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Auto Repair Shop for SUV

Where to Start

It is very helpful to begin your hunt for a reliable auto repair shop before you take your new SUV home with you. This head start will provide insight on what to expect once your SUV requires some professional attention, or it comes time for its factory scheduled maintenance. There will be no surprises; you’ll know exactly who you can call and who you can trust. You won’t have to waste time worrying about finding an honest and dependable auto repair mechanic that is close to home and fits your budget, all within short notice and under duress.

After You Find a Good Candidate

Once you think you have found some good candidates for SUV service and repair, you can dig a little deeper and look for some clues that speak to the character and proficiency of the shop. For instance, look for professional licensing, associations, and similar credentials. Also inquire about the number of years they have been working on car professionally. Look for signs about surcharges, fees, billing,

Preparing Car for Winter

Take your auto in for a tune up before the first snow fall. Having the peace of mind of a well maintained vehicle all year is an excellent idea, but it’s particularly essential during the winter when driving conditions are impaired. Ensure your battery is in great condition. Being stuck in remote areas and being unable to start your car is dangerous. Check that your battery’s connections are corrosion free and for batteries older than 3 years, consider testing its capacity to hold a charge.

Ensure you have the right oil for your vehicle. In general, thinner oil like 5W30 works better in cold winter conditions than 10W30 or 10W40, which are thicker. Thinner oils circulate easier, which makes lubrication of your engine easier in cold temperatures. To find the right oil for your specific vehicle, check your owner’s manual.

Keep your gas tank full. A full gas tank lowers the chances of running out of gas and being stranded. In addition, it brings down the possibility that your gas lines will freeze up because of condensation or water vapor

Electric Car Engines Work

People are trading out and selling the gas-guzzling trucks or SUVs of yester-year, and increasingly choosing cars based on gas mileage. This trend includes a definite increase in the number of hybrid and electric cars that are being bought and sold, as people begin to embrace new alternative energy possibilities. But what is an electric car, and how does it work?

A completely electric car is powered by either batteries that must be recharged at charging stations, or fuel cells. Fuel cells take in hydrogen gas and convert it into electricity. Often, electric cars can also run on (or at least be supplemented by) solar energy in the form of panels on their roofs or bodies.

This electricity source, whatever it might be, is used to power an electric motor. The motor is a coil of wire that can spin freely inside a casing of magnets. When electricity is fed into the wire, it makes a magnetic field that turns the coil very quickly. By fastening the spinning coil to an axle, the wheels are driven along.

Automotive Innovations

Apart from the fact that they run on electric energy, there are some pretty outstanding features that are unique and groundbreaking.

For example, the electric car has no exhaust pipe. In fact it has no exhaust system at all. This means you have no smoke coming our of the car as it runs. Hitherto, all vehicles had some sort of combustion outlet that emitted the waste from the burning of fuel.

Again, the electric car has no fuel tank. It uses energy from the batteries so there is no need to hold fuel in liquid or gaseous form for it’s automotive power. So we can definitely say it is a tankless car.

For the first time, the barking system of a car will serve as a charging system for its batteries. In the regular car, you have the alternator as the system that charges the battery. The electric car has something interesting – the batteries are charged when you brake the car. The process is called regenerative braking and it can recover about 15% of the energy that the car used.

The electric car is therefore an economical and amazing piece of technology worth

Electric Bike Battery

Keep the battery clean and dry

Even though these batteries are designed to accept a small amount of light rain, it is usually advisable to keep them clean and dry whenever possible. The actual contacts on the battery must be kept dry to avoid issues with corrosion or oxidation which in the long-term will weaken its power and efficiency. It is practical to check the contacts on a monthly basis. On seeing the first signs of corrosion, it is possible to use an emery cloth to give a proper clean.

Maintain the cool temperature of the battery

The battery cells are less effective at holding its charge in environments that are very warm. This means that in the hot weather the battery will start to lose its power at a faster rate. This has the downside of needing to recharge the battery at more regular intervals. The lithium power is able to extend the travel distance by a significant margin if kept and stored in cold conditions.

