Posts Tagged ‘maintenance’

Car Smarts – The Do-It Yourself Air-conditioning Repair Work

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

If you are a vehicle-owner, chances are you are looking for ways to lessen the costs of your car repair and maintenance work. Of course, we cannot deny the fact that car service centers still offer the most professional jobs but we also cannot say that our car can only be handled by a professional mechanic. If you have owned a car all your life, it would not be a surprise for you to know a whole lot about cars in general and your car in particular. Although newer makes and models may have additional technology that is new to you, you can always just add on to your pool of knowledge. One of the biggest mistakes a car-owner can make is to stop caring about how their vehicles run.
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Auto Repair And Maintenance: Can An Amateur Mechanic Deliver?

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Auto repair and maintenance is an essential part of your road life. You follow traffic rules, you drive safely and you never forget to have your vehicle checked regularly. The road poses many hazards already so you need to do your share of safety precautions.
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Car Maintenance Tips – How Do You Keep Your Car Clean?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Your vehicle is your buddy; it is your ticket to getting everywhere you want and need to go. In return, you should be able to keep your car in mint condition. It is not only via regular tune ups and visits to a service station can you ensure the upkeep of your car; you should also regularly clean it inside and out.
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Cost Savings And Auto Maintenance: Cutting Back On Fuel Consumption

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Current inflation rates especially on gas prices are making more and more people start to search for ways to cut back on their gas consumption. Many are trying ways to cope such as commuting and doing car pools. Definitely it could be efficient to save if using your car is not really necessary. However, there are just situations that using your car cannot be avoided. Magazine, current news and even online, you’d find numerous advise on how to beat oil price hikes. How can we know if these are true or not?

Here are a number of more reliable tips on conserving fuel and improving your vehicles mileage and over all engine ability.

1. Don’t drive too fast. Abide by speed limits posted on the streets. Though this might not be very exciting, there is sense behind it. Driving a little too fast makes your fuel burn faster too. Following speed limits not only keep you safe from accidents, they help you save on fuel too.

2. Use the cruise control tool to efficiently keep a constant speed and aid you in decreasing fuel usage.

3. Turn on the o/d icon on your dashboard when you’re on a highway. These are overdrive gears that can help improve the way your car consumes the fuel.

4. Know and be aware of traffic situations. Your car’s gas consumption lowers by 5-10 percent when you brake and accelerate too frequently while tailgating.

5. Free up your trunk space, carrying the weight of unneeded items is like having another person riding with you without splitting the gas cost.

6. Turn of the engine whenever possible, even if you are just waiting. You safe on fuel, and you contribute less to air pollution.

7. Schedule your errands so you won’t have to go back and forth the same store or area for forgotten trips or items.

8. Know your cars correct octane level. Different cars vary in octane level requirements. The higher the octane, the more expensive the fuel becomes.

9. Cars with poor engine condition will consumer 20 percent more fuel than that of more efficient ones. Have your car checked and repaired at service stations.

10. Get your car wheels aligned and checked for the right inflation.

11. Change your oil as much as possible. Oil changes are very important to keep engines clean and work efficiently.

12. Pollutants not only affect us humans. These can also damage the integral engine components. Keep your car filters clean and change them regularly.

13. Older cars are less efficient. Depending on the kind that you need, get a fuel efficient automobile.

And finally, you can also get yourself a gas card. These can be very helpful, whether prepaid or a gas credit card. It is bound to assist you in your search for ways on cutting back on fuel costs. Different cards offer rebates, cash backs, discounts on auto parts or services, plus points for purchases at gas station convenience stores and a lot more.

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Auto Maintenance – Battery Trouble: Is Jumpstarting Dangerous?

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

You may have found yourself in a situation wherein your friend calls you for help because his car would not start. If you have successfully jumpstarted another car with your vehicle and your own hands and you still have both of your hands right now, then you are very lucky!
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Check your Oil Yourself – Be A Handy Man And Save On Maintenance Expenses

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

With the American economy growing more and more unstable, people are looking for the smallest ways to save up on their expenses. While having a car is essential for most to get to their jobs and run other errands, car maintenance can cause a large dent in your cash box. Instead of running to the service center every time you spot car trouble, why don’t you be a smarter vehicle owner and learn a few ways to take care of your automobile on your own?
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Maintaining Your Vehicle – Do-It-Yourself – Weekly Checks

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The maintenance of your vehicle can add up to the costs you have if you keep on having it done in professional service centers. What you can do is to find out which maintenance tasks you can fulfill on your own. For example, car maintenance requires weekly checks on certain parts and functions to ensure that the car is safe to drive and is in good running condition.
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Automotive Parts And Services – What You Can Do Online

Monday, October 6th, 2008

With the impact of the global economic crisis felt in every section of the society, car owners are finding it harder and harder to keep their cars in mint condition. Aside from the gas prices going higher every week, automotive parts have also become more expensive. Additionally, car service centers have started to charge higher rates for maintenance and repair jobs.
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Auto Repair And Maintenance – How To Spot An Amateur Mechanic

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

There have been many stories about car repairs and maintenance getting bungled up by amateur hands. Chances are, you probably have been a victim of this kind of rip off too. You would not want this ever happening to you, or your friends and family again. How do you spot an amateur?
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Auto-Maintenance: Car Washing dos and dont’s

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

All vehicle owners admit, car washing is an essential part of car maintenance.  Although there are a million car-wash-service shops around, vehicle owners sometimes find themselves washing their own cars.  It may be because of necessity (the nearest car wash is a mile away), or because they find car-washing a relaxing task.  Besides, if one of the kids wants to borrow the car, this could be a good barter agreement.
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