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Car Repair Secrets Your Mechanic Won't Tell You

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While the average auto repair bill may cost us between $500 and $600, there's no doubt that for most of us, a car is an extension of our lives. Without a car, we wouldn't be able to carry out the daily chores that we often take for granted like running errands or going to work. Having your own car offers a very convenient and often cost-effective mode of transport. That is why it is important to make sure that you always keep your car in the best condition. To do so, you often have to rely on the help of a mechanic.

 

Trade Secrets That Could Save You Cash

A mechanic can often come in useful in a number of situations, from diagnosing a specific problem to resolving it the best (and often quickest) way possible. Nonetheless, a mechanic may not tell you everything. In fact, there may be a few car repair secrets your mechanic would rather you didn't know. So before you send out more money on car repairs, find out how you can save money and avoid any unnecessary car bills. 

 

Get Free Service for Your Car

You may not realize that many chain auto-part stores will actually carry out simple services on your car for free. Whether it's finding out why your engine light has come on, changing your wipers, aligning your tires or sometimes even loaning you tools for you to do your own car maintenance. The store staff will often install the parts you have just bought from the store such as taillights, batteries, and wipers. This is a great way of saving you anything up to $30 in labor costs, so make sure you check out whether your local store offers this service. 

 

Get Rid of Dents Yourself

If you have a dent on the side of your car, it could cost you $300 to get it repaired by a mechanic. But there is a way that you could get rid of the dent yourself and for free. Simply rub some petroleum jelly around the corners of a clean toilet plunger, then simply put the plunger on the dent and pump it out just like you would you’re your toilet gets clogged. With a little time and effort, you should find that the dent pops out.

 

It's Ok to Shop Around for Car Repairs

Even when you suspect you are being charged too much for auto repairs or replacement parts, it can sometimes be tempting just to stick with the same garage. After all, you need your car repaired and it could be embarrassing to tell them that you want a second opinion, right? Wrong. If you don’t think you are being given a fair price or that your car doesn’t even need the new part, there is nothing wrong with taking your car somewhere else and seeing what they say. Let’s face it, not all mechanics are as honest as others and you are well within your rights to go and get another opinion if you suspect they might be overcharging you.

It is great when you find a good and reliable car that you trust. There are many mechanics and garages that offer an honest and affordable service. But if you are worried that you are paying too much to get your car serviced, you are being regularly over-charged for parts or you are paying for things you really shouldn’t be spending your money on, then you really should spend a little time finding out how you can save money on your auto repairs without cutting corners.


 
 
 

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Simple Auto Detailing Tips

Auto detailing is not an easy job if you really need your car to be how it was when you drove it out of your showroom. It is a time-consuming job which involves a lot of manual work. Many of the car-lovers don’t mind the time or the effort. For them, the detailing process is itself a pleasure.

 

There are those others who want the car to nice and shiny but either they don’t have the time, or they don’t want to spend time doing it. However, it is something all of us end up doing. So, here are some tips that may be useful.

 

Interior Detailing Tips

Always start with the cleaning of carpets and upholstery from the driver side. Hopefully, this area will be dry if you want to take out your car soon or want to park it somewhere else after the detailing.

Keep the cleaning of the windows for last. This will prevent any dirt or other things from soiling the windows while cleaning the other areas. Do the dressing and conditioning after finishing the cleaning of windows. This will prevent the dressing to be absorbed by the cloth used to clean the windows and spreading the conditioner on the windows.

Take care that none of your interior cleaners gets on to the plastic panel covering the instrument panels. These chemicals can fog or dull the plastic.

Mats, carpets, and upholstery need to be rinsed after cleaning. If you leave any cleaning material on them, they will only attract more dirt, making all your efforts useless.

 

Cleaning The Engine Bay

Before you start washing the exterior of your car during auto detailing, you should clean the engine bay. Even if some grease or oil falls on the exterior, during your engine bay cleaning, this can later be cleaned when you are washing the exterior.

