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Taking A Close Look At The Automotive Technology In New Cars Of The Future

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When many people think about the kinds of vehicles that will be available in the future, they might see images of the hovering cars like those in the cartoon The Jetsons. However, while hovering vehicles are not in the near future, there are some amazing changes coming for the new cars of today. Most technological advancements being made in the automotive world today are geared towards greater road safety and smaller environmental footprints. Vehicle To Vehicle (V2) Communication For Fewer Crashes Drivers can look forward to their cars having the ability to communicate with other cars on the road, a trending technology in the works that car manufacturers and the government feel will greatly decrease traffic accidents. For example, if you are driving towards a four-way intersection and another car is coming through without stopping, that car will alert your car it is doing so. In response, your car will begin to brake and stop, preventing a possible crash that could produce fatal injuries. If you are on an interstate and another car is getting close to you during passing, it can relay the information to your car so it will steer out of the way. V2V technology is also going on step further by giving your car wireless technology that allows it to communicate with objects like street signs and signals light stoplights. Driving Becomes Less Stressful And Safer With Augmented Reality Dashboards Augmented reality dashboard, AR, is a new technology that is already being used in some vehicles. AR is a technology that allows information to display on the windshield so it is more visible to drivers without interfering with a safe field of vision for driving. AR provides vital traveling data that includes alerting drivers to upcoming turns and other typical GPS information. AR technology of the future will include data about upcoming objects, like a car in front of you, and let you know how close you are to it and a way to steer around it if a rear-end crash is imminent. Some car manufacturers are already producing vehicles that have AR technology as a standard feature. Hybrids Will Run Longer With Energy-Storing Panels Many hybrid vehicles are already on the roads, making a much smaller impact on the environment because they run using batteries as well as fuel. However, the batteries used in hybrids can be cumbersome, causing them to need frequent recharging. To combat this problem, some major hybrid manufacturers are working on energy-storing panels that are lightweight, strong and can store the battery energy necessary for reducing recharging stops. Some panels may even draw energy using solar technology, a huge way to not only lower your hybrid’s impact on the environment, but to also save money for electricity used for charging. Vehicles have certainly changed a lot since the first Model-T’s that used a manual crank to get the engine started. While technology does make things a lot easier, it also has a greater potential for increasing safety on the roadways....

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3 Reasons To Consider A Diesel Vehicle

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Choosing a new vehicle can be a bit daunting, mostly due to the sheer number of different options available. These days you have everything from electric and hybrid vehicles to diesel options. Listed below are just three reasons to consider a diesel vehicle.  Fuel Economy A major benefit provided by a diesel vehicle is great fuel economy. In most cases, a diesel vehicle will get better fuel economy than traditional gasoline vehicles in the same class. For example, it is not uncommon to find diesel vehicles with fuel economies that meet or exceed 40 miles per gallon on the highway.  You should also look into a diesel vehicle if you need a truck or SUV. A diesel truck or SUV can provide you with the cargo space and power that your need without having to deal with the very low gas mileage that traditional trucks and SUVs typically have. Power A diesel vehicles can also provide quite a bit of power at lower speeds. Sure, at higher speeds there really isn’t going to be a lot of difference between a diesel and a gasoline vehicle, but there is a big difference when you are accelerating from a stop. The reason for this is that diesel engines typically do not need to be revved as highly as a gasoline vehicle in order to accelerate efficiently and quickly.  Another area where a diesel vehicle is more powerful is when it comes to towing, which is why diesel vehicles are very popular with truck drivers. A diesel vehicle usually has more torque than other vehicle types, which is what will allow you to tow larger and heavier loads than you would with a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle.  Lower Taxes Finally, a diesel vehicle is often a good choice because it can save you money on your taxes. One reason for this is that taxes on a vehicle are calculated based in part on its emissions. Since diesel vehicles have fewer emissions than a gasoline-powered vehicle, your taxes on the diesel vehicle will drop. Another way that you can save money on your taxes with a diesel vehicle is through income tax incentives offered by the government if you purchase a new diesel vehicle. Contact your local vehicle dealership to check out the many different diesel vehicles that they can offer you. A diesel vehicle can help you lower your taxes and fuel expenses while also offering great power and torque. Contact a local diesel fuel outlet, such as Nelson Petroleum, for further...

