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Parking Sensors in Your car

As the car reverses into a space and moves closer to objects, an audible buzzer beeps more frequently.

This is usually achieved by four ultrasonic parking sensors fitted into the bumper of the car. They send out an ultrasonic wave, and if this hits an object, it bounces back to the same sensor. Information received is then relayed to the brain, allowing it to make the buzzer sounds.

For most vehicles the shape of the car will determine where sensors are fitted. This is due to wide differences in design, between manufacturers and models of vehicles.

For cars with a center panel and separate corner bumper pieces that curve around the car, two low and two higher sensors are often necessary. If a vehicle has a metal panel behind the bumper, this usually means holes must rise above the obstruction, also avoiding interference issues.

Factory fitted parking sensors are the ones fitted to a car at the time of manufacture. Retrofit, often called ‘After-market’, are the ones fitted at some time after

Maintaining Car Interior

Bring a Trash Bag

Often, piles of garbage will pile up in an automobile and its owner may not have the time or the patience to clean it all out. This all-too common situation can be avoided if there’s already a place to put trash. Putting any waste in one convenient receptacle will also preserve an interior’s appearance, to a certain degree. A full bag of trash might not be the prettiest sight in the world, but it beats an arbitrarily arranged pile of junk.

Keep Cleaning Materials in the Glove Box

Plenty of products are custom made to remove stains from automobile interiors. Why not keep something on hand so spills can be stopped before becoming permanent eyesores? CNN even recommends keeping toothpaste in the glove compartment. Of course, that’s also handy if you happen to need to freshen up at some unexpected point during your travels.

Don’t Smoke Inside The Car

It’s a well-established fact that smoking can lead to serious damage to anyone’s health. But a car filled with cigarette smoke

Replacement Car Key

If you find yourself in a situation when you need a replacement car key, by far one of the most widespread solutions is to determine if you have a spare set of keys. But if that is not a viable option, the second thing that you can try is to get in touch with your car dealership. In most cases, your car dealer will be able to easily replace your lost keys. But while having your keys replaced by your car dealer is a surefire option, one of its biggest caveats is that it may cost you an arm and leg. If your vehicle is a bit on the modern side, then this means that your keys will most likely contain special computer chips and require special programming. And because of that fact, be ready to shell out as much as $200, which most people would agree is kind of steep. Most of the expenses are for the programming the electronic chip.

So you ask, which is the most economical solution for a replacement

How to pass your practical driving test (tips etc)

The practical driving test is more about the safety aspect of your driving skills and abilities. It will first involve having your eyesight checked so that the examiners can determine if you’re able to see the road clearly enough to be acceptable. Do not worry if you don’t have perfect vision because you can still use eyeglasses or contact lenses on this part of the exam so you can see clearer.

If you are able to pass the exam and get your license while using corrective lenses, the fact that you needed them will be indicated somewhere on your license. This means if you ever get pulled over by the authorities in the future, make sure you are wearing your corrective lenses or else you might get penalized more for not wearing them.

Most of the practical exam will be answering safety questions that the examiner asks you and then driving in your vehicle with them. Basically, the examiner will ask you what safety checks you should perform before driving the vehicle and how to tend to any maintenance issues that the vehicle may need. Their questions consist of “show me” questions and “tell me”

All about Car Wax

It is easier to use your own resources at home to wash the car instead of taking the car to a car wash where apart from the costs incurred to wash the car also in some cases the cleaning might not be up to your standard hence you will be forced to redo the work again. The best advice is washing the car at home which is cheaper and easier and also you can tell where the dirt is and can always do the work as many times as possible.

Once the cleaning is done then you will be required to wax the car. When it comes to waxing one of the reason your car will deserve this utmost care is because of the paint on the car. Every single day that you are using the car you will be exposing it to numerous version and types of weather from rain, snow to sun with each competing to destroy the paint done on it. All this at the end of the day will either change the painting or even in extreme cases the paint will start peeling off. This implies the wax is an important aspect for

Waterproof Car Seat Covers is So Important

Waterproof covers on every car seat tend to be much stronger and more durable than untreated fabric covers which can easily rip or tear under too much stress. Car owners who have pets or children or both, quickly find out just how beneficial waterproof covers are. They are strong enough to resist tearing after being subjected to the constant and active motion of children and pets. Children often enjoy eating snacks while riding as passengers in the car as well as drinking beverages to pass the time. And they are not always careful to avoid having drops of food or liquids spill onto the seat coverings.

