Aerodynamics in Car Designs

When it’s Best to Call for Towing Rather than Driving Your Car to a Repair Shop

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If you can start your car and get it on the road, you might assume that it’s fine to drive to a nearby repair shop no matter the damages or repairs that are needed. There are actually instances when it’s better to call for towing services and to have your car towed to the shop rather than risk driving it, even if the shop is not that far from your home. Note a few times when it’s best to call for towing services in the area rather than driving your car at all. 1. If the shocks seem to grind or there is no cushion to them When your car hits a bump of any sort, the shocks should absorb that impact and you should feel cushioned inside the cab of the car. Shocks aren’t there just for your comfort but they also protect the car itself. If your shocks seem to grind with every bump or you know that there is no cushion to them, this can cause your car’s axles, tire rims, and other major parts to absorb each bump on the road. The underbody of your car might also smack the road rather than bouncing up and down as it should, and this can cause damage to any number of parts under the car’s body. Rather than risk this type of damage, have your car towed if you know that the shocks are broken or simply not working as they should. 2. When you hear a clunking or thumping noise A clunking or thumping noise under your car’s hood can be any number of problems, but is often caused by a part that has broken or come loose and which is now thumping against something else. Driving your car this way can mean more damage to the part itself, and whatever other part it is bumping against. No matter the cause, when you hear something obviously clunking or thumping under the hood, have your car towed. 3. Obvious fluid leaks If your car has a puddle of any sort under it after driving, unless it’s condensation from the air conditioner, you don’t want to drive it. A small drip of oil or another fluid may not be very catastrophic, but if you notice puddles, drips along any part under the hood or other signs of major fluid leaks, don’t drive your car, as the fluid could leak out on the road. This can mean your steering, brakes, or other major component then fails, putting you in...

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Foul Food For Thought: 3 Bad Odours that Spell Trouble for Your Vehicle

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Very occasionally a car can abruptly thud to a halt for no apparent reason, but more often than not, there’s usually some sort of sign beforehand to indicate that something below deck isn’t quite right. However, from time to time a vehicle in trouble may be more subtle—sporadically or permanently emitting expired food-like odors instead of making dodgy sounds. You may convince yourself that it may be the surroundings you’re driving through that are causing an expired breakfast-like smell to waft through your vehicle, but in reality it could well be something to do with your car itself. Listed here are three common odors that occasionally occur in cars that may be reminiscent of bad breakfast items, and what to do when they arise.   Eggs This particular aroma has a tendency to waft itself around vehicles that have trouble converting sulphur from fuel into sulphur dioxide. The problem often lies with the car’s catalytic converter, which may have experienced wear and tear over time and is now unable to convert the sulphur into an odorless gas in the ordinary manner. Instead, the sulphur is left to sit in your exhaust pipe and emit the foul smell of rotting eggs. If you ever encounter this issue with your car, you’ll need to check out your catalytic converter. Occasionally the converter itself may be blocked or clogged, and whilst it is possible to rectify this issue yourself, a local garage or mechanic will be able to clear it out for you professionally. In certain cases, the catalytic converter will have to be replaced. Toast The smell of burnt toast is always a disappointing one, but when you notice it wafting through your vehicle, it could be dangerous. The aroma of cooked, burnt bread often arises due to an electrical fault in your car—either from an electrical short or burning insulation. This requires immediate attention, as wire overheating can lead to extremely hazardous situations in the future that may even lead to fires starting in your car. If you ever notice the smell of burnt toast whilst you’re driving, be sure to pull over the car and contact your mechanic immediately. Always try to avoid driving the vehicle until the problem is repaired.  Maple Syrup Whilst the whiff of sweet maple syrup may not be foul enough to concern you when you sense it floating around inside your vehicle, don’t be fooled. This aroma may actually indicate that there’s a coolant leak inside your vehicle. Not only does this spell trouble for your car, it can actively put you and your passengers in danger. When coolant begins to leak, it emits a toxic substance called ethylene glycol, which surreptitiously parades as a sweetly innocent smell but can in fact be deadly. The big problem with your car smelling like maple syrup is the fact that the coolant leak may be emanating from one or more of several locations in your vehicle, including the radiator, heater hose, gasket or cylinder head. Whilst it is possible to both find and fix coolant leaks, the recommended course of action is to immediately consult mechanics like 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs when you notice this smell, as they’ll be able to expertly identify where it’s coming from and how to remove that sickly aroma for...

