maintenance tips

For most Americans, their vehicles are their keys to success; vehicles take people to work, kids to school, and loved ones to loved ones. Accordingly, cars hold a lot of value, a fact that many vehicle owners forget about until it’s too late. Follow these tips to keep your car running well for as long as possible and avoid breakdowns:

1. Replace Your Air Filters

Air filters are easy to maintain but can cause catastrophic damage to a vehicle if neglected. Change your filters every 12 months or for every 12,000 miles (whichever comes first) to ensure that dirty air filters don’t cause you any problems.

To replace your filters, consult your driver’s manual for the proper parts, purchase them online and then either install them yourself or hire a trusted mechanic for the job.

2. Change Your Windshield Wipers

Yes, windshield wipers really do make a difference, especially if you live in a location where the elements play a major role in your road-side safety. After all, if you total your car because you can’t see out your windshield when it’s raining, you will wish you took the time to get those wipers replaced.

Consult you owners manual and follow instructions for wiper replacement and installation.

3. Check Your Tire Pressure

Adequate tire pressure is yet another often ignored facet of your car’s proper functioning. Without it, you run the risk of ruining your tires, decreasing your mileage, and a general lack of safety.

Every so often (and especially after major temperature fluctuations or long trips), stop at the gas station and pay the buck it costs to gauge your tires’ air pressure and potentially fill them up a bit.

tire rotation4. Rotate Your Tires

Every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, you ought to get your tires rotated. Change them from front to back to help extend their life and maintain as much road-to-tire friction as possible so you can remain in control when you’re at the wheel.

5. Change Your Fuel Filters

Replacing your fuel filters is integral the long-term health of your car. Whether your key is in the ignition or your car is parked in the lot, your car’s fuel filter is constantly working to make sure that your fuel is ready to be pumped. It will need to be replaced every so often, so keep it in mind!

6. Keep an Eye on Your Power Steering Oil/Fluid

Keeping your car lubricated and functional is important, plus you probably want to be able to make turns. It takes a long time for this guy to run out, but if you’re getting a check up, it’s worth your while to ask your mechanic for an update on its status.

7. Check Your Lights and Electrical Components

Ever seen someone driving around with their taillight out? That could happen to you if you never take the time to check on the electrical systems of your car; every so often have a friend watch your front and back end while you put on your blinkers and pump the brakes. It may just save you an expensive ticket.

8. Read Your Owner’s Manual

It probably won’t be the best read, but it will be worth your while when something strange goes on in your car and you have a decent chance at diagnosing it. Don’t waste time at the side of the road flipping through a manual; catch problems before they become full-fledge disasters.

Isn't it easy to avoid the accident?

Obviously the potential for you to get in a car accident is an awful thought; even assuming everyone involved survives and isn’t badly injured, there will be hell to pay in raised insurance rates and car repair/replacement. Accordingly, when these accidents do happen they tend to be horribly stressful and upsetting, which is very normal. That said, it’s important for the people involved to keep their cool; as bad as things are, they can get much worse if situations aren’t dealt with. Hopefully this article can help you to respond in the best and safest way to an accident if, god forbid, you end up involved in one.

Remain Calm

Car crashes are extremely emotional and may cause you to feel intense emotions or shock. Be sure to take the time you need to keep these in check, even if the other driver is completely at fault and is now actively ruining your day. No matter what, the most important thing is that you both are safe and if either of you is in critical condition, that the other one drive the injured one to the hospital. Don’t tell people an accident was your fault either; you may be mistaken, but if you admit it you’ve officially taken liability for the accident, case closed. This could in turn make you vulnerable to lawsuits and insurance penalties.

Check in with the Other Driver

Even in the most light-weight of fender benders, if you collide with another car, you need to get out and talk to the driver so that you can check to see if they’re OK, exchange insurance information and report the event to law enforcement. Anything less and you’ve become involved in a hit-and-run. This can in turn land you with misdemeanor to felony charges which, combined with your car damage and insurance rates, could really ruin your day, your credit, and maybe even put a damper on your life.

Just so you know, if someone becomes injured in an accident, you are required by law to provide them with assistance given that it in no way could cause you bodily harm to help them. You may need to take them to a hospital, in which case, do not hesitate.