Store the electric bike in the correct manner

If you are planning to leave the electric bike inactive for several months it is essential that it

Save Money and Energy With the New Plug-in Electric Hybrid Car

In addition to reducing energy cost, V2G technology will allow consumers to be able to sell back energy to the utility during the hot summer months when energy demand is the highest. Hybrid vehicle owners may sell energy at the price threshold they select. When the price reaches this point, the utility will automatically take energy from the vehicle. The owner will have enough energy left over for the drive home. Payment to the vehicle’s owner can be made in the form of earned credits from the amount of energy used by the utility toward their monthly energy bill.

V2G technology can increase the availability of renewable energy used during peak energy hours. Plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) may charge their batteries at night when energy is inexpensive and is generated with a larger percentage of renewable resources. While electrical utilities usually have to buy power from expensive, less efficient, fossil fuel power generating sources during the day or times of maximum demand. But with PHEVs, utilities may purchase the renewable energy stored in the vehicle batteries.

PG&E demonstrated the first-ever utility Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology at Silicon Valley Leadership Group Alternative Energy Solutions Summit in California.

About Energy Costs of Driving Electric Cars

Petroleum prices have jumped during the last year and everybody is feeling the pain at the pump. Not a single soul is concerned about filling up the batteries of his next electric car with electricity. After all, you just plug the car into the next receptacle and there seem to be no appreciable costs.

Joe owns a Corvette, a high performance car manufactured by General Motors, which according to the car manufacturer drives 25 miles per gallon.

Joe’s monthly commute is 1000 miles, he drives very carefully, and actually achieves 25 MPG on his daily trip going to work and running errands. At $4.00 per gallon at the pump he is paying $160 for gasoline every month.

Joe is thinking about buying the Tesla, an electric sports car. He tried to find the cost of electricity for driving this car. He could not find any data anywhere. Joe knows that he must explain to his wife why he needs to save energy and money before buying the Tesla, a new, very fast electric sports car.

The Tesla will accelerate faster than his Corvette. There is no doubt that an electric vehicle can have a

Importance of Brake Fluid

The fluid needs to be checked often because of the ability it has to absorb moisture. Excess moisture and alien liquid deteriorates the brake fluid by corroding it. Excess moisture can come from the atmosphere. The liquid that gets drawn into the fluid will also affect the boiling point which is vital for proper braking. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius whereas clean fluid boils at 230 degrees Celsius. Vaporisation needs to be avoided in the hydraulic system as it is compressible therefore affecting the car’s ability to stop.

At times, the fluid can also contain copper. Copper is likely to release patina, which is a corrosive substance that eats away at metal. Mechanics can test if there is copper in the pipes by means of an electronic tester.

Brake fluid must have a low viscosity to flow quickly through the hydraulic system as the driver applies the pedal. In other words, it has to be thin enough to travel quickly throughout the hydraulic system as opposed to oil which is too thick. If it gets thick, the driver will notice this because of the delay in reaction time of the braking system. The colour of

Converting Car to Electric

An electric vehicle uses a very simple power train. The best example is an electric golf cart on the green. It is clean, quiet and has zero emission. The process of converting a car to electric is to replace the internal combustion engine with an electric motor. The motor will generate the torque need to move the car forward. A series of lead flooded acid batteries will be used to supply the power to the motor. To control the speed of the car, a current resistance regulator is connected between the batteries and the motor. The regulator acts as the accelerator paddle of the car. Finally, the whole system is linked to a central circuit board that monitors the condition of the motor and status of the batteries.

All these information may sound like Greek if you are not familiar with the internal workings of a car. In this case, you can outsource the conversion project to a mechanic. To be prudent, you should at least have some basic understanding of the whole modification process. This is to ensure you are not paying for unnecessary parts retrofitted into your car. There any many good quality electric car

Basic Car Maintenance

NGK Spark Plugs

NGK Spark plugs do not always need replaced, and there are a few ways to check to see if they can go for another 30,000 miles or so. First, if there are no problems because of bad NGK spark plugs, they may not need replaced. To double check, vehicle owners are encouraged to ensure that the gap is what it is supposed to be, and to visually check NGK spark plugs to see if they appear to be worn.

Vehicle owners that are not sure as to whether they should replace NGK spark plugs are encouraged to replace them. Getting a new set will not hurt the car, and it may improve the performance of the vehicle.

Double Check Safety Options

This is the time when everything should be double checked, including but not limited to: windshield wipers, headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and the horn. These parts of the car are a necessity to making sure that everyone riding in the car is safe, particularly in dangerous weather. Headlights can determine whether a driver sees another car coming down the road or not, and may prevent a fatal car accident.