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Why You Should Avoid DIY Windscreen Replacement

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You may need to replace your car windscreen if it gets a major crack that damages the vinyl between the sheets of glass. While some people may hire a competent auto shop technician to replace the windscreen, others may want to do it themselves. This article discusses why it is unwise to attempt a DIY windscreen replacement. You May Damage Your Car’s E-Coating E-coating refers to the coating placed on your car’s metallic parts to protect them from corrosion. Due to your inexperience in replacing windscreens, you may accidentally damage this electro-plate coating (e-coat) on the car’s pinch weld (the frame onto which the windscreen is mounted). The tools you are using to remove the old windscreen may cause this damage when they scrape against that e-coat. Once the e-coat is damaged, the pinch weld will gradually rust and your windscreen will begin to leak. To avoid this eventuality, hire an experienced windscreen repair professional to replace your windscreen. You May Choose the Wrong Urethane Adhesive There are many urethane adhesives (adhesives used to hold the windscreen in place) on the market. Each kind is suitable to be used under different conditions like temperature zones and the time required for the adhesive to set. For instance, one kind may be ideal when you would like to drive away as soon as the windscreen has been installed while another kind requires several hours to set before you drive away. Unless you have some advanced knowledge of car repairs, it is very easy for you to pick any adhesive you find and then use it in conditions it was not designed for. Such a situation can result in your new windscreen falling off as you drive or cracking due to improper installation. That is why you should leave windscreen replacement to the professionals. Your Insurance Company May Not Cover that Windscreen Replacement Insurance companies prefer to pay for car repairs that were conducted by licensed professionals so your claim for windscreen replacement may not be honored if you did the work yourself. Thus, it will be more costly to you to attempt a windscreen DIY job instead of filing a claim so that your insurance company covers that cost. There are both monetary and safety risks that you expose yourself to if you replace your windscreen yourself. Avoid those risks by using your DIY skills on other projects; leave the auto shop to handle your windscreen replacement or repair tasks. For more information, contact a business such as Premier...

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Improving Overall Performance: 3 Truck Parts That Increase Horsepower

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Trucks are gaining in popularity due to their rugged structure and overall performance capabilities. From 2009 to 2014, the average annual growth of light rigid trucks is about 4.3% and the average annual growth of heavy rigid trucks is about 1.2%. If you are a truck owner yourself, you’ll be aware that there are various truck parts that can increase horsepower. Here are 3 aftermarket truck parts that are inexpensive, but effective.  Upgrade the Air Filters Most truck owners are unaware that changing and upgrading the air filters can have a phenomenal impact on their truck’s horsepower. Most air filters produced by manufacturers are restricted in performance by cost. In short, these air filters don’t allow for as much airflow as what would be considered as ideal. To increase horsepower, upgrade from a manufacturer’s air filter to a high-performance aftermarket filter. These filters tend to a better job at filtering without restricting airflow to the engine. An increase in airflow will enhance your engine’s capabilities and increase horsepower. One important factor to note when choosing an air filter is to find one that is both washable and reusable. Air filters get clogged up and dirtied easily. Dirty air filters are much less efficient and will rob your truck of its horsepower. With a washable and reusable air filter, you can clean the filters often to make sure that dirt and dust particles do not obstruct the airflow. Get a More Efficient Fuel Delivery The fuel delivery’s job is quite self-explanatory; it delivers fuel to the engine. Getting a more efficient fuel delivery is especially important if you have modified or altered your engine; however, choosing a fuel delivery is not as simple as installing a larger version. Most engines have a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio between 12.5 to 1 and 14 to 1. You will want to find a fuel delivery capable of adjusting the air-fuel delivery ratio to that range. Keep in mind that you will waste gas and lose power if too much fuel is delivered, as the mixture is ratio. On the contrary, you will also lose power and your engine will run hotter if too little fuel is delivered, as the mixture is too lean. As a result, it is crucial that you choose wisely.  Install Improved Cylinder Heads Last but not least, installing improved cylinder heads can make a huge difference. Cylinder heads are responsible for topping off the cylinders and sealing off the pistons to build compression. Much like fuel delivery systems, there are many different types of improved cylinder heads that can be purchased that will improve the air-fuel ratio that enters the engine. These cylinder heads incorporate different shapes in their design in order to improve airflow, and can significantly increase a truck’s horsepower as a result. Conclusion There are many other truck parts that can be purchased to increase the horsepower. Depending on the budget that you have available for modifications and the amount of time that you are willing to spend on your truck, you can significantly improve its...