Call 911

It’s somewhat common to make a private agreement with a driver with whom you’ve collided in which the person at fault pays the other person the money necessary to repair their car without either party alerting insurance companies or law enforcement. This can be very risky for the parties involved; if identification and contact information is forged, you could end up letting the person responsible for the damage to your car drive away home free.

Up to one in seven drivers is currently driving without car insurance. These people tend to carry fake or expired insurance cards, meaning you could not find out until later that you have no way of getting your car fixed.

car accidentGet the Information You Need

Be sure to take down information regarding when and where the crash was, the conditions that led to the accident, and the name, address, insurance company name and insurance policy number of the other driver. You’re going to want their license plate number, the contact information of any surrounding witnesses, pictures of the crash site and the vehicles involved, etc.

Stay On Top of It Until It’s Dealt With

Get legal and medicinal advice, then call up your insurance company and figure everything out with them. Register your insurance claim as soon as possible, but make sure you understand fully what your plan covers ahead of time.

alternator broThough less often discussed than the car battery, the alternator is just as essential for creating and storing electrical power to start your engine and maintain function among all your car’s interior and exterior electrical components.

Alternators are small, lightweight devices usually installed near your car’s engine. They are roughly the size of a coconut and constructed out of aluminum because it’s a lightweight metal that doesn’t magnetize and allows for the easy dissipation of heat. These aspects of aluminum are crucial to the functionality of the alternator because it must endure tremendous heat generated by the electrical power that it produces. Alternators also have vents on their front and back sides and interior cooling fans to further aid with heat dissipation.

On the front of every alternator is a rotor shaft that is in turn connected to a drive pulley. When the engine is running, the crankshaft turns the drive belt, spinning the pulley on the rotor shaft. The alternator then transfers this kinetic movement or mechanical energy into electrical power for the car’s lights and whatnot.

On the back side of the alternator are several terminals that act as connecting points in a larger electrical circuit. There’s an S terminal that senses the voltage of the battery, the IG terminal that is basically an ignition switch for turning the voltage regulator on, the L terminal that closes the circuit to the warning lamp that comes on when the battery is running out of juice, the B terminal that connects to the battery and acts as the main alternator output terminal, and the F terminal that acts as a full-field bypass terminal for the purposes of the regulator.

Voltage RegulatorWithin the alternator lies a variety of electrical components including the voltage regulator, which distributes the power the alternator creates and controls the output of power to the battery. Alongside the voltage regulator can be found the rectifier bridge, which converts the power, while the brushes and slip rings help to conduct current to the rotor field winding.

If you really get to the center of the alternator you’ll find a large cylinder with a series of triangular finger poles lining its circumference. This makes up the rotor. The finger pole pieces are situated around coil wires called field windings that are repeatedly wrapped around an iron core on the rotor shaft.

Because the triangular finger poles are staggered around the cylinder’s circumference, the north and south magnetic poles alternate as they surround the wire rotor field windings. This creates a magnetic field that in turn induces voltage into the stator that encompasses the entire outside of the rotor without directly touching it. The stator harnesses all the electricity created by the spinning rotor’s magnetic field.

Alternators are so-named because they generate alternating current (AC) as opposed to direct current (DC). AC power generates higher voltage more efficiently, but because car batteries produce DC power, it’s necessary to use diodes to convert the alternator’s electrical power into useful energy for the battery.

3d printing3D printing (also called Additive Manufacturing) is one of the many industry disruptors of our modern era. It involves the creation of a 3-dimensional object by using a computer to dictate the addition of successive layers of a material to form a shape. Provided that the dimensions of the shape are programmed correctly (using 3D modeling), the shape is a realistic choice for the printer’s material, and the shape does not exceed the size limits of the printer, basically any object can be created this way.

The technology behind the factory-revolutionizing machine has covered substantial ground since its prototype was created in Japan in 1981. Originally engineered to create plastic models by melting down plastic beads, the machines’ technology has now expanded to create metal objects using fine metallic powder. The powder is grinded down to the point that each grain is half as wide as human hair before they are collectively melted by lasers and applied in sheets to create shapes.

This is a game-changer for the auto industry. For example, Audi recently began 3D printing metal parts for its vehicles. The printers can’t make objects larger than eight inches cubed, many vehicle parts still cannot be 3D printed, but the service still helps with complicated parts that would usually need to be machined or cast.

