thermal shock can also happen when cold air from air conditioning blows directly on a windshield that is very hot from summer sun exposure.

To repair a small windshield ding, it can cost as little as $50 to $60. Auto glass windshield replacement can cost hundreds of dollars. It may cost even more for certain cars. Once a ding or star (star-shaped ding with points spreading out) expands, replacing the windshield may be the only choice. That’s why it’s very important to get windshield glass repair work done quickly. It is vital to have the repair performed before dirt gets into the break. If you can’t get to the repair shop right away, get a windshield saver patch. Such a patch covers the break until it can repaired, and does not obscure driving vision.

It is ideal to repair a windshield, rather than replace it, whenever possible. Windshield glass repair [http://lasertargeted.com/glassrepair/windshield-repair.html] saves the windshield, and preserves the factory’s safety seal of windshield to auto body. Because passenger side air bags deploy off of the windshield, preserving the factory installation is an important safety consideration. It also helps to avoid air and water leaks.

Another way to take care of your vehicle and prevent performance problems is to check fluids. Checking fluids is the cheapest and most important proactive maintenance you can do for your car or truck. Oil should be changed frequently — every 3,000 to 5,000 miles — if you haul heavy loads or drive in “stop and go” traffic.

Also, flush your radiator and change your engine coolant every two years. The summer season can be very hard on a vehicle’s cooling system so inspect your radiator for signs of leaking or corrosion. If you’re not sure, have your mechanic check the radiator core to make sure it is not plugged or at risk of imminent failure. Check and fill other fluids necessary for your vehicle’s performance, to recommended levels. These may include power steering, transmission, brake, radiator, and battery. Also, top off windshield wiper fluid. Don’t wait until you need it, to do that!

Heat in summer can also be bad for an older battery. A typical battery lives about 3.5 years. It’s probably time to replace yours if it’s nearing that age, or older. It’s a good idea to have a mechanic check the battery and cables to make sure the car starts quickly and reliably.

Check your tires to see if they are worn, badly aligned or balanced, or out of pressure. Tire pressure increases 1 pound per 10 degree (Fahrenheit) increase in temperature. If your tires are inflated to the maximum pressure indicated on the tire sidewall, you risk tire failure from over inflation, especially if the tire is damaged or worn. If you are traveling in remote areas, it may be wise to carry a full-sized spare tire instead of a temporary emergency spare. Temporary emergency spares typically have only a 50 or 100 mile life expectancy which may be inadequate for longer trips.

Off-Road Modifications

Some people find the sport intimidating because they have an impression that it is expensive. Luckily, there are cheaper options such as aftermarket upgrades that are available in the market.

Here are some of the top modifications that can improve a vehicle’s off-roading capability:

Off-road tires are more expensive than your regular tires. The price of mud tires usually start at $100. This is the most basic upgrade that a budding off-roader can start with. These type of tires have deeper treads and offer excellent traction to withstand different off-roading conditions.

Cold air intakes and air filters are another must have when you go off-roading. It enhances a vehicle’s performance by improving its airflow. Some of the most popular brands are AFE, Volant and K&N.

Another popular upgrade is shock absorbers. High quality shocks are essential to help control the suspensions and to improve the ride quality and handling of a vehicle, on and off-road. Rancho and Bilstein are two of the most popular shock absorber brands in the market.

Lights are another must have. Visibility is one of the most important concerns of outdoor adventurers. Different types of off-road lights such as light bars and flood lights can help the off-roader to see faraway objects, blind corners and other potential hazards that are often encountered during nighttime driving.

Winches are also important. This simple upgrade is essential, especially during the times that a rig is stuck in deep mud and is need of extraction. Warn, Smittybilt and Superwinch are three of the most celebrated brands when it comes to winches.

Roof racks are often purchased to load objects that can be used while going on an off-roading adventure or other type of sport equipment such as kayaks, canoes and surf boards. It also gives a rig a rugged look.

Lift kits are also a must have when it comes to this sport. This gives a rig an added ground clearance, increases wheel well clearance, to allow use of large tires, and also adds space between wheel axles.

Body armors are also a popular upgrade, particularly heavy duty, off-road front and rear bumpers that offer greater protection than regular bumpers and skid plates. These are steel plates that serve as an undercarriage shield to prevent damage from ground contact.

Car Vs SUV for Family

There are a number of reasons why one should choose an SUV over a regular car for their family. Here are a few of the most important ones:

More space
Thanks to its generous proportions, SUVs have spacious interiors and many have a third row of seats to carry extra passengers or additional baggage or cargo.

Better handling
SUV’s are better on city roads, thanks to their higher ground clearance. This is a more suitable class of vehicle and handles those rough patches on the roads much better than a regular car can.

Higher driving position
With a higher perch, one gets a better view of the road ahead and can keep a good eye on the traffic. This can help you make quick, important decisions when driving, especially in crowded cities.

Better hauling
Thanks to their size and larger cargo capacities, they are much better for hauling large amounts of groceries, camping equipment, sports equipment, etc. The rear seats can be removed and make an even bigger space for your stuff.

More power
One can feel all that power and muscle as soon as they get behind the wheel of an SUV. We all love to feel a vehicle’s power and if we can get it without sacrificing comfort and space, why not?

More safety features
With superior capabilities for handling & braking, a stronger frame and multiple parking and driving sensors and cameras, the SUV is much safer for your family than a car is.

SUVs are quickly becoming the first choice for families, as they offer comfortable passenger seating, attractive exteriors, great performance and power while providing respectable fuel economy. They are much safer than they have been in the past, offer a great driving experience and the advantage of a great capacity for passengers and cargo. Most people choose to buy an SUV over a car as it fulfills more of their wants and needs.