Waterproof covers won’t absorb the food crumbs and soda spills so often associated with having children as passengers in the family car. All it takes is one small stain to be absorbed into unprotected fabric, and not only does the car begin to look sloppy, there is also the expense of having to get the stain professionally treated to get the seat covering looking fresh and clean again. With waterproof covers, no moisture or liquid can penetrate the fabric. A quick mop up with a damp paper towel restores the surface

Effect of Wheel Size

Typically, someone wishing to plus-size starts from a 15- or 16-inch standard wheel size and upgrades to a 17-, 18- or 19-inch diameter. As wheel size increases, tire diameter decreases to maintain the same overall diameter, ensuring proper clearance, gearing and speedometer readings. Large diameter wheels and tires are often only available in increased widths, so plus-sizers must take their wheel well and fender depth into consideration as well. A manufacturer’s car wheel size guide can help determine what sizes will fit your make and model.

As to performance, increasing the size of your wheels has both benefits and drawbacks. On the plus side, tires with shorter sidewalls can improve steering response and cornering stability. Increasing the wheel diameter and width may also increase traction. On the downside, larger tires mean more weight. More weight hurts fuel efficiency, acceleration and stopping distance. Wider tires have a tendency to float, reducing traction in inclement weather. Perhaps the biggest downside to plus-sizing is the reduced durability of the tires themselves. Narrow tire sidewalls don’t have the strength of standard tires and can be damaged by potholes and road debris. They can also sustain damage from getting pinched more easily.

All about Automotive Fire Safety

· If you are driving a moving vehicle, get over to the rightmost lane or the shoulder. You want to exit the car without running into moving traffic. Use your blinkers to quickly switch lanes. If you have installed a loud air horn kit, sound it.

· Stop the car and turn off the engine. This will keep the car from pumping additional gasoline into the fire and will turn off the electrical systems.

· Get yourself and your passengers out of the car as quickly as possible. Stay clear of moving traffic.

· Run away from the car, waving your hands to warn oncoming traffic to move to the left. Run in the direction of oncoming traffic so that you can warn it. Don’t even think about trying to salvage anything “valuable” from the car unless it’s breathing.

· Call 911 or the fire department on your cell phone. Do NOT attempt to extinguish the fire – the fire may instead extinguish you.

While gas tanks do indeed explode, it is rare. More likely is that some fluids in the engine may ignite. Tires are also dangerous. When they get hot, they

Performance Superchargers

The difference between the two types of superchargers is in the method of air compression. The first type is positive displacement. Positive displacement superchargers deliver pressure at a constant, almost fixed rate at all speeds and are normally mechanically powered. The air is divided within the supercharger and deposited bit by bit into the engine. Positive displacement superchargers have four main types of pumps; Roots, Lysholm twin-screw, sliding vane, and scroll-type supercharger or G-Lader. The pumps break down further into external and internal compression pumps.

Roots superchargers have external compression pumps. These pumps allow the pressure in the intake manifold to overcome the pressure coming from the supercharger which causes pressure to backflow into the supercharger. The backflow pressure is what compresses the gas power. These pumps are not as efficient as internal compression but are efficient in moving air at low pressure differentials.

The other types of positive displacement pumps use internal compression to some extent. Internal compression pumps compress the air within the supercharger and deposit it into the engine smoothly at a fixed compression ratio. The compression ratio should favor the supercharger because if the boost pressure of the engine exceeds the compression

Optimal Vehicle Protection

The wind and dirt can result in minor scratches often penetrating the paintwork of the body. Where dust accumulates and covers the surface, it will contribute to a considerably dull appearance. Bird droppings can result in increased exposure to acidity. While parking under a tree can provide shade, it can also expose vehicles to an onslaught of leaves, twigs, berries, and sap.

Thieves will often think twice before targeting a covered motor vehicle, in comparison to assets that are fully exposed. The fabric that is secured around the automobile will mean that it should take a longer period to access the particular car. There are customized covers that include a lock and key, making it even harder for possible criminals to attempt to break into the automobile.

Custom fitting options have become increasingly popular as it eliminates the possibility of a poor fit. Tailored wraps are manufactured to align with the shape and the size of the vehicle. Many include pockets for mirrors for increased security and appeal. Options such as tie downs, cords and locks will prevent strong winds from removing the wrap and ensure that the car remains protected against the elements.