Explaining Ethanol-Fueled Car

Ethanol Fuel

Ethanol is essentially an alcohol fuel. It is extracted from plants, like corn and sugarcane, and then refined into an alcohol. This alcohol is the ethanol fuel! Ethyl alcohol fuels is known best for its high octane and performance levels, increased torque, and improved horsepower; which is why several national racing teams use it for competitions.

It can be used to power ethanol engines, hybrid cars, flex-fuel engines, and other vehicles too! Its works in the same way that gasoline does, by injecting fuel straight into the engine. It’s cheaper than standard oil-based fuels, and it produces substantially less air pollution than gasoline when burned. There are a few downsides to ethyl alcohol fuel, like the fact that it get slightly less gas mileage. But this is combatted with cheaper fuel costs!

Ethanol fuel usage has climbed the charts, drastically, in the past twelve years. It was recorded that ethanol fuel use was around 1.7 billion gallons, while just a few years ago it exceeded 13 billion! Many gas stations now offer ethanol fuel as an option. It is a wonderful alternative to gasoline because it produces less air pollution and costs less

Detect Fake Towing Professionals

Towing Scams

There are different kinds of cars present in the road i.e. small cars or heavy trucks used to carry loads. It is also a fact that accidents can happen anytime and you will need a reliable company who can take you out of this mess. Have a look at the few most obvious scams which you may experience:-

• A false company will park your vehicle in an unknown place and they won’t give it to you unless you pay inflated charges.

• Few of the towing companies also have a contract with the auto body shops which will charge you more if you get your vehicle repaired from them. This is one of the most obvious scams which most of the people meet. You should have the right to choose your own auto repair shop.

• Unauthorized towing companies make use of fake documents to get business from innocent people. They give you an assurance that they will tow your vehicle to a place safely. However, it is not always true.

It is a very easy task to find a reliable company. Be very careful while making a choice. Here

Car Radiator

Coolant

The radiator doesn’t manage the heat levels in your engine all alone; the heat exchange process is coupled with the utilization of a well-known, heat-absorbing liquid called coolant. Coolant must be replaced in your radiator on a routine basis in order to maintain a properly-functioning radiator and engine. Coolant is also known as anti-freeze, because it also prevents the engine from freezing up in cold weather.

How They Operate

A radiator is typically made from aluminum because it is a terrific heat-dissipating metal and low in weight. But it can be made from steel and other metals as well. Radiators work by sending coolant through the inner components of the engine to absorb heat; and once enough heat is absorbed, the coolant travels back to the radiator to be cooled down, and the cycle continues as you drive.

A Little History

Before coolant was used, water was poured into radiators. But as automotive and aeronautics industries grew in technology, engines became too powerful for just water. It would boil too quickly and damage other components of the vehicle. Commercial coolant use was introduced shortly after the Second World War, and is now

Faulty Brakes

  • Locking Brakes

This is what you experience when the brakes lock when you apply light pressure. This can be a bit scary but the most likely reason for this may be that there is grease or oil on the brake linings. The worst case scenario might be that there are broken components and this could mean that the brakes would fail in an emergency situation.

  • Low Pedal

This is when the brake pedal is low and you have to press really deep for the brakes to activate. The brake pedal may touch the floor in such a case and this could be an issue. It is best to get the brakes checked soonest to identify the problem.

  • Noisy Brakes

If you hear a distant whistling or a type of squeaking noise then it could indicate that the brake pads or linings are worn. This is a warning sign that you need to respond to quickly.

  • Sticking Brake Pedal

If your brake pedal gets stuck when you try to apply pressure to it and it fails to release, it could mean that the master cylinder is faulty. This issue must not be

Advancing Reality of Hybrid Cars

The answer is exciting when you stop to think about the amount of development money and time that could really go into the market if these companies realize that there’s money to be made. When the consumers react and a dozen or more different brands hit the market in competition, the need to step up and offer bigger, better models to stay ahead of the curve will breed the kind of technology race that the auto industry hasn’t seen since the 1970s.

