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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Windshield Glass Repair

Check the crack

While you can wait for a day or two to find a good shop, don’t just sit idle. Instead, take a closer look at the crack to see how bad it is. If the crack is really small, you are not at risk and you can drive for a day or two carefully. But if the crack is rather big, you may want to head to the nearest shop to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Temporary solutions

You can opt for a temporary solution, but it may not work for more than a day or two. For instance, you can give a go to on auto glass repair kit. In case of a minimal damage, such as a small chip, you can count on a kit for a few days.

However, in the end, you will still need to take your car to a professional for repair. Now, if your car auto glass has a big crack, we suggest that you avoiding using an at-home kit. Things can go wrong. Further damage to the glass may result in the collapse of the roof of the car.

Precautions

If you want to prevent cracks down the road, we suggest that you examine your auto glass on a regular basis. This way you can identify the problems before they get worse, which will help you avoid the risk and save money.

Aside from this, using regular sponges in order to clean the windshield is not recommended. Instead, what you need to do is buy a microfiber cloth to avoid scratches. Frequent cleaning of the windshield wipers is also a good habit. However, using low quality products is not good, as it will cost you a lot down the road. Also, the windshield should be of high quality.

Paint Protection Film

Now, there are preventative measures, such as ensuring it’s well maintained, cleaning it, and driving carefully. But, what about factors you can’t control. For instance, a small piece of gravel that’s been kicked up by a semi-trailer, and ricochets off your bonnet, or roof, or mirror, or any part. This is where paint protection film steps in. Its purpose is similar to that of bulletproof glass (please do not shoot at a car with paint protection film). It’s job is to absorb the impact by acting as a barrier. Its composition is made up of a polyurethane film, not too far off the stuff used on armoured glass. The use of paint protection film is to ensure that little to no harm comes to your vehicle. I mean, it’s not going to protect you if you another car slams into you at 60km/h. That job is reserved for your seatbelt and airbags. It will, however, stop those unruly scratches, stone chips, and even minor abrasions. It even protects your paint work from pollutants and contaminants, such as bird droppings, tree sap, dirt, dust and other unfavourable things that could damage your paint. Paint protection film can save you a tonne of money in the long run. While more affordable alternatives, namely ceramic coating, are available, they do not provide the protection against scratches and rock chips. Paint protection film does.

Paint protection film is also a fantastic way to preserve your vehicles colour, especially if it’s a custom colour! It’s a preferred product for classic cars, you know, the ones that were “made like they used to”. These cars are often high end classics, with discontinued paint finishes, so it’s no wonder they would want paint protection.

Lead-Acid Car Batteries

Lead acid car batteries are energy storing devices made up of lead and lead dioxide plates. These plates are submerged into an electrolyte solution. The percentage of water is 65{9fc9d0b8434e6b910cd136c18dd52d3406612c12414d02ed77d1ee21eba1a774} and sulphuric acid contributes 35{9fc9d0b8434e6b910cd136c18dd52d3406612c12414d02ed77d1ee21eba1a774} to this solution. When the battery is used to start the car, it gets discharged. The sulphuric acid in the electrolyte solution gets depleted leaving a higher proportion of water. The sulfate is returned to the acid during the charging process. The battery provides high current required by the starter motor to crank the engine of the car. Once the engine is started, the battery is again recharged by the engine driven charging system. In this process, the alternator takes necessary energy from the rotation of engine through a belt to charge up the battery. When the engine is running, the alternator generates electricity for the electrical equipment of the car.

When the car is exposed to direct sunlight in summers for longer periods of time, it accelerates the process of corrosion and evaporates the electrolyte. This reduces the life of a battery making it weaker. So, avoid getting your car heated by sunlight by parking in a suitable shade.

A battery must be fitted properly to avoid any sort of vibrations. These vibrations over the time shake the plates around which in turn make the internal connections lose. As a result, the battery would not get properly charged.

Once you start the car, make sure to drive it for enough time for the battery to get recharged again. The alternator takes time to recharge the battery after it has released its energy while starting the engine. Otherwise, the battery will stay undercharged which is not sufficient to provide high current to the starting motor.

Keeping the headlights or music system on while the engine is shut down drains the battery over the time. Avoid plugging in a charger for a longer period of times to prevent the battery from discharging.

Corrosion on battery terminals is as harmful to the battery as anything else. Always clean the battery terminals carefully once or twice in a month. Make sure to wear gloves and eye protection. The white powder on terminals is toxic and should not be allowed to come in contact with the skin.

There are a couple of signs that may indicate your battery is getting weak and needs a replacement.

  • The bright headlights of the car become slightly dim when the engine is turned off.
  • The starter motor turns slowly when you start the car due to the low current provided by the battery.

There are a few visual signs that indicate the battery needs a replacement.

  • An internal short circuit or overcharging leads to a swollen battery. If you see signs of bulging anywhere around the battery, replace it.
  • Examine the battery case carefully for any damage to the battery case.

It is not recommended to use a weak battery. However, in an emergency case, jumper cables can be used when you are stuck during your trip along the roadside. Always keep a set of jumper cables in your car if you think the battery is not in a supreme condition. Jumper cables let you jump start your vehicle with the help of another car. Although it is a very simple technique but safety measures must be taken to avoid any danger. Following steps will guide you to jump-start the vehicle:

  • Make sure both batteries have the same voltage rating i.e. 12 V
  • Turn off the ignition switch after parking it close enough to the other car in neutral position.
  • Never jump a frozen battery. It can easily explode.
  • Wear rubber gloves and safety glasses.
  • Carefully identify and connect the positive terminals of both batteries to each other.
  • Make sure the other end does not touch car’s body to avoid any dangerous spark.
  • Clamp the negative cable to the negative terminal of the good battery.
  • Connect the other end of the negative cable to a metal part of the car with a weak battery.
  • Finally the start the car with the good battery.
  • Give it 5-7 minutes to charge the weak battery.
  • Now start the ignition of the car with a weak battery.
  • Carefully remove the cables in reverse order. Remove the negative cables first followed by removing the positive cable from the car with the good battery. In the end, remove the positive cable from the car with a weak battery.

Nitrous Vs Turbo

Though every engine can be turbocharged, that doesn’t mean some naturally aspirated car owners would want to add them to the power plant currently residing under the hood. A combination of power and traction is required to control an engine’s potential and transfer it to the wheels.

One place where you see the turbo versus non-turbo debate is at the local drag strip or race track. Many of the racers have different experiences when it comes to boosting the parts installed.

Drivers who have small displacement motors may choose to include a turbo to get the response they need on a race track when they push their RPM to the limit. These foreign made “rice burners” could never compete against some of the big displacement muscle car motors that you’ll find on the race tracks. Not without adding a powerful turbo to their engine package. This may be the perfect solution for them, but it is not something a big displacement engine owner considers when they want to increase the power and performance, as well as transfer of that power to the streets through the wheels.

The first fallacy of turbos is that you get extra power at any throttle opening. This is false. A turbo compression wheel does not create maximum boost until the throttle is in a WOT (wide open throttle) position for a number of seconds. You may never WOT a throttle around town streets as a turbo would let the daily driver down when it comes to throttle response.