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Two Options For Lifting Your Truck Without Changing The Suspension

Whether you’re looking to give your truck the appearance of some lift or you just want to balance out the body, there are a few different ways to give your new ride a whole new look. In fact, there are two different options for altering truck bodies if you want to make a change without altering the suspension in any way. Leveling Things Out If you park your truck on level ground, you may notice that the front end sits just a little bit lower than the back. This often occurs due to the added weight in the engine compartment of the truck. You can overcome this easily by investing in a truck body leveling kit. These kits are designed to add an inch or so of height to the front end of the truck body to account for the extra weight. This typically levels out the appearance of the truck. Another benefit to a body leveling kit is the fact that it may give you a little bit more clearance in the front fender wells so that they are equal to those in the rear. This may allow you to install tires that are a size or so larger than the ones that came stock on the truck. Most leveling kits are easy enough to install on your own if you know your way around the garage and have the tools, but you may need a coil spring compressor if your truck is equipped with coil springs in the front. These can be expensive, so if you don’t have one, you’ll want to take the truck to your... read more

How To Patch A Fiberglass Car Bumper

Car paint is bound to get scratched or rubbed off on certain points. Of course, the most common scratches happen on the bumper. Since the bumper is so often the point of impact, it is made out of fiberglass. First, fiberglass is used because it is more flexible than steel. Also, fiberglass is easier to repair. Car owners can usually patch small dings in a fiberglass bumper if they have the right equipment. This article explains what you need for patching fiberglass. You might have many of the supplies already, so you don’t need to invest in an all-inclusive fiberglass repair kit. What a Fiberglass Patch Includes A fiberglass patch kits most of the things you need to patch a dinged bumper. They typically include: Fiberglass cloth Fiberglass resin (with tube of hardener) Mixing stick and tray Plastic spreader Most people have a mixing stick and plastic putty knife, so they don’t need to invest in the entire kit. In fact, you can use an old dish or bottom of a plastic bottle for a mixing tray. You only need to buy the first 2 items. This is also nice because it allows you to buy the right amount of resign and cloth. When you invest in the kit, you are often left with all of the excess materials. In addition to those items, you will also need: Painter’s tape Scissors Auto sandpaper sponge As you can see, the items for the job are simple. But, how exactly do you use them? Patching Fiberglass The first step is to cut the cloth to the right size. Obviously it needs... read more

3 Reasons To Choose A Car With A Diesel Engine

If you’re like many people, you’ve probably mostly driven cars with gasoline engines. In fact, you may have never driven anything that uses diesel fuel before. Because of this, you’ve probably never even thought about purchasing a car with a diesel engine, but it isn’t something that you should rule out. These are a few reasons why you might actually prefer a car with a diesel engine over a more typical gasoline-powered vehicle. 1. Enjoy Better Fuel Economy One thing that might have turned you off from the idea of purchasing a car with a diesel engine is the fact that diesel fuel is usually more expensive than gasoline. Even though this is true, however, you can still save money on fuel. This is because diesel-powered cars are typically more fuel efficient than cars that use gas, so you can make your tanks last a whole lot longer. This can really make a difference if you have a long commute or if you travel by car a lot. 2. Avoid Constant Maintenance Gas-powered cars require a lot of maintenance. Even though you still have to have oil changes done and have to take your diesel-powered car in for service, you’ll probably find that you don’t have to do so as often as you have had to with your gas-powered cars. This can save you money on maintenance and can save you a whole lot of aggravation, since waiting for your car to be serviced or going without your vehicle while it’s in the shop can be a major pain. However, you should remember that every vehicle is different —... read more