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How Often An Oil Change?

During your last oil change, your mechanic might have suggested you the number of miles where the next oil change must take place, you might be checking nervously whether the vehicle has reached the said miles with a fear that if the vehicle has to be given for oil change, you will have to reach your office through public transportation or any other means. But, this worry is not at all required these days since there are instant oil change locations where the oil change can be done within 10 minutes and therefore you need not go to your office for days together via public transportation. Now, you might have a doubt as to how frequently the oil in your vehicle should be changed?

There are two methods to find whether your vehicle is in close need of an oil change and these two checks can be done by yourself without the requirement of visiting a local lube shop or garage. The first method is to check the user manual that came along with your vehicle, where you can get details regarding the recommended time to change the oil according to the specification of the manufacturer. Since

Balance Alloy Wheel Tyres

First park the car on a flat ground and loosen the lug nuts of the wheel rims using a tire iron. Make use of a floor jack to raise the vehicle off the ground without taking the wheels off completely. Suspend the car fully with the use of jack stands. Then remove the lug nuts and the all the four wheels.

Clean the tires using soapy water and a brush. Residues of paint, cement and tar can be removed by using lacquer thinner.

Set up a bubble balance machine for the process of balancing the alloy wheels. View the bubble through the window gauge. Adjust the knobs to ensure that the bubbles are in the middle of the cross hair. Now place a rim facing upwards over the machine cone. The lever of the machine needs to be pushed down so that the tire floats. Check the position of the bubble.

Note the bubble movement by detaching a half inch increment weight from the adhesive tape. Now that half inch increment can be placed on the opposite direction of the bubble movement. To center the bubble in the window gauge, keep placing half inch weights

Ways Customize Car Seat Covers

Applique

This is where you customize the seat cover using your favorite sports team logo. You can also customize it using your favorite cartoon character or flower image. You should start by buying a fabric with images that you like. To make your work easy, you should choose a fabric with images that are large enough.

Once you have found the fabric, you should cut the images out and identify where you want to place them on the covers. You should then iron the image on the seat cover.

For ideal results you should ensure that you use the correct heat setting on the iron. To prevent melting of the synthetic material, you should place a piece of fabric between the iron and cover.

You should finish the appliqué by sewing the edges of the image onto the car cover.

Tie and dye

This is ideal when you are operating on a tight budget. You should buy white car covers and large rubber bands. You should also buy at least four colors of your favorite dye.

While sectioning off large and small areas of your covers, you should place each of

Transform Car With Stylish Decals

Some people are ardent pet lovers and they like to show the love for their pet by displaying decals that contains their pet’s photos. This is a cute way to express love and affection for one’s pup or kitten. Some other cute stickers include the family decals, and if you have kids at home then you are sure to have family decals/ stickers pasted on your car’s window or backside.

Besides being a medium of showing love or patronage for your nation, sports team, organization, college, schools, club, family etc; you can also use the decals for advertisement purposes. If you have a small business or your wish to promote a product/ service, you may use decals as a fantastic promotional tool.

These decals are usually custom made and they contain the details of the products or business. When using the decals for promotional purposes, you should choose the decals carefully and make sure that the font size and color combinations are perfect. Choosing the right font size is essential so that anybody who looks at the decal should be able to clearly read your massage. Too small font size will be difficult to read and

Car Engine Remapping

The amount of improvement in the engine’s performance depends on the type of car that is getting remapping done. Turbocharged cars get the best results. This is because more air is pumped in, unlike aspirated engines where there is necessity for tuning.

If the manufacturer offers versions of a car’s engine with higher power outputs, this is a good sign that the technicians will be able to increase the engine performance. When car owners have the most powerful version of an engine, there is less to work with but gains can still be made.

Usually, power is boosted at least ten percent on normal aspirated cars. Turbocharged owners can expect to see an engine power increase up to 20 percent. Diesels usually get the biggest increase of up to 30 percent. Most remapping shops will have a website with specific data per car model based on past results.

