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Yearly Archives: 2017

3 Signs that Indicate you Should Replace your Alternator

Several vehicle owners are well aware of the fact that the alternators in their car are a vital component. Unfortunately, many of these vehicle owners have no clue on how the alternator works. Alternators are a type of generator that gives rise to an alternate current. The brushes inside the alternators rotate on an axle and get in contact with the copper to produce an electric charge. The charged induced within the generator is transferred to several electronic components of your vehicle and finally to the batteries. At the same time, another terminal within the vehicle transfers a small amount of charge from the battery to the alternators to keep them working. To put it simply, the battery of your vehicles offers a little kick start to the alternator to keep them running, while the alternator delivers a constant flow of electric charge to the car battery to keep them charged. It is significant to note that the number one culprit behind dead car batteries is alternators. T ... read more

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Auto Repair

Advantages of Using Waterless Coolant for Off Road Vehicles

Off road vehicles consist of heavy-duty engines tuned for performance and are designed to operate under any kind of terrain. That is why the heat generated by these engines is quite high when compared to those produced by normal engines. Most of these off road vehicles use water-based coolants for cooling the engine. However, these coolants suffer from many disadvantages and are insufficient to cool the engine of an off road vehicle. Waterless coolants are ideal for off road vehicles, as they can help to maintain a consistent engine operating temperature. They contain a mixture of glycols without water and have a high boiling point of 375 degrees. They are available in most off road gear stores and are increasingly used by most vehicle owners. Below are the advantages of using waterless coolant for off road vehicles. Prevents Overheating Waterless coolant has a boiling point of 375 degrees, which is much higher than the 226-degree boiling point of water-bas ... read more

Understanding the Drive Belt of your Car

The drive belt of your car is an important part that is essential to ensure proper working of the engine. Proper belt tension is necessary for the efficient working mechanism of the car engine. The drive belt works many peripheral accessories of the engine and helps to cut down the friction formed inside the engine. Most of the car engines will have multiple drive belt systems and you might not understand when one of the belts in the system has failed. Driving the vehicle in such a state can lead to permanent damage to the engine components. Therefore, it is important for you to take your car to a good auto repair shop for a regular checkup. Use of Drive Belt Old cars had different belts for various components of the engine, like the water pumps and alternators. However, modern vehicles have a drive belt that replaces the need for numerous belts and runs the alternator, AC compressor, water pump, power steering pump, air pump, etc. The drive belt is ca ... read more

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car maintenance

Choosing an Axle for your Off Road Truck

While shopping for off road axle for your truck, many people follow the rule “bigger is better.” Off road stores will carry many varieties of replacement axle shafts, and you need to understand that there is much more to the equation than just the size of the axle. You need to consider the below factors while checking out an off road store for an axle for your off road truck. Spline Count This is the number of splines on the carrier or the shaft. It is very much important for the carrier and shaft to have the same number of splines, else they will not fit properly and the splines can break easily. The general rule in the case is that the more the number of splines stronger will be the axle. The spline count together with the other factors discussed below determines the strength of the axle. Material You need to understand that not all the axles are made equal, and the stock axles of your truck might not be strong enough to handle the st ... read more

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Off Road Parts

How to Prepare your Car for the Winter

Winter and fall months can often get a little bit detrimental for vehicles, particularly cars, which is the major reason why expert car repair technicians advise their customers to prepare their car at least a few weeks before the winter season. However, the downfall is that several car owners in the country have no clue on how to prepare their car for the winter season. It is significant to note that the snow, sleet, and the freezing rain during the winter months can bring a number of challenges to your car. If you fail to address these issues, then you will most likely need to spend a lot on expensive car repairs. Below are a few simple tips that will help you to avoid such hassles. Invest in Winter Tires Most car owners, even the most experienced ones, fear that they might lose control of their vehicle when they are on the road during the winter months. If you are one among them, then you must consider replacing the old tires of your car with winter tire ... read more

