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What to Do if Your Windshield Cracks?

What to Do if Your Windshield Cracks?

We’ve all been driving down the highway and had a rock fly into our windshield. Perhaps quick freezing and warming caused your windshield to crack in the winter time. Regardless, windshield cracks are one of the most prevalent issues that vehicle owners experience in their lifetime. Knowing what to do when you notice a crack is what will help you to avoid needing a windshield replacement in the future. Step 1: Measuring the Crack The first thing to do is take a ruler and measure the length of the crack. If it’s less than 12 inches or if it is a chip that’s less than the size of a quarter it can easily be repaired without having to worry about replacing the entire windshield. You can go to a local auto store or a mechanic and get it done for a relatively low cost. It is also important that you make sure that the crack doesn’t impair you ... read more

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What Happens If You Get Water in Your Gas Tank?

What Happens If You Get Water in Your Gas Tank?

If water gets in your gas tank either by accident or on purpose, it is something that can cause a world of problems for your vehicle and you will need to address the issue immediately. You can get water in your tank from condensation or even from severe weather, which is why it is important that you look out for the different symptoms that you may experience. This guide will also help you with taking care of the problem to get your car back to its best state. Acceleration and Hesitation The main symptom that you will notice if you have water in the gas tank is if your car has problems accelerating or if there is a hesitation when you try to speed up. If you find that you can’t reach highway speeds, it could be a result of water in the tank. Drivers may also notice a sputtering sound when they change their speed quickly. If your tank is completely full and you accelerate, your fuel may be contaminated with water. Replacing the ... read more

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Does the Penny Test Work for Your Tires?

Does the Penny Test Work for Your Tires?

There are many different methods that you can use to check the tread on your tires and it will help you to know whether it’s time to replace a tire on your vehicle. If your tread is extremely worn out, it will prevent you from driving a safe vehicle. One of the easiest and most talked about methods of checking your tire tread is to use a penny and a couple of minutes out of your day. When to Replace Tires There are certain regulations in countries around the world about when you should be replacing your tires. In the United States, the tread depth is measured based on 32nds of an inch. New tires generally have 10/32” or 11/32”. If you have a SUV or a truck, your winter tires may have deeper treads than other vehicle models. It is advised that tires should be replaced once they have reached the 2/32” range and in fact, most states require drivers ( ... read more

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When Do You Change Your Car Battery?

When Do You Change Your Car Battery?

All car owners have been in a situation where they wished they had known sooner, whether a crack in your windshield gets worse or even if your battery dies on the road. One of the largest benefits of a car battery is that there are indicators that you can take advantage of to know when it’s time to change it so you’re not stuck on the road calling for assistance. Sign 1: Check Engine Light The most common issue that you’ll notice is the check engine light in your dash. This is generally a pretty good sign that the power in your battery is weak. It is also an indicator of other issues that your car may be experiencing. Sign 2: Slow Engine Start-Up When you try to start your vehicle the engine will be sluggish and cranking it may take longer than normal. This is when you should consider a battery change as soon as possible. Step 3: Leaking Battery If you notice that there is any corrosion around the + and – sides o ... read more

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Homemade ways to remove fog from headlights

Homemade ways to remove fog from headlights

Foggy or cloudy headlights is an annoying problem for all drivers. Not only is it unsightly, but it is potentially dangerous, reducing visibility on the road and making your car less visible to other drivers. But, how to clean them? Cloudy or foggy headlights cannot be cleaned with traditional soap and water. However, there are some great homemade remedies to the problem. Below are listed some of my tried and true favorites for removing that cloudy, foggy layer on your headlights. Soap and Water – Soap and water is a possible solution, but it often fails to remove the film that causes the cloudy appearance. However, it can help improve the overall cleanliness and appearance of your headlights. Vinegar – Vinegar is a natural deoxidizer that can help break down the cloudy film that can adhere itself to your headlights. Be careful though, as vine ... read more

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What is the mystery liquid that drips from your car?

What is the mystery liquid that drips from your car?

Have you ever walked out to your car in the morning and found a strange pool of liquid underneath? That mystery liquid can be quite disconcerting, and it may even make you fearful of getting in your car and driving away. So, it’s of extreme importance that you are able to identify that strange pool of liquid for what it is. Luckily, most fluid leaks from underneath your car will be one of only a few. I put together this list of the most common fluid leaks to help you make an educated guess and, thus, an educated decision as to what you should do next to get it taken care of. Engine Coolant or Antifreeze The most obvious sign that you have an engine coolant leak is the color of the liquid itself. Most antifreeze is green, bright green actually, though it is also sold in pinks and oranges. The coolant also has a thick, almost sticky feel to it ... read more

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Homemade ways to remove scratches off your car

Homemade ways to remove scratches off your car

Having a minor scratch in your otherwise perfect paint job can be more than just a little irritating. There is help however. Though larger and deeper scratches may require a trip to a professional garage or detailing center, smaller scratches and chips can be dealt with by a DIY weekend warrior. Try to remember that the paint finish on a car is sprayed on very thin but also very hard, so you have two things to fight against at the same time. Automotive paint jobs are hard and difficult to work with, mold, and sand. They are also thin, so any mistake or overly aggressive approach or sanding will be disastrous. Here are a few homemade solutions to dealing with a scratch on your cars exterior. Filler and Buffing – The traditional method of store bought fillers followed by a little buffing is still one of the easiest ways to deal with a paint scratch. However ... read more

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How to get bugs off the front of your car

How to get bugs off the front of your car

Anyone who has ever driven longer than twenty miles on the open road can attest to the annoyance of bugs sticking to the front of the car. Whether it’s on the grille, the hood, or the windshield, those pesky bugs are equally pesky when it comes time to try and remove the platter. Why is it so difficult to get them off your car? Well, most bugs contain acidic substances that, once adhered, can become one with the paint job, making them almost impossible to remove without taking some of the paint away in the process. There are two main ways to remove the devious bug carcasses from your vehicle, and the best route depends on where exactly they are located and personal preference. Some choose a mechanical option, using brute force and rubbing and scrubbing to get those pesky critters off. Others choose the chemical route, picking substances that help dissolve ... read more

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Easy car fixes that you can do yourself

Easy car fixes that you can do yourself

Easy car fixes that you can do yourself Automobiles can be complex and overwhelming machines. Sometimes it might feel like you could save a lot of money if you just knew a little bit more about the machine itself. Although cars are on the whole complex there are a few simple fixes you can learn to do yourself that will allow you to keep your car in better condition and better running order longer. The first kind of fix you can perform by yourself with only a little research and some practice is an oil change. You’ve probably heard that you should change your oil every 3000-7000 miles or so. Oil keeps a car running smoothly and is one of the most important things to maintain. Although a technician may be able to perform an oil change faster and with more consistency with practice you can achieve a very similar result. If you ca ... read more

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The history of car repair

The history of car repair

The history of car repair Before the care became a viable mode of transportation there was only a few rudimentary forms of slow transportation. When the car first came around before the 20th century it was only in the form of hand fitted vehicles that often were incredibly rare and incredibly expensive. This made the repair of these vehicles even more rare because the cars themselves were custom made and hand fitted. Car repair at the renaissance of the car was both rare and expensive. The earliest car owners had no real repair business to turn to. Typically these owners repair the car themselves and looked toward other industries for the manufacture of the necessary parts that he would require. For some wealthier car owners the chauffeurs they hired were typically also mechanics who not only drove the car but also were required to mai ... read more

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