Basic Car Care Tips For Safety And Performance

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Almost everyone can appreciate a beautifully maintained, classic sports car. Now picture in your mind the same car as a useless vehicle due to negligence of simple auto care, let’s say because the owner ignored to check fluid levels and did not add oil to the engine. Not following some basic car care tips can equal the end of the engine for an automobile and the end of the story for a vehicle. What has become a major expense that may exceed the value of the vehicle, would have been a relatively low cost expenditure.

The automobile owner who is not well versed towards essential car care can refer to their owner’s manual to find the best maintenance plan for their specific vehicle, but there are general car care tips that apply to all vehicles. If you do not care for your vehicle it will fail to operate properly or worse, as in our classic sports car story above.

For those who care about maintaining a smooth running, safe car, these tips are for you:

1. Check the oil filter and oil levels at least every 3,000 miles.

2. Your auto has various other fluid levels that need to be check on a regular basis. Again, at least every 3,000 miles, the fluid levels for the brakes, power steering, transmission, radiator coolant and windshield wiper fluids should be included.

3. A regular check on all hoses and belts should be done and replaced as they are showing cracks or are frayed.

4. Brake maintenance is often neglected without realizing it. Not all brakes make loud noises when they are in need of maintenance. You should check the brake system about every six months.

5. Testing of the car battery should be done three years from purchase for a new car, and every three years for older vehicles. Battery condition and connections should be checked to make sure there is no excess corrosion and the battery is secure.

6. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks. If there are leaks, repairs are needed as they can be deadly to those in the car.

7. For a properly running engine, auto tune-ups are essential.

8. The car’s heating and air conditioning should be checked yearly for proper functionality.

9. Check and replace lights and washer blades as they burn out or wear out.

10. Check tie rods, struts, and ball joints at least twice a year.

11. Maintain proper air level in tires and apply new tires as needed or when tread becomes no less than 2/32 of an inch (for normal driving conditions, or 4/32 of an inch if you are concerned about wet roads).

12. Rotate tires about every 5,000 miles.

Everyone should follow these basic car care tips to assure safety and car performance. To find auto maintenance tips that are specific to your car, remember to refer to your automobile’s manual.

Cheap and Easy Auto Care

Posted on May 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

The current state of our economy has left many of us neglecting something that is extremely important. Taking care of your car or truck is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that you remain financially above water. When your car breaks down you may be late to work, if you can get there at all. You may end up having to pay for a taxi or rely on a friend to get to and from work and pick up the kids at school. What you’re left with is a very expensive car repair bill and all the incidental costs that occurred while it was in the shop. What I am going to give you now is some very valuable information that will keep you out of this situation. These are some very easy and very inexpensive ways to maintain your own car so that you can avoid those expensive bills. By the time you’re finished with this article you will be able to get more miles and better gas mileage from your car.

The first step is very simple, read the manual. That’s it, that little book in the glove box is your golden ticket to understanding how to keep your vehicle in great shape. That manual has a list of all the maintenance that your car needs to keep you on the road. You may also find out about some features in your car that you didn’t know you had. If you don’t have one they are very easy to find online or you can get one at the dealership. Buying one is a great investment and will begin saving you money on those costly repair bills

The second step is actually using the manual. Now that you know what the car needs go ahead and do it. It’s really not that hard. I have been able to teach most of my friends how to do it themselves with just a couple of tools. It may be hard to believe but many people don’t know that you need to change the oil. Those same people are now doing it themselves and much more.

Now let’s work on your car. I’d like to start with something that will increase your gas mileage and keep your tires in good shape for several thousand miles longer than your neighbor. This is an easy one. Check the tire pressure. You can pick up a tire pressure gauge for a couple dollars or less at any auto parts store and all you have to do is press it against that little thing sticking out of the wheel. Compare the number on the gauge to the one in the manual or on the little sticker inside the door jam. When the pressure is low just take your car up to the gas station and use the air hose (most gas stations have them) and fill the tire to the proper pressure. This might cost you about one dollar to use the air hose and it will save gas and increase the life of your tires. A good thing to remember is that when the seasons change so will your tire pressure. When it gets cold you’ll see that your tires are a little low. Don’t worry, the tires are probably fine, just put a little more air in.

Next on our to-do list is the air filter. This is another easy thing to do. Under the hood of your car there is a big black box with some clips on it. Just unclip the top of the box and you have found your air filter. Most of them slide out pretty easily and you can check to see how dirty it is. You can blow it out or vacuum it, but if the manual says it’s time to change it you probably should. The last time someone at a repair shop wanted to change it for me I said now and I was glad I did. They wanted $40 to do it! I went to an auto parts store instead and bought one for $15 and put it in myself. It took less than 30 minutes including the amount of time it took to buy it and I saved $25. So now you can save $25 and get better gas mileage.

