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Tips to Repair a Car Dent

Repairing dents are a type of ‘do-it-yourself’ style repairs and there are a number of things needed for it.

Following things will be needed for removing and repairing dents:

1. Dent pulling tool or dent pulling kit, it can be either purchased or borrowed.

2. Dolly, it is a specially designed tool made for flattening and reshaping metal. It is also important to have a metalworking hammer.
Many kits include everything that is needed to remove and repair small dents easily and quickly. A number of dent repair kits should be purchased from the market. Suction cups and similar implements are used by many of these kits. It has an advantage of eradicating the need of drilling holes in the finishing process for removing a dent.

Once the required tools are bought, following are the steps needed to complete the dent repairs:

– The center of the dent should be located, than a hole in the dent should be drilled with a drill bit of 1/8″. Alternatively, a hot glue gun can also be used to glue a plastic adapter to the center of the dent. Many dent removal kits contain these plastic adapters and glue guns.

– The dent pulling tool should be threaded into the newly drilled hole. It can also be attached to the plastic circle that is glued on the dent. When the dent pulling tool will be in place, it has to be pulled to flatten the dent.

– By using the metalworking hammer, the front of the dent has to be carefully hammered. It has to be done at the same time while the dolly is held firmly against the back side of the dent. During the work, it may be necessary to go underneath the car or open the trunk the car in order to reach the back of the dent.

– The paint can be grinded down to the bare metal by using a medium grit disk that is mounted on a drill. The area can be extended out at least one inch around the dent itself. Then the entire area can be filled with good quality body filler.

– The body filler has to be allowed to dry completely, than the area can be carefully sanded with sandpaper which that has been wrapped around a block of wood. When sanding, 36-grit sandpaper can be used in the start and then it can be worked up to a 120-grit sandpaper.

– A spray primer has to be used to prime the area; one has to be sure to use a primer which is specially designed for automotive use. Six coats of primer should be used; each coat of primer should be allowed to dry completely before applying the next coat.

– The primer has to be sanded using by using 600-grit wet and dry sandpaper. This will be helpful in removing any scratches. After this, the area should be touched up with a matching automotive paint. In case of the paint is not smooth enough, the area would have to be sanded and painted again until a there is a smooth surface.

Tips to Eliminate Blind Spots

Blind spots are the areas in which a vehicle cannot be seen from either the driver’s secondary vision, inside mirror or the side mirrors. Many drivers set their side mirrors in a way that they can just barely see the side of their car in the mirrors. By setting the side mirrors in a proper way and also using the rearview mirror can reduce the blind spots. However the size of these blind spots is still capable of hiding a vehicle.

How is Blind spot caused?

Perhaps one needs to change lanes or merge into traffic every time when while driving. These maneuvers of routine nature can cause dangerous situations because every vehicle has blind spots. According to a survey, there is an estimate of 630,000 lane change and merge crashes every year causing nearly 225 fatalities. Although not needed to say but the simple act of changing lanes or merging requires precautions and practice. Blind spots are also called blind zones.

How to eliminate blind spots

Following are some of the useful ways to remove blind spots:

– One should lean his head over in a way that it almost touches the driver’s window. Then the side mirror should be positioned on the car’s left side so one can just see the rear or the car or the quarter panel in the mirror. It must be noted that this will have the mirror positioned farther out than one did not possibly had it before.

– The center rearview mirror can be adjusted in a position that it faces the rear window’s center.

– The head can be leaned to the right for aligning it with the center of the car. An example can be just between the two front seats at a considerable normal height. The right side mirror can be positioned from there so the rear quarter panel of the passenger side in can be seen in the mirror.

– It can be noted while driving that a car passing by begins in the center of the rearview mirror. As it approaches, it moves to the side of the center rear view mirror. It appears on the side mirror at the same time. Because the mirrors are overlapped, this would mean that that there is no rear blind spot.

– It can also be noted that the side mirrors will now capture a great extra amount of view that is in the lanes quickly next to the car. Turning the head for needed before for ensure if there was nothing in the lanes next to the car prior to changing lanes. But now, the side mirrors have much better productivity and better job of covering this blind spot on the sides.
Useful tips

Following are some useful tips;

– At least one week should be given the new mirrors this way. It will initially seem strange in the beginning but soon one will get adjusted.

– It should be noted that parallel parking becomes more difficult as one can see his car what is next to it in the side mirrors without moving the head.

– Scanning the mirrors constantly instead of only checking them is helpful; particularly when one wants to change the lanes or pass the other will generally prevent someone from sneaking up. This mirror setting method of pairing with continuous scanning will help the driver to be aware every time of all those around.


Following are some warning which one needs to give attention:

– The mirrors must never be adjusted while driving.

– Extra important information can be received about the traffic’s behavior through looking over one’s shoulders. One can never get this view even looking at the mirrors no matter how well they are positioned.

– One must make a habit to always look over the shoulders before changing lanes.

– Although this mirror technique is very beneficial in reducing the problem of blind spots but one cannot totally depend on it for eliminating blind spots. There may be other moving objects like even bicycles, motorcycles and smaller cars that can possibly hide in unexpected areas around one’s car.


Guide to Test a Car Spark Plug

Spark plugs are vital components of the car’s system. When a car’s engine slows down in its performance, it is a clear indication that the plug has become faulty. This means that the plugs are worn out. Before the worn out plugs are replaced, the manufacturer’s description they should be checked first. That description gives the exact specifications of the original car spark plug and also suggesting alternative ones if the original ones cannot be found. For ensuring that the plug is completely worn out, it needs to be tested first. A spark plug gauge is generally used for testing the spark plugs. Other areas for checking include plug cables as they indicate any cracks, splits and rust in the engine as well as any other damaged area of the engine.

Precautions must always be taken by the car owner or mechanic against risks of shock by wearing rubber gloves before starting the task. The mechanic must not lean against the vehicle while in a running condition. The functionality of the spark plugs can be tested by removing each plug from the car’s engine. A ratchet wrench can be used to remove the plugs. The user should turn the plugs in an anti- clockwise direction by using the ratchet wrench. This has to be done while the engine is still running. The owner of the vehicle will know that the plugs are still in good condition when the engine with start to slow down. If there is no reaction in the engine in any way when the plugs have been removed, then the plugs need to be immediately replaced.

The next step is to remove the wires of the spark plugs. This has to be done only when the engine has cooled down. The spark plugs can be tested if their ignition is working. It can be done by exposing the plug wire to a metal surface. If the plug emits a spark than this is an indication that the spark plug is in good condition. This procedure has to be repeated for every spark plug wire. It is necessary to clean the spark plugs regularly so their performance is not hindered. It can be further endured if the spark plugs work and another test can also be done on the same.