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3 Ways To Pass The Time While Waiting For The Tow Truck To Arrive

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Finding yourself stuck on the side of the road can be frustrating to say the least. Even though you might have done everything you are supposed to for your vehicle, there is always the chance that something could go wrong that you didn’t count on. Whether it be a flat tire, dead battery or no gas, you can always turn to a tow truck to get you where you need to be and off the side of the road. If you are stuck waiting for the tow truck, follow these tips to stay safely out of harm’s way.     Turn your hazard lights on. Regardless of whether you are stranded during the middle of the day or in the evening hours during a snowstorm, you want to make sure people know that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The best thing you can do is to turn your hazard lights on so everyone passing by can see you. If you have any reflectors of hazard cones, you can place those around your vehicle on the side facing the road to make sure people see your vehicle in an assortment of conditions. Exercise caution while waiting for the driver. It isn’t all that uncommon for other motorists to stop and see if there is anything they can do to help. While many might be honest citizens who are just trying to help someone out, you never can be too careful. The best thing you can do is to crack your window a small amount to speak with individual and let them know help is on the way. Make sure your doors are locked until the tow truck driver arrives. Never leave your vehicle or take a ride from strangers. You never know who might be lurking out there. It is far better to wait than it is to put your life on the line. Get the license plate number of the driver coming to tow your vehicle. When calling for a tow truck (such as one from Mark’s Towing, Inc.), make sure to ask the dispatcher for the information of the driver coming to tow your vehicle. By getting the type of vehicle and their license plate number, you can make sure you don’t become a victim of someone preying on unsuspecting individuals who are stranded on the side of the road. In following the tips above, you can make sure you are safe and secure until the tow truck arrives to get your vehicle to the nearest repair...

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3 Do-It-Yourself Car Projects

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Even though your mechanic is the best source for repairs to your car, there are a few tasks that you can perform yourself. If you are anxious to do a little do-it-yourself repair on your car, it is important to not pick a task that could result in significant damage to your car or personal injury to you and your passengers. With that in mind, here are some repairs that you should try before moving to more complicated tasks.  Change Worn or Broken Belts Your car has several belts, including the drive and serpentine belts. The belts help to control different components of your car, such as the power steering and cooling system. If your belt is worn or broken, you can replace it at home. The best way to change the belt is to pay close attention to how it is currently routed. Once you remove the belt, you only need to wind the new belt through the old route.  On the off chance that you cannot remember the routing for the belt, check the underside of your car’s hood or the owner’s manual. A diagram with the routing is available for you to review.  Change the Air Filter The air filter helps to keep dirt out of your engine so that it is not damaged. If your air filter is dirty, fuel and oil to the engine could be contaminated. As a result, you could experience engine problems. To change out your air filter, check your engine for a plastic lid on the side. Unscrew the lid, remove the filter, and slide a new one in its place. Be sure to screw the plastic lid back into place.  Repair a Chipped Windshield If your windshield has a small chip or crack, you can probably repair it yourself at home. There are windshield repair kits available at auto repair stores that are specially designed for handling small chips and cracks. It is important that you follow the directions in the kit. Before you fix the windshield, it is a good idea to clean the interior and exterior of the windshield. It is best to repair the windshield on a cool day. The substances used to repair the windshield can dry out quickly in hot weather.  Other repairs should be handled by an auto repair shop like G P Automotive. If you are in doubt whether or not you can complete a repair yourself, do not take the risk of damaging your...

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2 Reasons to Replace Your Cracked Windshield as Soon as Possible