The next two items on our list are a little more involved, but one of them you may not have to do it all. Let’s change our fuel filter first. This is the part of your fuel system that keeps all the dirt in the gas out of your engine. It is usually located under the car so you may have to lift up the vehicle. This is pretty simple and safe if you follow how the manual tells you to do it. Most cars come equipped with a jack or you can get one pretty cheap at the auto parts store. This task requires our second tool. On most new vehicles you need a special tool to unclip the fuel lines from the filter. It is a very inexpensive tool and the person at the auto parts store can tell you which one you need. You should also have some safety glasses and maybe some gloves for those with sensitive skin. A good safety tip here is to let the car sit for about an hour before you do it to make sure there is no pressure in the lines. All you do now is slide the tool into place. Some fuel filters may fight back a little but don’t be afraid. It will come out. The new one goes in just like it came out minus having to use the tool. That’s it you have once again increased your gas mileage and avoided a repair bill. The last tip about fuel filters is you may not have to change it at all. Some do not need to be changed and if that is the case you will probably not even see it under the car. They hide those in the fuel tank.

The next task we have is one that we all have. Many people don’t do this at all and it will absolutely kill your car. You need to change the oil and the filter. If you don’t you are guaranteed to be purchasing a new engine very soon. This bill is one of the big ones and you can avoid it for about $25 to $30. For this task you should keep your eye out for specials at the auto parts store. Many of these stores have their own brand of oil and filters they sell. Most of the time when you go in and ask for oil and a filter, they will tell you about their $15 oil change special. Yes, some oils are better than others, but when the budget is tight a cheap oil change is much better than no oil change. Your manual will tell you how often to do it and what type of oil to use. The first step is again to lift the car up. Once you are there all you do is unscrew the drain plug and then unscrew the oil filter. Make sure you have something to catch the oil. This can be done with one standard wrench and an oil filter wrench which are both inexpensive and easy to find. Be careful not to unscrew the plug on the transmission by mistake. Replacing lost transmission fluid is a little more expensive. Once you have all the oil out it is very important to remember to put the plug back in, or you may be purchasing more oil. I like to put a little oil in the filter before screwing back on. Once it is hand tight I like to give it just a little turn with the filter wrench, just be careful that you don’t damage the filter. Now you can refill your engine with new oil. There is a cap on top of the engine with the label “oil”. That was easy. In the manual it will show you how to check your oil level to ensure that you have the proper level. This is especially helpful if you have a small leak somewhere. Running a car with low or no oil is even worse than not changing it. You should check it periodically between oil changes just to make sure. You have just extended the life of your engine, improved your gas mileage and got a great deal on an oil change!

There are many other little things that you can do to keep your car running better for years to come. Just start with your owners’ manual and go from there. You can find even more information online in auto forums and blogs. It’s all very easy once you learn how to do it and in the long run it will save you thousands of dollars and you and your car will be very happy.

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Auto Blog Software Does It Really Work?

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Auto blogging seems to becoming more and more popular all the time. Does it really work to bring traffic to your website? Personally I hate the hype, when some of the auto blog software marketers talk about push-button traffic. They usually say something like “8 mouse clicks to unlimited traffic.” “You could have traffic streaming to your website within minutes.” It is very unlikely to get traffic to your website that quickly unless you are actually paying for traffic. So the question is will auto blogging /auto content software really bring traffic to your website?

I have personally tried out a ton of different auto content blogging devices, and they all say they will bring you a ton of traffic. Let’s start by talking about what I recommend that you don’t want to do with this type of software. First of all you can’t let it work all by its self. You have to monitor how it is working or you are just going to have a junky website that may bring you some traffic, but no one will stay long enough to get your message.

So here is my pet peeve regarding auto-content. You can’t be lazy, you have to add some of your own unique content into the mix. There is no such thing as a completely push button business you have to do some of the work. If that doesn’t appeal to you then maybe you should reconsider whether this is really for you. Bringing true value to your customers is really what is going to make you money on the internet.

Now that is not saying that there aren’t tools out there to make life a lot easier and that allows you to do some of the more tedious tasks more quickly. Auto-bloggers or auto-content websites can work especially in niches where completion is not too high.

This means that you need to carefully choose your keywords that have a good amount of traffic without a lot of competition. Usually you want at least 3000 to 5000 searches per month with no more than 50,000 to 100,000 competing websites for that particular keyword.

Relying only on the content to bring you traffic is a big mistake and unless you have been either hiding under a rock or you are new to the industry you have heard about back-links. You have probably heard how important having back-links pointing to your website is to gaining in your organic listing.

So the two part answer to all this is that auto-blogging/auto-content software can work to bring you traffic if you are diligent about working with it and you combine it with building back links to your website or promotion.

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