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3 Reasons Why You Need Specialized Service for a Foreign Car

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When you own a foreign car and it needs repairs, you want to be careful about where you bring it to get repairs done—you shouldn’t take it in to just any repair shop. There are many reasons why you need specialized service for a foreign car, no matter its make or model. Note a few of those reasons here. 1. Diagnostic equipment may be specialized In order to repair your car, it first needs to be diagnosed properly. This process involves more than just a visual inspection by a mechanic but also means being tested with certain tools and equipment. This equipment and those tools need to fit the car itself and work with the car’s internal parts. Very often each type of car has its own set of specialized equipment and tools for diagnostics, and these may only be available to authorized dealers or repair shops. Taking your foreign car to a standard mechanic who doesn’t have those tools can mean a poor diagnosis, or having him or her struggle for hours just to pinpoint the problem before it can even be addressed. 2. Genuine parts will make a difference in repair work Very often genuine parts should be used when performing repair work, as these are made to fit your car specifically. Any type of gap in between parts and your car will be subject to vibration, which in turn puts wear and tear on the engine and all other parts. A specialized repairperson who is authorized to work on certain cars will have access to those genuine parts, whereas other mechanics may need to use generic or off-brand parts. This in turn can mean having to replace those parts more often over time, as they fail or wear out sooner due to this vibration. 3. Certain cars may have common repair needs Very often certain makes and models of cars, and certain years of those models, will have common repair needs. Certain parts may fail or a car made one particular year may not have had proper undercoating so it rusts sooner, and so on. A specialized mechanic like ALS Automotive may be able to pinpoint your car’s problems simply because he or she has seen the same make and model and year of the car and knows that your repair issue is to be expected. This can make diagnosing and fixing your car much quicker and more accurate as...

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How To Prevent Common Auto Repairs

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Are you fed up with having to visit a car mechanic every week to get an issue fixed with your car? Then learn the different ways in which you can look after your car so that the chances of needing a car mechanic will be decreased. Here are some of the top issues that a car could suffer from, and how you can prevent them from occurring: Emissions Leaks Due To Evaporation The system that is used to keep the gas fumes within the tank is called the evaporative emissions system control, or EVAP. However, a leak can develop if the components of the system have corroded, or if you have failed to tighten the gas cap adequately. Therefore, if you sense that your tank is leaking make sure that the cap is tightened securely. If that doesn’t solve the problem then replace the components of the EVAP, because they might already be corroded. Also ask your mechanic to install rust protection to prevent leaks in the future. Mis-Firing Of Your Engine An engine misfire occurs when the spark plug of an engine does not fire at the correct moment, or does not fire at all. A spark plug mis-fire can happened for the following reasons: There could be a mechanical breakdown such as a blown cylinder head gasket, faulty piston ring, burnt valve and faulty valve spring. A vacuum leak. If the fuel delivery system is not functioning properly then a mis-fire is inevitable. Fuel delivery systems can become compromised if the intake plenum is cracked or the injectors are faulty. If the wires of the spark plug are badly connected. To prevent a mis-fire of spark plugs the car engine needs to be maintained as instructed by the manufacturer’s manual. Furthermore, you should visit a mechanic twice a year for a check up to spot potential problems that could cause spark plug mis-fires down the road. System Failure Of The Exhaust Gas Recirculation The exhaust gas recirculation, or EGR system reduces the volume of harmful pollutants released into the atmosphere by keeping the temperature within the combustion chamber down. However, the EGR system can become comprised if the level of unburned gas builds up, electronic problems develop or the valves of the EGR wear out. To prevent system failure of the EGR, schedule a cleanup of the system occasionally. This will reduce the buildup of unburned gas, and that in turn will reduce the chances of the system being compromised. If all else fails and you need to take your car into a mechanic, you can also take your car in to a place like Wollongong Auto...

