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Practical Tips To Save Your Fuel Usage

Today we can see the rate of the fuel is rising far beyond expectation around the nations with no possibility for relief. You might know about it in several news that the petrol rate is constantly going up.

From the past few months, petrol rate was raised day by day. Calculation from various sources show that the rate or fuel will constantly going up looking at today’s price situation.

This increase for sure costs more for vehicle owners involves a large number of the people as most population of the world have car.

Here are a number of the tips that you can practice to save your fuel usage.

Air conditioning system results in an increased load on the engine which results in greater fuel consumption. It will use about 10% extra fuel when operating and declining your engine’s efficiency so never turn it on unless you really need it.

Same with human, the engine has to respire and a clogged air filter can affect the engine’s performance. Replace the dirty air filter with a better filter to enhance your vehicle’s petrol mileage by five to ten percent. Ask your mechanic whether the air filter should be replaced the next time you bring the car for service or scheduled maintenance.

A infrequently serviced engine will cut fuel mileage by 10-20% so ensure the spark plugs are operating properly. Be sure to use appropriate thickness of fluids in your engine and transmission system.

Your car’s fuel declines exponentially at higher speeds. Driving slower can decrease the fuel consumption by 10%. Researches have shown that you will acquire up to 40 percent additional mileage at 45-55 kmph. Decreasing your speed even at a little number can give a lot of positive results. So keep in mind to watch your speed for the sake of your engine performance and saving fuel.

Turn off all power consuming system before switching on the ignition to avoid heavy battery load during the next ignition. Besides that, make sure your car gear has been set into neutral or park setting when stopping at a set of traffic lights or in traffic for a long period as this habit will help to save your fuel.

Do not use the clutch and accelerator when waiting during traffic jam or stopping for a while as it consumes fuel. Use handbrake instead of relying to gears.

Look for your car’s tire pressure. On average, a tire will drop around 1 pound per square inch (psi) every month. Less pressure in your tires means more friction resistance on the road which causes the engine to work harder to keep you accelerating. Be sure to check your car’s tire pressure monthly.

Be sure to follow the maintenance schedule in your vehicle’s instruction book, and act quickly if you realize any unusual disturbances.

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Buying Car Parts

One of the biggest expenditures that you have to spend in order to keep your car in its best shape would be buying the parts.

You might have to search for car parts due to some reasons such as maintenance, modifications and etc. But do keep in mind that buying car parts is not easy as you might think so let’s see some tips on buying car parts.

The first thing to do is to check your car and ask yourself this questions – which part should be replaced? You can do this during regular maintenance. Then make a list of every part that you have to buy for your car. You can choose to buy them separately or buy all of them in one time.

When it comes to buying car parts, remember that quality and cost effectiveness are two main issues to be considered.

Look for car parts stores and merchandisers. If you’re concern enough about your budget, look for car scrapyard or junk shops which sell used car parts. These places normally have usable components to be sold. They parts might be old and a little worn, but they still serve well for most vehicles.

You can also try looking for the car parts from auto dealers. There are many auto dealers that are available online and offline which offer second hand car parts. However before buying the car parts online, make sure you buy carefully to ensure that you get the suitable parts for your car.

Talking about price, the used car parts are generally less expensive than the original and new parts. And don’t forget to negotiate the price and ask for discount so you can get your car part with the best price.

Although you have to consider for the budget that you have to spend, keep in mind that safety is always important. It might hurt your pocket a bit, but it will be worth for your safety while driving.

Decide which part is safe to be bought. It’s just not worth risking your safety using cheap car parts just because you want to control your budget.

The only problem is that you can’t check the quality of the part before you buy it and rely on the seller’s word that will say – “This part is good!”

Bring the part that you’re replacing with you to compare with the part offered. Make sure the the offered part will fit your vehicle properly. If you don’t know much about cars and car parts, bring someone who knows when looking for one.

Most sellers will let you return the part if you’re not satisfied but it’s better to ask about the seller’s policy before you order one. Check if there is a warranty on the parts. It would be a good idea to read and understand the warranty terms before buying the parts.

Buying car parts might be complicated especially if it’s the first time for you but it will give you satisfaction if you consider important things when buying them.

