Car Auto Buffing Machines At Their Level Best

Have you tried polishing a car by hand lately? If you have, you might think your car polish is defective when the real issue is your vehicle’s paint. That’s because automotive paint finishes have become much harder in the past few years, allowing them to last longer and resist scratching and chipping like never before.

The changes in paint technology, while very beneficial, have introduced a new problem for car owners. While it was possible to maintain automobile paintwork by hand just a few years ago, today’s new paint finishes make it nearly impossible. If your vehicle’s paintwork has minor scratches, swirl marks or water spot etching, you will need a buffer polisher to correct the problem. The good news is that the number one buffing machine for both home and professional use, the Porter Cable 7424, is very effective on even the most modern paint finishes, including the latest ceramic paints used by Mercedes-Benz and companies like Fine Shine Detailing for paint protection Melbourne customers.

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The original Porter Cable Polisher and the new 7424xp are dual-action polishers. What this means is that the polishing head rotates (free-spins on its spindle) and orbits (powered by the motor) around the center spindle. A mass counterweight mechanism on the spindle dampens vibrations. This polishing action, often referred to as “random orbital” or just “orbital,” totally prevents symmetrical buffing marks, paint burns and the other types of automotive finish damage that people associate with high-speed buffing machines. That means if you use the polisher as intended it’s virtually impossible to damage your car, even with no experience.

This type of electric polisher closely mimics the motion of circular hand polishing. Imagine being able to make 2,500 to 6,000 tight hand circles in a single minute. That should give you a pretty good idea of how this machine does its job. Basically it works just like you do, only at super-human speed. Plus, it never gets tired!

If you have previously owned a car waxing machine that made a lot of racket, but did little else to fix the damage and restore shine, you will appreciate the brilliance of one of these buffing machines. It has all of the power needed to get the job done, yet it’s small enough and light enough that it’s easy to use.

Renewing An Auto’s First Impression – The Paint Job

The secret to using a dual action polisher with shining results is choosing the right polish and polishing pads for the job. Basically polishing pads come in three grades: cutting, polishing and finishing. A cutting pad is coarse and used to remove damage. A polishing pad has a bit if coarseness, but not much. It’s used to remove very minor damage and restore full gloss. A finishing pad is very soft. It’s used to polish without cutting and to apply waxes and glazes.

You must use an appropriate polish with each type of pad. Like the pads themselves, polishes have different grades of cut. A compound, for example, is a cutting polish. Compounds are rated by the level of sanding scratch they can remove. A compound designed to remove 2000 to 2500 grit sanding scratches will effectively remove swirl marks and water spots, whereas a product that can remove 1200 to 1500 grit sanding marks will remove fine scratches. If you can feel a scratch with your fingernail, you should remove it with 2000 grit wet and dry sandpaper before polishing.

If you’re confused about which polish to use to remove swirl marks, fine scratches and water spots, let me recommend Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound. It’s probably the best consumer grade product available today, and it’s easy to find at your local auto parts store.

After compounding to remove damage, you might think the finish looks great, but I recommend finishing off the job with a fine polish. Most compounds, including the new Meguiar’s product, will leave just a touch of hazing in the clear coat. All it takes to remove the hazing and restore a brilliant shine is a fine paint polish. I prefer and recommend Klasse All-In-One. It’s an amazing product that will produce a final finish that blows you away.

New automotive paints may be too hard to maintain by hand, but the solution is easy. A Porter Cable 7424xp gets the job done faster that you ever could by hand, and it’s a quality machine that will last a lifetime.

To learn how to use a buffer polisher, including the Porter Cable 7424, visit David Bynon’s Guide To Detailing blog, a trusted source for quality auto detailing tips and information since 1999.

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CCC Banding Together With Nascar

Car owners and drivers, as well, certainly have felt the effects of the upward movement of gas prices. In fact, many people have opted to use public transportation rather than use their cars and vehicles because of the high amount you have to pay in exchange for a liter or so of gas.

