Why You Should Avoid DIY Windscreen Replacement

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

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

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

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...

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