Why You Shouldn’t Roll Your Car Windows Down This Spring

If you are like some people, you might not use your car’s air conditioning system often, or at all. However, there are a few good reasons why you should keep your windows rolled up and your air conditioner on this spring. Consider these things, and you might find that you want to visit an AC repair shop so that you can ensure that your car’s air conditioning system works like it is supposed to as the weather warms up. Your Allergy Symptoms Could Get Worse  Do you suffer from seasonal springtime allergies? If so, driving around with your windows rolled down can be a terrible idea. This allows pollen and other allergens to get into your car, which can make your allergy symptoms worse. Along with avoiding driving with your windows down, you probably won’t want to park your car with the windows down, either. Just as your car can become covered with pollen when parked in your yard during the springtime, the inside of your vehicle can also become coated with a layer of pollen. Achoo! It Could Cause Your Car to Get Dirty You probably work hard to keep the inside of your car nice and clean—or maybe you don’t—but either way, having your windows down while you’re riding around is an invitation for the interior of your vehicle to become covered in dust and dirt. Keeping your windows up can help you keep the inside of your car a whole lot cleaner and can cut down on the work that you have to do when it comes to cleaning the inside of your car. It Doesn’t... read more

When Your Automatic Transmission Doesn’t Shift: Reasons Why Gear Shift Levers Can Fail

A stuck or unresponsive auto transmission gear shift lever can be frustrating. In some cases, if your lever is unresponsive or slow to respond, it can be potentially dangerous, especially if your car is moving. Since the transmission is a critical component of the drive train, when any part of it doesn’t work, your entire automobile is potentially useless. Here are some ways and reasons why an automatic transmission’s gear shift lever may have problems. The lever moves, but car won’t shift: If the gear shift lever moves, but the car won’t go into gear or changes gears slowly, a common reason is that the shift linkage is broken or needs adjustment. The shift linkage is the part of the transmission that directly connects the lever to the transmission. Shift linkages can be completely broken, or could be positioned wrong so that the lever’s gear indicator doesn’t match up to the transmission’s actual gears. Another explanation, unrelated to the gear shift, is that there may be internal components broken or misaligned inside the transmission. The lever is stuck in park and brake lights won’t work: Another problem is when the lever won’t shift out of park. One reason for this could be that the neutral safety switch, or brake light switch in some cars, is malfunctioning. This often happens when the fuse for the switch goes bad. One way to check if the problem is brake light or neutral safety switch is to have someone stand behind your car, while it is in park, and see if the brake lights come on when you step on the brake. In... read more

4 Tips For Restoring Your Classic Car

If you are planning on restoring a classic car, whether you are still in the purchasing stage or it is your own classic Porsche, there are some things to know first. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you want to restore a classic. Look For a Car That Starts When you are still in the process of purchasing the classic car, one of the first things to check is the mechanical system. You can do this by attempting to start the car. While many classic cars being sold won’t start, especially if the goal is to rebuild the engine or restore it in other ways, you are ahead if you can one that starts. This doesn’t mean it will run well, but it is a good sign that the mechanical system is still in relatively good condition. This can reduce the overall amount of work you need to do. If it doesn’t start, bring along someone who is familiar with engines and starters to determine what will need to be replaced. Get the Repair Space Ready Another thing to keep in mind when restoring a classic car is that you need plenty of space. You typically need more space than doing basic auto repairs, so your one-car garage might not suffice. Consider how much room you would need if you have a classic Porsche that needs to be dismantled, then rebuilt again. This is going to require a good amount of space. If you have a bigger garage, consider clearing more space so you have enough room and parking your other vehicles in the driveway... read more

3 Signs That the Brakes of Your Car are Not Healthy

Caring for the brakes of your car is an essential part of keeping yourself and everyone else in the car safe. This is why it is so important that every car owner learn the signs of failing brakes so that they can get the problem fixed before it becomes serious. Here are some things you need to know about failing brakes. 1. There May Be a Grinding Sound When You Brake One of the first things you may notice as your brakes start giving out is that there is a grinding sound when you press down on the brakes. Your brakes should essentially be silent when you use them if they are healthy. The only exception is if you have new brake pads. In some cases new brake pads will take a while to break in. This means that during that time they could make a slight squealing sound, or a very mild grinding sound. However, if you don’t have new brake pads and the car is making noises, or if you can actually feel grinding on your foot while you press down on the brake pedal, you have a problem that should not be ignored. 2. The Brakes Will Be Slow to Respond Another sign that the brakes are giving out is that the brakes will slow to respond when you press on them. Your brakes don’t necessarily have to be extra sensitive and super touchy, but you also shouldn’t have to slam on the pedal to get the car to respond. If you are moving fast on the freeway and notice that you have to really push... read more