Now, it seems like everybody else is affected. Even the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or much commonly known as NASCAR, have given approval for its arm, the NASCAR Performance Automotive Licensing Program, to join forces with the CCC, or the Car Care Council. Together, the two organizations has done brainstorming sessions and just recently launched a consumer education campaign which they dubbed as the “Be An Angel, Maintain Your Car And Save Some Gas”.

NASCAR and the CCC both maintain that this new campaign of theirs would also work as a call to action for all consumers. The campaign, in fact, even encourages car owners to maintain, clean and detail their vehicles regularly. This is because NASCAR and CCC believe that it is one of the best ways to achieve a better fuel mileage and in the process decreases expenses on gas.

ccc nascar joinA public service announcement that lasted for thirty seconds was produced by NASCAR. The organization is positing to run the mentioned announcement come the NASCAR programming which will actually launch and run throughout the whole month of July. Aside from this, all the local television stations scattered around the United States would also be receiving a copy of this public service announcement which they would have to run during their air time.

On the end of the Car Care Council, Rich White, its executive director, informs the public, “Higher gas prices are here to stay. But fortunately consumers can take greater control of how much gas their vehicles use by performing simple and inexpensive maintenance.”

NASCAR’s automotive licensing managing director, Odis Lloyd, explains, “The opportunity to help consumers with their car care needs has never been more significant. By using NASCAR’s extensive media assets and partnering with our manufacturing and installer partners, we can help consumers combat rising fuel costs by getting them the necessary vehicle repair information they need to get better fuel economy.”

For your vehicle maintenance, you can find the best Ford F150 Pickup parts and other Ford accessories at Ford Parts and Ford Auto Parts.

Jason Moore, a 35 year old freelance writer from Austin, Texas. He also works as a marketing analyst for an established auto parts store in the country.

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Oil Drain Bolt Repair

Every now and then, you will find a mechanic who thinks the oil drain bolt should be tightened with an impact gun. It’s unfortunate when a customer comes in for a simple oil change and ends up walking out of the dealership with a bill for over $200. Usually a customer will never even know the drain bolt is damaged until the next visit to the garage, it makes the mechanic working on the car, look like a bad mechanic. I will show you how to repair an oil drain bolt and the oil pan threads properly; I will also show you an example of what to do when you’re in a tight spot.

Option 1: The Rubber Plug Oil Drain Bolt Repair

An oil pan is made from either stamped steel or aluminum, both metals are subjected to abuse if the oil drain bolt is over tightened or cross threaded. If you are in a tight spot and you don’t have time to repair the treads in the oil pan, you could install an oil pan rubber drain plug, the rubber plug is used as a temporary fix, and it’s not meant to be a permanent fix. There are several different styles; you just need to choose the correct one for your application. Once the rubber plug is installed, be sure to tug on it and push it to make sure it is installed correctly, also run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature,(when the engine cooling fan cycles twice) and check for leaks.

Option 2: Replacing the Drain Bolt and Repairing the Oil Pan Threads

I highly recommend option 2, it gives you peace of mind and it’s permanent. Using a helicoil is one option when repairing threads and the repair is extremely strong and everlasting, I have used helicoil to repair head bolts without regret. The helicoil is a hardened steel thread insert and they come in many different sizes and thread pitch.

The second option for repairing oil pan drain bolt threads is to use a drain bolt repair kit made by Time-Sert. Time-Sert is by far the leader in oil drain pan repair, the kit comes with everything you need to produce a professional repair the will last for the life of the car, as long as nobody screws it up again. A Time-Sert insert is similar to the helicioil but is specially designed to repair damaged oil pans, the kit also come with new oil drain bolts and sealing washers, this is a plus, and there is no need to try matching up thread pitch or fine the right diameter bolt to fit the pan after the repair.