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Not All Oils Are Alike For Your Car

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When you take your car in for an oil change service, the technician may recommend a specific type of oil for your car. The age of your car and how you drive it determines the best oil to use. While the standard oil used by most auto shops will work fine in your car, you may get better results by using one of the other specialty oils. Conventional Oil This has been the standard in the automobile industry for years. This oil is made from organic materials and has gone through a number of filtration steps to create a smooth product free from contaminates. This oil comes in different viscosities to protect your car’s engine at various temperature extremes. The viscosity of the oil changes little from season to season which is why you might choose a lighter weight oil in the winter and a heavy oil in the summer. Organic oils do tend to break down quickly and can leave a residue that builds up in the engine. Full Synthetic Oil This is a man-made product containing no organic materials. It was developed to support the engines in luxury and high-performance cars, which are made with the latest materials and with a higher precision. These engines operate at higher temperatures and need the protection of a synthetic oil. These oils don’t break down as quickly at high temperatures and leave less residue in the engine. These are also the most expensive oils available. Synthetic Blends These oils combine organic materials with man-made materials to create an oil used in large vehicles and those that pull heavy loads. These engines heat up quickly and need the lubrication that the blends offer. These oils maintain their viscosity through consistently high engine temperatures. These oils are also less expensive than full synthetic, but more than the conventional oils. High-Mileage Oils In cars with a lot of miles on them, the gaps between engine parts become greater. They need an oil that fills those gaps to maintain lubrication and reduce heat buildup. High mileage oils help the engine stay cooler and can reduce some of the rattling typically heard in an older engine. These oils are priced similarly to the blends. Match the oil to your car for better performance. If the oil is too heavy for your car, it will be harder to start in cold weather and take longer for the engine to warm up. If the oil is too light, your engine may run hotter and the engine in an older car will be noisier. Have the auto shop technician explain the different oils they have available during your oil change service and make sure you get the one suited to your car and driving...

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Tips For Properly Storing Bulk Oil Drums

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Whether you operate a large garage or a small backyard repair center, keeping lubricants on hand is an essential part of your business. If you’ve decided to start ordering your oil and lubricants from a wholesale supplier, it is important that you understand how long you can expect the oil to last and how you should store it to maximize that lifespan. Here’s a look at a few things that you should know before placing that first wholesale order. Basic Shelf Life Expectation When stored properly and in the right environment, automotive oils can last for several years. Unfortunately environment and storage techniques can have a significant effect on the actual shelf life of each order, so understanding the best storage practices may be in your best interest. General Environmental Considerations There are many factors that can affect how long your oil supplies last. One of the easiest ones to control is that of contamination. Water vapor and debris can be destructive to oil supplies, degrading the oil over time. The temperature of the environment where you store your oil is another important element in the lifespan of your supply. Temperatures in your storage room should be moderate, above freezing but not beyond the 70s or low 80s in temperature. Temperatures that are beyond either end of this range may encourage moisture development in the oil. Rotation is key to making sure that you’re not leaving oil sitting too long. Always use the oldest oil supply first. This is referred to as first-in, first-out inventory consumption. Additional Storage Recommendations When you store oil in bulk amounts, make sure to leave in in the drums that it arrived in. Place the drums in an area that is clean, dry and within the recommended temperature range. Don’t put oil anywhere near solvents or cleaning supplies. To reduce the risk of moisture development in the drums, store them on a rack in a horizontal position. Align the drum so that the bung caps sit at about three and nine o’clock, because that will ensure that the oil rests in a way that it blocks any area where water vapor could make its way into the drum. Don’t store the drums outside if you can help it. If it is absolutely necessary, though, store them somewhere away from direct exposure to sun and weather. Also, keep them elevated on pallets so that they don’t touch the ground. With these tips, you’ll be well-equipped to start ordering your oil supplies from a wholesaler. Over time, buying wholesale may save you money, but only if you store the oil properly so that you don’t lose it. Talk with a supplier like Gran-Del Petroleum Products for more tips to preserve your oil...

