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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Change Engine Oil

  • Start the vehicle: Let the engine run for a few minutes so that the oil gets warm and will drain out smoothly. Conversely, if the engine is already hot, let it cool down for a while to avoid getting burned.
  • Jack it up: Use jack stands to raise the vehicle before you even consider sliding under it. Leaving it on just the jack can get dangerous.
  • Drain the oil: Locate the drain plug at the bottom of the engine and position a drain pan underneath it. Unscrew the plug (using a box or socket wrench if needed). Used lubricant will start flowing out into the pan immediately. Meanwhile, clean the plug and replace the washers or gaskets if needed. Screw the drain plug back into the drain hole once the oil has drained out completely. Be very careful not to tighten the plug too hard, as you could possibly strip the threads.
  • Replace the oil filter: You should also change the filter while you are at it. Position the drain pan beneath the filter and use a filter wrench to loosen it slightly. Be careful as oil will flow out. Take the new filter and lubricate it by dipping a finger in the new engine oil and smearing it along the rubber seal that runs around the rim of the filter. Wipe away any lubricant deposits before gently screwing on the new filter by hand. Ensure that it seats properly before giving the filter a final quarter turn.
  • Add new oil: Remove the cap and use a funnel to slowly pour the specified amount of fresh oil into the engine. It is advisable to initially pour in 1 quart less than the recommended amount. Screw on the oil cap and run the engine for a minute. This will allow the oil to circulate through the engine and you can check for leaks, if any. Lower the vehicle and wait for a few minutes before pouring in the remaining oil. Check the dipstick to ensure that the oil is at the proper level.
  • Proper disposal: Your freshly-oiled vehicle is ready to go. Do ensure that you properly dispose of the used oil and filter at a recycling center or other approved facility.

Fixing Car Problems

A record of maintenance and repairs should be in your car. Store them inside the glove compartment just in case you have to see a mechanic all of a sudden. Professional mechanics will ask to review the records. They can find problems much quicker that way.

Friends and family are a good source when you are looking to get some work done on your car. Ask around to see if anyone can suggest someone to you before you go on your search. Never go with the opinion of one person. Ask a few and see what other answers you get.

Contact your local Better Business Bureau if you need more information on a mechanic or a garage. If some complaints have been filed against them, your Better Business Bureau will tell you. Ask your friends and family about the different mechanics they have dealt with in the past to get some recommendations.

If you need to get your car fixed after an accident, you should contact your insurance to get a list of approved mechanics. Going to an approved mechanic means your insurance will cover some of your expenses. Besides, you are more likely to find a good certified mechanic if you go to a professional chosen by your insurance company.

Avoid costly car repairs by sticking to the maintenance schedule of your car’s manufacturer. By doing regular maintenance on your car when necessary, you will avoid having to fix things due to maintenance neglect. Not sticking to the maintenance schedule will result in unnecessary repairs which could have been avoided.

Make sure your auto technician is qualified to work on your specific car. Motor vehicles are complex machines and each brand has unique characteristics. Some brands require special tools, parts, and procedures. Many standard auto technicians either lack these items or don;t have them easily available. Without these items, they can’t fix your vehicle.

Save some money by using your local auto parts store’s diagnostic equiptment. Many are more than happy to let their customers use it because you may then purchase parts at their store. You benefit because you may have a small problem you can fix or you can just tell your mechanic what you want done.

Need Transmission Flush

Flush with Caution
While a clean transmission will last longer in your car, flushing is not the only way to keep it clean. Flushing can damage a transmission by causing pieces of sludge to become lodged into crevices and valves, blocking fluid flow and possibly resulting in needng a replacement.
Several auto maintenance sites on the Internet concede that most manufacturers do not recommend flushes stressing preventive maintenance instead. Flushing will, however, remove built-up deposits and keep fresh oil cleaner.
Changing Transmission Fluid vs. Flushing
Community discussions on stress the difference between flushing the transmission and changing the fluids, which manufacturers do recommend. Changing fluids means draining and replacing the fluid and putting in a new filter. For manually-driven cars, the site recommends changing the fluid every 30,000 – 60,000 miles, and more frequently for heavy-duty driving. Manufacturers of automatic cars vary in their recommendations for changing transmission fluids from “never” to every 30,000 miles. Changing it more often, however, will do no harm.’s Popely notes that mechanics disagree about how often fluid should be changed; some say every 50,000 miles, while others suggest leaving it alone if there are no problems shifting gears.
Does a Change in Transmission Fluid Color Indicate a Problem?
Many people are under the mistaken belief that brown fluid means trouble. This is not the case. Instead, be aware of how the transmission fluid smells. A burning smell means that the transmission itself may be burning out and will need repair or replacement. To prevent this, ask your mechanic to check the fluids during regular maintenance. He or she will look for evidence of burnt fluid in the filter.

High quality Car Spares

It is very much important to go for genuine car parts so that you will be able to make the most of your investment. You will not compromise on performance when you chose genuine parts. The car manufacturer will design parts as per the standards. The spark plug should withstand the temperature so that it will work very efficiently. You will prevent accidents when you choose right kind of engine spares.

The fuel supply system includes air filter, carburetor, fuel distributor, fuel filter, fuel tank and fuel tank cover. You can procure various kinds of parts that are related to suspension & steering system, transmission system, exhaust system, engine oil system, engine cooling system and engine components & parts.

The charging system comprises of various parts including alternator bearing, rectifier, rotor, housing, carbon bushes, slip rings and coil. Reputed auto dealer will value your time and will ensure that products will be dispatched very quickly so that there will not be any issues.

You can go through the part number, description, size and features before placing an online order. You can search for car parts as per the make and model of your vehicle. When you place an order on a reputed online store, the product will be delivered at your doorsteps. There will be warranty on the product so that you will not take any risk. You will not want to visit the local dealer when the supplies are readily available through online.

Reputed online vendor offers best customer support. There will be prompt advice on the availability of a spare part so that you can take action very quickly. There will be smooth and safe ride when you choose genuine spare parts. Making a better choice with the online dealer is possible. You will manage the best price as well. Before placing an order, you can go through the reviews provided by customers so that there will not be any ambiguity.