Repairing an Aluminum Oil Pan

If you are repairing aluminum oil pan drain bolt threads, no problem, Time-Sert works extremely well during this application and the repair looks like it came from the factory. I have had to make at least 50 repairs on oil pans during my automotive career, and Time-Sert has been the best oil pan drain bolt repair kit on the market that I have used. The Time-Sert kit s a bit expensive but it doesn’t compare to the cost of replacing the oil pan or having to replace the complete engine because you lost all the engine oil.

The cost of replacing an aluminum oil pan can easily exceed $500 for parts and labor, you need to remove the sub frame on some vehicles to remove the oil pan and that alone can get costly. Using a Time-Sert repair kit will take about 30 minutes from start to finish with professional results.

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8 Tips to Avoid Car Accidents

It doesn’t matter if you are driving alone or with someone, safety should be your topmost priority. With rates of accidents on the rise, it’s imperative for drivers to know the basics of safe driving. Every year, the number of car accidents happening is increasing exponentially and this is partly down to the negligence of individuals.

Some of the tips you should follow are:-

  • Avoid the left lane: If it’s a multilane, avoid taking the left or “fast lane”. Instead, take the centre of right one because it will give you the chance to quickly change lanes in case of any emergency. Also, most accidents happen on the right lane.
  • Keep your eyes focused: Never just see what’s immediately in front of your car only; look further ahead. Look for any traffic movement several cars ahead. This will give you time to react if any unforeseen events arise.
  • Beware of blind spots: Make sure to adjust your rear and side view mirrors accordingly so that you have a panoramic view of what’s behind you. If something is not showing in the mirrors, turn around and see it so that you don’t miss anything. If there is a big truck behind your car, ensure that you don’t get into the blind spot.
  • Keep your hands in 9 and 3 o’clock position: Most individuals take the lazy route to handle their car. They place the hand at 12 o’clock at the top of the steering or both hands at the bottom of it. But this is the wrong thing to do. Keeping your hands in 9 and 3 o’clock position will give you much more control of the car in case you want to take a quick manoeuvre.
  • Get your seat closer to the steering: Shift your seat toward the steering so that you hand can rest on the wheel. This will ensure that your hand doesn’t get much fatigued and you can easily manoeuvre your car.
  • Keep your car’s limit in mind: Whether it’s a vintage car or a sports one, a driver should always know what his/her car is capable of. To avoid accidents, one must always know what limits the engine, tires or brakes have. If you don’t know the limits, you can easily over stretch the car and end up in an accident.
  • Maintain your vehicle: Needless to say; you have to maintain your car in the proper condition in order to work properly. Service the car frequently and use only high-quality motor oil sot that the car doesn’t break down in the middle of the road.
  • Avoid practising at night: If you are new to driving, avoid doing it at night. At night, due to decreased field of vision, you will have to employ a far more defensive approach in your car. Also, never go down a dark road with malfunctioning head and tail lights.

How Do Cars Affect our Lives?

As many of the people who regularly read my articles already know, I am a resident of San Francisco. This isn’t a very car-friendly city and I haven’t bothered to have a car since I moved here. Being able to walk to most of the places I want to go and to take a bus or train everywhere else is one of my favorite things about living in San Francisco. I ride in cars now and then when someone offers to give me a lift somewhere or I travel somewhere that requires the use of a car but I only spend a handful of days out of the year in a car.

In contrast, my kid brother lives in Los Angeles. He drives everywhere and it takes him forever to get to most of the places that he wants to go. He is in the car for literally hours each day. And he loves it. He enjoys driving. He drives around just to see things. For him, the car is a fun tool for getting around whereas for me it’s a necessary evil to get to some of the places that I want to go. It’s interesting how cars play different roles in our lives these days. For him, it’s a tool of freedom and for me it feels like something that holds me back from my preferred transportation method of walking.