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Replacing the windshield on your vehicle is a very important aspect of keeping your car as safe to drive as possible. Below are just two of the many reasons to replace your windshield as soon as you can. Accident Protection One of the biggest reasons to replace a cracked windshield is because cracks in the windshield can actually decrease the strength of the windshield. This is a huge problem because the windshield is one of the most important safety measures in your vehicle in the event of an accident. For example, in a rollover accident, the windshield supports the roof of the vehicle. If the windshield is weakened due to a crack, it can increase the chances that the windshield will break completely and allow the roof to cave in. The windshield is also an important safety measure in the event of a head on collision. The reason for this is that the windshield is in place to keep you from being ejected from the vehicle if your seat belt fails. If the windshield is cracked, there is an increased chance that the windshield will not stop you from being ejected from the car and you will end up being injured much more severely. Clear Vision Cracks and chips in your windshield can also easily end up impairing your vision while driving. This can be a big problem because it will prevent you from seeing changing road conditions or obstacles in the road until it is too late to respond accordingly. This can increase the chances that you will end up in an accident and end up being a danger to yourself and other drivers. Even if you have small chips in your windshield, you will want to consider replacing the windshield or getting the chips sealed. While the chips may not seem they will impair your vision all that much, they can easily expand into a crack if you drive down a rough road. The chips in your windshield can also become cracks if you expose them to cold temperatures, mostly because water can seep into the chips and freeze, which creates pressure and forces the chips to expand. Speak to an auto glass repair shop in order to get your windshield repaired or replaced. Replacing your damaged windshield is a great way to avoid impaired vision when driving, while also keeping you and your passengers safer in the event of an...

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How To Maximize Your Phone’s Battery

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Are you constantly having issues getting through the day without having to rush home and charge your phone? If so, you may be on the verge of investing in a portable phone charger. Well, before you spend any more money or deal with the hassle of having to lug around an extra device just to charge your phone, you may want to find ways to increase the length of your battery’s life. There are some tips that you can take advantage of to help keep your battery alive longer on a charge. So, before you shop for a portable charger, make sure you maximize the performance of your battery by doing the following: Turn Off Background Applications If you are using social media applications, then they are likely running in the background. Because these applications run in the background, they automatically refresh themselves so that they are up-to-date with the latest notifications. This can easily drain your phone’s battery, which is why you will want to fully disable an application once you are done utilizing it. Not only will this improve your battery life, but this will also enhance the performance of your phone, as your phone won’t have so many programs to run at once, which will improve the performance of your phone’s processor and memory.  Disable GPS Many applications use your phone’s GPS to help locate the nearest stores and your nearby friends. As with other apps, having your GPS run constantly in the background will use up your phone’s battery, as your phone will constantly be working to share and retrieve location information with many of your applications.  Avoid Full Screen Brightness: Display screens are becoming bigger, which means there are more pixels used. With a bigger screen, the brightness of your display can easily impact how long your phone’s battery lasts. If you are indoors, dim the screen brightness or try the auto-brightness feature on your phone. This will allow your phone to provide a screen brightness based on your surrounding settings. This will help improve your battery’s life and keep you from having to rush home just to charge your phone.  Taking advantage of these tips won’t only improve the lifespan of your battery, but they will help your phone operate more efficiently. So, rather than constantly worry about making it through the day without having to charge your phone or invest in a portable charger, definitely be sure that you take advantage of these tips and options.  If these tips aren’t working or you want to replace your cell phone battery, contact a professional service company, like Battery Contact, for information on their...

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Whirring, Humming, Slapping, Cupping And Wobbling: Bad Wheel Bearings And Why You Should Fix Them

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Most auto repair services focus on engine problems or brakes. However, there is one area of a car that is often overlooked unless you experience it firsthand. The wheel bearings make all kinds of bizarre sounds, most of which are terrifying when you first hear them. The noise becomes so loud on the highway at higher speeds that you cannot hear your radio or another person talking, and you definitely will not hear anyone who is sitting in the back seat. Usually, you can get by with bad wheel bearings for a little while, but you will want to get them repaired and replaced or the following could happen. Bad Wheel Bearings Combined with Tire Cupping As your tires begin to wobble back and forth on the road as a result of failing bearings, your tires will cup. Cupping creates air bubbles and vacuums that suction the tires to the road momentarily. When your car continues to move forward with this cupping action and you do not repair the bearings, the tires can blow out and completely shear the rubber from the rims. People who have encountered this issue say it sounds like both barrels of a shotgun going off and then their cars were all over the road with no means to control them. Bad Wheel Bearings and Broken Axles When it comes to bad wheel bearings, the worst of the worst scenarios is the broken axle. If you happen to be on the highway when your bearings completely fail, the pull on the tires in opposite directions combined with the speed can cause your axles to snap. It looks like something very large dropped or sat on the rear of your vehicle, squishing it close to the ground and almost folding both tires completely flat (either inward or outward). Once the axles go, repairing and replacing your bearings is the least of your problems, since most people just junk their cars once this occurs. Getting Sued for an Accident You Could Have Prevented When the wheel bearings finally fail, you will lose control of your vehicle, no matter how seasoned a driver you are. If any other drivers are close by, you will undoubtedly hit them, and incur higher insurance rates and maybe a lawsuit or two. Should it come out that the accident could have been prevented with a couple hundred dollars’ worth of wheel bearing replacements and repairs, something which you did not do, you may be faced with lawsuits requiring you to pay thousands of dollars. Avoid all of these horrific scenes and just get your wheel bearings replaced by certified auto repair services like Byrd Automotive Repair...

