Purchasing used cars is a great way to save money, but some may feel as if they are not as nice looking as brand new vehicles. Many pre-owned vehicles are in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically. Proper maintenance of both the inside and outside can add more life to the car and keep it looking great. For those who feel as if their used cars are in need of a little sprucing up, consider some of these tips.
Clean the Interior
Keeping the interior of the vehicle clean is one of the best ways to spruce up used cars. Pull everything out from the inside and the trunk, and vacuum the carpeting and seats thoroughly. Don’t forget to catch the corners, crevices, and anywhere else that dirt can collect. Remove the cup holders and wipe down the hard surfaces. Use an antibacterial cleaner to disinfect the steering wheel, handles, and all buttons, including the radio. Take some time to remove any stains on the upholstery using some upholstery cleaner.
Clean the Engine
A clean engine makes cars run
The most important control mechanism in your car, as a driver, is the steering wheel. The cozy and smooth ride that you enjoy is usually the product of good steering and a good suspension system. Many people also don’t know that a broken suspension system can affect the steering wheel which means the problems you’re experiencing with the steering wheel might have originated from the suspension system.
More importantly, both of these parts play a critical role in your car: good steering ensures that a car is safe for the occupants, while the suspension makes the passengers comfortable and keeps the car from falling apart a lot faster. This is why the steering and the suspension should be checked regularly.
Steering Wheel Problems
When there are problems with the steering wheel, the car may pull itself in a particular direction. The wheel can also shake as you drive which can make it harder for you to keep the entire vehicle along your intended path. At other times, the steering may completely get locked in a single position, making it impossible
Every automobile owner will tell you that maintenance is critical. By taking care of your vehicle, you can dramatically increase its lifespan. There are some car parts that should be at the forefront of your mind during road trips or even your daily commute. Here are five automobile components that need to be replaced frequently.
Some manufacturers suggest you change your spark plugs every three years in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Engine idling, engine misfiring, high fuel consumption, engine surging, or a lack or acceleration all indicate that it’s time for new spark plugs.
In order to see properly and drive safely at night, you need working headlights. As technology changes, owners have seen a decrease in the frequency of replacing the car parts associated with headlights. That is because more manufacturers are using LED technology, which outlasts traditional lamps. Of course, these do cost more, so when the time comes to replace the bulbs, you probably will spend a little more money if you have a newer vehicle.
Depending on the brand of your tires, you could have to replace them after as little
For most Americans we depend on our vehicles to get us from place to place. Yes, we can walk, take a train, bus or other form of public transportation but for many situations having a vehicle means the ability to get from one place to another. However, that mobility is seriously hindered if our vehicle is in need of repair or if proper maintenance is overlooked. Consequently, it is necessary to plan on frequent car service appointments to ensure that your vehicle is in top working condition.
Of course, it is not always needful to take the car to a shop to be serviced. There are many actions you can take to help maintain your vehicle’s reliability. Here are a few to get you started.
· Don’t ignore the check engine light. When the light first comes on, it can be easy to overlook it or think you will get to it later. However, whenever this light comes on, it is best to go ahead and see a mechanic. These lights are designed to come when there is a problem. Early discovery can mean spending a little vs. spending a lot.
· Check the tire
If you’re considering repainting your car, a quick online search will reveal a wide range of costs that can be confusing. However, unless you have a luxury car or are restoring a classic, it’s not necessary to spend a fortune on a quality job.
If, like many Americans, you are keeping your vehicle up to the national average of 11.5 years or longer, repainting your car is one way to keep it in good shape. A few hours in a body shop can cover age, minor scrapes, and fading that occurs after years on the road.
How Much Does Repainting Your Car Cost?
New cars are expensive, whether you buy or lease them. If you’d prefer to refurbish your old car rather than making a new monthly payment, repainting your car may be worth it. The question is, how much of an investment in repainting do you want to make?
You can go for an economy job from a national chain that might cost $250-$400, or go to a reputable body shop and spend $1000-$5000. The answer often lies in how long you plan on keeping the car and on how valuable it is
Depending on the severity of your windshield damage, a chip or crack can be more than just an annoying eyesore. Highway patrol and collision repair industry experts agree that ignoring, or worse-attempting an ineffective DIY method-can cause dangerous and even life-threatening injuries. It’s also illegal to drive your vehicle with cracked or chipped safety glass, and the ticket or citation alone can often be more expensive than a professional fix from your local collision repair experts.
Shards of Glass
A windshield crack that has been left to weather for a while can actually turn your safety glass deadly. Safety glass is designed with outer layers of tempered glass sandwiched over a rubber-based middle sheet, to fuse everything into an effective, shatter-resistant system. When chipped or cracked and exposed to the outside elements for any extended period of time, the entire system can be compromised. This results in safety glass being prone to shattering upon impact.
Loss of Front-End Structural Integrity
When a windshield is in good condition, it is strong enough to act as a layer of protection during a front-end collision. If intact, it reduces the severity of perceived impact inside the vehicle.
