How To Make Your Used Car Feel Like New

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trying to turn that newly purchased pre-owned car into one that feels like it’s always been yours? Here are a few ways you can personalize your car and make it your own. Get a Clean Slate Unless you bought your car from a pre-owned auto dealer like Gagel’s Auto Sales, your new old car probably has some interior wear and tear. Take an afternoon to clean it all out from floor to ceiling. Make a mixture of equal parts club soda, Dawn dish soap and vinegar. Spray it onto cloth upholstery, scrub with a scrub brush and vacuum out stains with a shop vac or steam cleaner. Even if your car didn’t have a noticeable smell before, you’ll notice the difference after.  Use the same mixture on your car’s ceiling, called the headliner. Instead of a scrub brush, wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. The fabric on your car’s ceiling is very delicately glued on, so tread lightly. If grime stuck in corners is throwing off your groove, detail your car easily with a wet foam craft brush.  Replace Small Fixtures You can personalize your car by replacing small things like the license plate covers or the hub caps. Especially if they’re old or worn, small changes like this go a long way. Take it up a notch and switch out that old radio system with an updated dock with modern music technology. If your car is old enough, you can easily take out plastic cup holder liners and replace them with new ones. No need to worry about someone else’s dirt!  Clear The Air Older cars usually don’t smell that great. If you’ve already detailed your car and it still smells, try cleaning out the air conditioning system. Check passageways for old leaves, dust or grime. Change the air filter — most people forget to do this as often as they should. If all else fails, get an air conditioning deodorizer to freshen things up. Make your car smell homey with your favorite essential oil dabbed onto a DIY clay pendant. It’ll smell fresh without giving off that fake smell.  Add Personal Touches Make that used car look great with personal touches like a stylish steering wheel cover, a hanging mirror pendant or a sticker that expresses your personality. Add car eyelashes to your headlights to bring your car to life, or go bold with a new paint job in an unexpected hue.  Once you’ve done these things your car will feel like it’s been with you since day...

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Three Signs That You Should Redo A Welded Spot On Your Car’s Plastic Radiator

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you spot a crack on your car’s plastic radiator, using a specialized kit to weld it back together is the most cost-efficient solution for radiator repair. However, since any coolant puts a lot of pressure on your radiator while your car’s in use, any small hole you leave on the weld will quickly widen and become a huge problem. To ensure that you fix a problematic weld on your car’s plastic radiator as soon as possible, watch out for these three signs. Engine Randomly Gets Louder After It’s Been On For Awhile If coolant is leaking out of your radiator while your car is on, there’s less coolant available to cool down your engine. While most weld leaks aren’t serious enough to dramatically impact radiator performance, they can still cause periodic engine heat flareups. So don’t ignore it when your engine consistently gets louder for a short period after it’s been on for a long time. Instead, immediately shut off your car, open your hood, and make sure that there are no leaks or cracks on your radiator weld. Your Air Filter Suddenly Stops Working Very Well Your car’s engine isn’t the only thing that can be affected by a crack in your plastic radiator weld. Since your car’s air filtration system is also located in the hood, it can be damaged by air that’s tainted with evaporated coolant. If the fuel going into your engine becomes tainted with debris soon after you weld your plastic radiator, you should review your weld before you assume that anything else caused the problem. The most obvious symptom of tainted fuel is a drop in your car’s gas mileage. Your Radiator’s Coolant Level Quickly Drops In order to ensure that your engine runs as efficiently as possible, it’s prudent to change out your radiator fluid. While coolant certainly becomes contaminated and ineffective over time, there’s no reason that much of it should disappear entirely from your radiator. The most likely explanation for a sudden and dramatic drop in your radiator’s coolant level is some kind of leak. The amount of coolant that vanishes from your system will closely correspond to how large and extensive the cracks on your radiator are. So if you only find a tiny crack on your weld, don’t be afraid to examine the rest of your radiator for imperfections. When the job is done right, fixing a crack on your car’s plastic radiator with a welding kit can be a very rewarding experience. But if it turns out that your weld has one or more cracks on it, it’s important that you realize your mistake and decisively fix the problem as soon as...

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Have You Noticed These Things In Your Car? Then You Need To Change The Air Filter