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Truck Shopping: 4 Reasons To Buy New Instead Of Used

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

If you are currently in need of buying a truck, you might be wondering if you should buy one used or new. While used trucks might be initially less expensive, this doesn’t mean they are the better option. Here are some reasons to consider buying your truck new from a dealership: New Trucks Have Better Safety The technology for new vehicles continues to change, including safety features. By getting a new truck, you know you are getting the best safety technology possible. The newer models of trucks will have updated safety features, such as better stability control and adaptive cruise control. Many new trucks also have the lane departure warning to avoid a collision with another vehicle, a rear-view camera that is perfect for parking, and a blind spot monitoring system. This is all in addition to basic safety features like better airbags and anti-lock brakes. You Might Get Easier Approval If you plan to finance the truck through the dealership, you might have a better chance at approval with a new truck as opposed to used. Dealerships want to get their new vehicles off the lot, therefore they might be willing to work with you even if you don’t have the best credit. Talk to a local truck dealership and ask about the approval process between new and used trucks. You might just find that they would rather sell a new truck instead of one of their pre-owned ones. New Trucks Have Better Prices During Holidays You may notice that your local dealership always has a big sale during Memorial Day weekend or whenever a holiday is fast approaching. Dealerships choose certain times of the year to have clearance sales for their vehicles. Dealerships often choose their brand new trucks for these clearance sales, but the used vehicles are rarely offered at such a good deal. You can get a new truck with thousands of the purchase price and 0% interest if you are financing through them, just by buying it new and at the right time. There is Less Risk of Breakdown While dealerships will put all their used vehicles through an intensive inspection, you still have more of a risk of a used truck breaking down than you do a new truck. With a used truck, you need to be sure they did the right inspection and bring someone who can look under the hood to be sure it is in good condition. You also need to be careful with how many miles it has, how many owners it had before, and check the vehicle’s maintenance record. None of this is a concern when you buy a new truck. To learn more, contact a company like Metro Ford with any questions you...

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Getting Rid Of An Unwanted Car

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have an old vehicle on your property that you are no longer driving, you may wonder if there are some ways to remove it without needing to pay for pickup. After a while, junked cars sitting on your property can make your yard appear unkempt, so removing them will help improve your yard’s look while helping out someone else in need. Here are some ideas you can use to have a vehicle removed from your property. Recycle Your Vehicle Automobile recycling centers are a wonderful way to reuse your vehicle. Recycling centers will dismantle your vehicle, salvaging usable parts so that other vehicle owners can buy them to make repairs. If you call a recycling center, they will pick up your vehicle and pay you the value of the metal your vehicle is made from. If you are able to drive your vehicle to the recycling center yourself, you will save yourself the cost in towing fees. This is a great way to make some extra cash in exchange for your vehicle. It is also helpful to the environment as you will be allowing your vehicle to live on inside other vehicles, saving landfills from unnecessary parts cluttering the land. If you’re interested in recycling your car, visit a local center like Miamitown Auto Parts & Recycling. Donate Your Vehicle Donating your vehicle is a great way in having it removed without needing to pay a cent. There are several charities that participate in vehicle donations, including of vehicles that no longer run. You can call a few of your favorite charities to see if they are enrolled in this program and schedule a tow truck to come pick your vehicle up at no cost. The vehicle would be taken to a scrap yard and the money obtained would be used as a donation for the cause in need. The charity will send you paperwork that proves you donated to them, allowing you to send the information in with your federal income taxes. Ask The Local Fire Department Ask your neighborhood fire department if they would be interested in coming to pick up your vehicle to use for fire safety training. Fire departments are always in need of vehicles they can set on fire to teach new firefighters the proper way to handle a vehicle fire incident. Many times the fire department will have someone in the group who has a towing winch or flatbed to haul vehicles to the fire department for training...