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Remove Tar From The Aluminum Rims On Your Vehicle

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If you drove across a road that was recently resurfaced and wet tar splattered onto your vehicle’s aluminum rims as a result, learn how to remove it with the following steps. Once you have finished the repair, add a coat of wax to the aluminum to make it easier to clean the rims in the future. Materials Needed ​disposable gloves industrial strength solvent (designed for metal) lightly abrasive sponge detergent water hose lint-free cloth automotive wax (designed for rims) buffing cloths Remove The Tar  Put on a pair of disposable gloves to prevent any tar from getting onto your hands. Spray one of the rim’s liberally with an industrial strength solvent that is designed for metal. Automotive supply stores and many discount retailers sell products like this. Wait a couple minutes for the solvent to penetrate the tar’s surface. The solvent will soften the tar and begin to dissolve it, making it easy to remove. Use a lightly abrasive sponge to assist with removing the tar. Move the sponge firmly over each portion of the rim that has visible tar on it. Rinse the sponge out with water as it becomes dirty and apply more solvent to the rim before wiping it off again. Continue these steps until all of the tar has been eliminated. Treat the remaining rims with the same steps. Clean And Protect The Rims Wipe the rims off with a soapy sponge to remove any residue that remains on their surface. Rinse the rims off with a water hose and dry them with a lint-free cloth. Apply a small amount of automotive wax that is designed for rims to a buffing cloth. Press the cloth firmly against the surface of one of the rims and move it around in small circles. Add more wax as it is needed. Once the first rim has been treated, wipe away any excess wax with a clean cloth. Continue to add wax to the remaining rims in the same manner. The wax will provide the aluminum with a protective coating that will make it easier to clean in the future. The aluminum rims on your vehicle will have a shiny surface and you will no longer see any visible traces of the tar that was previously on them. Add a new coat of wax to the rims when they have a dull appearance. Maintaining the rims in this manner will continue to keep the aluminum protected. To find out more, speak with a business like Exoticar Paintworks...

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Four Reasons You Need To Repair Car Hail Damage Fast

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Car hail damage may not seem like a priority repair, but you shouldn’t delay it too much. Even a small amount of hail damage presents several threats to your car. The damage starts out small, but it will grow and present a serious threat to your car’s integrity and value. Here are four reasons you need to move fast to fix the hail damage: Paint Job Damage A small to average hail damage is usually nothing more than a few dents on your car, but it won’t stay that way for long. Due to the non-uniform expansion and contraction of paint and metal, the paints around the dents will start to crack, chip and peel away. The more you wait, the more the damage will be, and soon your car will be having patches of pointless metal on its body. If you wait too long, you will have to repaint the whole car instead of fixing the dents. Widespread Rust As explained above, hail damage starts out small but spreads with time. The more paint peels off your car’s body, the greater the surface area exposed to air and moisture. These two things accelerate the rate of rusting. If the hails damage occurs in winter, then the rust will also be accelerated by chemicals used to clear roads. Surface rust may be a cosmetic problem, but it also creates a bigger problem if left to fester. It may eat into the metal and weaken it or create holes. Ignore hail damage only if you don’t mind driving a rust bucket. Insurance Complications If you have comprehensive insurance, then hail damage may be one of the covered risks. However, you shouldn’t be tempted to pocket the insurance check and live with the “small” dents. If you do this and experience a car crash later on, then you may not receive the full claim for the subsequent repair. Paying for your car’s full repair would be tantamount to settling your claim twice. According to, your insurer may deduct an amount equivalent to the hail damage check before settling your claim. This can be disastrous if you don’t have the money to cover the shortfall. Loss of Value Lastly, the hail damage reduces the value of your car not only because of the cosmetic imperfections but also because your prospective customer may feel that you did not maintain your car perfectly. Painting the car just before selling it would also be tricky because people are naturally suspicious of fresh paint over a rusty car, and this will be your car’s state if you delay hail damage repair. Visit an auto service, such as Foster’s Auto Service...