Recent reports released by the UN and the global scientific community state that with CO2 output as it currently stands, worldwide temperatures will rise by nearly 6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. There are still hold outs on the consensus that technologies such as the automobile are causing harm to our planet, but as more and more come to the realization that this is a reality, the corporations will react accordingly. And if the government takes the steps to curb emissions and raise CAFE standards, it’s entirely likely that the industry might start to shift much of their focus to the hybrid car market in an attempt to curb the inevitable downturn

Domestic Car Repair

Research the domestic repair shop

It is always smart to research every domestic car repair shop that is on your list. It is your biggest arsenal against devious mechanics. A thorough and intensive check should be conducted through all avenues-the Internet, Better Business Bureau, word of mouth, etc. Verify whether it is an insurance approved accident repair centre or not; what is its reputation; are there any complaints or praises for its mechanics at sites like the Better Business Bureau etc. This research alone would go a long way in weaning out the bad ones.

Ask for recommendations

Nothing works better than the recommendation of a person who had actually availed the services of the car repair shop. With most of your friends, families, and neighbors owning a car, it is not too difficult to get the feedback about their vehicle repair shops. Next rank these recommendations based on how long they have trusted that shop with their car repairs. For example, if a shop is being used by a person for ten years, it is more credible than the shop used for just a couple of months.

Ask plenty of questions

Ensure

Brake Pad Replacement

  • The car has to be completely cooled down before anything is done. Heat expands the metal alloys that the pads are made of which means the size has increased slightly. The mechanic also needs to wait for the car to cool down so that his hands don’t burn whilst replacing the brake parts.
  • The mechanic will loosen the lug nuts to remove the hub cap from the wheel. He will lift the car at least thirty centimetres from the floor. Then he will place bricks or wedges behind the other wheels so that the car doesn’t roll away. Two wheels can be done at a time by placing two jacks on either side of the car. A fellow mechanic will usually assist with this process.
  • The mechanic will now completely remove the lug nuts and the wheel to begin the mainpad replacement process.
  • The calliper bolts will be removed to access the brake pads. The calliper needs to be removed in order to get to the rotor. The calliper assembly will still have a brake line that attaches to the system and careful procedure will have to be used when dealing with this assembly.
  • The brake pads can now be

UTE Maintenance

The first thing is to locate your dipstick, in a manual vehicle there is only one, but an auto will also have one for the transmission fluid so be sure the verify which one it is engine oil before filling. (It should say on the top). It is usually colored plastic knob that is formed into a loop or has a rounded top that your finger can fit through to make it easier to pull out.

Use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe the end clean so you can inspect it and tell where the fill and empty lines.

Insert the dipstick back into the engine, then pull it out again. The dipstick will go down into the engine sump and tells you how much oil is there.

You can then read how much oil is there. The ideal oil level is at the full mark. If the oil is above the halfway mark it is safe to leave it as there will be enough oil, but take note of this and check the level again after a few 100km.

If it is below the halfway mark, then add the recommended oil

Carry Out Cracked Windshield

Crack Details

As regard the repair, the first step you need to take is to assess the level of the damage. Basically, there are two features in a crack.
1. The pit site: this is the point where a hard object hits the glass. Here, some pieces of glass will have been broken into particles.
2. The impact site: this is the overall surface of the damage.

More so, the crack might be deep or shallow. If it is deep, the ultra-tight seal or layer between the two sheets of glass in the windshield will have been damaged.

The DIY Approach

If you have any repair kits, try to measure the crack’s diameter. As long as the measurement does not exceed twelve inches, it can be repaired. Above that limit, any attempted repair will eventually fracture the glass at a very fast rate.

Make sure you have a manual that will show you a step-by-step approach to fixing the problem. You will also need high-quality sealing compounds that you can apply to the cracked surface. After the application, leave it for 15 – 30 minutes for a proper glass-curing process.

Expert Help

Electric Car Conversion

Before starting, you need to know the benefits of converting your car. The biggest benefit is that you save money, because you do not depend on gas any more. But did you know that you save even more money because there are less car parts that need maintenance.

Another benefit is that you are driving an eco-friendly car. Keeping the environment pollution free is always good benefit.

Electric car conversion, here is what you need to do:

First thing you need to get is a car kit. Custom car kits are available for specific vehicles and there are also universal kits, which can be installed in various vehicles, that have the same built and weight.

Clean your car first, then you will have to carefully remove the engine from the car and install electric motor in its place. There are two motors available that you can use, the AC or DC motor. Self converted cars often have a DC controller and a DC motor.

DC (direct current) motors are easier to install and are more affordable.

One of the last steps you need to take are to install batteries that will supply