Protect your fenders from forming spots by powerful cleaners you use in the engine bay, by draping wet towels over it. This will also prevent scratching the fenders when you lean over to clean the engine.

Make sure water doesn’t get into electronic parts that are inside the engine bay. You may find the electronic and computer parts secured inside a compartment which is located in the engine on the top right or left corner. Water may cause them to malfunction.

Hope the tips are useful the next time you do the auto detailing.

 

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How To Wax Your Car?

20140115 180134Waxing your car is an important part of auto detailing that many people seem to have forgotten. Today we have a variety of waxes to suit each one’s convenience. There are some for the real cleaning enthusiasts who will take time and enjoy the process. Let us see the different methods for a squeaky-clean car.

 

Clay + Wax

The first step is to clean the surface well before applying the wax. The best method to clean the surface is to use detailing clay. The paint coats today are much thinner than earlier and hence cleaning with an abrasive cleaner is not advisable.

Once you have used the detailing clay to remove dirt, you can use a non-cleaner or pure wax to bring the surface to a shine. Alternatively, you can just use a cleaner wax without using the clay first.

 

Spray Wax

 

From the name itself you can understand that it is easier to apply than others. The spray waxes that are available today are much better than the earlier ones. The best advantage of a spray wax is that you can apply it within a few minutes.

 

Before you apply the spray wax, give your car a thorough wash. Then wipe it well to become dry. When you do a spray wax, you should spray and spread the same immediately. So, it is better to have the spray in one hand and a clean microfiber cloth in the other.

Spray a small area, spread the wax with the microfiber cloth and then use the other side of the cloth to buff the area again. Continue the process till you finish. It is a very easy process. Another advantage with the spray wax is that you can even do it under the sun.

For best results, once you have finished waxing the full car, give a final polish with a fresh microfiber towel, which has not been used for waxing.

 

Liquid & Paste Waxes

The first thing to remember when using a liquid or paste wax is that the lesser you use, the easier it is to wipe and dry. The polymer waxes that are available need to be applied only in very small quantities.

 

Another important thing to remember is that you should be working under a shade, not under direct sunlight. If the wax manufacturer does not provide any special applicator it is recommended to use a foam applicator.

 

We have seen how to work with certain types of waxes. Hope you get a shiny bright ride now.

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How To Wash Your Car?

 The title may look dumb to you. You may think what is so much to know about in washing one’s car. But we can tell you that an improper washing will spoil the look of your car.

All of us want to keep our cars always looking new and shiny. But what happens is that after a few months the paint starts looking dull. When you park in the sun you notice tiny scratches running all over your car. You notice shiny concentric circles in the sun. These are very small scratches that have happened when you washed your car.

Will scratches appear if I wash my car? This is what most people would like to ask now. Improper washing can do more damage to your car than good. When you clean your car, most of the times there is grit and dust which is also rubbing against the surface. This is what causes those tiny scratches.

We can classify those who care for their cars in some categories. There those who do a little auto detailing on their vehicles every day. There are also those owners who get a chance to clean their cars only once in a week or two weeks. Both these kinds of people care for their cars enough to want to do the cleaning themselves. They won’t take their cars to an automatic car wash.

For those who love their cars there are some tips that can be shared here. These will help to avoid further damage to your car while cleaning.

Wash In Shade

When you shampoo your car, do so in shade. Never wash your car in sun. If you use a shampoo on your car in sun, in all likeliness, the shampoo will get dried before you can rinse your car. Cleaning in shade will prevent this.

Wash Away From Wind

See that the car is not in a place where there is a breeze. Even normal breeze could bring dust and dirt particles which will stick to the wet surface of the car. When you dry the car using a towel, these particles will get in between and cause those scratches which we saw earlier. Breeze can also dry the shampoo before you rinse leaving spots on the surface.

These are just a couple of tips for those who wash their cars regularly with water and shampoo. Taking care of these small things will keep the shine on the car for a longer time.

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Polish Or Wax?