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car maintenance

Factors to Consider Before Buying Off Road Tires

Driving across difficult terrains and river crossings in an off road vehicle is one of the most adventurous and exciting thing to do. If you own a four-wheel drive, then you might be planning to drive off road. However, you will need to make sure that your off roader has the right type of tires before you embark on a journey in your vehicle. There are plenty of different types of tires available in the market, and while some of them are specifically designed for off road driving, others are not suitable for that. Unfortunately, several people who own a four-wheel drive have no idea on which tires are the best choice for their vehicles. Therefore, these people end up choosing a wrong tire for their off-road vehicle, which in turn brings serious issues to the vehicle eventually. So, if you wish to avoid such dangerous hazard, then make sure to keep these 3 factors in mind when you are in search of a new tire for your off roader. Consider the Terrain The f ... read more

Importance of Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment in Safe Driving

Road safety authorities always give much importance and attention to aspects of vehicle maintenance like tire safety. As vehicle issues contribute to road accidents and crashes, it is important to pay attention to the components of the vehicle. Wheel balancing and wheel alignment are aspects that are often neglected by vehicle owners. These aspects are confused most of the times and little to no attention is given to the importance of aligning and balancing wheels. However, both wheel balancing and wheel alignment contribute to the tire life and are important factors that ensure road safety. You may do the car air conditioning service at regular intervals, but might not remember about aligning and balancing the wheels. There can be many auto repair shops in your area that claim to balance and align wheels. However, you need to find a shop that has skilled technicians and proper equipment to do the same. Proper wheel balancing is required to allow the wheel to spin without a ... read more

How to Tackle Water Crossing in a Four-Wheel Drive

If you are a person who owns a four-wheel drive, then you might be already aware of the fact that cold water and hot engines is a recipe for disasters. This is one of the most important things, which 4×4 enthusiasts should note before forcing their vehicle for a river crossing. Rapid temperature changes are not a good thing for your 4×4 and it can lead to steaming up of the brakes, cracks in the radiator, and even the hub seals and cooling fan may get damaged. Therefore, when you reach a river or water crossing while you are traveling on your four-wheel drive, then the first and most important thing you should do is to stop the vehicle and give the engine some time to cool down. Let us assume that you have stopped your four-wheel drive and gave it a few minutes to rest. Now, you should walk across the crossing, as it will enable you to identify whether there are any obstacles in the preferred path. In addition to that, you should also check the bottom surface and depth of the w ... read more

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4x4

Warning Signs of a Failing Oil Pressure Sensor

It is much important to maintain proper oil pressure to keep your car engine running smoothly, and to maintain proper oil pressure, you need to ensure that oil change is done at correct intervals. It is the oil pressure sensor, which monitors the oil pressure and helps you to understand the internal pressure by sending a signal to the pressure gauge on the dashboard. This will let you know immediately if there is a problem. The Warning Light If you find that the oil pressure warning light on the dashboard is on, you will need to pay immediate attention. Even if you know that pressure sensor is bad, you will need to check the vehicle. If the oil dipstick shows that there is an adequate amount of engine oil and the engine runs smooth and quiet, the bad sensor might be resulting in the light. Get the sensor replaced in a good auto repair shop. If you find that the oil is up to the level, but you hear ticking or grinding noises from the engine, the oil pump might b ... read more

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car maintenance

3 Simple Tips to Make the Most of your Vehicle’s Battery

The average lifespan of most of the vehicle batteries is around 3 years. However, several vehicle owners often complain that the battery of their vehicle doesn’t last that much. Apparently, if you wish to avoid such hassles, then you need to take good care of the battery of your vehicle. In addition to that, you should also regularly take your vehicle to a reputed auto repair shop to ensure that your vehicle’s battery is in good working condition. Below are a few simple tips that will help you to extend the battery of your vehicle and make the most out of it. Regular Inspection The most important thing you should is to regularly inspect the battery of your car and make sure that it is free from any damages or issues. However, if you identify any sort of minor or serious issues, immediately seek the help of a car repair technician to resolve the issue. Some of the common signs of battery wear are missing parts or cracks in battery connections or in the plast ... read more

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