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How to diagnose a car no start

How to diagnose a car no start

Technology
An attempt is made to turn the car on but either nothing is happening, a clicking sound is heard, or the starter is turning the motor but the engine won't start. The problem could be as simple as a dead battery or as complex as a bad fuel pump or neutral safety switch. One tool that is absolutely essential to diagnose the issue is a multimeter. An inexpensive multimeter can be purchased at Radioshack for under $20. No Crank, No Start In this scenario, either the starter is clicking or nothing is happening. Try turning the lights on. If they are dim, then this is an indicator that the battery is dead and needs a jump or recharge. If the lights aren't dim, then there is another issue. Use a multimeter to check the voltage on the battery. To do this set the multimeter on the Volts setti...
Car clean tips for interior, leather car mats, upholstery and more

Car clean tips for interior, leather car mats, upholstery and more

Automobiles
Vehicles begin life with a showroom appearance, but regular maintenance of upholstery, leather car mats and other accessories is needed to keep interiors from becoming shabby.   A car’s interior is a lot like the interior of any home. When it starts to look a bit tired and worn it’s most likely nothing major - just an accumulation of little things that individually aren’t important but collectively combine to create a shabby appearance. Autopia Car Care recommends a routine of regular housekeeping: “If you take just five minutes each time you wash your car to remove the trash, shake out the mats, and wipe down the dash, console and seats, you can stay on top of this detailing chore.” Even if it gets an occasional vacuuming and some upholstery cleaning every now and the
Guide to car painting – spray painting, cracked clearcoat, kolor

Guide to car painting – spray painting, cracked clearcoat, kolor

Automobiles, Featured
Paint is essentially a mixture of binders, resins and pigments. It’s the pigments that give the paint its color and the rest to bind it all together. The usual paint on a production car is what is termed one Pac, which uses a basecoat and a clear coat together. The term Pac, or Pak, or PK, comes from the German words for paint components. That’s why the most often used aftermarket paint is called two Pac – it is a base color plus a clear coat that goes on top. House of Kolor Then there are the really serious paints, such as the House of Kolor, which has hundreds of different finishes that can be layered in any order or way to achieve a unique appearance. Here’s an example of how serious it gets - paint experts measure paint thickness in microns. On a standard everyday car t
How to Derive Better Gas Mileage

How to Derive Better Gas Mileage

Automobiles
Fossil Fuels that fuel automobiles come from non-renewable sources and contribute to pollution and global warming in a big way. President Obama’s tough auto efficiency standards that aim to improve cars’ mileage by 40 percent are likely to mitigate the energy crisis in a big way. Regulations apart, there are various methods by which individual drivers can increase gas mileage for the vehicles. Good driving style, adherence to basic car maintenance tips and making optimal use of the car increase fuel economy by as much as twenty percent! Driving Style Irrespective of the declared fuel efficiency of your car, your driving style improves gas mileage, or decreases it in a big way. The following are the major fuel economy driving tips: Aggressive acceleration and braking increas
How to Sell Your Car Online

How to Sell Your Car Online

Advertising, Automobiles
There are a multitude of advertising methods to sell a car. There are print ads like a local newspaper or auto magazines. There’s the old fashion way of putting a for-sale sign in the rear and side windows. Then there’s the Internet. Selling a car online is one of the cheapest, fastest and best ways of reaching a lot of potential buyers compared to any other advertising method. Why is Selling a Used Car Online a Better Option? With the coming of age of the Internet, new car dealers were horrified that large dealership groups would list and sell new vehicle on the Internet. It turned out that most consumers what to touch, feel and test-drive a new car before they made a purchase. Buyers may visit a dealers website for various information but ultimately will visit the dealership sh
Collecting F1 Model Cars

Collecting F1 Model Cars

Sports
Collecting model Formula 1 cars has been a popular pastime for many years. Nowadays, with state of the art engineering and a wider choice of Grand Prix cars than ever before, it is relatively easy to build an impressive collection of F1 model cars. F1 Model Car Collection Themes Many collectors focus on acquiring Formula 1 models which fit a particular theme. There are numerous themes which can be used to construct a collection around. F1 cars driven by certain drivers or cars made by a certain team. Some try to find F1 model cars of every World Champion from 1950 until the present day. Choosing a Scale for F1 Model Cars F1 model cars are produced in two main scales. These are 1:43 scale and 1:18 scale. Although the latter are impressive in size and detail they can take up ...