With a 3D printer, Audi Toolmaking has produced a model of the historical Grand Prix sports car “Auto Union Typ C” from the year 1936 on a scale of 1:2. For this purpose, a selective-sintering laser melted layers of metallic powder with a grain size of 15 to 40 thousandths of a millimeter. The process therefore allows the production of components with complex geometries, which with conventional methods could either not be produced or only with great difficulties.

Audi decided to use its new printer to create a perfect 1:2 model of their 1936 Auto Union Typ C grand prix car. It’s pretty cute.

Audi isn’t the only auto company to find innovative ways to use 3D printing. The full-size 3D printed Strati was one of the most ground-breaking cars to be exhibited on the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago back in 2014. The vehicle was composed of fewer than 50 parts, most of which were created out of fibre-infused plastic by a 3D printer. Because every part besides the electronics, powertrain, and suspension were 3D printed, the entire vehicle was created and assembled in two days.

“The most significant impact of the Strati is that it challenges the status quo of automotive manufacturing,” explained Alex Chausovsky, an analyst for the industry forecasting firm IHS. “It showed that it’s no longer necessary to produce vehicles from tens of thousands of parts using sophisticated and costly assembly lines.”

“Although rapid prototyping is still the major focus…in the automotive sector, there are some glimpses of a much bigger potential impact,” Chausovsky continued.

Ford Motor has also incorporated the printers into its factories’ repertoire. In 2013, it managed to 3D print an intake manifold prototype for only $3,000. Without a printer, the part would have cost $500,000 to create.

one 1The Swedish-made Koenigsegg One: 1 hypercar is another impressive example of the innovations that 3D printing make possible. The One:1 has improved response time and low-end torque as a result of its 3D printed variable turbo housing. It also has a titanium-printed exhaust end piece.

“Although the environmental implications of 3D printing are still being studied, it’s clear that using fewer materials and localizing production closer to the end-use markets are both very environmentally friendly practices,” Chausovsky concluded.

3D printing could also help auto companies to avoid some of the carbon emissions that result from transporting products to and from manufacturing facilities.

honda carsAre planning to purchase a new car for your family? You don’t have money and that is the reason why you have opted for a loan. At this point of time you are too excited to see a new car in your home and that is the reason you have contacted with different financial institutions and banks to grant a loan. With your present income you will find it easy to repay the loan in easy monthly instalments, you never had realized that how much you will end up paying?
I must say that you are in the same boat in which I was a few years back. Let me tell you that I purchased a lovely BMW in 2009 on a five year repay agreement. The car was around £ 60,000 and they asked me to pay around £ 600 every month for five years. I still remember that time I was on cloud nine that I have managed to buy something with which I can impress my friends and neighbors because they don’t have this object of pride. But now after repaying the loan and selling my BMW for £ 20,000 only, I have realized that the depreciation caused cost was £ 40,000. This is a big amount of money to lose in five years and on the other hand if you add the monthly installment with the appreciation cost you will realize that how much I have lost.

Solution

Honda cars lease will provide you several benefits, which you never had contemplated before. Although, you will find a lot of people talking against it, but it provides you with ample amount of flexibility to choose your favorite car at affordable rates. There are many safety features and maintenance packages which are available at affordable monthly payments. You will find this cost-effective if you compare it to purchasing a brand-new car.

Benefits

Honda cars lease is a wonderful option if you want to take a luxurious vehicle to your home. After signing this leasing agreement, you can drive your dream car and no need to break the bank. The leasing companies will also allow you to customize your vehicle for safety measures as well as for entertainment purposes. When we talk about comfort and style, you can also improve the interiors as per your liking and install a GPS system in it. If you have a brand-new car while travelling with your family and friends, you will have the best possible safety measures available in the market. This matters a lot when you are travelling with your family and loved ones. Staying protective must be at top priority when you are driving at high speeds. These high-tech vehicles are equipped with latest security systems, airbag sensors, car alarms and a remote blocking of the ignition. Other than these features available with the high-tech vehicles, you can still improve them for more safety and convenience.

So if you are looking to save a big amount of money and at the same time want to drive your own vehicle, car rental is the only solution. If you are willing to purchase a new car, then be ready to bear the depreciation cost of your vehicle.

lexusPurchasing and using a brand-new car is definitely an overwhelming experience, but on the contrary how many of you can carry the same excitement if you use the car for a few years? It is an undeniable fact that the depreciation is an inevitable part of your vehicle and as it becomes old you will also lose interest in it.

