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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Overheating of a Car

The driver will know when the car is on the limit of overheating by looking at that plastic bottle and removing the radiator cap. The temperature indicator will also tell. The radiator fan cools the engine while the condenser fan increases air-conditioning while the car is at low speed.

Overheating is not one-sided problem but it mostly results from common reasons. There are few steps to avoid the engine from getting overheated. For troubleshooting, the engine should be checked if it is overheating, the cooling fan should be observed closely if it switches on when the engine temperature exceeds from normal. The engine can be turned on and looked for leaks, the engine must not be turned off as the radiator is being filled and this should be continued until coolant spills out from all bleed points.

When looking in to the issue of the overheating of a car, the air conditioning compressor needs the cooling fan working in idle mode as long as the car’s compressor is on. To check if the car’s cooling fan is working, the air conditioner has to be switched on. Its switches on together with the car’s air conditioner compressor. In case some cars have two electric fans, one for the air conditioner condenser and the other for the radiator. The radiator fan cools the engine while the condenser fan increases air-conditioning. The electric cooling fan on the radiator pulls warm air from the radiator to the engine.

Diesel has many advantages and it is more efficient than most engine fuel. It is preferred more than gasoline because it creates less noise in the machine, a machine running on diesel requires low and less maintenance, diesel doesn’t cause any sparks and the price of diesel is almost half less than gas in terms of Kilowatt consumed.

One possible reason why the cost of diesel is higher is because it is taxed higher than gas. The formation of diesel is diluted in US making its demand more than gas. Motorists feel that diesel is priced higher because it tends to give more mileage to their cars. Supply and demand of diesel also has an impact on its price. Many groups raise their concerns for environment safety which is affected by diesel although it has little to do with its high price.

As manufacturing of diesel is concerned, it is certainly easier and cheaper. Diesel’s price is highly unpredictable these days just like oil prices remain volatile. The car will not over heat because of the high price of diesel but if the engine has enough antifreeze in the radiator, there will be no problem of overheating.


Tips to Wash a Car

Dish soap should not be used. Most people usually think that it is an acceptable cleaning agent for cars but it’s not. Soaps made specifically for vehicles can buy from auto stores.

A bucket can be used to mix soap with water for washing with a large sponge or hand. The sponge should be rinsed often to avoid the dirt sticking again to the car’s finish.

The car should be washed in a shady area so that the car itself is cool so that the sun would not dry it faster which could leave spots.

Car washing should be started with the wheels, one at a time. One wheel can be hosed down and then spray cleaner can be used on the wheel and rim. A brush scrub can be used down on all the dirt and mud. It would have to be rinsed and then moved on to the next wheel. One would be surprised how nice they will look.

A trigger nozzle can be used on the end of the hose. It will conserve the water and will give a nice and balanced spray.

The car has to be hosed down properly from top to bottom.

Using the sponge or hand, the roof has to be scrubbed in straight lines going from the innermost part and out to the edges. It would be not suitable to do it in circular motion. The hood would also have to be rinsed.

The sides should be washed next in the same manner, by doing straight strokes from top to bottom. The sponge or hand would to be frequently rinsed.

The hood and the trunk have to rinse next after the sides.

Special attention should be given to the fenders and bumpers especially at the front where bugs breed. Extra elbow grease would be probably needed here.
After finishing the surface areas, the undercarriage has to sprayed for removing the dirt and mud buildup.

After completely rinsing the car, a clean and soft cloth is needed to dry it. It should be rubbed lightly over the surface of the car to smooth out the water droplets. The water should not be tried to rub out. More than one cloth might be needed, this would usually depend on its size and the size of the vehicle.
For waxing, the product’s directions have to be followed. Wax will only be used after the car is completely dried. A car can be waxed up to 3 or 4 times per year.

For the car’s interior, there is no vacuum that would work better than one at the do-it-your-self car wash. Even if one does not have access to it, all the removable rugs and mats can be taken out and cleaned. The mats and rugs outside the car can be vacuumed and then the remaining can be cleaned. A good auto store can be checked for suitable cleansers for washing the dash and interior. One wants to find something that works best on the specific interior. The labels have to read and instructions have to be followed exactly. The better one cares for his car, the better one will feel while driving it. Addition to this, the resale value of the car will also be extremely higher attention is given to its cleaning.


When and How to Recharge a Car Battery

As a battery starts to age with the passage of time, its charge becomes weak causing slow engine cranking. A battery might need an occasion jump for starting it, especially when the cars are used for short runs or cold weather. A weak battery can be simply replaced but with a inexpensive recharger. One can nurse it along for weeks months or even years.

If the dashboard warning light shows on then there is a charging system fault. It has to be repaired immediately as recharging will not make it work. If the battery is refillable, the caps should be removed and a damp rag should be laid over the opening while recharging. If it is sealed having a charge-indicator window in the top, only the charger should be used if the indicator is green or dark. If the indicator is clear or yellowish then the battery should be replaced.

A trickle charger should be used to recharge a battery. It is a fairly inexpensive device which is designed to charge a battery at a slow rate. The trickle charger has an electric outlet cord and two wires with alligator clips. One has a red jacket and the other has a black or green jacket. The ignition of the car should be turned off. This has to be made sure first as it is the first important step. The red clip has to be connected to the battery’s positive terminal marked with POS or + and the other has to be connected to the negative terminal marked with Neg or -.

One has to be very careful not to let the metal clips touch each other or any other metal. In such case, they may spark causing an explosion of the hydrogen gas emitted by the battery. That can be dangerous. When the charger is connected to the battery, the charger should be plugged into the electric outlet and turned on. The charger should be run for a few hours or overnight. The charger should be left running until its meter gives a reading of less than 1 ampere. After that, the charger should be unplugged battery should be disconnected.

After recharging, the battery should be checked with hydrometer if it has removable caps. It is an inexpensive device with a float that indicates electric energies in the fluid. If the battery is sealed, it should be tested by starting the engine. After recharging, if the battery still fails to start the engine, a try should be given to jump start the engine. If the engine can be jump started and the charging system light or ammeter indicates normal operation, then it means that the battery is bad replacing it.