 

A car is anybody’s pride. When you purchase a car, you spend so much time choosing the model, color, etc. Apart from the performance part, what people look for is the appearance of the vehicle. And it is a matter of pride to show off a new car.

But after a couple of years, the car loses its sheen. You still like to show off your car. You can’t keep changing your car. So, what can you do to make your car look the same as it was when you purchased it? How can you bring back that shiny bright look?

There are two ways to bring back the bright look to your car. You can either polish or wax your car. Many think they are the same, but there is a huge difference between the two. People choose one or the other, mostly based on price or based on the suggestion of a friend. Let us understand the difference between the two and which is the better option.

Car Polish Or Car Wax?

A car polish is used when the car paint has dulled because of oxidation. It is used when there are minor scratches and swirl marks. Polish normally contains mild abrasives which will remove the dull surface and gives the vehicle a shiny look. It is not recommended often due to the abrasive qualities.

A car wax, on the other hand, gives the car a protective layer over the top coat of paint. Many of the wax brands available now also have UV protecting chemicals so that the paint will maintain the sheen for longer.

Which One And When?

There is always the doubt when one should polish and when one should wax. Wash the car thoroughly and dry it completely. Run your palm over the surface lightly. If you feel bumps, irregularities or rough spots, you need to polish the car. This will remove the top uneven layer and make the surface smooth, removing the damages underneath.

After polishing you can apply the wax so that the layer under is protected from further damage.

The Verdict

Both products being used for different purposes, we cannot say this or that. Both are not interchangeable. If you polish too often you could totally remove the top coat. But polish helps when there is oxidations or corrosion.

Wax needs to be used more often as it doesn’t last as long as polish does. But wax protects the outer layer of the paint. Care should be taken in very hot places. Wax tends to melt.

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Washing or Detailing?

For most people, car washing, and car detailing may sound the same. Both involve complete cleaning of the car without any paint or bodywork. But for those obsessive about keeping their car sparkling clean, there is a huge difference.

A car wash is what it says it is. Washing the car from the top to the bottom, either at an automatic car wash or by hand. It will also involve washing thoroughly. But auto detailing will go one step further. The idea is to clean the paint eliminating the scratches and swirl marks that so often appear after cleaning.

Exterior Car Detailing

The process starts with first washing the car from top to bottom to get as much dirt removed as possible. The soapy water helps to soften the dirt and mud to remove them completely.

The next step is to clean those parts where the mud and dirt stick to most. The wheels are the dirtiest part of the car. Brake calipers and lug nuts are places where the mud can get in between and get stuck. We will use special brushes to clean these parts till the mud and dirt are completely removed.

After the wheels are cleaned, the paintwork is washed and dried using washing mitts and soft microfiber towels. After this clay can be applied to the surface to remove clinging dirt from it.

Once the drying is done. The paint is polished to remove the tiny scratches, swirl marks and oxidation. The polishing can be done either by a machine or by hand. This is the best part of auto detailing. It is time-consuming, but the results are worth the effort.

After the polishing, the paint is given a treatment of auto wax. This gives protection to the outer layer which is exposed to the elements of nature. The wax also brings some additional shine to the paint. At this stage, your car should look like when it was driven out of the showroom for the first time.

Once this is done the window glass and other parts are cleaned. The rubber parts are also cleaned separately.

Interior Car Detailing

The process involves cleaning the inside of the window glasses, the upholstery, and the mats. A good vacuuming and scrubbing should take care of the inside cleaning. Shampooing can remove stains from the upholstery.

Detailing is good for your car because it will make it look like new always.

