4 Car Problems You Can Fix From The Comfort Of Your Garage

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Repairing cars does not always require a myriad of technical skills. Here are car problems you can fix at your garage: Fixing Exterior Coolant Leaks A patch of yellow or green liquid on the ground is a sign of a leakage. The liquid is usually an anti-freeze and may be from the exterior hoses. Open the hood and look for the same colored liquid. If you see the liquid draining from a hose, fix it by unclamping the leaking hose and replacing it. Replacing The Oxygen Sensor The oxygen sensor monitors unburned oxygen from the car’s exhaust. A faulty sensor can result in decreased mileage. This is because the car’s computer does not receive the right data about the vehicle’s consumption. You can locate the oxygen sensor using your vehicle’s manual. After identifying it in the engine block, unclip and replace the old sensor. It is as easy as that. Oil and Filter Change Failure to change the oil leads to contamination and reduces your engine performance. Car manufacturers advise you to change the oil after every 3000-7000 miles. Begin by spreading a plastic sheet under your car. The plastic sheet eliminates chances of oil-spill cleanup work. You can then follow these steps: Jack up your car. Ensure the jack stands are properly set in place, and lower the car onto them. Remove the drain plug. Get all the old oil flowing. Remove the oil filter and replace it with a new one. After confirming all the old oil is drained to a trickle, carefully install a new gasket and ensure that it is it’s tight. Wipe the drips using a rag and you are done. Checking and Replacing Spark Plugs The spark plug is the engine part that ignites the air and gas, causing combustion. When it has doesn’t work, your car engine will not start. Additionally, a failing plug reduces the gas mileage and makes your car fail an emission test. Failure to fix this problem may inconvenience you when you are far from home or gas stop. If your car was running, you should let the engine cool first. This is because the exhaust and engine system can be extremely hot. Only remove the plugs and replace when you are sure the engine will not burn you. Fixing a car at your garage is not that difficult as it may sound. All you need is confidence. The above problems are some of the quick fixes you can correct from your garage. If you have an other problems, contact an auto repair specialist for more...

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Caravan or Motor Home? A Buying Guide for Grey Nomads

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

More and more Australian retirees are now seeking an active retirement that involves new adventures and travelling around our beautiful country. If you’re about to join the ranks of the ‘grey nomads’ then you may be considering downsizing your family home and purchasing a new home on wheels in the form of a caravan or motor home. The caravan and motor home industry is huge, with over half a million vehicles on the road. This means that there’s a huge variety of models to choose from, which can be daunting. Here are some questions to ask yourself to narrow your selection choice down. Caravan or motor home? The big difference between caravans and motor homes is that caravans require towing by a car, while motor homes are all-in-one. Motor homes generally offer more space than a caravan, but cost more in fuel to operate. They are also more expensive to buy. The benefit of caravans is that you can unhitch your car and leave the caravan behind at the camp ground if you want to explore the local area. Therefore, a caravan is a better option if you are planning to spend substantial amounts of time in places that you visit. How many berths? Both caravans and motor homes generally offer from two to six berths. The difference in price from a small two berth up to a large family sized six berth is considerable. Therefore, it’s important to really consider your needs before you make a final decision. If you’re going to regularly have extra people staying with you then it’s worth considering four or more berths. If, however, you will only have visitors very occasionally then you can probably get away with a smaller two berth, and a small annexe that can be put up when you have company. Do you need an onboard bathroom? The more expensive models of caravans and motor homes include onboard bathrooms. These generally include hand basins, a toilet, and a shower. A small washing machine can also be included. Truly luxurious motor homes can sometimes include a spa bath as well. You can determine how many features they can have by talking to caravan providers such as The Caravan Company Pty Ltd. Most camping parks have excellent bathroom and laundry amenities, so if you’re happy with communal spaces then you may not feel the need to pay the premium for an onboard bathroom. If you’re not keen on sharing a shower and toilet with other people, or if you’re planning on spending most of your time in more remote areas that don’t provide amenities, then an onboard bathroom is probably a good idea. With the enormous amount of options available, you’re certain to find a caravan or motor home model that will fit your needs perfectly. Then all that’s left to do is to hit the road in your new home-away-from-home,...

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4 Reasons Your Windscreen May Need Replacing