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Diagnosing Common Transmission and Gearbox Problems

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Before you take your car to a mechanic for problems with the transmission and gearbox, you might want to consider what could be causing those problems so you have a better idea of the repairs you might be facing. Because the transmission is such a major component of your car, you need to ensure it’s in good repair but don’t want to overpay for repairs that aren’t needed. Note some common transmission and gearbox problems you might face. 1. The transmission is stuck in Park In many cases this isn’t the transmission itself that is breaking down, but is often caused by a chain inside the gearbox which is connected to the pedals of the car. Most cars have this chain installed so that you cannot take your car out of gear if your foot is not on the brake pedal. If this chain should break, you cannot move your shifter in the gearbox as it’s not getting that signal that your foot is on the brake. This chain is usually a simple and affordable replacement. 2. The transmission shifts slowly or the gears slip When you move the lever in your gearbox from one gear to another, it should change immediately rather than your engine revving and your car not moving as it should. Your gears should also never slip into Neutral or from one to another. The most common cause of this problem is a fluid leak in the transmission lines. Seals in the gaskets that close up the transmission itself may become loose and allow fluid to leak out. However, if your car’s transmission fluid levels are normal then you want to check the solenoid. This is a part that controls the flow of fluid through the transmission lines. The solenoid can become damaged due to contamination in the lines or due to an electrical problem. Your car may have sufficient fluid but if the solenoid is not delivering it through the transmission lines, you’ll have the gear shifting problems mentioned above. 3. The car shakes when you put it into gear This is typically a problem with the clutch, which is in the torque converter of your car. When the clutch is jammed, the car is trying to move forward or backward but cannot, which in turn causes the shaking. If you notice that the car shakes and you seem to have lost pickup in the engine as well, this is usually a sign that the clutch is jammed or worn out and needs gearbox...

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3 Reasons Why An Extended Car Warranty Isn’t Always a Wise Option

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When buying a car, most people go with brand new units for their manufacturer warranties. In fact, some excessively cautious people who don’t completely feel fortressed by the original cover go in for additional or extended warranties that supersede manufacturer-bestowed warranty covers. While the move may seem in the best interest of the vehicle and its owner, the following are a few reasons why extended warranties are possibly an unnecessary outstretch. Longer Manufacturer Warranty While two to three years or 50,000 km to 100,000 km are the average new car manufacturer warranty limits, quite a few manufacturers are now upping the ante and stretching the ceiling higher. In other words, companies are now extending beyond traditional warranty terms and figures, to increase sales and customer confidence in their products. Likely Vehicle Usage Duration Extended warranties don’t really bring much to the table when you aren’t foreseeing vehicle usage beyond OEM warranty period. For instance, if you own an automobile that you plan to drive for not more than five years, buying an additional warranty just won’t make any sense, since the manufacturer equips its automobiles with a much higher warranty cover, as mentioned earlier.   Varying Obligations Extended warranties aren’t sponsored by the manufacturer; these are pledged by insurance firms. As a result, the scenarios under which the car owner can claim insurance cover will vary with the car model, its age, and several other external factors. For instance, some warranties cover only mechanical component failures, or just parts replacement. Labour costs, electrical failures, or other problems may not be sheathed. The extent of cover may also not be comprehensive with the cost reimbursement and come with various caveats.  Moreover, the contract may also specify that the warranty cover won’t be transferred upon selling the car, making it difficult to find resale buyers who are in agreement with the deeds. If you are a roadie or someone who loves being on the move constantly and are not keen on aftermarket warranty covers, buy automobiles with the maximum or unlimited kilometre warranty. Several leading brands are offering models with such packages bundled in, so you wouldn’t find it exasperating to find a model of your preference. Extended warranties are meant for individuals who develop an emotional bond with their automobiles and who won’t let go the vehicle even if it’s too old or not worth repairing any further. Learn more about warranties by talking to local services such as Gaspower Automotive...