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3 Benefits Of Driving A Drop Trailer

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

There is a new trend in shipping, and that trend is using drop trailers. Following are three reasons why driving this type of vehicle is beneficial to you.  1. Save Time If you have your choice to work for a company that uses drop trailers, consider yourself lucky. Driving this kind of truck will allow you more flexibility, and save you time. Why? You save time in the dropping off process. Say you are driving a load across a state from Southern California to New Mexico. Once you arrive at your drop off spot in New Mexico, you will be able to drop your trailer and get a new one which is already loaded and ready to go. You do not have to wait for your truck to be unloaded and then loaded back up again before you leave. This can save you hours of time that you would not even get paid for. If you are payed by the mile, as many truckers are, you waste time and give up money when you have to wait for your truck to be unloaded and then loaded back up.  It’s also helpful to those waiting to get your delivery, as they will not have to wait for your arrival before they can load a truck for you to take when you get there. They also have more flexibility as to when they can unload the truck, since you will not be waiting for them to do it. It saves you, as the driver, time, and it saves the warehouse workers you deliver to time. 2. Driver Safety If you are delivering to a drop and hook customer, you are not usually in such a hurry to get to the destination because they will be able to take your trailer most any time day, or night. This process increases the productivity for both you and the customers you deliver to, because the customer can load and unload any time, and you as a driver can drop off and pick up loaded trucks whenever you choose.You will have much more flexibility in your schedule. Because the time constraints aren’t so rigid with a drop trailer, you will have more time to take a nap if you need to, or stop and eat a meal if you so desire. As a result of being able to sleep for a few hours when you absolutely need to, you will drive safer on the road.  The flexibility of driving without a strict deadline is good for you in and of itself. Your nerves will not be as shot, and you will be able to drive much more alertly. If you are alert, then you will be able to practice safe driving. 3. Avoid Traffic  Because the customer you deliver to does not need to do a live unload or live load of a truck, you can drop the truck and leave if you want to. You can get to your destination in the in the middle of the night, or early in the morning. You can plan a time to get there when traffic is not high in the area.  This factor also contributes to safety, since driving in less traffic is easier on you and there are fewer vehicles on the road. With fewer vehicles,...

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Tips For Maintaining A Semi Truck

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

If you either own or drive a semi truck, then you are probably quite familiar with how they work. However, you might not be aware of some of the minutia involved in their operation. Here are some semi truck repair tips and tricks to help you out: Brakes One of the most common points of failure in automobiles in general is the brakes. Semi trucks are in an especially precarious position when it comes to brakes, since they often carry massive loads that are capable of causing massive physical and financial destruction in the event of an accident. Most people are aware that you should frequently replace your brake pads to mitigate natural wear and tear. Generally, an indicator will tell you when you brake pads are nearing the end of their lifespan. However, not everyone knows that you should also replace the drums, pins, and springs as well. While brake pads are the most obvious when they fail, there are many other important components of brakes that need to be taken care of. Cracked drums can be just as dangerous as a worn brake pad. Oil Change Deciding exactly when and how frequently you change your oil can be a lot more complicated than it appears at first glance. There are several factors which you will need to consider such as: MPG – The mileage of your semi will play a large role in determining the ideal oil change frequency. If you truck has poor mileage (such as less than 5.5 mpg), then you will need to get an oil change more often. However, if your semi has pretty good mileage (in the 6.5+ mpg range), then you don’t really need to change your oil as often as some would suggest. Idling – If your semi spends a lot of time idling (half or more of the time), then you will definitely need an earlier oil change. Conversely, if your truck spends very little time idling, then you don’t need to change your oil as frequently. Those two factors give you a general idea of where your truck lies on the bell curve, but they don’t really tell you exactly when you should change your oil. Recommendations generally state that a truck should get an oil change every 10,000-50,000 miles, depending on its mpg and frequency of idling. If your truck gets good mpg and idles rarely, then you are probably on the higher end of that range. On the other hand, if your truck has poor mpg and idles often, you might be in the lower...

