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Finding a reputable automotive maintenance shop

Finding a reputable automotive maintenance shop

Automobiles
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...
Complete car care – Routine vehicle transmission inspection and car checklist

Complete car care – Routine vehicle transmission inspection and car checklist

General
Complete car care - Performing routine transmission inspection is important to keep a vehicle in top running condition. Operating a vehicle with low fluid levels can cause serious damage to vehicle components. Driving a car will low tire pressure or damaged tires can cause an unsafe driving condition with an increased chance of a blowout. To help prevent costly repairs as well as unsafe driving conditions, routine comprehensive vehicle inspection or complete car care should be performed. Under the Hood Vehicle Checks The majority of complete car care is performed under the hood. Checking fluid levels and visual checks of engine components are all done under the hood of the vehicle. One of the best methods of complete car care checks is when the car is filled with fuel. The following ...
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...