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Winterproofing Your Car

The months are getting colder and all across the country, drivers are finding that their vehicles are showing signs of ‘winter wear’. While we can’t do anything about the weather and temperature, we can ensure that our cars don’t suffer adversely during the winter months.

There are also an array of gadgets you can buy which will assist you during the coldest moments. A quick look on Direct Car Parts finds such things as in-car heaters, windscreen covers (great for keeping the frost off your car and reducing scraping/de-icing time in the mornings!) and the winter must-have: a portable battery charger.

As pointed out in the above graphic, making sure your car tyre tread is of a legal limit (preferably much higher) is perhaps the most important thing you can do when prepping your car for winter. Not only will it give you better grip on icy roads or snow, but if you damage your car or someone else’s property as a result of skidding, your car insurance company may refuse to pay out if the treads aren’t up to standard. Even if your MOT/safety inspection isn’t due yet, consider changing worn tyres for new or part-worn ones.

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Car Scratch Repair

Scratch repair is a fact of life for just about every car owner. No matter how careful you are or how meticulously you maintain your vehicle, it’s likely that you’re going to suffer a few fine scratches eventually. While scratches aren’t always something you can control–after all, you never know when a careless shopper is going to launch a grocery cart into your parked car while you’re inside shopping–scratch repair is.

As with most types of car care, there are several methods at your disposal if you want to remove surface scratches. The best method depends on the severity and depth of the scratch, but the three most common car scratch repair methods are removing the scratch by hand, removing it with an orbital polisher, or removing it with a circular polisher.

If the scratch is very light and near the surface, you can effectively and inexpensively remove it by hand. What you’re going to actually do is remove the top layer of paint (or the clear coat) that contains the scratch to reveal the fresh paint underneath. This task requires a scratch removal rubbing compound that you can purchase at most automotive centers, along with an application pad. A little elbow grease is all it will take to get the job done.

For slightly a slightly deeper car scratch, you may need to use the orbital polisher method instead. First, you will compound the scratch with a wool pad. Second, you will polish the affected area before sealing it with wax or paint sealant. The orbital polisher will ensure professional-quality results, but they have limitations. They’re recommended for mid-depth scratches because they are unable to penetrate too deeply into the paint or clear coat, which is safer for do-it-yourself repairs.

If you have a deep scratch, a circular polisher is recommended. They use a three-step process similar to the orbital polisher method, but are capable of penetrating your car’s paint layers more deeply. You will probably be required to apply some touch-up paint if you use a circular polisher, and if you’re not confident in your ability to handle one, leave the job to the pros. Deep scratches can be difficult to remove, and you risk causing further damage if you attempt to do so incorrectly.

When it comes to completing scratch repair for your vehicle, be sure to use caution and always wear the proper safety equipment. Also, be sure that you do not become to aggressive and damage the paint and body of your car. Further, keep your eyes open for car scratch repair kits, they often present the best solution for your car care needs. Happy buffing!

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Buying Advice: Mobility Cars

Buying a car at the best of times can be more difficult than many people think. There are so many options and choices available and it often boils down to seeing the right car at the right time. However, if you have a disability, it is even more important that you get the correct car for your needs.

Take the trouble to ask around and seek advice from other people on the type of service you can expect from individual companies. Do they listen? Will they make the extra effort to get you just what you need?

When buying a mobility car, the first bit of advice would be to do your research, lots of it, before you actually go to see a car. It is all too easy, once you actually set foot in a showroom and once you have the sales assistant in front of you, to compromise on what you really need. before leaving home, check out what is available for your particular requirements. You are the expert here. Only you will really know what is best for you.

If possible, you then need to visit a reputable dealer and see a number of vehicles which may potentially suit your specific requirements before making any level of commitment.

In all cases, you will need to take into account ease of access. Many saloon cars are low to the ground and if you have difficulty manoeuvring yourself into the vehicle, you are going to find you are wasting a lot of your valuable time and giving yourself unnecessary work. Modern 4 x 4 style vehicles are higher up, which, provided that they are not excessively so, may make them easier to get into and out of.

Check that the door opens widely enough for you to be able to manoeuvre yourself into the vehicle from a wheel chair if you have to. There are a number of adaptations available which may make access easier in this regard. These can include entering from the passenger side or even from the hatchback. Vehicle conversion specialists can make these changes for you. How you wish to gain access will play a major part in any conversions which need to be carried out.