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Steps To Take Before Negotiating On A Used Car

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

If you’re buying a used car to save some money, you know that negotiations are typically one of the most difficult steps. Before you get to that stage, however, you need to do all the footwork and paperwork that comes with choosing the right car and making sure it’s the one for you. The research process deals with a lot more than looking at the car you think you want, but it can potentially help you save thousands over time in purchase and maintenance costs. 1. Figure Out Your Budget You probably know that you need a budget, but setting a budget involves more than just deciding on a price range for a car. If you’re taking out a loan to buy the car with a down payment, you’ll need to factor in loan payments plus interest. You should also figure out how your auto insurance might change if you get a different car; if it’s newer, the cost could go up. It can also go up if you decide to buy a convertible, for example. Gas, maintenance and cleaning costs should also be considered. Finally, factor in any mechanical work it needs; even if the seller says they’ve had it checked out, you should get an independent mechanic’s opinion. 2. Search For Alternatives If you’re looking for functionality and reliability, you’ve probably already got a few model names down. But before you start looking for any of these models on sale, look for lesser-known models that are comparable to what you would find in a better-known brand. By choosing a less popular car, you could save yourself plenty of money on your down payment. 3. Consider Financing Options If you’re not paying in cash, you have the option to finance with a dealer, but you don’t have to do just that. Talk to multiple lenders, such as credit unions, and see what kind of competitive rates you can get. It helps to already have financing options on the table before you step foot in the dealership; it’s one more thing you have in your favor. 4. Get a Vehicle History Report Before you even contact the seller to express interest, get a history report on the vehicle you’re looking at. You can find this information on different websites using the VIN or license plate number. The report will give you all sorts of information, such as whether the odometer has been rolled back or whether it has a salvage title. If the report is at all negative, you should continue your search. 5. Test Drive A test drive is a staple of every car sale, but when you’re buying a used car there are a few extra things you should look out for. Listen for engine sounds that don’t sound right, check the dash for any warnings lights, and take the car on a freeway so you can test it at higher speeds. Also take the car on hills so you can see how it performs under a little stress. If you see or feel anything that makes you uncomfortable, ask the seller about it, but don’t be afraid to walk away. Engine problems or damage are not to be taken lightly. Don’t plan on buying a car on the same day you inspect it. If you’re confident...

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5 Tips For Preventing Windshield Cracks This Winter

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As you probably already know, intense changes in temperature can cause glass to break and shatter. If you’re concerned about your vehicle’s windshield, however, you should know that there are a few things that you can do to help prevent windshield cracks this winter. Follow these tips to help prevent the need for auto glass repair and to preserve your vehicle’s current condition. 1. Be Cautious When Using Your Defroster Obviously, your defroster is important when the weather is cold and you can’t see out of your windshield or back glass. Be cautious about immediately boosting your defroster up to the “high” setting, however, especially on really cold mornings. The sudden blast of hot air on your cold windshield can cause cracks, especially if there are already imperfections in your windshield. Instead, turn the defroster on “low” at first. Once your windshield has started to warm up a little bit, you can then transition to a higher setting. 2. Be Careful with the “Bucket of Water” Method Pouring a bucket of warm or hot water on your windshield can be an effective way of getting rid of ice and snow in the mornings. The sudden extreme temperature change can be bad for your windshield, however, so proceed with caution. Instead, try pouring cool water over the surface. As long as the water’s temperature is higher than freezing, it will work. It might take a little longer, but you won’t have to worry as much about damaging your auto glass. 3. Use Caution When Using a Windshield Scraper Windshield scrapers are handy little tools, but they can be quite dangerous for your windshield if they are used incorrectly. Only use a windshield scraper that is designed for vehicle use; don’t try to get creative with metal spatulas or other household tools. Although, be careful to scrape your windshield in a fluid, side-to-side motion rather than jabbing at the ice. 4. Park Your Car in the Garage If possible, park your car in a garage during the winter months. This will help prevent extreme temperature changes and can also help prevent ice from covering your windshield. Along with protecting your windshield, it will also help you stay more comfortable when you get in the car in the mornings. 5. Fix Chips and Cracks Before the Winter Months Even minor chips and cracks should be repaired before the winter months hit. Windshields that are already damaged are more at risk of larger cracks, especially during periods of extreme cold, and you can generally have small chips and cracks repaired much more affordably than if you wait until they become more serious. As you can see, there are ways that you can prevent damage to your windshield this winter. Follow these tips, and you can keep your auto glass in good condition when the temperatures...

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