Choosing an auto body shop doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience. Estimates from different shops will likely fluctuate, sometimes to the point where you wonder if you are getting quotes for the same repair on the same vehicle. Consider these five tips to help guide you in making your decision:
1. Get Multiple Estimates
This one is obvious. Not only will multiple auto body shop quotes give you some idea of the “middle ground,” you’ll feel better knowing that you did your homework and you aren’t simply going with the cheapest… or worse yet, the most costly proposition.
2. Are They Certified and Insured
Do they seem reputable and carry all the appropriate certifications insurance?
Is the location a direct repair facility for your insurance company?
If you are completely new to the facility and going in with very little information on them, check for appropriate licensing hanging on the wall near the register.
Things can go wrong with any repair shop and your vehicle will be living there for a while, so you want to make sure that the repair facility you choose is protected in the event of
Maintenance is an inevitable part of car ownership, which means dealing with mechanics is necessary whenever your car requires some sort of repair or tune-up. However, many people end up getting overcharged or receiving low-quality service that damages their car or shortens its lifespan when they take their automobile to a mechanic simply because they don’t know how to ask the right questions. There are several important questions you should always ask your mechanic when experiencing car trouble or are in need of maintenance before you leave your car in their service to ensure the quality and legitimacy of the service you are receiving.
1. What is the Problem with my Car?
Even if you fancy yourself to be an amateur mechanic with sufficient knowledge about how cars function and the basics of what’s going on when your car acts funny, never try to tell a mechanic what is wrong with your car. It’s important to let the mechanic figure out the problem themselves rather than just try to fix whatever you declare is wrong in order to ensure that your car receives a thorough check rather than just a sloppy fix that may or may
In this technological age, cars are advanced and have a lot of modern parts that involve electronics as well as the standard parts. While considering all the advantages of a new or used car purchase, you should at some point think about the long-term maintenance costs that will arise if you choose to keep the vehicle.
According to a variety of auto manufacturers, ranging from Chevrolet to Mercedes-Benz, there are some auto repairs that are more likely than others. Some of these auto repairs are costly, so it is better to slowly save for these eventual repair instead of being caught off-guard.
Common Fixes That You May Encounter
Tires – Yes, tires do have to be replaced on occasion, and they can be quite expensive. The average set of tires last two to four years, so you will actually replace them more often than any other car component. A good set of tires can cost anywhere from $400 to $600, with larger tires or truck tires costing more. Damaged rims from potholes or hitting curbs are also common, and they are not a cheap replacement either.
Brakes – Brakes are an essential part of
Engine oil is vital for proper functioning; if it is not changed it will clog and will not lubricate properly producing extra heat inside the engine. You may not notice this because the gauge on the dashboard may not show the extra heat. Oil is generally changed according to the mileage of your car, certain cars need it changed more often than others, your car manual has a section dedicated to this topic. As a general rule and depending on the car’s use, oil must be changed every two or three months. It is also important to change the oil filter because as the oil circulates inside the engine it picks up minuscule pieces of metal which can eventually produce wear and damage vital engine parts. A trick you can use to check the viscosity of your engine oil is to take out the oil stick and using your index and thumb take some oil from the tip of the stick and separate your fingers. If the oil stretches between your fingers it is good, if not you must have it changed.
Cars need oxygen for the combustion process. Clean air is necessary for the fuel to
When your check engine light illuminates, it is often the first sign of car trouble. There are various reasons why your car’s check engine light could come on, from a loose gas cap or faulty chip, to a blown head gasket or something much worse. But when it comes to your engine overheating, there are 5 probable causes behind the problem. And the signs are not hard to see.
One of the first signs of an overheating car engine is usually seeing the temperature gauge nearing or exceeding the maximum internal engine temperature level illustrated on the dial. But most often, you just see smoke coming from the hood! You might also smell burning oil or fuel, which is another sign of your car engine overheating. Continue reading to learn five likely reason why your car engine is overheating.
There are two common radiator defects that can lead to a car engine overheating. First, you could have a bad radiator fan. This fan blows air over the radiator fins in order to help control the temperature of the coolant. If it comes loose, has broken shrouds, or spins freely when the engine is
We live in modern times and basically everyone has car insurance, an auto club membership, or a cellphone, and many of us drive new car models which are not likely to break down. Accidents and malfunctions still happen, and when they happen in an area that is not inhabited, we may find ourselves in a bit of trouble.
The first move for many will be to pick up the phone and call for help from your auto club, but this can take a lot of time. Your phone battery could be dead and the reception in some of the wilder parts of the country is certainly not reliable.
This is why it is important to always have a car emergency kit with you, with all the emergency materials and tools you might need to make minor fixes to your vehicle yourself, and at least get it running until you reach the nearest gas station or town. At the very least, you should have everything you need to wait it out until someone can come pick you up or until another car comes along so you can ask for help.
Some of the emergency materials you
Many drivers fail to schedule regular maintenance appointments for their vehicles, which can lead to more costly car repair in the future. And what’s worse, under-maintained cars could put you, your family, and other drivers at risk. So, stay smart and safe by asking yourself the following questions.