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A car’s windscreen is by far its most delicate external component. Because of this, it is very important you take care of your windscreen and replace it whenever necessary. Windscreen replacement is not as expensive as most expect; if you take into account quality, replacements are cheaper now than ever. The overwhelming majority of windscreens can be replaced in a relatively short time. Also, in Australia, you can be fined for having a damaged windscreen, so there is really no reason to procrastinate getting it fixed. There is a variety of reasons your windscreen may need replacing, here are four of the most common motives: Scratches Significantly scratched windscreens are not only aesthetically unpleasing, but can also lead to distraction of drivers through visual distortion and obstruction. Scratches can normally be cheap to cover, and sometimes can even be polished off at home. However, occasionally this is not the case. If your windscreen is covered by deep scratches which obstruct your view while driving, a windscreen replacement may be needed. Chips Having a chip in your windscreen can be very annoying, and also very risky. A chip in your windscreen, if left to fester, can quickly lead to cracking. If your windscreen gets chipped, you should cover the chipped area with tape, to slow the spread of cracks, and look at getting it fixed as soon as possible. Most windscreen chips can be filled with resin at a low price. However, some chips, if deep enough, can’t be filled, and may lead to you having to replace your windscreen. Cracks Driving with a cracked windscreen to anywhere other than a garage is simply not worth it. Cracks can spread rapidly across your windscreen, and it’s hard to tell how deep the crack actually is. If a crack obstructs your view, it is not only dangerous, but could also lead to you being fined. Sometimes, a windscreen replacement isn’t absolutely necessary. However, a cracked windscreen, more often than not, needs to be completely replaced, and should be attended to as soon as possible. The crack will only spread, increasing the chances of an accident occurring. Ageing Many older windscreens are made of unsafe, out-dated materials, such as ordinary window glass, which is a lot less safe than modern windscreens. Newer windscreens often have safety seals and lamination, which greatly decrease the chances of serious injury caused by windscreen shattering. There is really no point taking the risks, especially with almost all windscreens having replacement...

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3 Advantageous Maintenance Steps For Car Owners

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you have a car, it’s important to maintain it over the years. Otherwise, it will break down and not function correctly. Thanks to these steps, you can keep your car working and looking great. Check Transmission Oil Level One of the most important things in your car is the transmission oil, as this lubricates moving parts and prevents the transmission from overheating. For the oil to work properly, it needs to be at the right level. First, park your car and turn it off. Open the hood and locate the dipstick. Pull this out and wipe it off, and then put it back into the transmission pipe. Then, pull it out again, seeing where the oil level is. If the oil is below the “full” line, more oil will need to be added to your car. This can be done in a professional, safe manner when you take your car into a transmission service shop. Keep Tyres At The Right PSI If your tyres are not aired up correctly, you may experience handling problems while driving. This increases your chances of getting into a wreck. You can check each tyre’s pressure with ease when you use a digital tire pressure gauge. These gauges feature a lighted nozzle and display screen, helping you easily use these gauges in low light conditions. Put this gauge on the valve stem of each tyre, and check the PSI number. Compare these numbers with the ideal PSI range, which can be found in your vehicle’s owner manual. If your tyres are not aired up enough, you can use an electric air compressor. These compressors can be found at a service station. Repair Cracks On Windshield After driving your car for a couple of years, cracks may start to develop on the windshield. This happens sometimes when you rustle up rocks on the road. You can repair these cracks with ease, fortunately, when you use a clear glass crack resin. This resin solution is temperature-resistant, so no matter how hot or cold it gets outside, this solution will not break apart. Fill in any cracks with this resin solution and give it a day to dry. The crack will not be visible anymore, helping enhance the look and safety of your car. If you own a car, you know that keeping it in good condition is important. This is possible when you take the steps listed above, which will save you from costly repairs in the future. If you notice other issues during your maintenance routine, visit an auto shop like Precision Automatic Transmissions for additional...

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5 Reasons To Install Window Tinting In Your Office

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you own a business, you’re always looking for ways to save money and protect your investment, whether it’s installing an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, or putting up a surveillance system to prevent invasions during off-hours. But one thing you may not have considered is having your windows tinted with commercial-grade film. If this is something that intrigues you, here are some of the reasons that this kind of window treatment may be the right one for your business. Temperature Control — When your windows are treated with film, it reduces the amount of heat that enters your workspace, which means that in the summer months, you may be able to use less A/C, which will save you money on your energy bills. Ultraviolet Rays Protection — Many cancer experts have identified UV radiation from the sun’s rays as one of the major contributors to skin cancer. If you are exposed long term to direct sunlight without protection such as suntan lotion, you are at an increased risk to contract skin cancer. Commercial window tint can not only provide shading, it can block out almost all of harmful UV rays from passing through your windows. More Productive Workspace — Window tinting reduces glare, brightness and direct heat spots that can make it difficult for your employees to work in an environment that promotes efficiency. This is even more important if your business is a place in which you receive many clients and guests. You want to offer them the most comfortable and appealing office possible, and by tinting your windows, you will cut out distractions related to extreme light and excessive heat. Protect Your Furniture — The sun is one of the more destructive natural forces when it comes to your furniture. Direct sunlight can quickly dry out leather furniture and age wood furniture so that it takes on that telltale yellow hue that indicates premature aging. Sunlight can also damage carpet, wood floors, curtains and even machinery that you use in your daily operations. Tinting your windows will provide an additional layer of protection for all of these valuable components of your office. Provides A Theft Deterrence — Nearly all commercial window installers can provide you with what is known as a security film tint, which has a special adhesive that keeps your window whole even when something shatters the glass. This is valuable not just as a deterrent against invasion, but also in times of severe weather such as hurricanes or tropical storms. The way these safety films work is that they help keep the structure of the window intact, even if the glass is broken. Spraying glass can injure your workers if a window blows apart, so a security film is a good idea if you live in a region where violent weather is expected. Another benefit of installing a security film tint, is that...

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