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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Tips to Tuning the Car

# The fuel filter has to be replaced. If there is a fuel-injection system then its not necessary to do regular cleaning the injectors are blocked.

# The spark plugs have to be changed. If they are platinum made then the car can run for 30,000 more miles. The wires of the spark plug also have to be examined and can be replaced if required. A new set consisting of high-quality wires is worth the cost. They can be permanently attached to the distributor cap so it will also have to be changed.

# The rotor and distributor cap also has to be replaced. They can be only changed if they are present in the car because some new models with distributor less ignition don’t have it.

# The condenser and points have to be changed. In case of old car roughly 1978 model or older, then it does not have feature of electronic ignition. The points would have to be preferably changed or at least they can be adjusted after every six months or so. If they are changed then the ignition timing can be also checked.

# The ignition timing has to be checked and adjusted if needed. It is rare for a car that has an electronic ignition like post 1980 models and some cars don’t have this at all.

# The valves have to be adjusted as needed. It is not required in case the car has hydraulic valves. It must be made sure that the valve-cover gasket is also replaced as well, especially if oil is seen on top of the engine.

# The fan belt also has to be checked. They would have to be replaced if they are worn out.

# The fluids under the hood have to be checked and they must be refilled as necessary. The engine oil and oil filter would have to be changed if the car has crossed over 3,000 miles since the last oil change.

# The air filter has to be replaced; it should be changed between major car services or after every 15,000 miles also.

# The clutch has to be adjusted if there is a manual transmission. Even though some cars are now sporting self-adjusting clutches.

# The battery has to be serviced; distilled water can also be added if required. The cable ends and terminals are also needed to be cleaned.

# The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve has to be replaced. This can make the car run roughly or also get stalled if it gets blocked. It is not expensive and it’s easy to replace.

Types of Pressure Car Washers

Pressure cleaning machines are classified in many ways. Based on the temperature of their output, they can be either a cold water pressure washer, hot water pressure washer, or steam pressure washer. Similarly, based on the nature of the cleaning job, they are classified into commercial pressure washing machines and industrial pressure cleaning machines. Industrial systems offer higher pressure levels and flow rates for more demanding applications. The power method is yet another dividing factor for pressure cleaners. Today’s systems can be powered by gasoline, propane, diesel, or electricity.

It is not easy to select the best pressure washing machine. Each system is suitable for different applications. The following are a few tips about the specifications that could help select the best machines for various kinds of cleaning jobs.

There are three key specifications defining the power of a pressure cleaning machine: output pressure, output temperature, and flow rate.

Output Pressure

Output pressure level is the force at which water exits the machine. It is expressed in pounds per square inches (psi). Pressure level is perhaps the most important specification as it determines the overall power of the machine. The pressure level varies from model to model, normally between 500 psi and 8000 psi.

Higher pressure levels are suitable for demanding applications, like degreasing or cleaning of heavy machinery, while lighter commercial applications do not need such high levels. Pressure washing machines used for auto detailing also do not need very high pressure levels. The output pressure of such machines should be 1500 psi or less.

Output Temperature

One can classify pressure washing machines into three types based on the output temperature: cold water, hot water, and steam.

Cold water machines eject water at room temperature, that is, without heating the water. Cold water output is ideal for cleaning soft surfaces, namely surfaces that cannot withstand high temperatures, and lighter applications that do not require the additional power afforded by heat. Cold water is not effective for degreasing applications without the addition of a degreasing chemical or green degreaser.

Hot water machines can provide an output temperature of 210•°F. Hot water output has improved cleaning efficiency for difficult cleaning tasks, due to the increase in temperature. However, steam output offers the greatest cleaning power. High steam temperatures up to 330•°F enable the dissolving and rapid removal of the most stubborn residues and grease. Most industrial pressure washer machines utilize steam output.

The best systems on the market today provide all three types of outputs in a single machine. Pressure washing machines that provide all three outputs are called tri-mode machines.

Flow Rate

Flow rate indicates the amount of water that flows through the nozzle in a certain timeframe. It is expressed in gallons per minute (GPM). Flow rate varies from model to model. Flow rates as low as 0.5 GPM are ideal for mobile car wash and auto detailing and applications where drainage is limited, while higher flow rate of 8 GPM are ideal for heavy industrial degreasing applications. Higher flow rates do increase cleaning power, since larger amounts of water are being exerted onto a surface.


Tips to Inflating Car Tires

Things Needed
– A garage or gas station that has a facility of Pressurized Air
– A Tire Pressure gauge

# First, one has to go to a garage or gas station that has a facility of pressurized air with a gauge.

#The car should be parked in such a way that one can reach all the four tires with the air hose.

# The air-pressure specifications of the car’s tires have to be found. There is a sticker located on the door jamb of driver’s side, trunk or in the glove box.

# The plastic cap on the air valve would have to be unscrewed. It should be put in the pocket so it does not get lost.

# The air pressure must be checked with the help of either a personal tire-pressure gauge or the one belonging to the gas station air pump. The gauge should be pressed against the valve and held down tightly. If a hissing noise is heard, then it means the air is leaking. It should be pressed down harder.

# Air should be added as necessary. The air pump hose should be pressed on the valve while squeezing the lever present at the end of the hose.

# The air pressure should be checked with the gauge. The air pump hose can also be used for checking.

# The tires must be deflated if they are accidentally overfilled. The small needle in the center of the valve should be pressed down to let the air out. There is a small knob on many tire-pressure gauges for this purpose, although a fingernail or a pen can also do the trick.

Tips and Warnings
– If the tire needs air every time while checking, a tire shop can be asked to inspect for any slow leaks.
– A good-quality tire-pressure gauge should always be kept in the car’s glove box. The cost of a good electronic one costs nearly about $30.
– The spare tire should not be forgotten to check and adding air in it as necessary.
– The tire’s sidewall should not be considered for air-pressure specifications. This is because it only lists the maximum pressure of the tire.
– A tire-pressure gauge should always be used for getting the right air pressure. One cannot afford to exceed or under inflate the tires.