In the present scenario the only formula to get noticed in the society is to constantly upgrade and update you in terms of having a new vehicle or high-tech equipments. It may be hair styles, a computer, a cell phone or apparels. For the people who are willing to make a reputable position in the society, car leasing is an attractive alternative. This is the best way to drive the latest models of luxury cars, which were reserved for the rich class a few years ago. Here are a few benefits of lexus rx350 lease deal in comparison with purchasing.

Drive Home Your Favorite Car

You don’t have to worry about the high selling price of your favorite model. You can purchase a new car of your choice irrespective of the price range. The popularity of car leasing is increasing at a rapid pace in the developed nations like UK and US. This is also one of the reasons why car dealers are offering attractive deals to their customers.

Low Monthly Payments

This is one of the major reasons why people are opting for this. When you combine the monthly installment, which you have to pay to your financial institution in case you take a loan for your new luxury vehicle, with the depreciation cost, then you will realize how much you have saved by choosing the lexus rx350 lease deal. This is true that if you lease a car, you have to do the monthly payments, but they are comparatively lower. According to a report the lease payments are up to 60% less when you compare it to the payment of a new car loan.

No Maintenance

You don’t have to spend money on the leased cars because when you purchase them they are brand-new. Nearly all the leased cars are either brand-new or a few months older and their condition is perfectly okay. Moreover, the car dealers condition their cars prior to the delivery. You only have to take your leased car for routine maintenance checks and don’t have to worry about serious repairs. As you know all the major issues in vehicles crop up after a certain time, which is after 2 to 3 years of the purchase and the best part is your car lease is going to expire within these years.

Depreciation

As somebody has rightly said do not purchase a thing which depreciates. By the time you take a brand-new car out of the showroom, it starts decreasing its value and most of the luxury cars depreciate up to 60% within the first few years. So when you are taking a car on lease, you don’t have to bother about its decreasing value because the car rental company will bear the depreciation cost of the vehicle you are using.

Since long you are planning to purchase a new car for your family, but the problem is you don’t have money for down payment. You may have a wedding of your fast friend approaching or you want to purchase a new car to impress your business rivals. Whatever the reason is, you don’t have money to give as down payment. At this point of time leasing a vehicle is the best possible solution, not because you will get the desired vehicle, but ultimately you will end up paying lesser amount in comparison with if you purchase the same. There are a lot of people who don’t like using a car, but I’m sure they will change their opinion if they will come to know about the advantages of car leasing. It offers great flexibility in payment options and the best part is, you can select your type of car and Coupe, which you think is important for you business. You will get many benefits like affordable monthly payments, maintenance packages and safety features also.

Car Leasing is Becoming Popular

One of the main reasons why more and more people are opting for car leasing is they can save themselves from investing a big amount of money as down payment. Business houses are supposed to purchase many luxury cars and Coupe, but when they opt for car leasing they don’t have to worry about high depreciation costs. Most of the luxury cars depreciate their cost up to 50% within the first two years. In case of multiple cars, you have to bear the huge capital loss.

Benefits of Leasing a Car

  • By fixed payment you can easily budget your vehicle cost.
  • You are also provided with an insurance service and in case of a stolen car or a collision; the insurance company will bear the cost.
  • Road tax and other taxes are included for the duration of your lease deal.
  • You can get a brand-new car after every three years and don’t need to worry about the maintenance cost of the old vehicle.
  • You can afford to have better car when leasing whereas, in case of purchasing you cannot invest the big amount needed for the purchase deal.
  • You don’t have to bear any hidden cost and you will get free of cost delivery at your doorstep.
  • You do not have to bother about selling the old car and looking for better car exchange offers.
  • You always have the option to lease it for 6 months and if you can afford it, you can ask to extend the lease deal.

Benefits for Business Houses

  • You will get maximum tax relief on the monthly payments for car rent.
  • Those business houses which are registered for VAT can claim for VAT back on commercial vehicles.
  • Accident management services are the part of your lease contact.

After reading all the above benefits of car leasing, everyone would like to go for this. You can simply hand over your vehicle after the leasing period is over and take a new car with all the services mentioned.

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