Here’s a closer look at the different roles that cars may play in people’s lives:

The Car As a Daily Necessity

The majority of people who live in America today consider their car to be a daily necessity for getting around. The car is used every day to run errands, go to and from work, drive over to friend’s houses and so on and so forth. When these people need to go down to the grocery store which is less than a mile away, they drive rather than walking or bicycling because it is just what they are used to doing. People who drive in this manner generally just take having a car for granted.

These drivers may use the car for travel but the majority of their driving is done within five or ten miles of home. Since they drive daily, the majority of the places that they go are the same places over and over again. For these drivers, the car plays the role of being the major mode of transportation around the area where they live and work.

The Car for Commutes

There are some people who do drive their cars every day but they don’t necessarily use the car for little trips and errands. These are people who drive daily specifically to commute from work. Many people drive from their home to their work and back again but leave the car in the parking lot or the driveway when they are not in one of these two places. In other words, the person commutes to work but then may walk or take a bus to get lunch and run other errands during the workday. For these people, the car plays the specific role of getting them to and from the two primary places where they spend their time.

The Car for Day Trips and Travel

This is the category of driver that I fall into. For the most part, I don’t drive. However, if I do have to get to a place which requires a car then I don’t hesitate to borrow or rent one to get to where I want to go. For example, if I want to go hiking up or down the coast away from the San Francisco Bay Area then I need to rent a car to do that. I also have to rent a car whenever I travel back to my hometown or to other places where cars are needed to get around easily (and where other modes of transportation just don’t seem to work as well).

lake-wales-mobile-home-insuranceFor me, the car plays the role of allowing me to get a bit further away from home. It’s a bit limiting to me in the sense that I would prefer to walk or take a bus if I could. However, it’s also giving me freedom in the sense that I can go further away from home if I have a car. Typically the car in this case plays a role that combines the role of the daily driver with the role of the commuter. For example, I may use a car specifically to get from home to a primary location (such as a hiking spot) or I may use a car in a city that’s not my own for daily driving and getting around. The difference is that my use of a car is rare compared to either of these drivers.

The Car As a Luxury

There are two ways that a car may play the role of a luxury item for someone. The first is in the case of people who can not afford cars and who therefore see the car as a luxury of life that they can not have. The second is in the case of those people who have more than one car or a car that is very expensive and who, therefore, the car is basically a status symbol.

Believe it or not there are some people out there who still can’t afford a car and for them the car is a luxury. They take the bus because they have to and they don’t travel far because they can’t afford to. For these people, the car represents the role of a luxury item that they can’t obtain. It may be a goal in their lives to eventually obtain a car.

In contrast, there are those people who have multiple cars or who have high-end luxury cars. These people may be daily drivers or commute drivers or even, in rare cases, just day trip drivers but the difference here is that they also consider the car to be a status symbol for their lives. The car itself tends to take on meaning for these people instead of just being a tool for getting around.

The Green Car Driver

There is also one other kind of driver out there who kind of combines some of these other roles of the car into one and that’s the green driver. These are drivers of electric vehicles, hybrid cars and the cars that get the best gas mileage. These drivers may be daily drivers, commute drivers or day trip drivers. More importantly, they have a bit of the luxury car driver in them in the sense that the car for them is more than just a car but also a symbol that is representative of something more. In their case, though, the car is a symbol of their concern for the environment so it’s not a status symbol in a traditional sense but is still a way to tell the world around them what kind of driver they are.

What role do cars play in your life?

The Benefits of Having Fuel Tank Monitoring Equipment

For Fleet Vehicle proprietors the most noteworthy cost is fuel; that is the reason all armada vehicle proprietors must think of a method for reviewing the power utilization of their armada vehicles keeping in mind the end goal to amplify their benefits from their business exercises. This is the place where Monitoring System comes in, Just by going by our office it takes two hours for our group of designers to introduce the checking gadget on any of your vehicle, after establishment everything you need is a cellular telephone or a portable PC and by login into our online vehicle following and power observing framework, you can screen continuous fuel utilization of every one of your vehicles from anyplace as long you have entry to the web. You will have continuous access to reports of your vehicle area and power utilization reports for your vehicle.