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Car manufacturers have guidelines indicating when air filters should be changed; for example, some require a change every 30,000 miles. However, if you drive in dirty areas, such as unpaved roads, then you may need to change your air filter before the manufacturer’s recommended time. Here are a few signs that point to a dirty air filter that needs to be changed: Visual Signs of Dirt Sometimes, spotting a dirty air filter may be as simple as giving it a visual examination. A clean filter is white or off-white in color. The further your filter is from this, the dirtier it is. This is because the debris, such as dirt particles which get trapped on the surface of the filter, change its color. Decreased Gas Mileage The air filter traps contaminants to ensure the air entering the engine’s combustion cylinder is clean. If the air filter is clogged, then enough clean air won’t enter the engine, and the air/fuel ratio will be unbalanced. This means your car may need to burn more fuel to cover the same distance it used to cover with less, which is what decreased gas mileage means. Spark Plug-Related Problems If the filter is dirty and adequate clean air cannot reach the engine, then you may experience ignition difficulty, misfiring engine and rough idling. All these spark plug problems occur because the fuel-rich air/fuel mixture fouls the spark plugs and interferes with their firing mechanisms. Increased Engine Deposits As explained above, driving with a dirty filter means that enough clean air will not reach the engine. As a result, the combustion will not be complete and the engine will experience increased deposits of carbon-based by-products such as soot. These deposits will trigger the engine sensors, and the “Service Engine Soon” light will turn on. Reduced Performance Lastly, you should also expect some reduced performance if you are driving around with a dirty filter. This is because the foul air leads to incomplete combustion, meaning the full energy of the air/fuel mixture isn’t released as some unburnt fuel is released along with exhaust gasses. The result is that your car may not accelerate or climb hills as efficiently as it does with clean air filters. Therefore, you shouldn’t just rely on your car manufacturer’s recommendation; you ought to pay close attention to how your car drives, behaves and looks. That way you get to maintain your engine’s efficiency and also minimize your car’s emissions. Find out more by contacting a company like Marathon -Sleepy...

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Make Your Car Look New Again With Used Auto Parts

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’re not ready to get rid of your old car, but it’s showing signs of age. Even simple things like replacing cracked taillight lenses can be expensive if you go to the dealers’s parts store. Keep your old car looking good by browsing a local auto salvage yard for good used parts. Some of the parts you find will look like new, and there are a few parts you should stay away from. Grab your toolbox and head out to the local car parts lot and get your old car back into shape. How a Pick-and-Pull Works These lots are a step up from the traditional auto junk yard. They organize their lot to make it easier to find the make and model of car you need. Sometimes, they pull off the used auto parts, such as stereos, speakers and mirrors, and keep them organized from the cars. You go in with a tool box, find the parts you want and remove them, take them to the front desk and pay a flat price set for that part. For example, you’ll pay the same for a left-side driver’s mirror regardless of what kind of car it came off of. These lots make their money off of selling scrap metal and recycling used car parts. They make it as easy as possible for you to find what you want. Used Car Parts to Avoid There are a few parts that you shouldn’t get at the salvage yard. These are usually related to the car’s safety and heavily-used items that you can’t tell how much life is left in them. The parts to avoid include: Timing Belts and Chains Accessory Belts Hoses and Tubes Air and Oil Filters Spark Plugs and Wires Distributor Caps The exception to this is if you happen to find a car that just had a major tune-up before being sent to the salvage yard. If the parts look to be new, take them and save yourself a few dollars on your next tune-up. Good Used Parts from the Salvage Yard These parts can have a lot of life left in them. Don’t settle on the first part you find because it has just a little rust on it. Look at all of your make and model of car and compare the parts. You’re paying the same price so pick the best part you can find. The parts to find on the lot include: Body parts such as fenders, bumpers, engine hoods and truck lids. Front and rear windshields, and door windows. Interior and exterior rear view mirrors. Headlight assemblies and taillight lenses. Door handles, latches, window cranks, and arm rests. window and door weather stripping and...

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Ready To Store Your Sweet Classic Car? Keep It Classy Over Time With Proper Preperation

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If love your summer cruiser that you drive when the weather is warm, it’s important that you preserve it the right way before you put it into storage for the harsh winter months. There are a few ways you can get the vehicle prepared to sit and ways you can protect the value. The vehicle is a machine that needs to be maintained and cared for, and you want to make sure that small or existing problems don’t intensity over the winter in storage. Here just a few things you’ll want to think about, before you cover the vehicle up. Get the Car Serviced Have a local mechanical shop give the car a diagnostic check and a tuneup. Have the oil changed, because dirty oil will break down over time, and it can corrode the components throughout the engine. It won’t lubricate as it should when it’s dirty. You also want the other fluids replaced and filled to the top, so there isn’t room for condensation to become a problem. Temperature changes that cause condensation can be a big problem, because they dilute the fluids. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, and fill it up for the winter. Take out the battery so it isn’t dead in the spring, and add enough air to the tires that you won’t have to worry about deflation over time. Have Exterior Issues Repaired Is your vehicle starting to show signs of rusts from the rain or humidity that it’s exposed to in the spring and summer? If so, you want to have the rust removed or repaired at an auto body shop before you put it away. You also want to have the vehicle exterior detailed and waxed, so it’s protected in storage. The vehicle will look great in the spring if you cover it or wrap it right when it leaves the auto body shop. For more information, contact Select Collision Centers Inc. or a similar company. Clean the Inside Any light soiling or staining can become permanent if it sits for months in the car, so have the carpets cleaned. This is also going to help preserve the carpeting, by removing damaging debris out of the fibers, and it’s going to prevent odors from lingering in the vehicle. You want to make sure that your car looks great every year, even as it starts to age. If you take care of it properly, you won’t have to worry about the vehicle becoming a...

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