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Car Washing and Waxing

Car Washing and Waxingcar wash and wax For the purpose of getting the best result from waxing a car, you are to efficiently wash your car first in order to remove road grime and dirt. If you are not to do washing before car waxing it might lead to scratching of the car’s finish once waxing because of the presence of those abrasive particles of the road dirt. Car washing is as well effective in order to remove some residue such as bird droppings, industrial fall out and road salt. In washing car remember to use two sponges in order to prevent scratching. Then afterwards you can drive the car briefly in order to ensure drying of the brakes as well as corrosion can be prevented. And don’t forget to clean those painted areas. And car waxing can already be done next. Car waxing or polishing can be of different purposes such as in order to attain clean finish, improvement on the car’s shine or for protection as well. There are many car waxes that contain very little abrasives together with chemical cleaning agents, waxes and lubricants. And these abrasives particles are to remove the surface oxidation at the same time leaving a high gloss shine. There are as well certain ways on how to properly wax your car. As reminder, avoid applying car wax to surfaces that are not easily buffed. Car waxes or polishes must always be applied in thin coat. Perfect polishing cloths are microfibers or soft cotton. And only wax your car once the surface is recently washed.  

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Car Wax Sprayer’s Role in Auto Detailing

spray car waxCar Wax Sprayer’s Role in Auto Detailing Cars are like your favorite toys when you are still at a young age. It is always good to see it new and clean that is why you have to take good care of it through car detailing. There are so many ways as well as products such as Car wax Sprays that has a role to play in car detailing. Using car wax sprays are optional. However, seeing its good role and benefits in car detailing will keep you using car wax sprays on your automobile. Aside from waxing, which is really helpful for car detailing, Car wax Sprays also help to do the same thing with higher quality result. One great benefit these sprays can offer when being used is its help on saving the user’s time. Since you are just going to spray, the time you will spend is less than when applying a car wax. Restoring the shiny and glossy look of an automobile makes a vehicle look new. This is one benefit that Car wax Sprays can offer. You do not have to work so hard to wax your car. By simply spraying it on the surfaces you wish to clean, wiping with clean cotton cloth, your DIY car detailing is done. When you are rushing your car detailing or you do not want to waste your time, car wax sprays serves as a good option. For even better results, make sure that you use the perfect car spray for your automobile by asking experts’ opinion and recommendation.

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Benefits of Cleaning Automobiles

car detailing Benefits of Cleaning Automobiles It is of great importance to ensure that your car is clean and in good performance. Have you ever imagine driving an almost brand new car though you have bought it for quite some time already. If you want to experience the feeling of driving an amazing car in terms of appearance then auto cleaning and maintenance are the best steps to consider. At the same time cleaning cars is not just about appearance but performance and safety as well. Here are some of the benefits that cleaning cars could offer:

  • Through cleaning your car you will be provided with the chance to enhance the image of your car. It can as well offer great impression from others or might offer great details about the owner.
  • If you are to efficiently clean your car and observe proper maintenance then it will improve the car’s performance as well as functionality. It might as well eliminate chances of costly repairs.
  • Cleaning cars are also great factor in order to ensure long life of your property. If you are not to observe cleanliness together with maintenance then it might cause to shortening of the life of your car. Corrosion of some metal and other parts can be considered as cause.
  • It might as well improved safety for the reason that clean cars can allow driving visibility and a lot more issues related to safety.
  • And also, clean automobiles can lower blood pressure and level of stress therefore making car owners healthier.

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DIY Car Detailing Tips

DIY Car Detailing Tips Car detailing is far different from car wash and this is somehow a misconception about its real meaning. Unlike car washing which only involves cleaning mainly the exterior and partly the interior while detailing includes the act of both cleaning and reconditioning inside and out of the car. This is a careful process so it should be done step-by-step in order to restore the beauty and quality of the car. If you want to do it by yourself, and then follow the right tips and these can be the following:
  1. Wipe out the top and bottom part of the interior part of your car. Your main concern for wiping your cars is the most important such as windows and dashboards. Do this to follow proper cleaning strategy.
  2. Remove things inside the car and in the trunk. This is necessary to make the cleaning time easier and more convenient. Do not let any stuff inside except for the stuff within glove compartment.
  3. Use car vacuums. If you have a vacuum for your car, it would be easier for you to do detailing. Vacuum cleaner gives superb cleanliness for the interior part of the car so get your own car.
  4. Use fabric cleaner. Using fabric cleaner to clean the carpet, the floor and the seats is very helpful for detailing car. This can even give you a new brand look for your car.
  5. Use car air freshener. When you want a double refreshing feeling after you clean and recondition your car, the help of air freshener will always count. Look for a good brand and use it to refresh the smell of your car.