Fuel Monitoring for Commercial Business Vehicles and Fleet Vehicles

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This implies you will dependably have control over your business from anyplace whenever through our vehicle following and combution Tank Monitoring Equipment, more control over your business implies more benefit for you as you will seal any escape clauses that anybody might use to meddle with your business, regardless of the fact that it is your workers. Simply Contact the Service Team and request more subtle elements on how we can help your business and enhance your benefits by giving you day in and day out control of your business all from the accommodation of your portable PC, cellular telephone or iPad.

Stop Theft with Fuel Monitoring Reports

Utilizing the Motoring gadget appeared underneath our framework will create power utilization reports as demonstrated as follows: Notice The Graph Immediately goes up after refuelling, however the ordinary fuel utilization demonstrates a progressive utilization, whatever other example of utilization will produce a caution of powewr siphoning and our framework will even show you the amount of fuel was siphoned assuming any.

Along these lines you can check from the reports produced that each shilling spent on fuel is going towards your business exercises and not into another person’s pocket.

Monitoring Device and Consumption Reports by Fuel Monitoring

You will get reports of area where your vehicle was energized, The Tank Monitoring Equipment will demonstrate the area where your vehicle is filled, hence if you need your vehicle to dependably be powered from a particular petrol station our checking will likewise demonstrate a report of the area where your vehicle is refuelled. If a vehicle is refuelled from whatever other area, then a report and a ready will be produced.

Per Kilometre Fuel Consumption Report

With the point by point reports and insights investigation reports, the Monitoring will ascertain power devoured by a vehicle for each kilometre, in this manner as an entrepreneur you can break down week by week or month to month utilization of per kilometre for every vehicle and recognize which vehicles are not proficient and take these vehicles for administration or distinguish if awful driving is available.

When Do I Replace My Cars Brakes?

It is extremely important that you stay on top on your cars brakes. If you do not change your cars brakes when needed, it is very likely that they are going to go out, which could be very bad. If you do not change your brakes, it is going to cause the repair charge be even more. DM Auto Centre is your Waterloo brake repair specialist.

The more you drive your car, it does not mean the more it is going to affect the life of your cars brakes. For example, if you drive your car only 7,000 miles a year but it is mainly in a crowed urban area, you will need to replace your brake pads more often than compared to a person drives 25,000 miles yearly on mainly rural highways.

Schedule

Sadly, there is no set time that you need to change your cars brakes. This is why it is important to pay attention to the sounds you hear coming from your car while you are driving it. If you take your vehicle to your Waterloo brake repair specialist, an experienced autotechnician can help you know how your brakes are doing and let you know if there are any wear and tear on your brake pads. Brakes should be inspected at least one time every year.

Sensors

Cars have sensors that scrape against your brake disc when the linings need to be replaced. You will hear a screeching sound when you apply your brakes when they are wearing down do not ignore this sound. If your vehicle does not have a sensor, you will hear squeaks, squeals and grinding sounds. If you hear a grinding sound, get your brakes fixed now. In some cases, your brakes may just need to be cleaned. If you have to push your brake to the ground to sop or it is taking a longer period of time to stop, you should have the brakes checked immediately also.

Warning Lights

If your brake warning light stays on after you turn your car on or it turns on while you are driving, you need to have your brakes checked. The warning light may also mean that you are low on fluid but it should definitely be checked out.

Front and Rear Disks

Cars and light trucks have front disc brakes on them and many of them also have rear discs. Most times, the pads will be replaced and the rotors will need to be resurfaced. Many automakers now have rotors that are lighter and thinner than in times past in order to reduce weight and save money, which is why, in many cases, you need to have both your brake pads and rotors changed at the same time. Many auto repair centers do not like to resurface the rotors. Many auto repair centers like to replace your rotors because it is easier and does not take as long as it does when they resurface the rotors.