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The Simple Guide To DIY Car Repair

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Right now, millions of people are driving around with minor damage on their cars. Scratches and dents happen all too easily, and since they generally don’t reduce a vehicle’s functionality in any way, most people can’t justify the price of having them fixed. Fortunately, some nifty DIY repair techniques exist that will have your car spick and span in no time! Dent Repair You can fix relatively minor, shallow dents quite easily – using science! The tools you will need are: Blowdryer/hairdryer Heavy duty gloves Aluminium foil Dry ice Chances are you already have all of these items lying around somewhere (apart from the dry ice). Firstly, thoroughly inspect all your car’s doors. You may find that there are a lot more minor dents then you initially thought, as a lot of them can be near-invisible. Once all the dents have been discovered, choose which one you’d like to fix first and tape a square of aluminium foil over it. Ensure that the aluminium foil generously covers the dent, as the purpose of the foil is to protect the paint from any damage. Holding the blowdryer around 20 cm from the dent, heat up the area for a few minutes. After 2-3 minutes, take the dry ice – with the heavy duty gloves! – and rub it over the area. The dent should pop out after 30-60 seconds. Scratches Minor scratch repair can often be quite expensive, which is why so many people neglect having them professionally fixed. Luckily, it doesn’t take too much effort to fix all but the most severe scratches. First, give your doors a thorough clean. Wash them down with a sponge and some warm, soapy water. Following this, inspect the damage to make sure that the scratches are, in fact, scratches. Oftentimes, what looks like a scratch at a glance may actually be a residue mark. A residue mark lies on top of the car’s paint coating, while a scratch goes into the paint. If you are dealing with a mark, it can often be washed away quite easily. For a more stubborn mark, use a cloth and acetone. If it is a scratch, you need to determine how deep it is. Cars are painted in three layers – primer, colour, and clearcoat. In the case of a shallow, clearcoat scratch, you will need rubbing compound. Rubbing compound can be found in most automotive stores, and is an abrasive substance specifically designed to polish out scratches. Simply rub it onto the scratch with a cloth. Deeper scratches that reach through the colour layer pose a bigger problem. For this, you will need a touch-up paint that matches your car’s colour, an aerosol primer and clearcoat. Lay down the primer first, and then build the paint up in layers until it matches the surrounding area. Touch-up pens are particularly effective for this due to their accuracy. Once the paint is built up sufficiently, lay down a layer of clearcoat. If your car needs more work than you can do alone, visit a repair specialist like Wollongong Auto...

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Two Tips on How to Save on the Cost of Crash Repairs

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One can never predict when they will be an accident victim. There are several expenses that accompany motor vehicle accidents, the most expensive of which are resultant medical costs and the cost of undertaking crash repairs on your automobile. Of these two expenses, it is easier to save on the cost of crash repairs than on medical bills. The two tips discussed below can go a long way in reducing the cost of crash repairs, thereby making your financial burden lighter during the period following a road accident. Invest in a Collision Insurance Cover You should not think of saving on auto repair costs after the accident has occurred. As a smart road user and vehicle owner, you need to think of pro-active ways of saving costs such as investing in an appropriate insurance policy. Motorists are required by law to have liability insurance. You can go the extra mile and invest in a collision insurance cover, despite it not being mandatory. Collision insurance is a type of insurance cover that provides cover for accidents and accident-related cases. With a collision insurance cover, you may not have to spend money on crash repairs if the cost of these repairs falls below the specified compensation limits in your insurance agreement. If your cost of repair exceeds this limit, you’ll be required to settle the difference. Shop for Your Own Spare Parts Shopping for vehicle spare parts on your own is another practical way through which you can save on the cost of crash repairs. It is indeed more convenient to purchase spare parts at the auto repair or body shop and have them fitted immediately. This is however an expensive option. Vehicle spare parts are often cheaper outside the auto repair shop. It would do you good to shop around for the most affordable vehicle parts shop before you take your vehicle in for repairs. This way, you will only pay for labor at the auto repair shop—such as The Body Repair Shop—and you will have saved on the cost of spares. Shopping for your own spare parts also allows you the opportunity to choose second-hand spare parts for your repairs. Second hand parts are cheaper than new parts and if the previous owner was a responsible driver, they can perform just as well. The only disadvantage of second-hand spare parts is that they are not as durable. They should therefore be used on a temporary...

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