The cost of remapping is often offset by the improvement achieved in fuel economy. This is usually a side effect of boosting performance, especially on diesel turbo cars. However, many people go into a remapping shop just wanting a better fuel economy for their car, which can

Cold Air Intakes

Among all these components, the cold air intake plays a significant role in making a vehicle work well. As their name indicates, they take cold air inside and help in keeping the engine cool. This in turn, will make the engine work more efficiently by producing extra power and top performance. Their aim is to cut the temperature of the air entering inside the vehicle. It is the cold air which prevents any sound production and save as much as fuel possible. Nowadays these intakes are available in multiple colors that also play a pivotal role in enhancing the vehicle’s exterior The principle on which they work is the more oxygen results in the good combustion of fuel.

There are different types of cold air intake available in the market. Some of the commonly used among them include:

Air Ram Kits: These use outside air to force it into the engine naturally through a part in cut outs, hood, or vents. Pulling cold air inside is possible through scoops and route it to the throttle body. The air moves to the tubes that are linked to the scoop. The speed of the air going inside the

Car Touch Up Paint

You might never have had this kind of trouble with your car’s paint, but as I said before they can quickly occur so you might want to know these few steps of proper touch up paint use. Before you start you will need to require all needable material for this process. Mostly you will need basic things such as masking paper, masking tape, primer, sandpaper, base coat and clear coat. Of course you will need to choose the paint that exactly matches the current one.

Firstly you might put your vehicle into the shade and then clean it by washing it with a shampoo that is specially formulated for cars. Next thing that follows is of course drying and then mask the area around the damaged spot to avoid spreading or spilling of paint over it. When you do that go and take a high grit sandpaper to sand the damaged part. Don’t sand just the area that is imperfect, rather do it one or two inches more all around the repair needing area. Then with a soft cloth dust the area.

When things that are listed above are done, the fun part comes into a

Easy Car Audio Solutions

Amplifier

Your car audio system is in need of a more competent amplifier if you think the sound coming out from the speakers lack a little extra something you cannot put a label to. Music lovers are very much particular about this! They have needs and expectations towards their own audio systems, they must be addressed. Good amplifiers do not distort your favorite songs into certain noise-producing tracks. Having a new set will also be great not only for in-car use, but also for outdoor audio entertainment purposes. If sound quality is what you are up to, a good set of amplifiers will give you the best listener’s experience there is.

Vibration Damp

Have you ever hated that annoying vibration you hear (and feel) when you listen to songs inside your car in full volume? Be relieved. A lot of us have experienced it as well. Well this kind of – let’s say – sensation actually results from string movements that go all over the place without proper dampening methods. What makes this intolerable is when music becomes noise. Well, that’s definitely out of the plan when all you ask for is pure entertainment. Through

Body Kit Considerations

Most aftermarket body kits consist of four parts that include the front bumper, a rear diffuser, side skirts and a rear trunklid spoiler or wing. As we’ve said, styles range from mild to extra wild, from subtle to downright ugly.

Some tuners and high-end design houses also offer widebody kits that add bulbous fenders for those oversize wheels and tires. But before you consider a widebody kit, it’s important to make sure that your car has the power to back up its looks. Not to mention being legal for the street.

It used to be that kits were made from fiberglass. Nowadays, the material of choice is urethane or carbon fiber. Urethane has largely replaced fiberglass because it’s more flexible, though not necessarily lighter. It lasts longer and is not prone to cracking from road vibrations, like fiberglass. If cost were not a concern, carbon fiber is of course the way to go, as it has the benefits of being stronger, yet lighter, than steel. Of course, it will also lighten your wallet considerably. But the material’s lightness and strength is the reason racers use the material as much as they can.

Not many people

Advantages of Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

  • A nitrogen-filled tyre does not lose pressure as quickly so you can expect a longer tyre life. It tends to keep the pressure constant.
  • The possibility of rust is reduced. It is the oxygen that causes rust. Rust can make rubber brittle which increases the chance of a blow-out. Nitrogen prevents the oxidation process of the internal rubber.
  • Nitrogen-filled tyres reduce emissions which gives you a longer tyre life, so you don’t need to change your tyres often. This also means that fewer tyres are discarded which reduces landfill waste.
  • There is less corrosion because there’s no moisture in pure nitrogen, unlike air.
  • There is a slower rate of pressure loss as nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules. This improves the driving quality and reduces the tyre running pressure. Therefore nitrogen-filled tyres create a smooth and safer ride.
  • A tyre that remains properly inflated deflects less than an under-inflated tyre, which keeps it cooler and causes it to wear evenly.