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DIY Car Detailing Tips

DIY Car Detailing Tips Car detailing is far different from car wash and this is somehow a misconception about its real meaning. Unlike car washing which only involves cleaning mainly the exterior and partly the interior while detailing includes the act of both cleaning and reconditioning inside and out of the car. This is a careful process so it should be done step-by-step in order to restore the beauty and quality of the car. If you want to do it by yourself, and then follow the right tips and these can be the following:
  1. Wipe out the top and bottom part of the interior part of your car. Your main concern for wiping your cars is the most important such as windows and dashboards. Do this to follow proper cleaning strategy.
  2. Remove things inside the car and in the trunk. This is necessary to make the cleaning time easier and more convenient. Do not let any stuff inside except for the stuff within glove compartment.
  3. Use car vacuums. If you have a vacuum for your car, it would be easier for you to do detailing. Vacuum cleaner gives superb cleanliness for the interior part of the car so get your own car.
  4. Use fabric cleaner. Using fabric cleaner to clean the carpet, the floor and the seats is very helpful for detailing car. This can even give you a new brand look for your car.
  5. Use car air freshener. When you want a double refreshing feeling after you clean and recondition your car, the help of air freshener will always count. Look for a good brand and use it to refresh the smell of your car.

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Guidelines for Automotive Washing

Guidelines for Automotive Washingauto shine wash Car washing is considered a part of auto maintenance. Washing cars is great factor to ensure its performance and functionality. And there are guidelines in order to efficiently wash your cars. These guidelines are considered to be important.  
  • Always remember not to wipe or dust the car’s body with the use of dry cloth for it can scratch the paint of the car.
  • Avoid washing a car under hot sun for it can crack the car’s paint and might ruin its finish.
  • Before washing always ensure that sunroofs and windows are closed.
  • Hose down the car before washing in order to get rid of the dust on the surface then followed by cleaning and polishing the exterior surfaces.
  • It would be better to use lukewarm or cold water together with hose compared to a bucket of water. In order to wet and rinse the vehicle.
  • Use car wash mit, sponge or soft rag in order to help you clean small areas.
  • Follow the surface contours than going into circles in order to prevent from cow webby scratches.
  • And always remember to use gentle cleansers.
If you are into having cars then it would be of great importance if you are to properly wash your car. And the guidelines provided above are of great help. If you are to efficiently wash your car then it will provide you with great savings not just for cost but as well in terms of time and effort. And with this, your car is to look great and always new.

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Guidelines for Automotive Washing

Guidelines for Automotive Washingauto shine wash Car washing is considered a part of auto maintenance. Washing cars is great factor to ensure its performance and functionality. And there are guidelines in order to efficiently wash your cars. These guidelines are considered to be important.  
  • Always remember not to wipe or dust the car’s body with the use of dry cloth for it can scratch the paint of the car.
  • Avoid washing a car under hot sun for it can crack the car’s paint and might ruin its finish.
  • Before washing always ensure that sunroofs and windows are closed.
  • Hose down the car before washing in order to get rid of the dust on the surface then followed by cleaning and polishing the exterior surfaces.
  • It would be better to use lukewarm or cold water together with hose compared to a bucket of water. In order to wet and rinse the vehicle.
  • Use car wash mit, sponge or soft rag in order to help you clean small areas.
  • Follow the surface contours than going into circles in order to prevent from cow webby scratches.
  • And always remember to use gentle cleansers.
If you are into having cars then it would be of great importance if you are to properly wash your car. And the guidelines provided above are of great help. If you are to efficiently wash your car then it will provide you with great savings not just for cost but as well in terms of time and effort. And with this, your car is to look great and always new.

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