Month: March 2017

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Car Maintenance Tips

Servicing your car and following the standard maintenance requirements will ensure that your car remains in good condition at all times. The maintenance requirements can be demanding at times, but it is something that you have to do as a car owner. You have the option of taking your car to a mechanic to do everything for you. However, doing that on a regular basis can turn out to be quite expensive. There are quite a number of things, which you can take care of on your own, perhaps during your spare time. You can even view it as a fun activity to do with your friends, all while saving some money in the process.

Helpful tips

Wheels and tires

One of the basic maintenance tip for the tires of your car is to rotate them. Tire rotation simply means swapping all rdtkjrd57utjdr7tyjtfugythe four tires to ensure that they wear out evenly. Experts recommend that you swap the tires after every 5000 miles. Swapping should be done such that the front tires go to the back and vice versa. You should also do regular cleaning of the dust that accumulates on the breaks.

Remember to check the tire pressure a minimum of once each week. This is important as bad pressure will impact negatively on handling, fuel consumption, and comfort. Bad tread depth will also have a similar impact. Tires that are bald are quite dangerous and pose a risk of accidents caused by slippage.

Electrical system

Check to ensure that the electrical system in your car is also in great condition. Remember to disconnect the battery before working on the electrical system. Avoid short-circuiting the system by disconnecting the negative terminal before the positive one. You should also check the battery status, cleaning the terminals and replacing it when needed.

Engine

drytgfjdrtfxjdrtfkgyYou can also do some maintenance on the engine as well, without consulting a mechanic. A good place to start is with the rubber belts, which are used to run the pulleys. The belts are used to drive a number of things, including alternator and A.C compressor. Because it is made of rubber, it gradually wears off. You should thus ensure that they are in good condition and show no signs of snapping. Experts recommend checking after every 25000 miles and replacing them after the next 25000 miles. Next, check the oil level in the engine. Your engine will experience problems if the oil level is too high or too low. Finally, check the level of the engine coolant.

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Important Car Accessories

Adding accessories is one of the ways to personalize your car. Cars come with a few accessories already installed, depending on car type and brand. However, there are many other different types of accessories, which you can buy and install on your own. The accessories can be both functional or simply for aesthetic purposes. There are a few, which are quite useful and should be installed in every car. Some of them are highlighted below.

Important accessories to install in your car

Stereo system

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Most cars will come with a default stereo system. However, for lovers of music, you can upgrade the system to enjoy better and high-quality music. This includes both the stereo and speaker system. It can also be to improve the controls, installing a system, which can respond to voice commands and such. Doing this also adds value to your car, which works to your advantage when you decide to sell the car.

 

Baby car seat

This obviously applies to you if you are expecting or have young children. The baby car seat ensures that your baby is safe and comfortable when you travel with him in the car. With your baby safely strapped in, you will be able to concentrate on driving. Your baby will also not get fussy and cause you a headache.

Car charger

If you own a smartphone or any other such device, it is important that you invest in a car charger. This common accessory can be found in nearly every car because of its low price and usefulness. It allows you to charge your devices while on the go, making sure that you stay connected to the world at all times. It comes in quite handy for those who travel long distances. It can also be used to power the navigation gadget, ensuring that you do not get lost when you are in a new city.

Tire puncture kit

ytfugfrytygurdytgyihuIt is highly advisable that you always travel with a tire puncture kit at all times. This is more of the case if you intend to go out of town, where getting help may be challenging or too expensive. The kit allows you to repair the punctured tire by yourself and continue with your trip. You can carry a spare tire as a precaution, but there are times when you will need more than one spare tire. The kit contains a tire inflator, used to pump the tire after you repair the puncture.…