Car Care Tips For a Longer Lasting Vehicle

Car Maintenance and Care
•Change your fluids on time, every time.
•Change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular, 7,000 miles for synthetic oil
•Change antifreeze fluid every 30,000 miles.
•Change brake fluid every 30,000 miles.
•Change transmission fluid every 30,000 miles. (most cars)
•Schedule a maintenance check every 15, 30, 60, and 90,000 miles.
•Replace your air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first).
•Replace your fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Tire Maintenance and Care
•Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles.
•Check your tire pressures approximately once a week. Low tire pressures can affect fuel economy, handling and comfort. To accurately measure your tire pressure, check tires when they are cold. Wait at least three hours after driving.
•Always make sure that your wheels are properly aligned. Badly aligned wheels will again lead to dragging of the car on the road causing premature wear.
•Check your spare tire each month and keep it properly inflated so it¹s ready to go when you need it most.
•Use the penny trick to determine if the tread depth is too low. Take a penny and put Abraham Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves of the tread. If part of his head is covered by the tread, you’re ok. If you can see all of his head, it’s time to replace the tire. When the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch, tires must be replaced.

Gas Mileage Tips
•Check and/or change your air filter every 6 months to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.
•Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also evaporates fuel from your gas tank.
•Use the right oil. You can improve your car’s gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.

And most important of all……

Maintain the Paint on Your Classic Car

Keeping your paint looking fresh is an important part of being a classic car owner. Not only does the paint make your ride look appealing, it is also an important part of protecting the metal parts of your car from rust and damage. Your Ford electronic auto repair manual will give you input on creating that beautiful finish so let’s go over how to keep that paint looking beautiful.

Car Paint Protecting Techniques

Before beginning, make sure your car is not in direct sunlight and that the paint is cool to the touch. You don’t want to bake in any polish or wax that you might use on your car. That would be counterproductive.

The first step you should perform is to wash your car. To do this, you need some important tools:

* A cotton or micro-fiber mitt
* A 5 gallon bucket
* Cleaning supplies that are both pH balanced and non-detergent

Make sure that you pre-rinse your car with plenty of water before you wash your car. Water is a universal solvent and will loosen up and remove articles on the vehicle that may scratch your paint when rubbed with a cloth. If you do scratch your paint, consult your Ford download automotive repair manual on how to repair your paint. When washing, you should wash and rinse your car in sections, to ensure that any soap that you use doesn’t dry onto the paint.

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Once you have washed your car, it is important to dry the car. You should never skip this step. Drying your car will prevent water spots and mineral deposits that will break down your car’s paint over time. You should use a detailing cloth made of cotton or sheepskin to dry your car as polyester may scratch the paint.

Washing may not get rid of all the road grime, tar, sap, and bug guts that your car may have encountered while out on the road. For road grime, you might try a detailing clay bar as these bars can pull off the road grime without damaging the paint. For tougher substances, like tar, sap, and bug guts, denatured alcohol can do the trick. First, pre-soak the area you would like to clean by pouring a small amount of the denatured alcohol on a soft cloth and holding it over the affected area. Once you have loosened up the material you wish to remove, you will need to use different methods to remove it. For bug guts, use a circular motion to remove them. For tar and sap, rub gently towards the center, without making circular motions as this action will rub the substance in further. Once you have completed this step, you will need to rinse the car again to remove any trace of the alcohol. Then you will have to repeat the drying process.

The most important step comes next: waxing. Use a carnauba wax or paint sealant to wax your car. Carnauba wax, while more affordable, only lasts 8 – 12 weeks and will need to be reapplied. A paint sealant, however, will last up to six months.

While these activities could take up a full day of your time, they are well worth the effort as, when done correctly, these things will keep your car looking shiny and new.