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3 Common Reasons The Check Engine Light Comes On

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There’s nothing more mysterious than the check engine light coming on in your car, after all, your car doesn’t seem to be acting any different. As such, most people tend to opt to simply ignore the light, until a noticeable problem presents itself. However, ignoring the engine light can actually be quite costly in the long run, even if it doesn’t necessarily mean that your car is down and out. Here are some of the most common reasons the check engine light might come on. Something Is Wrong With Your Gas Cap Let’s start with the most simple of the potential problems: a damaged or missing gas cap. The gas cap actually maintains the internal pressure inside the fuel tank, as well as serves as a seal to prevent the fuel from evaporating on hot days. So, with a damaged or missing gas cap, you’re fuel economy is secretly taking a rather large hit. The O2 Sensor Needs Replacing Your vehicle has an O2 sensor in it. Yet, this sensor plays a rather important role in your cars functionality, as it manages how much fuel is burned when driving. With a faulty sensor, you can find yourself once again losing precious gas mileage. You might be reluctant to shell out the money for a new one, but not doing so can spell disaster for your catalytic converter eventually. Footing the bill now is much more preferable than having to spend a few thousand dollars on replacing a more expensive part.  Spark Plugs Or Wires Are Failing Your spark plugs play an important role in the operation of your vehicle, as they allow the current to travel across them and initiate combustion in your engine. In other words, spark plugs are necessary for your car to function at all. The sensor light can indicate that there is a problem in some of the plugs and surrounding wires which should be fixed right away. Luckily, this is very simple and easy to do yourself. Consult your driver’s manual and locate the plugs so that you can simply pull the old ones out and put in new ones. Of all the other problems above, spark plugs failing actually have a noticeable, albeit subtle affect on your car. It will usually manifest as small jolts when you try to accelerate. However, just because your engine light is on doesn’t mean that you should start just replacing parts randomly. Instead, if you go to an auto shop, they’ll usually be able to pinpoint the trouble directly with a computer. One company that might be able to assist you with your problem is ABS Unlimited Auto...

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How To Catch Smog Inspection Scams

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In an effort to aid human health and stop air pollution, a number of states have instituted mandatory smog and emissions testing for vehicles. Vehicles must pass the smog inspection in order to be deemed road worthy. If the vehicle does not pass the test, the vehicle owner must clear up any issues causing the test fail before they receive a clear inspection and are able to legally hit the road. However, you need to be able to differentiate between scams and true smog results to make sure you are safe and certified. When buying a car, get a new test at the same place. If you are purchasing a car, you should ask for the recent smog test performed by the owner of the vehicle. After you receive the test results, take the results and the vehicle back to the shop where the test is performed. At the shop, verify that the paperwork is indeed a true smog test performed by the shop and ask for a new test. If the smog results turn out different than the prior test, you know that something has gone wrong in the meantime or that the test may have been tampered with. This can save you from purchasing a vehicle that will lead to legal road issues. Go to certified testing areas. Most state departments of motor vehicles (DMVs) can provide you with information on smog and emissions test shops that are certified. Some testing places are not certified to provide smog tests results that are accepted by the DMV. You want to spend your money on a test that will be accepted, so make sure to first inquire with the DMV about inspection stores. Inspection stores that are not certified or not accepted may have been reported for prior scams or issues that can cause you problems. Beware of automatic passes. Some smog testing stores may offer an automatic pass of the vehicle after the fee. Others will not perform the proper machine testing that will give you true results. If this happens at the smog inspection shop that you go to, take your car elsewhere. If it is found that you were complicit in a scam to receive fake results, this could lead to legal issues between you and your state or city government. Protect yourself and your right to drive by reporting any scams to the city and abiding by the...

