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Motor oil – the key to car’s life

Motor oil – the key to car’s life

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Yet it's surprising how many motorists forget to check their car's oil level, much less ensure that oil is changed on a regular basis. Doing so is proven to significantly extend the life of any motor vehicle, often to the tune of thousands of extra miles. Fresh Oil is Best While gasoline fuels the engine, motor oil is the lubricant which protects it as it runs. Once operating, the engine's moving parts — metal against metal — require lubrication to prevent overheating, wear and eventual breakdown. Motor oil supplies this lubrication; how well it performs at any given time is known as its viscosity, or its ability to maintain its ability to protect those valves and pistons as they keep your engine running and your car moving. But viscosity diminishes as oil is used; the result is ...
Best and proven guide to automotive service

Best and proven guide to automotive service

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Many folks are mystified by the process of taking their car in for service. There are so many questions: Should the car be taken to a dealership or an independent? Should owners pay for "preventative maintenance" services? Is the estimate accurate or is the owner getting ripped off? Is this repair covered by a warranty? The next few articles will try to answer these questions, as well as dispel some myths and misconceptions. Where to Go One of the first questions most people ask is: Where should vehicles be taken for service and repair? If a new car is still covered by the manufacturer's warranty, then going to the dealership for warranty work makes sense. But what about routine maintenance? Or cars that are no longer covered by warranties? What makes the best sense in those case...
How to make a car donation

How to make a car donation

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Interested in donating a car to a non-profit organization and receiving a tax deduction? Here are some important things to know. In 2005, the IRS changed the rules on charity car donation. Currently, in most cases, a person may only claim the donated car’s actual selling price as a deduction. How to Donate an Automobile: Choosing a Charity The IRS urges people interested in charity car donations to make sure the chosen organization is legitimate. “Otherwise, your deduction will not be tax-deductible,” they warn in A Donor's Guide to Vehicle Donations. A list of qualified organizations is available on the IRS website. Know that many religious organizations, such as churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are not listed but are still considered qualified organizations by the IRS. ...
How to remove a car remote battery

How to remove a car remote battery

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Keyless remotes, automatic starters and car alarms are accessories that have become nearly standard on different types of vehicles all around the world. All of these wireless technologies are controlled by handheld remotes that can be easily added to a keychain or held in a pocket. Often held with car keys, the wireless remotes could control the automotive features from as far away as a couple of hundred feet. Whether it is the alarm, starter or keyless system, the remotes feature simple batteries that allow them to work. Keyless Entry Battery The batteries for these remotes are what allow them to work with the transmitters installed in your car. These automatic starter batteries, however, can stop working for a variety of reasons. They can run out of power simply due to overuse,...
Finding a reputable automotive maintenance shop

Finding a reputable automotive maintenance shop

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Auto maintenance shop - Since most people are keeping their cars and trucks longer, the need for qualified automotive repair services to fix these vehicles has increased. But what is the best way to find a reliable automotive maintenance shop that doesn’t overcharge? Here are some tips to help pick an automotive maintenance shop that can get the job done right. Choose Businesses that Offer Specific Automotive Repair Services According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), vehicle owners should go to an automotive maintenance shop that specializes in the car's specific problem. For example, if the car is having transmission problems take it to a transmission specialist. Most dealers and general repair facilities don't employ a transmission specialist. Instead, they send th...
How to choose DC to AC power supply inverters

How to choose DC to AC power supply inverters

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Most electrical and electronic devices run off 115 volts AC (110 to 120 volts, or 220 to 240 volts in some countries). Adapters are available to charge cell phones from a car battery's 12 volts DC. However these need to be purchased separately and will often need to be changed for each new phone. Using an inverter (often misspelled as "invertor") means that devices can be used in the car without any special converters. Depending on the power rating and type, inverters can cost as little as $25 for a 100 watt model (modified sine wave) and can reach hundreds of dollars for more powerful models. Pure sine wave models (see explanation below) start at about $100 for 100 watts. Popular brands include Xantrex (Prosine, Trace, Freedom), Coleman, Vector and AIMS. Cigarette Lighter Versu...