Is Your Automobile New or Used?
Not all cars are created equal. The regularity with which you should schedule service appointments depends on your vehicle’s year. Newer models often have modern systems that require less maintenance. In recently manufactured models, for example, coolants last longer, engines are more self-regulating, and you can often go much longer between oil changes. Check the user’s manual for your vehicle’s exact requirements-you might be pleasantly surprised.
Newer automobiles also have computerized systems with advanced sensors that notify you sooner when there’s a problem. But beware-failing to get regular maintenance can void your warranty, so be sure to check your manual, and keep the receipts from all car repairs or maintenance appointments.
To keep an older model running longer, schedule more consistent oil changes. High mileage can also cause more frequent wear and tear on crucial parts like spark plugs, timing
At some point in our road lives, we will need towing services; whether it be an engine failure, a combination of a blown tire and forgetting a spare or an accident. Towing is very common owing to the large amounts of potential trouble people can face while driving and a tow is by no means cheap; it can deplete your cash rather quickly depending on where you need to be saved from. So while it will happen at one point or another, there are several ways in which you can reduce its likelihood of occurring. So here are some ways you can avoid getting towed.
Avoid Running low on Gas/Petrol
This seems like a fairly obvious point, but it is surprising how often this is overlooked during the course of our daily activities; we may be too hurried or busy to check the fuel gauge slowly depleting. In order to avoid this make a schedule of when you’ll get the fuel refilled. Every three days should do it, or every Wednesday and Saturday (you get the idea). Or you can mark a point on the gauge, beneath which you do not allow the needle to go,
Chances are if you don’t own a Honda, you probably know someone who does. As the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, Honda creates popular vehicles that are durable, zippy, and dependable.
Some of the scheduled maintenance & services that your Honda car, truck or SUV may need include:
- Oil Changes / Lube Service
- Tune Ups
- Radiator – Coolant / Antifreeze Change / Flush
- Air Filter Replacement A/C – Air Conditioning
- Wheel / Tire Alignment
- Timing Belt Replacement / Inspection
- Brake Inspection / Check / Repair /
- Service Exhaust & Muffler Repair & Service
- Honda Inspection Service
- Transmission Service & Repair
- Suspension and Shock Absorber repair service
The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another.
Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.
#1: Vibration When Braking This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too
Tires are considered one of the most important components of a car, and their upkeep is not only a major part of car maintenance, but also part of driver and passenger safety. However, wheels are also susceptible to premature damage and wear, so it’s important to consider a few maintenance tips to keep them in good shape for a long time. Drivers should inspect them regularly for adequate air pressure. An inexpensive rotation can help to maintain tread wear and promote the maximum amount of life. And drivers should also consider that their driving habits may have an impact on the long-term quality of their wheels.
Inspect Air Pressure Regularly
Optimal tire inflation is crucial for achieving longevity and top performance. Also, optimal inflation can help with fuel efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an adequate amount of air pressure can improve fuel economy by 3.3 percent.
Experts recommend inspecting air pressure at least once per month and before and after long road trips. A driver should also apply the recommended amount of pressure instead of the maximum amount. If the wheels are underinflated, they’re at risk for irregular wear and require more
When a rollover car accident occurs there are many challenges that an attorney must face to determine whether there are claims for negligent driving, car part liability or other negligence. Some of those challenges include investigating weather, road conditions and driver error at the time of the accident. Expert witnesses may be needed, such as accident reconstruction specialists.
Experienced car accident attorneys often start investigating a potential product defect case by looking at three questions to obtain prompt, practical answers about the accident and to break the case down into manageable issues. Those three questions are:
- What caused the vehicle to travel sideways
- What caused the rollover of the vehicle
- What caused the plaintiff’s injuries
When asking these questions in sequence attorneys are able to start building a product defect case. They also can develop their defect arguments and become more focused in where investigations need to be directed.
What caused the vehicle to travel sideways?
Before any vehicle rolls over it travels sideways. This means that there was some type of force from one side of the vehicle. This force may include:
- Product defect, such as a tire blowout
- A wheel falling off of
What are some possible causes for engines misfiring and how do you go about fixing it?
Engine misfires are a common occurrence with engines but the good news is that they are typically an easy issue to diagnosis.
Automotive misfires are a whole different animal than with diesel engines. Diesel engines ignite the fuel through compression where as automotive gas engines use a spark from an ignition system. With automotive misfires an ignition system is the first place to start looking for the misfire. The next appropriate steps to diagnose the problem include inspection of the ignition cables, spark plugs, distributor cap/rotor components and the ignition coil. The spark generated for ignition oftentimes will not be properly transferred as those components mentioned above wear significantly over time. The inability to ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chambers will result in the engine not being able to turn over.
If you encounter a diesel engine misfire follow these steps:
1. Firstly make sure you are using a quality diesel fuel. Inspect the diesel fuel to verify the source has no contaminants; including water, dirt or oil.
2. Check the fuel system service log.