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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Types of Car Oils

Premium Oil
This is the conventional oil that is available in different levels of viscosity. This type of oil is largely used in light-duty vehicles, and needs to be changed/replaced once in every 4 months, or at least twice a year. It is highly recommended that the oil is changed as soon as the oil-change indicator in the car lights up.

Synthetic Oil
This type of oil is specially formulated for sophisticated engines, such as those found in Mercedes-Benz. They promise a high degree of performance in aspects such as protection against deposits and viscosity index. They are considerably expensive than the conventional oils but are completely worth the money spent on them as they perform well across a wide range of temperatures.

Synthetic Blend Oil
As the name suggests, synthetic blend oil consists of a dash of synthetic mixed with the conventional oil. This type of oil is formulated with the aim to offer protection to vehicles enduring heavy loads and/or working in high temperatures, especially SUVs. Given that the synthetic blend oil doesn’t evaporate as easily, they reduce the loss of oil and increase fuel efficiency. Yet another benefit of this is that it costs much less than fully synthetic.

Deal With Broken Car

1. Assess the damage

That has been done to your car: Before making an effort of selling your broken vehicle, assess the damage that has been done to your car by wear and tear or an accident. It is essential to know the worth or the car before quoting a value for sale. Get an inspection of the car done by a mechanic to get a fair idea of the value and functionality of the car. Make sure you know if the important systems of the car are in working conditions so that you can go about the marketing of the vehicle.

2. Repair the vehicle:

If your car is too dysfunctional to be sold, get it repaired. You can get the damaged parts of the vehicles repaired before selling the car. However, there is not much profit that you can make out of it. The value that will be added to your vehicle will most probably equal to the cost of repairing. Make sure you have enough time and efforts to invest in repairing the car. Before you make a deal with potential buyers, inform them about the prior status of the car.

3. Sell the car as it is to a Salvage lot:

Sometimes cars are so severely damaged that they are considered to be irreparable. In this case, you can sell the car to a salvage lot. They tow your car away and some operational spare parts of the car can be used for resale. If there is nothing that can be used for the purpose of reselling, the metal is recycled. You can hardly expect a good pay from them but it’s better than having a wreck uselessly sitting in your garage.

4. Sell parts of the car:

If you want to make a little money out of your broken car, you can personally sell the usable parts of your vehicle. Contact the salvage yards to get an information about the amount of money that you can make through selling parts of your car or sell them yourself if you think you can make more money by personally selling them. You can throw an advertisement in some newspapers or upload some advertisement on websites like eBay to attract potential buyers.

Performance Car Tuning

The concept of Car Tuning: In simple words, car tuning may be explained as the method of editing the functionality of engine control unit installed inside your car. Now days going through the use of the computer, mechanism of the car is controlled by the software that is installed in the engine control unit of the car. This engine control unit or ECU is linked with the engine and other components through sensors. Car tuning refers to altering the program of the software installed in the ECU. Doing this results in the improved performance of the car and it not only starts delivering the improved fuel efficiency but also starts generating more power as compared to earlier.

Here it would be interesting to know that the problem of decline in the performance of vehicles is not only faced by the owners of small cars but also the owners of luxurious cars like Aston Martin, Jaguar, BMW, etc. Interestingly going through the concern of all types of car owners nowadays there are various technicians that expertise in the job of offering the service of performance car tuning to the car owners across the world. The worth mention feature of the services offered by these technicians is that apart from car tuning they also offer various additional services that are helpful in enhancing the performance of any car. Some of these methods are referred below:

  1. Upgrading the exhaust system: Being a car owner you must be aware of the functioning of an exhaust system that throws out the harmful gases taking inside the engine from the combination of air and fuel from the car. Surprisingly, as the car gets older there is also decline in its performance moreover with passing time the exhaust pipes also get older. Therefore, after the ECU of a car is re-tuned there is an increase in its power generation efficiency and the pressure of gases developing inside the engine. In such scenario, it becomes imperative for the car owner to get the exhaust system upgraded in accordance with tuned ECU. Doing this is helpful in improving the performance of the car.
  2. Upgrading the brakes: The enhancement in power generation efficiency also impacts the acceleration performance of the car and therefore to comply with that efficiency upgrading the braking system becomes necessary for retaining the proper control over the vehicle. In absence of this, there are chances that your car might smash to other cars.
  3. Upgrading the air filter: As the exhaust system throws the harmful gases out from the car, similarly the air filters support the smooth entrance of clean air in the engine. As the time passes the dust and other particles start blocking the holes of the filter, which adversely affects the performance of a vehicle. To combat this problem replacing the existing air filter with the new filters is helpful in enjoying the enhanced performance of your vehicle to a huge extent.

Car Painting Tips

  • Make sure that you have all your tools on hand. This includes sand paper, electric sandpaper, masking tape, newspapers, air compressors and spray guns. Also consider weather conditions such as sunshine, wind and rain.
  • Make sure that you have the correct chemicals for the paint such as thinners, primer, undercoat and top coat. All these are necessary to prolong the life of the paint job.
  • Remove all the dust in your work area to prevent particles landing on the wet paint. Particles will destroy the smooth finish. You also need to clean the car to remove all grease and road contaminants.
  • Never forget to wear a face mask, goggles and gloves to avoid getting the chemicals on your skin. These items will also protect you from the particles that come off when you sand current enamel off the car.
  • Sand the car in circular motions for a uniform surface. The more uniform the better the end result. Once you have finished with sanding the chassis, apply thinners onto a cloth and wipe the surface. Thinners will get the remaining paint off.
  • Priming the surface provides a good base coat to prolong the life of the paint job. It also helps to set the chemicals for an even finish. If you don’t want a specific section of the car to be painted, cover those areas with masking tape or newspaper.
  • Apply thin layers of primer and paint so that clumps and drops don’t form. Thinner coats will set quicker and allow you to add another coat on top without unsightly formations.
  • Follow all the rations mentioned on the instructions of the paint packages. There might be a different amount of chemicals that need to be mixed with the right amount of thinners.