Three RV Summer Storage Tips

Most people are aware that they need to winterize their RV, but they may not know that “summerizing” is another important task. This is especially true if your RV spends a lot of time empty and parked in a warm climate. The following tips can help you protect your RV during summer so that it doesn’t suffer any damage. Tip #1: Moisture Management Dry rot can be a major concern in hot, dry climates. Wood trim and paneling inside the RV can begin to crack and peel, as can fiberglass and plastic. Dry rot is a real threat since the dry air inside a closed up RV becomes heated when it is closed up and empty. A few bowls of water placed on surfaces in the RV can put some moisture in the air via evaporation. It’s also a good idea to treat all wood with a wood conditioner before shutting up the RV. In hot, humid climates, the opposite is a problem. Too much moisture can build up inside of an RV and lead to mold and mildew. Make sure all surfaces are dry. You may also want to wipe them down with a bleach-containing cleaning to disinfect them against mildew and mold spores. Ventilation is also a must. Make sure that any vents on your RV are open before closing it up. Tip #2: Sun Damage Control The UV rays in sunlight will eventually damage certain parts of your RV without some protection. Use sun-blocking draperies inside the RV and make sure they are closed completely. Reflective insulating wrap, cut to fit windows, works especially well. Roll... read more

Three Things You May Be Doing To Harm Your Transmission

You probably don’t think about your transmission often unless you start experiencing problems with your vehicle. Your transmission is something that you need to be running right in order for your vehicle to even go. At times, you may notice warning signs that your transmission is experiencing problems, but other times there may be very little warning at all. The amount of time your transmission will last depends on how you care for it and how you drive the vehicle. Without even knowing it, you could be hurting your transmission. In an effort to make your transmission last as long as possible, here are four things you could be doing to harm your transmission.  Wrong Transmission Fluid Not all transmission fluids are created equal. Using the wrong transmission fluid in your vehicle could do some major damage. In order to determine which type of transmission fluid your vehicle needs, you should take a look at the car owner’s manual. This should specify what properties to look for in a transmission fluid. There are four main types of transmission fluids, including HMF fluids, Type F, Synthetic Fluids, and Dexron/Mercon. Each of these types contain different properties that could benefit or harm your vehicle. By matching up the qualities of the type of fluid to what your vehicle needs, you are essentially feeding it what it needs to run optimally.  Neglecting Weird Noises The best warning sign your vehicle may give that signifies transmission problems is a weird sound. Should you continue to drive your vehicle even when it is making a strange noise, you could be causing even bigger issues.... read more

Three Questions To Ask Before Leaving Your Vehicle At A Repair Shop

Whether you’re in a mild fender bender or more significant accident, one of your first priorities in the day that follows the unfortunate event is to find an automotive repair shop in your city that can make your vehicle as good as new. With so many certified businesses, it’s prudent to devote some time to visiting a handful of locations to help determine which shop will best suit your needs. In each visit, you’ll likely ask questions about how long it’ll take to get your vehicle back and you might also ask some questions about the shop, including inquiring how long it’s been in business. Here are three other important questions to pose. Do I Have The Option Of Used Parts? If you’ve decided not to get the work done through insurance and would rather pay out of your own pocket, a significant way of saving money is through the use of some used parts. Asking the repair shop representative if the use of used parts is possible — and, if so, which used parts would work for your specific job, can start an important discussion. Many repair shops will use certain used parts to save their customers money. While used parts aren’t practical for every element of the repair, they’re an ideal say to lower your bill if their use is possible. What Does Your Warranty Cover? Being absolutely clear on the repair shop’s warranty policy is vitally important before you sign any paperwork. It’s ideal to partner with a shop that offers a comprehensive warranty that covers both parts and labor. If a warranty only covers parts... read more

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What do you do if your car overheats while you are driving it? Is this something that happens often? When a car overheats, it puts the entire engine at risk of serious damage. This is just one issue that you may have to address as the driver of an automobile. My blog will provide you with information about what to do when something like this happens. You will also learn what else to look out for when your car acts differently than normal and how to determine if the car needs a trip to your local mechanic for a check up.