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Understanding Car History Reports

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If you are planning on buying a used car or selling your car, then you might have heard of something called a free car history report. You might have even looked at one or two in the past, depending on how you bought your car. Chances are that you have seen a commercial or heard someone tell you about just how important car history reports are, but why is that? To help you maneuver a little better through the world of used cars, here is an introduction to the subject: What is a car history report? A car history reports a large amount of data that is connected to a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). A VIN is something like a Social Security number for cars, in that every car has a unique one. It is important to note that a VIN is not the same thing as a license plate number. VIN numbers are usually 17 digits long, and can include any number or letter that is not i, o, or q. So what is actually on a car history report? First of all, ownership history is usually listed on a car history report. You should be able to find every owner that the car has had in the last several decades.  Second, and perhaps more importantly, the car history report will list a variety of information about severe damage that the car experienced in the past. If it was written off as a total loss by an insurance company or classified for salvage at some point in the past, then you want to be extremely careful about making a purchase. The car might have a lot of internal, hard to find problems that could cost you a huge amount of money in the future. Third, some important general maintenance data should be shown, such as mileage, emission inspections, warranty, and lemon status. A lemon is a car that has extremely severe problems that prevent it from operating as an effective car. However, in order to be a lemon, these problems must also be incredibly hard to detect prior to purchase. Therefore, a lemon is essentially a bait and switch for the buyer of the car. By understanding the history of your car, you can drastically reduce the amount of money that you will have to spend on maintenance in the future. A car with a pristine car history report is likely to be much less stressful for you than a car that has a long and storied history of...

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Making Your Vehicle’s Leather Interior Look Like New

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If you have a vehicle with leather interior, you most likely enjoy the supple feel of the material as you sit back to drive or ride. Leather is a luxury that needs to be cared for properly so it does not lose its comfort or appearance. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your vehicle’s leather seats so they last for many years to come. Materials You Will Need Vacuum cleaner with crevice attachment Air compressor Spray bottle Mild detergent White distilled vinegar Linseed oil Soft-bristled brush Microfiber cloth Lemon juice Cream of tartar Cotton ball Rubbing alcohol Removing Loose Dirt Particles When cleaning your leather seats, you will first need to remove any dirt particles so they are not rubbed into the leather when you start deep-cleaning, possibly causing scrapes. Use a vacuum cleaner crevice attachment to remove surface dirt. When vacuuming, do not place the attachment on the seating, as it could leave behind marks. Instead, get as close as possible to remove the dirt. To remove dirt between the chair base and arms, or within seams that are part of your leather’s design, use an air compressor to blow the particles from where they are embedded. Doing Some Deep Cleaning It is best to deep clean your seats every few months to remove grime that is stuck in the grooves and crevices of the leather. Add a few tablespoons of mild detergent to water and place in a spray bottle. Spritz down your seats and dry with a piece of microfiber cloth. For harder to remove grime, use a soft-bristled brush to loosen the material after spraying. Rub gently in a circular motion so the bristles get into the material.  If you have any ink stains on your leather, dab gently with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol before starting to clean. To remove other stains, add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to cream of tartar and apply to the stains using a sponge. Allow to sit for a few minutes, spray with the detergent solution, then dry with the microfiber cloth. Conditioning Your Seats Make a mixture of one part white distilled vinegar and two parts linseed oil and place inside a spray bottle. This mixture will naturally condition your seats without the use of harsh chemicals. Spray your seats and wipe the moisture up with a piece of soft microfiber cloth. You may need to buff the seats two or three times before the mixture is completely removed. If you’re interested in auto detailing for your car,...

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