Whether you have an upper or lower body disability will also determine which adaptations you may require. Options such as automatic transmission, direction indicators which are within easy reach by hand or foot; altering the side at which the handbrake is situated; joystick steering or something simple such as having a wheel knob fitted to the steering wheel can all help to make your life easier if you have an upper body disability.

Lower body disabilities almost invariably require automatic transmission although modern electronic transmission controls may provide an interim options with the removal of the clutch pedal but the presence of a semi-automatic gear selector, providing for a more traditional and, some could say, controllable driving experience.

The accelerator on an automatic car may need to be altered to the other side if you have right leg disability. Alternatively, hand controls may be appropriate for you if you are not able to use your lower limbs.

With any and all of these adaptations, you will need to research and then ask for expert advice. You will also need to be trained in the use of the vehicle where necessary and of course you will need to test drive the vehicle and be prepared to reject any changes if you find that they are not practical for you.

Even small changes or additions to your vehicle on their own may make a significant difference. Cushions, adapted mirrors, safety harnesses and even lighting can all significantly add to the vehicle’s comfort and ease of use. The time you spend in making your vehicle choice will be a good investment in ensuring the best possible choice.

Published by Gowrings Mobility. Gowrings are leading the way in wheelchair accessible vehicles, with a wide range of new and used mobility cars.

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Handling The Brake Fluid

You might concern enough about filling the fuel to make sure your car can move. But believe it or not, some drivers or car owners seem to ignore one more important fluid for your vehicle – which is the brake fluid.

Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid used in hydraulic brake which applied in vehicles. It transfers force into pressure and commonly used in hydraulic clutches. The pressure help the vehicle to brake or stop and without this brake function, you can’t even make your vehicle slow down. Well, it sounds pretty dangerous.

The best way to ensure your safety is to always check if the brake fluid level is sufficient before you start driving. Make sure to you refill the fluid container if it isn’t sufficient. It is extremely recommended to use fluid from a freshly opened can to prevent the impurities and future problems.

A good car should not have decreasing brake fluid levels. The brake fluid does nothing circulates in the car’s braking system and not used up like fuel. However keep in mind that some cars/vehicles have imperfections which allow some fluid to leak out. If you notice that your brake fluid levels have gone so low in a very short amount of time, seek for help from the mechanics as soon as possible. Remember that this brake fluid also affects your safety while driving, so act before it’s too late to regret.

The key indicator for the brake fluid is its boiling point. If you notice that the brake fluid boils and becomes a gas, it means the the fluid loses its ability to transform the force into pressure – means that it loses its ability to stop or slowing down the vehicle. In fact the brake fluid is most likely to boil during a period of prolonged braking and this is why you should always check the condition of the brake fluid.

If your vehicle runs out of brake fluid gets too contaminated, the brake pedal will eventually get stuck. It is recommended to replace it once per year by flushing it out and refilling the container with new fluid. This is extremely important important for cars that have an anti-lock braking system (ABS) as the ABS is heavily reliant on the brake fluid to operate properly.

Most vehicles today have a brake fluid reservoir that allows you to check the fluid level without opening the cap. Usually the brake fluid reservoir is located toward the back of the engine bay where it’s easy to access. So do remember to check the fluid level at least once per week. Once you locate the brake fluid reservoir, look for markings on the side that tell you if you need to add any brake fluid. If you can’t see the markings, clean off a little road grime to see them clearly.

Do remember to make sure that you are using an identically rated fluid as a refill. Refill the car’s brake fluid container with DOT 3 fluid if it had DOT 3 fluid in it. Mixing the blue DOT 5 brake fluid with DOT 3 can cause catastrophic effects and you should avoid this. Flush everything out first if you wish to change fluids to a different type of brake fluid.

Some other important things to keep in mind regarding the brake fluid:

  • Don’t fill brake fluid into your used oil container.
  • Don’t pour brake fluid down to any drain or on the ground.
  • Don’t spray brake cleaner around the brake fluid.
  • Determine your brake fluid level by testing the brake function, and act accordingly.

Let’s see a video about tips on brake fluid.

It’s better to act and always prepare before it’s too late to regret because your brake fluid level affects your safety while driving. Check your brake fluid now!

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